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FORMER Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has already found his next club if reports are to be believed.

Spanish outlet Marca say Ronaldo will is set to join Saudi side Al-Nassr from the start of January.

However, SunSport understands a deal is yet to be sealed.

Elsewhere, it is believed that the Red Devils could turn their attention to AC Milan winger Rafael Leao if a deal for Cody Gakpo falls through.

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  • James Colasanti

    Manchester United linked to Sommer

    Manchester United are said to be closing in on the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

    The Swiss keeper, 33, is being lined up for a January switch to Old Trafford, reports German weekly sports magazine Sport Bild.

  • James Colasanti

    Ronaldo ‘open to Chelsea move’

    Cristiano Ronaldo is still open to a move to Chelsea despite his whopping £173million-a-year offer from Saudi side Al-Nassr.

    The World Cup-chasing Portugal star is a free agent after his messy exit from Manchester United.

    And according to the Sunday Mirror, the 37-year-old is still open to offers, including any potential proposal from Stamford Bridge.

  • James Colasanti

    Arsenal not after Jesus cover

    Arsenal will have a £50million to spend in January but will not target a striker to replace injured Gabriel Jesus, according to reports.

    The Gunners top the Prem but have just been dealt a blow with news of a knee injury for their Brazil star Jesus at the World Cup which could rule him out for three months.

    But despite the loss of the ex-Manchester City ace, a striker is not on the club’s new year wish list, according to Football Insider.

  • James Colasanti

    Caicedo’s value skyrockets to £70m

    Manchester United tried but failed to sign Brighton star Moises Caicedo for £3.6m two years ago – and they will have to pay quite a bit more for him now.

    The Red Devils – along with Newcastle – are thought to still want Ecuadorian midfielder but they will have to shell out up to £70m for the 21-year-old this time around.

  • James Colasanti

    Antony 'underwhelmed' in Cameroon defeat

    Manchester United star Antony made his first ever World Cup start for Brazil last in their 1-0 defeat to Cameroon – and the general consensus is he failed to deliver the goods.

    With the Samba Boys already through to the last 16, boss Tite made a number of changes and it resulted in a disjointed performance.

    But Red Devils winger Antony was not spared from criticism in the Brazilan press.

    A report in Lance said: “His game started well but later he showed an excess of frills and for holding the ball too much. He was deservedly replaced.”

    And one in Globo added: “He produced a weak finish from the best chance he got when he received the ball from Fred. At other times, he exaggerated in his attempts at take shots."

  • James Colasanti

    Rashford should replace Saka – Eriksson

    Marcus Rashford should replace Bukayo Saka in England's starting line-up for their World Cup quarter-final against France, according to ex-England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.

    Manchester United star Rashford and Arsenal winger Saka have both scored three goals and produced influential displays in the Three Lions' march to the last eight in Qatar.

    But Eriksson, who was in charge of the national team between 2001 and 2006, told Football Betting: "Saka is very quick but I think Rashford should start ahead of him despite his goal against Senegal.

    "I think France will have more of the ball so we need as much speed as we can get against them.

    "If we have Rashford on the counter we have a lot better chance of breaking and being more lethal on the counter so I'd have to go with Rashford, Foden and Kane against France.

    "Rashford is a runner with and without the ball, he has to play."

  • James Colasanti

    Rashford 'most influential' England star

    Marcus Rashford is the most influential England star on Instagram, according to a new study.

    Research by kingcasinoconus.uk into how Three Lions fare on the photo-led platform found the Manchester United striker can earn a whopping £37,950 per sponsored Instagram post.

    The 25-year-old – who has become increasingly active in support of good causes in recent years -has nearly 13million followers and an engagement rate of 3.28 percent.

    England and Spurs skipper Harry Kane has 13.3m followers and can charge up to £36,997 per sponsored Instagram post – but has the lowest engagement rate of any Three Lions star at 0.36 percent.

  • James Colasanti

    Maguire proves doubter Eriksson wrong

    Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson says Harry Maguire has proved him wrong with his displays at the World Cup so far.

    The Swede was one of many who had doubts over the Manchester United star's form and right to start for the Three Lions heading into Qatar 2022.

    But England have progressed to the last eight with centre-half Maguire proving a rock in the tournament's best-performing defence.

    And Eriksson told Football Betting: "I'm very happy that Harry Maguire has proved me wrong when I said he shouldn't start.

    "He's proved again he's a very good international player. He missed some passes yesterday but on the whole he was very good.

    "I'm happy that I was wrong and he's showing the world that he can be a very world class centre back."

  • James Colasanti

    Brazil's Casemiro welcomes back Neymar

    Manchester United ace Casemiro has welcomed the return of fellow Brazil ace Neymar from injury.

    Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar picked up a knock in Brazil's World Cup win over Serbia and was ruled out of the group stages.

    But he looks set to return to the fold alongside Casemiro for today's last-16 clash with South Korea.

