1pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Upamecano LATEST, Van de Beek COMPLETES MEDICAL, Sancho still keen on United – The Sun

DONNY van de Beek is on the verge of joining Manchester United after completing his medical.

And in a further boost to the Red Devils, the government have confirmed he will NOT have to quarantine so long as he is registered before Holland play on Friday.

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  • DUTCH COURAGE

    Donny van de Beek was convinced to sign for Manchester United after an inspirational chat with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, it’s claimed.

    The Dutch midfielder is set to join the Red Devils from Ajax in a £40million move, with the player to pen a five-year deal at Old Trafford.

    Van de Beek has completed a medical ahead of his impending switch, with United set to announce his arrival imminently.

    And according to The Athletic, he was persuaded to sign for the club after a phone call with Solskjaer.

    They claim he left the conversation convinced that his future lies at the Theatre of Dreams.

    The United boss allegedly told the 23-year-old that he will be playing alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in an ultra-attack minded midfield.

  • RED RIVALS

    Manchester United have held talks with Liverpool target Thiago, according to reports.

    The Spaniard, 29, was one of the stars of the Champions League final as Bayern Munich beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0.

    Liverpool are favourites to land the former Barcelona midfielder, but speculation United are bidding for Thiago could both drive his asking price up and his wages too.

    In fact, that is the biggest problem United have with signing him, they believe he is asking for too much cash, while the Red Devils attempt to retain a degree of structure to their wages after their nightmare with overpaid flop Alexis Sanchez.

    Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring in Thiago in a bid to refresh their midfield after no notable additions the previous summer.

  • VAN DE BEEK STATS

    Here are the Dutchman's impressive numbers at Ajax.

  • UTD FIRE SALE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sell Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira as soon as possible, according to reports.

    As revealed by SunSport in March, the pair are both thought to be out of his plans at Manchester United for the new season.

    And therefore, according to the Daily Mail, the club are keen to offload the duo and raise some vital transfer funds.

    The two midfielders came through the academy but are deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

    Solskjaer also has the likes of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Scott McTominay, Fred, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata already in the squad plus Donny van de Beek who is set to arrive imminently.

    Lingard, who turns 28 in December, and Benfica-target Pereira, 24, both played 40 times across all competitions last season and started 25 of those.

  • SMALL CHANGE

    Manchester United are reportedly waiting on a new bid from Roma to sign Chris Smalling on a permanent deal.

    The England star impressed on loan at the Serie A side last season and has been described as keen to extend his stay in the Italian capital.

    As SunSport revealed, the £20million price tag placed on Smalling’s head has proved a large obstacle for the Giallorossi.

    Yet according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Roma are readying an offer to land the former Fulham ace in the coming days.

    He tweeted: “Manchester United expect to receive a new bid soon from AS Roma to sell Chris Smalling on a permanent deal.

    “Man Utd board are also working to sign a new CB if a ‘good opportunity’ will be on the market (in the coming) weeks.”

  • PARTING IS SUCH TWEET SORROW

    Edwin van der Sar let off a teary emoji after Rio Ferdinand hyped up the signing of Donny van de Beek at Manchester United.

    The two former team-mates had the funny exchange on Twitter after Van de Beek completed his medical.

    No doubt Rio could get the latest straight from the horse's mouth.

    Old Trafford legend Van der Sar is, after all, the CEO of Ajax and had reportedly made sure the deal to United went through.

  • PIPPED AT THE POST

    Arsenal were serious in their chase for Ajax star Donny van de Beek, who has now all-but been unveiled by Manchester United.

    The Dutchman, 23, was part of the Amsterdam side that tore through Europe’s most prestigious clubs in the Champions League just over 18 months ago.

    And the Gunners were keen to sign him during Ajax’s famous campaign, but when the likes of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong were close to leaving the club.

    Van de Beek did end up staying for another season in Amsterdam, but is now leaving for United for an initial £35.6million.

    According to the Athletic, United think they have pulled off a serious coup to sign the player.

    Ironically it was Highbury legend Dennis Bergkamp, the father of Van de Beek's girlfriend, who encouraged him to move to Old Trafford.

