Sancho to Man Utd DONE DEAL, Goretzka transfer linked, Pogba new contract LATEST, Raphael Varane blow

JADON SANCHO is set to be a Manchester United player after the club agreed a £77.5m deal with Borussia Dortmund.

After a long-running transfer saga, the England winger looks finally set to become a Red Devil this summer.

We've got the very latest on Raphael Varane, while reports suggest that Leon Goretzka is being eyed as a possible replacement for Paul Pogba.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    FRENCH CONNECTION

    Man Utd are closing in on a deal to sign Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.

    According to ESPN, a deal is close to being finalised between the two clubs.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in a solid centre-back partner for club captain Harry Maguire.

    And the 28-year-old, four-time Champions League winner, appears to be the man Solskjaer wants.

    Varane is entering the last year of his contract at Real, and the Spanish giants risk losing him for free next summer if he doesn't sign a new deal.

    The Frenchman could be sold this summer, to avoid making a loss.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DONE DEAL

    Man Utd have agreed a deal to sign hot prospect Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

    Reputable Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano confirmed that a deal worth 90m Euros has been agreed, with add-ons.

    Personal terms have been agreed and he will be under contract until June 2026

    Medical left to do, and then it will be confirmed.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAIN MAN

    Bruno Fernandes finished top of Man Utd's goals and assists chart last season.

    Will he do the same this season?

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOO RUUD

    Man Utd legend Ruud van Nistelrooy turns 45 today!

    Van Nistelrooy had a brilliant career at international level too, competing at both the Euros and World Cups.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PS-GEE WHIZ

    Paris Saint-Germain could have Europe's top defenders quaking in their boots next season, writes RICHARD FORRESTER.

    The French giants have already wasted little time in improving their squad this summer with some bargain additions.

    Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to improve their goalkeeping situation by signing on a free transfer from AC Milan. 

    The 22-year-old has already played 251 times for the Italian side and earned 30 caps for his country. 

    He will be joined by Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi who reportedly turned down Chelsea to join PSG.

    Mauricio Pochettino's side forked out a whopping £59.8million for his signature after missing out on the title last season.

    Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe are likely to remain the rocks at the back with Layvin Kurzawa filling the left-back spot. 

    PSG could also welcome a new-look midfield of Paul Pogba and Georginio Wijnaldum. 

    Dutch international Wijnaldum has already signed on a free transfer from Liverpool while PSG are eager to press ahead with plans to sign Pogba. 

    According to Foot Mercato, PSG have opened talks with the player's agent over his potential salary and will need to convince Manchester United to cash in.

  • Joshua Mbu

    POG TOP

    Man Utd want to tie Paul Pogba down to a new long-term deal.

    And if he was to sign a contract, he would most likely become the highest paid player at the club.

    The wages of Manchester United's current players
  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Manchester United are finally close to completing the signing of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

    It is understood that the Red Devils have agreed a £73m fee with the Bundesliga side plus add-ons.

    The England international is believed to have agreed on a contract until 2026 at Old Trafford.

    But in a blow for United, Chelsea have joined them in the race to sign Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane.

    According to Eurosport, the Blues could attempt to hijack a deal for France international Varane.

    In other news, United are claimed to be interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka.

    According to German outlet Bild, United see Goretzka as an ideal replacement for Paul Poba should the Frenchman decide to leave Old Trafford.

    Pogba can negotiate a free transfer with other clubs in January 2022.

    And finally, Axel Tuanzebe could be en-route to Aston Villa for a third time this summer.

    The defender has already had two loan spells at Villa and they’re reportedly keen to make it a treble, according to Football Insider.

    They claim a Villa source told them that Dean Smith’s side have concrete interest in the 23-year-old, and will make a formal approach for him if given the green light.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROO YOUR BOAT

    EXCLUSIVE – Wayne and Coleen Rooney have grabbed another bargain holiday by taking their boys on a narrowboat trip.

    The ex-Manchester United and England captain and his wife treated their four children to the peaceful canal break.

    The pair, both 35, and Kai, 11, Cass, three, Klay, eight, and Kit, five, moored outside the Hartley Arms in Wheaton Aston, Staffs.

