7am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Pogba tests positive for coronavirus, £75m Grealish talks, Henderson future UPDATE – The Sun

7am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Pogba tests positive for coronavirus, £75m Grealish talks, Henderson future UPDATE – The Sun

August 28, 2020

DEAN HENDERSON has settled his Manchester United future by committing to a new six-year deal with the club.

Meanwhile captain Harry Maguire will appeal his suspended sentence for aggravated assault and bribery in Mykonos, but in a blow Paul Pogba has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

Get all the latest Manchester United news and transfer gossip here…

  • GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Yesterday was another busy day as England's preparations for their Nations League double header next month were plunged into chaos after FIVE players tested positive for Covid-19.

    Five members of Gareth Southgate’s side have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days.

    And they now face an anxious wait over whether they will have to withdraw from the squad ahead of the clashes against Iceland and Denmark.

    Elsewhere, in an emotional interview with the BBC, Harry Maguire said he was “scared for his life” and refused to apologise as he spoke out for the first time on the Mykonos bar brawl.

    The Man United captain feared he was being kidnapped and claimed Greek cops handcuffed him before bashing his legs with a baton.

    Breaking his silence, a defiant and emotional Harry told the BBC: “I did nothing wrong.”

    Maguire said plain clothes whacked him repeatedly and taunted him “your career is over, no more football, you won't play again”.

    “My initial thought, I thought we were getting kidnapped. We got down on our knees, we put our hands in the air, they just started hitting us,” the 27-year-old said.

    He went on: “They were hitting my leg saying my career's over, 'No more football. You won't play again'.

    “And at this point I thought there is no chance these are police or I don't know who they are so I tried to run away, I was in that much of a panic, fear, scared for my life. All the way through it.”

    Elsewhere, United star Paul Pogba also tested positive for coronavirus after joining up with the France squad, boss Didier Deschamps confirmed.

    In transfers, Utd reportedly held talks over a Jack Grealish move with the £75m-rated Aston Villa midfielder open to Old Trafford switch.

    And Wayne Rooney leaped to Harry Maguire's defence over the Greek brawl and insisted the Red Devils’ captain is “not that type of person”.

    Rooney told talkSPORT: “Knowing Harry the way I know him, it’s completely not his character.

    “It’s out of character, everything that was reported to have happened.

    “I couldn’t get my head around how it went to court.

    “He was found guilty and sentenced all within the space of about two hours… how has that happened?

    “Harry’s not that type of person at all.

    “He was out there with his girlfriend, his family and friends and their girlfriends…

    “So it’s not a group of lads, where sometimes things happen.”

    And finally, fans are set to once again be able to watch EVERY Premier League game live on TV.

    First reported by The Times, The FA confirmed the Saturday 3pm TV blackout will be lifted for the start of the new season on September 12.

    Meaning it is almost guaranteed that all games in the English top flight will be available to watch for British viewers until fans return to stadiums.

    And Premier League clubs are at war over a NEW plan to bring in more subs next season.

    Manchester United and Manchester City along with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are part of a group to table a request to allow FIVE replacements.

  • COVID CHAOS – UPDATE

    England have been plunged further into crisis after FIVE of Gareth Southgate’s squad tested positive for Covid-19.

    Southgate’s 23-man squad are due to start training on Monday for the Nations Leaguedouble header with Iceland and Denmark.

    But the Three Lions boss faces an anxious wait to discover how many will turn up.

    All five of the England players with coronavirus are in quarantine, but some may be available to join the camp next week.

    It is a huge headache for Southgate, who has already endured a nightmare week with defender Harry Maguire’s arrest in Greece.

    Players will be tested prior to their arrival at St George’s Park and will be re-tested as soon as they report for duty.

  • MISERABLE MAG

    Harry Maguire looked downcast during his interview with the BBC's Dan Roan.

  • The footie star went on: “I don't wish it on anybody. Obviously the situation has made it difficult for one of the biggest clubs in the world, so I regret putting the fans and the club through this.”