  • KIT'S ALRIGHT

    Oh… and the kit launch features Jadon Sancho in a red shirt👀

  • THREE LIONS ON THE SHIRT

    Marcus Rashford is among the players to model England's new kit.

    What do we think, fans?

  • OTD – 2015

    On this day five years ago, a relative unknown 19-year-old Anthony Martial signed for Manchester United from Monaco.

    His first goal was one worth waiting for.

    A strike to take down United's fiercest rivals at Old Trafford.

  • MAKING MEALS REAL

    Marcus Rashford has unveiled his child food poverty taskforce.

    Rashford is campaigning for the expansion of free school meals for children aged seven to 16 from households on universal credit.

    He said in a statement on Twitter: “The intention of the task force is to see sufficient funds from the Chancellor’s Budget and spending review allocated to implement the three policy recommendations.”

  • PSG'S 'PAY DAY

    Leonardo has reportedly been in touch with Lyon over making a bid for Memphis Depay.

    The dutchman has just a year left on his current contract and has no shortage of suitors around Europe after helping fire the Ligue 1 side to the Champions League semi-finals.

    Former Manchester United and PSV Eindhoven winger Depay, 26, was sold by United in 2015.

  • DRAGON'S GOT FIRE

    Ryan Giggs is adamant Dan James can rediscover his best form at Manchester United – by shining for Wales this week.

    James, 22, made just one Premier League start following lockdown and that was United's returning game at Tottenham on June 19.

    Giggs said: “Sometimes the players that don't necessarily play all the time for their clubs, it gives them a chance to get some minutes, try and get some form to go back to their clubs and show them what they can do.

    “Perhaps DJ is in that camp. United start a week later but DJ will turn up fit and raring to go, I'm sure.

    “He's a player I know well.

    “He had a really good start to his United career but he was not playing regularly towards the end of the season but sometimes in the long run that can help and improve you.

    “DJ has always been great when he has come into camp.”

  • UP' TO NO GOOD

    RB Leipzig have laughed off talk of Manchester United turning to sign Dayot Upamecano after landing Donny van de Beek.

    The German side posted a series of sarcastic tweets aimed at reminding fans that the French defender has only recently signed a new contract at the club.

    In one tweet that appears to have been taken down by the Champions League semi-finalists, they shared a quote from a British journalist confirming United's interest in Upamecano with a parody gif.

    They also tweeted about Upamecano's contract extension, which he signed only a month ago.

  • MORNING RED DEVILS

    Donny van de Beek is set to be unveiled as a Manchester United player after the Ajax midfielder underwent a medical ahead of a £40million move.

    SunSport understands the procedures went without hiccup as the 23-year-old missed Holland training to get things moving.

    Personal terms are thought to have been agreed on a five-year deal and his father has described the transfer as a “dream”.

    Andre told omroepgelderland.nl: “This is a dream come true. It’s the perfect moment for him to make this step to such a beautiful club.

    “Many clubs were interested, but Donny decides himself.”

    But he will not get his favoured No6 shirt with Paul Pogba in the way and could be lumped with the unlucky No7 vacated by Alexis Sanchez.

    The rush is on for the Red Devils as the government confirmed to Sky Sports – Van de Beek will miss quarantine if he is registered before Friday.

    And international team-mate Virgil van Dijk gave the move his seal of approval by saying it was a “great step” to make.

    With Van de Beek in, it could spell the end of the road for Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira.

    MailOnline reports Manchester United are ready to sell the pair to clear space after they fell down the pecking order.

    ESPN reports United are lining up a swoop for Dayot Upamecano but Sky Sports fear it will be “very difficult” to poach him from RB Leipzig this summer.

    Elsewhere, Marcus Rashford explained the England games came too early for him in his recovery from an ankle blow.

    And Nemanja Matic issued a rallying cry to his team-mates, saying only winning the league is good enough.

  • GIGGS NEEDS DJ

    Ryan Giggs is adamant Dan James can rediscover his best form at Manchester United – by shining for Wales this week, writes Phil Cadden.

    James, 22, made just one Premier League start following lockdown and that was United's returning game at Tottenham on June 19.

    But Giggs believes Wales' Nations League double-header against Finland and Bulgaria can be just the tonic for flying winger James to regain his confidence ahead of the new season when United kick-off against Crystal Palace on September 19.