  • James Colasanti

    Caicedo's value skyrockets to £70m

    Manchester United tried but failed to sign Brighton star Moises Caicedo for £3.6m two years ago – and they will have to pay quite a bit more for him now.

    The Red Devils – along with Newcastle – are thought to still want Ecuadorian midfielder but they will have to shell out up to £70m for the 21-year-old this time around.

  • James Colasanti

    United eye up Milan's Leao

    Manchester United may make AC Milan Rafael Leao their main target target-man if their interest in Cody Gakpo falls flat.

    PSV Eindhoven star Gakpo's price has skyrocketed after his stunning displays for Holland at the World Cup so far.

    That could see the Red Devils turn to Portugal ace Leao, 23, instead, according to the Mirror.

  • Jack Figg

    Good morning Man Utd fans

    Man Utd have turned their attentions to Portugal superstar Rafael Leao, according to reports.

    The Daily Star claim that the Red Devils have grown frustrated with their attempts to lure PSV’s Cody Gakpo to the club.

    Instead, they will now move for the AC Milan hotshot, who could cost as much as £50million.

    His current deal expires in 2024.

    Meanwhile, The Sun can reveal Manchester United are ready to swoop in January to land Holland’s World Cup star Cody Gakpo.

    PSV are willing to cash in on the attacker to maximise his value following his three goals in Qatar.

    United were interested in the 23-year-old in the summer but backed out of a potential deal after signing Anthony from Ajax for
    £85.5million.

    But the Red Devils want attacking reinforcements following Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit and Gakpo is keen on the move.

    The Dutchman, who lined up against the USA, wants to be used as a striker despite being played as a winger and a number 10 for his club and country.

    Both clubs are yet to enter talks but with United boss Erik Ten Hag and Gakpo sharing the same agents, there is belief a deal can be ironed out as soon as the window opens next month.

    Man Utd are keen to organise another behind-closed-doors friendly, as they continue warm-weather training camp in Spain.

    The Red Devils will play Cadiz on Wednesday and Real Betis on Saturday – the latter coming 10 days before they entertain
    Burnley in the League Cup.

    However, Erik ten Hag wants his team to play another game against Football League opposition when they return from Spain.

    Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson believes Man Utd would be better off signing Harry Kane instead of Cody Gakpo.

    “Gakpo would be very good for the Premier League and I’m certain he wouldn’t need that much time to adapt to the Premier League,” Eriksson told Betway.

    “The thing is that many clubs will have been watching him thirty or fourty times. Ronaldo has gone now and Manchester United need an out and out number nine and Harry Kane seems the perfect fit.

    "Kane could be impossible but they have to get something similar. Right now I don’t think Gakpo is the profile they need.”

  • Jon Boon

    Another friendly

    Man Utd are keen to organise another behind-closed-doors friendly, as they continue warm-weather training camp in Spain.

    The Red Devils will play Cadiz on Wednesday and Real Betis on Saturday – the latter coming 10 days before they entertain Burnley in the League Cup.

    However, Erik ten Hag wants his team to play another game against Football League opposition when they return from Spain.

  • Jon Boon

    Eriksson doubts Gakpo's credentials

    Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson believes Man Utd would be better off signing Harry Kane instead of Cody Gakpo.

    "Gakpo would be very good for the Premier League and I’m certain he wouldn’t need that much time to adapt to the Premier League," Eriksson told Betway.

    "The thing is that many clubs will have been watching him thirty or fourty times. Ronaldo has gone now and Manchester United need an out and out number nine and Harry Kane seems the perfect fit.

    "Kane could be impossible but they have to get something similar. Right now I don’t think Gakpo is the profile they need."

  • Jon Boon

    Caicedo chase

    Man Utd and Newcastle face a huge penalty if they want to land Brighton star Moises Caicedo.

    The Red Devils missed the chance to snap up the Ecuador midfield marauder, 21, two years ago.

    And now it will cost them £60-70million if they are to prise Caicedo away from the south coast, where he is a firm favourite.

    Both United's wished to buy Caicedo from Ecuadorian outfit Independiente del Valle — but Brighton had already been over to watch him.

    Despite phone calls during Covid restrictions, the Reds and Magpies lost out to the Seagulls’ sales pitch as they snapped him up for £3.6m in February 2021.

    Sources close to Caicedo say he was persuaded by the way Brighton pushed hardest when he was a relative unknown.

  • Jon Boon

    Attentions turned to Leao

    Man Utd have turned their attentions to Portugal superstar Rafael Leao, according to reports.

    The Daily Star claim that the Red Devils have grown frustrated with their attempts to lure PSV's Cody Gakpo to the club.

    Instead, they will now move for the AC Milan hotshot, who could cost as much as £50million.

    His current deal expires in 2024.

  • Jon Boon

    Training day

    Man Utd have begun their warm-weather training camp in Spain amid the World Cup break with many absences and new faces.

