7am Man Utd news LIVE: Jadon Sancho transfer LATEST, Matthijs de Ligt’s father-in-law discusses move, Ighalo on future – The SunApril 5, 2020
MANCHESTER UNITED are pressing ahead with their transfer business despite coronavirus forcing them off the pitch.
We have the latest on the Red Devils' pursuit of Borussia Dortmund hotshot Jadon Sancho, while Matthijs de Ligt could move to Old Trafford in place of Paul Pogba.
And we can also bring you an update on the financial situation at United as Harry Maguire proposes 30% of the players' wages go to local NHS hospitals.
Follow all the latest gossip and news from Old Trafford below…
MORNING, MAN UTD FANS
Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard seem on their way out of Manchester United- with Jadon Sancho less likely to come in unless Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men squeeze into a top-four finish.
That's the downbeat speculation over the last 24 hours – although Pogba's departure is only rated an even stronger bet now as United reportedly want Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt
Solskjaer lost a £75million bidding war for Ajax’s Holland star last summer.
But the 20-year-old has failed to fully settle with the Serie A champs.
And the talk now is De Ligt could be part of a £200m swap deal with Juve for French World Cup winner Pogba, who is also wanted by Real Madrid.
There is also the feeling that England midfielder Jesse Lingard – increasingly linked with Arsenal – could be part of Solskjaer's summer reshuffle.
Lingard has struggled this season but has the energy and fluid style that appeals to Gunners' chief Mikel Arteta
As for Borussia Dortmund's England attacker Sancho, admirers like Chelsea could be in a stronger position as it is thought he wants to play Champions League football next season
Before the coronavirus lockdown, United were reportedly ready to offer Sancho £400,000 a week.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford's role as the spearhead of football's fundraising efforts during the Covid-19 crisis has reached new heights.
United's England striker has helped charity FareShare collect £20m to feed needy kids while schools are closed.
STARS REFUSE TO BAIL OUT 'RICH OWNERS'
Premier League players are refusing to bail out their clubs as English football heads towards civil war.
Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne, Watford captain Troy Deeney and West Ham skipper Mark Noble led the fightback in a video conference that served only to deepen divisions in the game.
Premier League chiefs and club executives thought the players were ready to buy into their proposal for a wage cut or deferral of up to 30 per cent designed to stave off financial meltdown caused by the coronavirus crisis.
But the message they got back was: ‘We’d rather give our cash to the NHS than help out our rich owners’.
And the PFA supported the hardline stance with a strong statement that hit back at criticism of players from politicians.
The players’ union claimed such a big cut in stars’ wages would actually damage the public services that were fighting the pandemic.
The PFA said: “The proposed 30 per cent salary deduction over a 12-month period equates to over £500million in wage reductions and a loss in tax contributions of over £200m to the Government.
“What effect does this loss of earning to the Government mean to the NHS?
“Was this considered in the Premier League proposal and did the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, factor this in when asking players to take a salary cut?”
UTD EYE CHERRY PICKING
Bournemouth are set to end their ‘spend, spend, spend’ policy – puting Manchester United, Spurs and Chelsea on alert over Callum Wilson and Josh King.
Owner Maxim Demin has backed the Cherries' success story during their remarkable rise to the Premier League.
But now boss Eddie Howe is bracing for a shake-up in the next transfer window and strikers Wilson and King, both 28, could be the ones to bring in the cash.
Bournemouth have collected a lot of young players in the past few seasons but have been unable to make a profit on them.
Dominic Solanke and Jordon Ibe arrived from Liverpool with big prices and big reputations but have failed to deliver.
The South Coast outfit will lose Ibe and Ryan Fraser at the end of their contracts this summer.
Winger David Brooks, 22, would also be a wanted man if he had not missed the season with a serious ankle injury.
BRANDON'S PARENTS DOUBTED HIM
Brandon Williams has opened up on the first time he got a taste of Manchester United’s first team – and the problems he had convincing his parents it was true.
Williams, 19, and fellow rookie Axel Tuanzebe, 22, are the latest stars to feature in a special United hangout, due to be broadcast on the club website and mobile app today.
And the left-back – who has been the find of the season – looked back to the day he first travelled with the seniors for their trip to Paris St Germain a year ago.
Local boy Williams, then 18, flew out with a patched-up United which had been written off after losing the Champions League last 16 first leg 2-0 to the French champions.
Amazingly they went through on away goals after a 3-1 win…and Williams, whose debut came last September, will never forget the experience.
He revealed: “It was just excitement. I rang my family straight away, but they didn’t believe me! I had to convince them and then I had to go and get my suit and get ready.
“It was my first time travelling with the first team, so I didn’t know until about three hours before the flight. It was something new, something different for me.
“I was seeing everyone up close, seeing how they prepare for games, and seeing it up close, I’d never seen Man United before so it was a special night.”
Now He has played 26 times, and scored his first goal at Sheffield United in November – with almost half of United’s strikes coming from academy products.
UTD FEAR SANCHO SNUB IF THEY MISS TOP 4
Jadon Sancho is ready to reject Manchester United if they fail to secure Champions League football.
Sancho is the prime target for United in the next transfer window but the huge uncertainty created by the coronavirus crisis means the Borussia Dortmund star has no need to hurry any decision.
And sources indicate that playing in Europe’s biggest competition remains an important consideration for the England winger in choosing his next employers.
Prior to the coronavirus lockdown, reports claimed United were prepared to offer Sancho an astonishing £400,000-per-week deal to pick them over the other big clubs in the race to sign him.
But Liverpool, Chelsea and other suitors will have renewed hope that they can win the race once football’s future becomes clear.
Much will depend on if, when and how the outstanding issues from the current Premier League season are resolved – and the progress of Manchester City’s appeal against their two-season ban from European competition.
If City’s suspension is upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, even for a reduced period of one year, then fifth place, where United currently sit, would almost certainly be enough to qualify for the Champions League.
But should City succeed in avoiding a ban or at least postponing it, United would have work to do.
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