    Giggs said: “Sometimes the players that don't necessarily play all the time for their clubs, it gives them a chance to get some minutes, try and get some form to go back to their clubs and show them what they can do.

    Perhaps DJ is in that camp. United start a week later but DJ will turn up fit and raring to go, I'm sure.

    “He's a player I know well. He had a really good start to his United career but he was not playing regularly towards the end of the season but sometimes in the long run that can help and improve you.

    “DJ has always been great when he has come into camp.”

  • BEEK OF THE NET

    Donny van de Beek can dodge quarantine IF he arrives at Old Trafford before Friday.

    It will be a £40million deal on a five-year contract brokered by former Red Devil and Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar.

    The government told Sky Sports, he is free from quarantine if he registers before playing in one of Holland's games as he will then be entitled to an exemption.

    On sporting grounds he will be free to train with his new team-mates rather than self-isolate for two weeks.

  • FAN FRENZY

    Manchester United's links with Dayot Upamecano have sent fans into overdrive.

    Red Devils supporters reacted super positively to the idea of the RB Leipzig defender arriving at Old Trafford.

    One said: “First we wrap up the VDB deal inside 24 hours, and now we’re apparently looking at signing Dayot Upamecano?

    “Nah, this can’t be real. Someone’s done something to Ed Woodward if that happens.”

  • DEN DEAL

    Donny van de Beek's move to Manchester United was orchestrated by Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp.

    According to Sky Sports' Pete Graves, Bergkamp played a big role in persuading the Dutch ace to move to Old Trafford.

    Van de Beek is Bergkamp's son in law and clearly gave the move a seal of approval, despite being a Gunners legend.

  • ICYMI

    RB Leipzig fired off a warning shot at Manchester United.

    The Red Devils are reportedly interested in signing star Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

    And the Bundesliga outfit sent them a stark reminder about his contract status.

    Upamecano extended his deal at Leipzig until 2023 at the end of July, and the club's English Twitter page reshared the announcement with a simple caption of ICYMI.

  • END OF AN ERA?

    The Glazers could sell Manchester United to the co-founder of Zara, according to reports.

    Radio El Fuego in Spain suggests the Ortega family have reached a deal to buy the club from the Glazer family.

    Amancio Ortega, 84, heads up the Ortegas and is one of the richest men in the world.

    The radio station has been claiming for days that the family made a bid for the club and they suggest a reliable source has told them a verbal agreement is in place.

    But a deal could take many months to complete due to the complexity of proceedings.

  • UPA FOR THE CHALLENGE

    Manchester United may find it “very difficult” to sign RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano this summer.

    Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol said on Sky Sports News: “Only recently he signed a contract extension until 2023 but it has a release clause worth around £40million which kicks in next summer.

    “My understanding was that next summer he was likely to move to Bayern Munich but obviously there is nothing stopping clubs like United trying to sign him this summer.

    “And we know that United want to sign a centre-back but I think it would be very, very difficult to get him out of RB Leipzig this summer.”

  • DREAM DEAL

    Donny van de Beek's father has described his imminent move to Manchester United as a “dream” transfer.

    The 23-year-old's dad Andre could not hide his pride after his son underwent a medical and agreed personal terms.

    He told omroepgelderland.nl: “This is a dream come true. It’s the perfect moment for him to make this step to such a beautiful club.

    “Many clubs were interested, but Donny decides himself.”

  • DON AND DUSTED

    Donny van de Beek has completed his medical ahead of a £40million move to Manchester United.

    SunSport understands the former Ajax man was tested in Holland without any issues.

    But he will be denied his favourite No6 shirt at Old Trafford.

    Paul Pogba is staying and will not give up his number so the Dutchman may be given the cursed No7 jersey vacated by Alexis Sanchez.

  • BEEK OF THE NET

    Donny van de Beek can dodge quarantine IF he arrives at Old Trafford before Friday.

    It will be a £40million deal on a five-year contract brokered by former Red Devil and Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar.

    The government told Sky Sports, he is free from quarantine if he registers before playing in one of Holland's games as he will then be entitled to an exemption.

    On sporting grounds he will be free to train with his new team-mates rather than self-isolate for two weeks.

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