    United manager Erik ten Hag picked a squad filled with players that didn't make their national team's cut for Qatar, those whose countries didn't qualify and academy prospects.

    In fact, of the 29 players to make the trip, only 11 could be considered regular members of Ten Hag's first team.

    The Dutchman took his players to Cadiz for mid-season preparation as they face a packed December schedule once the 2022 World Cup comes to an end.

    The Red Devils are also set for some friendlies as they will take on Cadiz and Real Betis this coming week.

    The vast majority of senior players have taken off for Qatar and only Denmark's Christian Eriksen, Tunisia's Hannibal Mejbri as well as Uruguay's Facundo Pellistri have suffered an early exit.

  • Jon Boon

    Rooney praise

    Ringside at Tyson Fury’s fight with Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium was England football legend Wayne Rooney.

    And the all-time Man Utd scorer was full of praise for the Gypsy King.

    He said: “He’s the best we’ve seen for a long time. I don’t think anyone will beat him.”

    Rooney added: “I probably think he should be knighted, if I’m being honest.”

  • Jon Boon

    Ferdinand bumps into Ji-sung

    Rio Ferdinand and Park Ji-sung reconnected in Qatar while the pair were visiting for the World Cup.

    The duo played together during the Red Devils' successful years under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Ferdinand grabbed a selfie with the former South Korean midfielder as he was on while taking a break from his punditry work.

    In the picture the pair are smiling, although Park does look a lot smarter in his suit compared to Ferdinand's white t-shirt.

    Ferdinand posted the picture with the caption: "Good to see my guy Park Ji-sung."

    Fans loved the picture of the two as it was 'liked' over 120,000 times on Instagram and many were happy to see the midfielder again.

  • Jake Sanders

    United back in for Gakpo

    SunSport exclusive from Frankie Christou

    Manchester United are ready to swoop in January to land Holland's World Cup star Cody Gakpo. 

    PSV are willing to cash in on the attacker to maximise his value following his three goals in Qatar. 

    United were interested in the 23-year-old in the summer but backed out of a potential deal after signing Anthony from Ajax for £85.5million. 

    But the Red Devils want attacking reinforcements following Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit and Gakpo is keen on the move. 

    The Dutchman, who lined up against the USA, wants to be used as a striker despite being played as a winger and a number 10 for his club and country. 

    Both clubs are yet to enter talks but with United boss Erik Ten Hag and Gakpo sharing the same agents, there is belief a deal can be ironed out as soon as the window opens next month.

  • Jake Sanders

    Jonathan David keen on Prem move

    Canada striker Jonathan David is keen on a Premier League move. 

    The Lille ace has attracted interest from Manchester United and Chelsea having bagged nine league goals this season in France. 

    The 22-year-old did not score at the World Cup before Canada’s exit but insists he has improved as a player despite his nation crashing out following three defeats. 

    David said: "The Premier League is the best league in the world and every player would want to play there some day. 

    "I have been focused on trying to enjoy the World Cup and enjoy the moment. 

    "What happens now I do not know, we will see."

  • Jake Sanders

    United confirm squad for mid-season tour

    Manchester United have confirmed their travelling party for their trip to Spain.

    The Red Devils are without the bulk of their first-team squad due to the World Cup, but the likes of David de Gea and Antony Martialare on the tour.

    Goalkeepers: De Gea, Heaton, Bishop, Dubravka.

    Defenders: Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Williams, Mengi, Bernard, Jurado, Hardley, Bennett, Oyedele, Murray, Fredricson.

    Midfielders: Van de Beek, McTominay, Savage, Iqbal, Hansen, Gore, Mainoo.

    Forwards: Martial, Elanga, Shoretire, Garnacho, Hugill, McNeill, Emeran.

    Jadon Sancho hasn't been named, but the club said: "Jadon Sancho is continuing his individual training programme as part of a process to get back to his highest level. The club is fully supporting him in this."

  • Jake Sanders

    Gakpo set to decide future post World Cup

    Cody Gakpo will make a decision on his future after the World Cup.

    The flying Dutchman, who's scored three goals in four games in Qatar, has been strongly linked with a Prem move in 2022 following his fine form for club and country.

    He told The Athletic: "I have to be honest, I am not thinking about that now.

    "I am focused on the tournament and want to keep performing well, to keep helping the team. Hopefully when we become world champions we can think about other things.

    "I try to keep focused and the other players don’t really speak about that kind of thing."

  • Jake Sanders

    United in Spain

    Manchester United's non World Cup players are in Spain for a mid-season tour.

    United will get some warm weather train in the bank before playing two friendlies against Spain opposition next week.

    Firstly, they take on Cadiz FC on Wednesday before facing Real Betis three days later.

  • Jake Sanders

    Diallo on fire

    Amad Diallo continued his excellent loan spell with Sunderland by adding another goal to his tally on Saturday.

    The 20-year-old opened the scoring in the 3-0 victory over Millwall and has now notched four goals in six games.

    He won't score many easier than that, but they all count.

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