    He added: “I found myself in a situation where it could have happened to anybody and anywhere.”

    Speaking in the interview, Maguire denied throwing any punches and rubbished claims he tried to bribe the police saying “do you know who I am?”.

    When asked about that, he replied: “No, for sure. As soon as I saw that statement, it's just ridiculous.”

  • Maguire also gave chilling details as he claimed two men approached his little sister Daisy, 20, in a bar before she was seemingly drugged.

    He said: “These two men approached my little sister. They asked her where she was from. She responded.

    “My fiancée Fern saw her eyes going to the back of her head, she was fainting, going in and out of consciousness.”

    Maguire said he was trying to take her to hospital when he was arrested following the fracas.

    The England defender has vowed to clear his name after he was was convicted of brawling with cops on the Greek island last week…

  • KIDNAP FEARS – JUST IN

    An emotional Harry Maguire said he was “scared for his life” and refused to apologise as he spoke out for the first time on the Mykonos bar brawl.

    The Man United captain feared he was being kidnapped and claimed Greek cops handcuffed him before bashing his legs with a baton.

    Breaking his silence, a defiant and emotional Harry told the BBC: “I did nothing wrong.”

    Maguire said plain clothes whacked him repeatedly and taunted him “your career is over, no more football, you won't play again”.

    “My initial thought, I thought we were getting kidnapped. We got down on our knees, we put our hands in the air, they just started hitting us,” the 27-year-old said.

    He went on: “They were hitting my leg saying my career's over, 'No more football. You won't play again'.

    “And at this point I thought there is no chance these are police or I don't know who they are so I tried to run away, I was in that much of a panic, fear, scared for my life. All the way through it.”

  • SUB BATTLE

    Premier League clubs are at war over a NEW plan to bring in more subs next season.

    Manchester United and Manchester City along with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are part of a group to table a request to allow FIVE replacements.

    The International Football Association board (IFAB) gave leagues the choice to extend the five subs rule for another season, with the Scottish Premier League opting to keep it.

    But the Premier League was against the proposal as clubs – including newly promoted West Brom, Leeds and Fulham – voted 13-7 last month to stick with the normal numbers.

    Many believed the five sub rule was unfair as it only benefited wealthier clubs with bigger squads.

    However it is back on the agenda for a Premier League zoom conference today after the unhappy leading clubs found enough support to raise it again.

  • TAKE ZLAT

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has reportedly agreed a new one-year deal to remain at AC Milan.

    The Swedish striker re-joined the Serie A side midway through the 2019/20 season, where he banged in 11 goals in 20 games.

    Ibrahimovic and Milan have been locked in contract negotiations for weeks, with his agent Mino Raiola stating he is “optimistic” a deal could be reached.

  • EERIE WE GO

    Soccer Saturday's sacked presenters could go from cheerio to eerie show – with a spot on 2020’s “haunted” I’m a Celebrity.

    Sky Sports stunned their popular programme’s fans by axing former top-flight superstars Matt Le Tissier, Charlie Nicholas, Scott Minto and Phil Thompson.

    Now ex-England winger Le Tissier, in particular, is being tipped for ITV’s hit series, hosted by Ant ‘n Dec.

    The Southampton legend is rated 6/4 to appear in this year’s special version – where he could practice some creepy-uppies in the “haunted” ruins of Gwrych Castle in Wales.

    Former Arsenal maverick Charlie Nicholas is 3/1 and one-time Chelsea left-back Minto 6/1 – with even Liverpool hero Thompson given a ghost of a chance at 10/1.

    Sky Sports praised the “great job” done by the long-serving pundits but revealed their football punditry is having what could become a major revamp.

  • RASH CALL

    Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is an injury doubt for England's Nations League games.

    The Telegraph reports the forward is struggling with an ankle issue suffered at the back end of last season.

    Rashford battled through the pain in United's Europa League games in Lisbon as they reached the semi-final.

    He was spotted clutching his ankle in some considerable discomfort during the defeat to eventual winners Sevilla in the last four.

