Man Utd enter De La Cruz transfer chase, Varane 'wants £400k in wages', Sancho 'tells team-mates he is joining United'

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly keeping tabs on Uruguayan international Nicolas De La Cruz.

We've also got the very latest on Raphael Varane, with the Red Devils reportedly unable to match his £400k-a-week demands.

And Jadon Sancho has told team-mates in the England camp he's heading to Old Trafford this summer.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    TRANSFER BOOST

    Brighton star defender Ben White was linked with Manchester United recently following a string of impressive Premier League performances that led to an England call-up.

    United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to sign a top centre-back to partner up with Harry Maguire at the back.

    According to Manchester Evening News, however, the Red Devils were not willing to meet his £50million asking price and are thus focusing their efforts on other defensive targets.

    That paves the way for Arsenal to land their man as they are willing to splash the cash for the 23-year-old defender

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  • Kostas Lianos

    VARANE UPDATE

    Manchester United could face a potential setback in their bid to sign Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

    That is according to The Independent, who claim Varane's rumoured £400,000-a-week wage demands are said to be a stumbling block.

    The France international, though, is keen to move to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window.

    The star defender is among Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's top centre-back targets as he looks for someone to partner up with Harry Maguire in defence

  • Kostas Lianos

    NIC HIM AWAY

    Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on River Plate star Nicolas De La Cruz.

    De La Cruz has 18 months left on his contract and his form has caught the eye of potential suitors.

    River Plate appear to be demanding a fee between €16million-€20m (£13.75m-£17m) for the attacking midfielder, according to TNT Sports Argentina.

    The Uruguay international has scored once and assisted three goals in 11 league games for River Plate in 2021

  • Kostas Lianos

    FORD TO BE RECKONED WITH

    Manchester United ace Marcus Rashford could miss the start of his team's Premier League season should he decide to have surgery.

    Rashford will wait until the end of the Euro 2020 competition to decide whether to undergo an operation on his shoulder.

    The England international said: "It's either an operation or I don't get an operation.

    "I'm not 100 per cent sure if I need it yet, so I'll just take it as it comes.

    "I'll finish strong here and I've got a few weeks off to just relax and decide what I'm going to do"

  • Kostas Lianos

    RAPH RIDE

    Manchester United have had a £50million offer rejected for top summer target Raphael Varane.

    That is because Real Madrid are holding out for an £80m bid for Varane, who is keen to move to United in the summer.

    Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to sign a top centre-back to partner up with Harry Maguire at the back.

    The Manchester giants, though, are said to be keeping tabs on other players, such as Villarreal's Pau Torres and Real Madrid's departing captain Sergio Ramos

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAN UTD

    Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho has told his England team-mates that he's 'heading to Old Trafford', according to reports.

    SunSport revealed earlier this month that Sancho has agreed a five-year, £350,000-a-week deal to join Manchester United.

    According to Tom McDermott, Sancho has confirmed to his Three Lions mates that he's definitely off to United.

    He adds that the deal is 'practically done' and that issues over add-ons have been 'ironed out'

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  • Jack Figg

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    United are closer to signing Jadon Sancho – and a little further from recruiting Raphael Varane.

    That's if you believe the latest speculation over long-term target Sancho and this summer's defensive transfer priority Varane.

    It's suggested Borussia Dortmund's England wideman Sancho could complete a move for up to £80million next month, with a five-year contract reportedly already agreed.

    But there's talk France centre-back Varane's wage demands are a huge stumbling block.

    The Real Madrid star is thought to want about £400,000 a week.

    Everton are in discussions with Juventus to sign United and Arsenal target Merih Demiral, reports say.

    And outgoing Old Trafford keeper Sergio Romero is also being linked with the Toffees, as well as Juve and Celta Vigo.

    Finally, Tottenham are keeping tabs on Sevilla's Jules Kounde, one of the central defenders rated as an alternative United recruit to Varane 

     And Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o thinks the Catalans should sign Real Madrid legend Sergio Ramos, who has also been rated an option for United and PSG.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JADON 'NEARING' UTD DEAL

    Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho, reports suggest.

    According to Manchester Evening News, sources close to Sancho expect the deal to be completed soon, possibly within the next two weeks.

    The winger has agreed personal terms in principle and an up-front fee of €85million (£73m) has been settled on.

    Dortmund are trying to to extract up to €15m (£13m) in add-ons to complete the deal.

    Negotiations are still ongoing regarding the structure of the payments and the majority of the add-ons have been described as ‘achievable

  • Ian Tuckey

    KERR-CHING! FOXES TO PAY UP FOR SMITH

    Leicester are ready to meet the asking price for Dundee United’s teenage defender Kerr Smith.

    Boss Brendan Rodgers has moved ahead of Aston Villa, Manchester United and Crystal Palace with an offer for the youngster.

    Smith, 16, made his debut late last season, having appeared aged 15 in a friendly in August 2020.