    Pete Hyde dashed to the pub, which sits on the Shropshire Union Canal, with his football-mad son Jaret, ten, after hearing Derby manager Wayne was there.

    He said: “It was amazing and he had his picture taken with Rooney and had a football signed by him.”

    But the Rooneys almost missed their lunch when they visited the Bridge Inn in nearby Brewood.

    Wayne and Coleen Rooney with Bridge Inn's landlady Helen Bannister
  • Jake Lambourne

    PRICEY PLAYERS

    Jadon Sancho is set to become the third most expensive Premier League player of all time.

    But who else makes the list?

    Look at the list below…

  • Jake Lambourne

    CHO CHO SLIDE

    It's clear to see why Man Utd have been desperate to sign Jadon Sancho.

    Since the 2018-19 season, only Lionel Messi has registered more assists than the English winger.

    Sancho has provided 41 assists, while also getting on the score sheet 37 times.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PS-GEE WHIZ

    PSG could have Europe's top defenders quaking in their boots next season.

    Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to improve their goalkeeping situation by signing on a free transfer from AC Milan.

    He will be joined by Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi who has reportedly turned down Chelsea to join PSG.

    Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could be partnered alongside Man Utd star Paul Pogba with the Frenchman facing an uncertain future.

    And Red Devils legend Cristiano Ronaldo has also been linked with the Juventus ace having just one year left on his deal.

    Here is how Les Parisiens could start next term.

  • Jake Lambourne

    STAND AND DELIVER

    Man Utd have started construction of their 1,500-capacity safe-standing section.

    The ‘rail seats’ will come into use once full crowds are allowed back into stadiums.

    United spent the lockdown period making renovations to Old Trafford, including a new area for disabled fans.

    Should the trial prove to be a success, it could be rolled out to different areas of the ground.

    Manchester United have began to build their safe-standing section
  • Jake Lambourne

    LEON LIGHTS

    Leon Goretzka is reportedly on Manchester United's radar in case Paul Pogba leaves.

    Bayern Munich are struggling to persuade Germany midfielder Goretzka – still reeling from England's Euro 2020 win – to sign a new contract.

    And France star Pogba has reportedly failed to agree an extension to his Old Trafford deal.

    If the 28-year-old heads for the exit door, German newspaper Sport Bild say United are ready to move for Goretza.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SAN STORM

    Man Utd have reportedly agreed a fee with Borussia Dortmund to sign Jadon Sancho!

    Having failed to sign the England international last year, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made landing the winger his priority this summer.

    And according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Sancho, a fee of £77million plus add-ons has been agreed.

    He tweeted: "Jadon Sancho to Manchester United… HERE WE GO! Done deal confirmed.

    "Agreement reached between Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund. €90m with add ons. Agents fee and personal terms agreed, contract until 2026. Medicals pending – then it’ll be official."

  • Jake Lambourne

    DEVIL DELIGHT

    With Jadon Sancho expected to join from Borussia Dortmund, take a look at Man Utd's most expensive signings.

    The England international may not be the only high-profile arrival at Old Trafford this summer with Raphael Varane also linked.

  • Jake Lambourne

    VARCICAL

    Premier League chiefs will not copy the way Euro 2020 has deployed VAR next term – because they simply haven’t got enough officials.

    Uefa’s system sees three VAR officials on duty for each match, with one delegated to only deal with offside decisions.

    That has sped up the process, with the average overturned decisions taking just 63 seconds in the group phase.

    But to mirror that set-up, the VAR hubs at Stockley Park would have to be reconfigured for extra seats, when there simply is not enough space at the moment.

    It would also require more officials to work at Stockley Park, taking them off EFL duty – as VAR teams can only be current recently-retired refs and assistants.

    And with up to six matches played simultaneously most weekends, with the return of the Saturday 3pm slot, it is felt to be impossible to replicate the Uefa process.

  • Jake Lambourne

    IRN BRU

    On this day in 2020, Bruno Fernandes scored a stunning volley away at Brighton.

    Take a look at his fine strike below.