    Rashford wanted to keep playing in order to put himself in the frame to represent the Three Lions.

    But the 22-year-old has had a scan and is set to rest for a short period ahead of the 2020-21 Premier League season.

  • The FA will not reimpose the blackout until fans return and it may not be reinstated until capacity crowds are permitted.

    The purpose of the blackout – brought in during the 1980s – is to protect live attendances and grassroots participation.

    But after Covid-19 turned the world upside down, the league had to have a rethink.

    And after play restarted in April all remaining games in the 2019-20 season were available to watch – some even for free as the BBC hosted their first ever live Premier League coverage.

    All games in the Championship, League One and League Two will be watchable for fans.

    Premier League chairmen are set to officially follow suit in a meeting on Thursday.

  • LIVE AND KICKING

    Fans are set to once again be able to watch EVERY Premier League game live on TV.

    First reported by The Times, The FA confirmed the Saturday 3pm TV blackout will be lifted for the start of the new season on September 12.

    Meaning it is almost guaranteed that all games in the English top flight will be available to watch for British viewers until fans return to stadiums.

    The blackout was previously abolished for Project Restart as all games were broadcast live after the coronavirus-enforced break in play.

    Originally, the Premier League suggested they would abide by Sky Sports and BT Sports' usual contracts which would see 40 per cent of games unavailable on live tele.

    But clubs feared this could see many turn to illegal streams and are keen to again allow season ticket holders to watch games through access codes to subscription services…

  • As of yet, there are no plans to call up replacements for those that have tested positive.

    The Mail add that England players will be tested prior to their arrival at St George’s Park on Monday, and again as soon as they report for duty.

    With many players returning from holidays after a long season, there is a fear that a number of stars have contracted coronavirus.

  • COR BLIMEY

    England's preparations for their Nations League double header next month have plunged into chaos after THREE players tested positive for Covid-19.

    According to the Daily Mail, three members of Gareth Southgate’s side have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days.

    And they now face an anxious wait over whether they will have to withdraw from the squad ahead of the clashes against Iceland and Denmark.

    Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire has already been dropped by Southgate due to his antics in Mykonos.

    It has been claimed that England staff know who the players are that have contracted the deadly bug.

    But it has been stated that there is a growing belief that it is inevitable they will have to withdraw amid the Premier League Covid-19 outbreak.

  • JUR MOVE

    Manchester United newboys Marc Jurado and Alvaro Fernandez posed for a selfie from quarantine ahead of their moves to Old Trafford.

    Both youngsters are reportedly isolating with a local family having arrived from Spain.

    Jurado was spotted jetting in from Barcelona on Wednesday and must enter quarantine for 14 days to adhere to UK Government coronavirus rules.

    According to PA, the pair are holed up with a local family ahead of the club's announcement.

    On Thursday, both youngsters posed for a selfie in their new team's training kit for Jurado's Instagram story.

  • 'I'M OK'

    Daley Blind has reassured fans he is “OK and feeling fine” after collapsing mid-game earlier this week.

    With nobody close to him on the pitch, Blind slumped to the ground towards the end of Ajax's friendly with Hertha Berlin.

    Worried team-mates quickly raced over to the defender – who was seen clutching his chest during the terrifying ordeal.

    Blind was eventually able to leave the pitch without any assistance.

  • MART MY WORDS

    France manager Didier Deschamps has commented on Anthony Martial's inclusion in the French squad.

    He said: “Since the World Cup, three or four times he was due to be part of our squad.

    “For various different reasons, it didn’t happen.

    “With what he has been doing since last season, now he is back in the squad.”

    Martial is set to win his 19th France cap.

  • HOPE YOU PAUL THROUGH

    Manchester United have tweeted their best wishes to centre-midfielder Paul Pogba after he tested positive for coronavirus.

  • FRED-ING OUT?

    Galatasaray are reportedly planning an audacious move for United midfielder Fred.

    Despite the Brazilian looking to have turned around his career at Old Trafford, the Turkish giants reckon they can persuade him to move.