    He has a clause that means the club must accept a figure of about £500,000 and now it is down to him to decide if he wants to go.

    Dundee United had agreed to sell Smith’s team-mate Lewis Neilson to the Foxes — but the 18-year-old said no.

    It follows the Foxes snapping up 16-year-old Liverpool midfielder Jack Lewis.

    The youngster impressed on trial at Leicester's academy towards the end of last season.

    It is thought Lewis has agreed a free transfer and a two-year scholarship contract from the new season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPURRED ON BY A HIRO

    Tottenham have set up a £15million swoop for Bologna’s Japanese star Takehiro Tomiyasu.

    The Spurs transfer team are lining up the deal with the Italian outfit ahead of a managerial appointment.

    And they are confident of landing the highly-rated defender.

    Tomiyasu, 22, has been a regular for the Serie A side since 2019 after first playing in Belgium with Sint-Truiden.

    He is desperate to come to the Premier League.

    Spurs think Tomiyasu would be a top player for them and improve a defence that often struggled last season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘BARCA SHOULD SIGN REAL LEGEND RAMOS’

    Barcelona legend Samuel Eto’o thinks the Catalans should sign Sergio Ramos this summer.

    The Real Madrid legend was released this month after his contract expired and has been linked to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

    But Eto’o, 40, who played for both Spanish giants, is keen for Ramos to do likewise.

    As a PSG fan the Cameroonian would also like Ramos to move to Paris, as he believes the Spaniard could help the club to an elusive first Champions League title.

    But he also suggested that Barcelona ought to make a move for the 35-year-old.

    He told AS: “Hopefully Sergio goes to PSG. If I could sign him for Barca, I would. If he goes to PSG, I will be happy and I know that he will help us win the Champions League, which is proving very difficult for us.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOFFEES STEAL A MARCH ON UTD AND ARSENAL TARGET

    Everton are in talks with Juventus to sign Manchester United and Arsenal target Merih Demiral, reports say.

    The Toffees have now been set an asking price for the defender they have long sought.

    A report from Italian outlet Tuttosport claims the Serie A outfit want €40million (£37.5m) for the centre-back.

    Everton were plotting a £26m move for Demiral in March, so owner Farhad Moshiri will have to spend more than he planned to get his man.

    Talks between the two clubs had reportedly taken place before Juventus decided to up their price.

    And Everton are not prepared to make a new bid until they appoint a manager.

  • Ian Tuckey

    VARANE 'PAY DEMANDS' ARE BIG HURDLE

    Manchester United could face a possible setback in their bid to sign Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

    That is according to The Independent, who claim Varane’s rumoured £400,000-a-week wage demands are believed to be a stumbling block.

    The France international, though, is keen to move to Old Trafford in the summer.

    The star defender is among Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top centre-back targets as he looks for someone to partner up with Harry Maguire at the back

  • Ian Tuckey

    JESSE CAN NOW BE AN OLD TRIFFID STAR

    United star Jesse Lingard has revealed the key to his recent success was changing to a plant-based diet.

    The midfielder, 28, spent the second half of last season playing for West Ham on loan.

    And he was sensational with the Hammers, scoring nine times in 16 games as David Moyes' side qualified for the Europa League.

    Many felt Lingard was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the Euro 2020 squad, but the secret reason behind his rejuvenation is how he's fuelled his body.

    And while the winger isn't completely vegan, he has changed to a flexitarian diet – meaning animal products are eaten only occasionally and plant-based foods are consumed more regularly.

    He revealed: "At first, I tried to go fully vegan straight away, but I found I was starving during a game.

    "Plant-based foods are always going to be a good fuel component and put you into a really good mode going into a game, so I make sure to have as much as possible."

  • Ian Tuckey

    PLATE STAR ON UNITED MENU

    Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing River Plate star Nicolas De La Cruz.

    The attacking midfielder has 18 months left on his contract and his form has caught the eye of potential suitors.

    Nicolas De La Cruz has played alongside Edinson Cavani with Uruguay at the Copa America this summer

    River Plate are believed to want between €16million-€20m (£13.75m-£17m) for De La Cruz, according to TNT Sports Argentina.

    De La Cruz, 24, has scored once and assisted three goals in 11 league games for River Plate in 2021.

    But a return of 19 goals and 28 assists in 128 games for River Plate has earned him international recognition, and he has won eight caps for Uruguay.

    He could join his compatriot Edinson Cavani at United, which may help the striker feel more at home after reports claimed he felt homesick earlier in the year.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SANCHO SAGA 'SO BORING'

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville claims he has "never been more bored" of a transfer saga than Jadon Sancho's drawn-out move to Old Trafford.

    Borussia Dortmund's England attacker Sancho, 21, finally seems close to an £80million move after United reportedly agreed a five-year contract.

    But ex-England right-back Neville tweeted: "A transfer should be a joy and a moment of excitement.