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    A post shared by Manchester United (@manchesterunited)

  • Jake Lambourne

    DON'T TRIP

    Man Utd target Kieran Trippier has promised England's faithful that Harry Kane will deliver if they keep their trust in him.

    Kane struggled once again to impose himself against Germany before he finally broke his Euro 2020 duck with the late second goal in Tuesday’s 2-0 win.

    Atletico Madrid right-back Trippier, 30, said: “You know, his goals will come – just believe in him, that's all.

    “I've stood by him – all the team has. H has been unbelievable.

    “Okay if he’s not scoring, just please watch what he does for the team. He works so hard for the team.

    “I'm so happy for him, as everybody is of course.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PICK THAT OUT

    Harry Maguire paid tribute to Jordan Pickford for dealing with being the most scrutinised keeper in world football to be a shining star for England.

    But the 27-year-old Everton No 1 produced two top-class saves against Germany to provide the platform for their last-16 win.

    Man of the match Maguire said: “We have a magnificent keeper behind us, who every time he has put on the shirt for England has been magnificent.

    “Probably the goalkeeping No 1 spot for England is the most scrutinised position in world football.”

    Maguire added: “We have excellent players but it’s not just us defenders or the keeper, it’s a unit, a base, it comes from Gareth and the way he sets us up.

    “Of course, the forward lads in terms of the way they press.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    RAM RAID

    Chelsea have reportedly made an offer to Real Madrid defender and former Man Utd target Sergio Ramos.

    The centre-half recently confirmed he will leave the Spanish giants at the end of the season as a free agent.

    Paris Saint-Germain are believed to be the frontrunners for his signature.

    But according to El Chiringuito, Chelsea are one of four clubs to have offered the 35-year-old terms.

    The others in the race are Manchester City, Bayern Munich and PSG.

    ESPN claim the veteran defender is going through the pros and cons of each potential move.

  • Joshua Mbu

    POG BOOM

    PSG want to make a statement this summer with a marque signing.

    And Man Utd's Paul Pogba is on the Parisians' radar, according to Foot Mercato.

    The French outlet are reporting that  PSG’s sporting director Leonardo and Pogba's agent Raiola have already spoken.

    Pogba and Raiola are reportedly open to a move to the French giants.

    And with Pogba's contract expiring in June 2022, a move could be on the cards.

    Man Utd want to tie the Frenchman down to a new deal, but they haven't managed to find a breakthrough yet.

  • Joshua Mbu

    RAB RAID

    Manchester United sent a scout to watch Adrien Rabiot in France's Euro 2020 defeat to Switzerland, writes THOMAS BLOW.

    The 26-year-old midfielder played for the world champions at left wing-back during their shock loss.

    According to the Daily Star, a United scout was at the game in Bucharest to watch Rabiot in action.

    It was a nightmare evening for Rabiot and his French teammates, losing on penalties in a shock result.

    His mum Veronique, who is also his agent, has come under fire for arguing with the families of Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe in the stands after the final whistle.

    Although the Juventus star has featured 62 times in Serie A since his move from Paris Saint-Germain in July 2019, reports claim the club are willing to let him leave for just £17million.

    United, along with Chelsea and Barcelona, are believed to be interested in signing the player.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOAL OF THE DAY

    Former Man Utd captain Antonio Valencia scored an absolute peach on his weaker left foot.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BAUMGARTNER OUTLINES FUTURE

    Austria and Hoffenheim midfielder Christoph Baumgartner has dealt a blow to Man Utd and Liverpool.

    The 21-year-old has outlined his intention to stay at the Bundesliga club for the upcoming season.

    In an interview with Bild, he said: "My clear plan is to play for Hoffenheim next season.

    "I definitely extended my contract in March with the intention to play here next season.

    "I believe I have the biggest opportunity to develop further here.

    "For me, that means playing consistently at a high level with more room for improvement."

  • Joshua Mbu

    GO GET GORETZKA

    Man Utd are interesting in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka.

    According to German outlet Bild, United see Goretzka as a ideal replacement for Paul Poba should the Frenchman decide to leave Old Trafford.

    Pogba can negotiate a free transfer with other clubs in January 2022.

    Likewise, Goretzka has just one year left on his current deal at the Bundesliga champions.

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