    Sport Witness is reporting that Galatasaray are on the lookout for a defensive midfielder, and the Brazilian fits the bill.

    It remains to be seen whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be prepared to let the 27-year-old leave with a big squad needed for Champions League involvement.

  • SCOUTING THE TALENT

    United fans will be able to check on the latest top talents on the production line this weekend.

    The club have announced that the U23 friendly against Huddersfield Town will be streamed LIVE on their Youtube Channel.

    The game will be at Huddersfield's John Smiths Stadium, with a 3pm kick-off.

    The likes of Di'Shon Bernard, Arnau Puigmal and Tahith Chong are all talked about for big things.

  • MARTIAL LAW

    While it's bad news for Paul Pogba after he contracted Covid-19 and had to pull out of the France squad, there's some good news for his team-mate Anthony Martial.

    The striker has earned his first call-up since 2018 to Didier Deschamps squad for the Nations League double-header against Sweden and Croatia.

    It's not surprising after the 26-year-old enjoyed a fabulous season for United, and was a key factor in them bagging a top-four spot and Champions League qualification.

  • MORE ON POGBA COVID-19

    United said in a statement: “Pogba has been replaced in the squad after testing positive for Covid-19.

    “The midfielder will be unable to add to his 69 caps and 10 goals for his country in the games next month.

    “Everybody at United wishes Paul a speedy recovery ahead of the new season.”

  • POGBA COVID KO

    Paul Pogba has tested positive for Covid-19, France manager Didier Deschamps has confirmed.

    The Manchester United midfielder tested positive for the virus after being selected for France's upcoming Nations League fixtures next month.

    The news was confirmed by manager Deschamps in a press conference.

    Tottenham's Tanguy Ndombele is believed to have also tested positive.

    The new Premier League season is set to get underway on September 12 – eight weeks after the last was finished after an unprecedented extension.

  • MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Harry Maguire has been granted a full retrial after a successful appeal against the conviction for bribery, aggravated assault and resisting arrest he received in Greece yesterday.

    A Man Utd statement read: “An appeal against yesterday's verdict was lodged this morning by Harry's legal team.

    “In accordance with Greek judicial process, the filing of an appeal extinguishes the initial court verdict and nullifies the conviction. The appeal has been accepted and will lead to a full retrial in a more senior court.

    “This means that Harry has no criminal record and is once again presumed innocent until proven guilty. Accordingly, he is not subject to any international travel restrictions.”

    In other news, Dean Henderson has signed a new five-year £120,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.

    The deal has the option of an extra year.

    Meanwhile, Monaco have rejected an offer from United for Benoit Badiashile, according to French media.

    The £22.4million offer has been knocked back by the Ligue 1 side, with Telefoot claiming that it would take an offer similar to that that helped Anthony Martial part ways with the club five years ago, to prise Badiashile from their clutches.

    And finally, Aaron Wan-Bisska could miss the start of Manchester United's pre-season after ignoring club advice and flying to Dubai.

    The right-back flew to the holiday hotspot at the end of United's season but could now fall foul of Government rules and be forced to quarantine for 14 days on his return to the UK.

  • AAR YOU SERIOUS?

    Aaron Wan-Bisska could miss the start of Manchester United's pre-season after ignoring club advice and flying to Dubai.

    The right-back flew to the holiday hotspot at the end of United's season but could now fall foul of Government rules and be forced to quarantine for 14 days on his return to the UK.

    The right-back ignored club advice and could now be forced to quarantine for 14 days on his return to the UK.

    The 22-year-old is due back in the UK before the end of this week, according to the Mail, but pictures the Englishman posted of him working out in the sun in front of Dubai's famous skyline will anger United staff.

    'Elite sportsperson' protocols allow players to return to the UK without quarantining.

    But those rules only apply when stars are officially training or competing which Wan-Bissaka is not.

    The Government's official website explains the ex-Crystal Palace star had to provide a negative coronavirus test result within 96 hours of arriving in Dubai.

    And he will also be tested by the Red Devils on his return to England.

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