    "I’ve never been more bored by a transfer in my life to the point I feel like he’s already signed and I want to know who is next already.

    "Not the lad's fault at all I should say!"

  • Ian Tuckey

    CLOSE TO SAN UTD

    Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho, reports suggest.

    According to Manchester Evening News, sources close to Sancho expect the deal to be completed soon, possibly within the next two weeks.

    The winger has agreed personal terms in principle and an up-front fee of €85million (£73m) has been settled on.

    Dortmund are trying to to extract up to €15m (£13m) in add-ons to complete the deal.

    Negotiations are still ongoing regarding the structure of the payments and the majority of the add-ons have been described as ‘achievable

  • Kostas Lianos

    VARANE REPLACEMENT

    Manchester United have received a major transfer boost in their bid to sign Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

    According to Fijaches, Real are preparing for life after Varane and have identified Leicester ace Wesley Fofana as a potential replacement.

    Head coach Carlo Ancelotti was impressed with Fofana during his time in the Premier League while in charge of Everton.

    Varane has been linked with a switch to Manchester United and the centre-back is keen to move to Old Trafford

  • Kostas Lianos

    GREAL AMBITION

    Aston Villa star Jack Grealish stated that his ultimate goal in club level is to win the Champions League amid reports linking him with Manchester City.

    Grealish, who was previously linked with Manchester United, said: “My ultimate goal? It’s got to be a trophy hasn’t it. I want to win either the Champions League or a major trophy with England, the Euros or the World Cup.

    “Obviously, the World Cup would be iconic wouldn’t it? But I think the Euros is just as good. And then at club level, to win a Champions League.

    “My best mate here, Chilly, has come off the back of winning. But yeah, I’ve got to say one of them – winning the Champions League or winning the World Cup or the Euros. So fingers crossed”

  • Kostas Lianos

    ROMERO FUTURE

    Departing Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero may stay in the Premier League next season.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim Romero is in talks with Everton after being frozen out of United last season.

    But the Toffees may be set for an intense transfer battle as Juventus and Celta Vigo are also said to be interested in the free agent.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has placed his faith on David de Gea and Dean Henderson between the sticks

  • Kostas Lianos

    TWO WEEKS NOTICE

    Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, reports suggest.

    According to Manchester Evening News, sources close to Sancho expect the deal to be completed within the next two weeks.

    The star winger has agreed personal terms in principle and an up-front fee of €85million (£73m) has been settled on.

    Dortmund are trying to to extract up to €15m (£13m) in add-ons to finalise the deal.

    Talks are still ongoing about the structure of the payments and the majority of the add-ons have been described as 'achievable'

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  • Kostas Lianos

    WHITE UPDATE

    Brighton star Ben White had been linked with Manchester United recently following a string of impressive Premier League performances that led to an England call-up.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to sign a top centre-back to partner up with Harry Kane at the back.

    According to Manchester Evening News, however, the Red Devils were not willing to pay £50million for White and are thus concentrating their efforts on other centre-back targets.

    That paves the way for Arsenal to sign their top target as they are willing to splash the cash for the 23-year-old

  • Kostas Lianos

    VARANE UPDATE

    Manchester United could face a possible setback in their bid to sign Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

    That is according to The Independent, who claim Varane's rumoured £400,000-a-week wage demands are believed to be a stumbling block.

    The France international, though, is keen to move to Old Trafford in the summer.

    The star defender is among Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's top centre-back targets as he looks for someone to partner up with Harry Maguire at the back

  • Kostas Lianos

    PREFERRED POSITION

    Recent Manchester United signing Amad Diallo has expressed his desire to play on the right wing but admitted he is happy to occupy any position manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asks him to.

    Diallo told UTD Unscripted: "Obviously, coaches set up teams in different ways but playing wide-right here, having freedom, having to attack and defend.

    "In Italy it is a case of go and attack but then defend and it is the same here. I see myself more as a wide-right player, but I have always said that, in football, you should never have a preferred position. Okay, perhaps you have a preference, but you should be ready for anything.

    "I have played wide left, wide right, and I have played through the middle, so all of the positions are the same to me. If the coach tells me to play in a specific position, there will be a reason for that. I will not argue, I will just play in that position.

    "If I really have to say a favourite position, I would say wide-right, because, from there, I can dribble and carry the ball deep into the opposition’s half. So I guess it is the position I like best, but I have to be ready for everything"

  • Kostas Lianos

    KOUND BE A BIDDING WAR

    Tottenham are keeping tabs on Manchester United transfer target Jules Kounde.

    That is according to The Guardian, who claim Spurs are also on the lookout for a centre-back and are thus targeting Sevilla star Kounde as well as Fulham loanee Joachim Andersen.

    Kounde is among United's top targets as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking for a defender to partner up with Harry Maguire at centre-back.

    Andersen was also previously recommended to the Red Devils when Jose Mourinho was in charge

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