12.15pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho LATEST, Stevanovic ‘signs’, Saul Niguez offer, Bruno clears up Lindelof spat – The Sun
MANCHESTER UNITED have completed the £10.9m signing of Partizan star Filip Stevanovic, according to reports coming from Serbia.
And Graeme Souness has urged the Red Devils to go out and get Lionel Messi, claiming he could "absolutely" see him at Old Trafford.
Get all the latest updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…
BIG FORTNIGHT AHEAD
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that United are prepared for a hectic few weeks, with the Norwegian determined to get transfer business over the line.
Solskjaer said: “It’s going to be a strange summer.
“We’ve only got a couple of weeks away from each other before we get going again. That’s going to be a mental challenge.
“Of course, we’re going to keep pushing and keep demanding more of the players we have but still we’re looking to improve.
“It’s a strange one. The league starts very quickly but the market is open for so long.
“We’ve got to be smart and clever.”
Manchester United are reportedly considering a move for Juventus winger Douglas Costa.
Sky Sport Italia claim the Red Devils have been a fan of the Brazilian for several years but have concerns over his injury record.
Costa, who turns 30 next month, recently revealed he considered quitting football due to his fitness issues.
The Juve ace has suffered 18 different major injuries during his career – including a calf problem that ruled him out for nearly four months last season.
Costa has made just seven Serie A starts this term and has struggled to replicate his best form since his move from Bayern Munich.
He is one of the main players thought set to be sold to raise funds for new Juventus boss Andrea Pirlo this summer.
JUVE GOT THE RON MAN
Juventus reportedly no longer consider Cristiano Ronaldo ‘non-transferable’ and could decide to cash-in for £54million.
Sport claim Paris Saint-Germain are keeping an eye on developments and may make a move after the Champions League has finished.
Ronaldo’s super-agent Jorge Mendes has already been offering him out to Europe’s biggest clubs ever since Juventus’ European Cup exit.
Despite a record-breaking campaign in front of goal and another Serie A title, the Portugal superstar’s season ultimately ended in disappointment.
Defeats in the Suppercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia final were compounded by crashing out of the Champions League.
In the wake of the fall to Lyon, Maurizio Sarri was sacked and replaced by inexperienced club legend Andrea Pirlo.
NO TROPHY… YET
United fans appear to have faith in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – and that they'll win trophies again soon.
BRUNO ON BUST-UP
Bruno Fernandes has revealed he and Victor Lindelof have buried the hatchet after having a heated argument following Sevilla's winner last night.
He said: “I think it’s normal when you take a goal.
“We had 10 minutes after to score again and everyone was mad, it’s not about me or Victor it’s about the team.
“What’s happened between me and Victor is normal, in football it happens, it’s looking to each other.
“There will be much more times this happens in other teams.
“What’s important now is to see the mistakes everyone did and looking to improve in the next games.”
There is a simple explanation for last night's defeat, according to Rio Ferdinand.
ALL GONG WRONG
Manchester United have gone three seasons without winning a trophy for the first time since 1987-89.
Those were the days when Sir Alex Ferguson nearly lost his job… before perfecting the trophy-winning machine that were his great United sides.
But he needed to win the 1989 FA Cup before his side went on to win the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1990.
WORK LIKE A DEVIL
Harry Maguire played more minutes than any other footballer in the world during an exhausting 2019-20 season.
But the season ended in defeat as Manchester United crashed out of the Europa League after a 2-1 semi-final defeat to Sevilla.
The 6ft 4in defender arrived at Old Trafford last summer in a blockbuster £80million transfer.
While the fee raised eyebrows, he didn't miss a single minute of his side's 2019-20 Premier League campaign – the first outfielder to achieve such a feat since Gary Pallister in 1994-95.
And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has almost always leaned on him in the cup competitions too.
With the Red Devils having reached semi-finals of both domestic cups, as well as the latter stages of the Europa League – the games have come thick and fast.
MORE SCHOLES ON DEFENDING
Scholes added: “There’s a lot wrong with the goal.
“You can almost blame the whole back four for this goal.
“Williams doesn’t get to the ball, where Maguire is, I don’t know.
“But for me Lindelof is the biggest problem.”
Paul Scholes was NOT impressed with Victor Lindelof’s marking as Luuk de Jong ghosted behind him to score a Sevilla winner last night.
Scholes said: “As much as United deserved to win, there’s no doubt about that, they were the better team, you have to say the second goal, the defensive part of that was shocking.
“Lindelof and [Harry] Maguire, both out past the near post, there’s one centre-forward, Lindelof has to see him.
“Then Wan-Bissaka has to cover for him if he doesn’t think he sees him.
“Surely Lindelof as a centre-half, he’s got his centre-forward, he’s got to be looking at him, his body angle’s all wrong.”
The Premier League's opening day fixtures appear to have been leaked – with Manchester United vs Arsenal on the agenda.
The 2020-21 Fantasy Premier League campaign was launched on Saturday, giving fans the chance to build their teams nice and early.
But some eagle-eyed supporters have noticed an apparent blunder – with players' next opponents seemingly being listed.
Should these be correct, the Premier League's September 12 return will be headlined by a blockbuster clash between Man Utd and Arsenal at Old Trafford.
If true, the pair will meet for the first time since New Year's Day, when Nicolas Pepe and Sokratis goals inspired the Gunners to a rousing 2-0 victory.
The former Old Trafford midfielder added: “We talk about hundreds of millions these days to get these players, but these are the players that win you trophies, these are the ones that win you medals.
“We know all this Sancho stuff is going on, they need to spend more money.
“If they want to win trophies, they’ve got to start spending the money.
“They created chances tonight but if you think of Sancho in that team tonight I think United are scoring.”
SAN'S A SHINER
Paul Scholes believes Manchester United would have beaten Sevilla if they had Jadon Sancho in the team.
Scholes has now urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to start spending serious cash on star signings if he wants to win trophies any time soon.
United squandered numerous chances in their 2-1 Europa League semi final defeat to Sevilla in Cologne on Sunday night.
The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood all passed up golden opportunities to hit the target during a dominant 15 minute spell after the break.
United had gone up 1-0 in the clash thanks to an early penalty from Bruno Fernandes.
Scholes told BT Sport: “I don’t think they played badly, I thought they were really good tonight against a really good Sevilla team.
“But that 15-20 minutes after half time with all those chances, you’ve got to score them.
“We talk about quality, we talk about spending money on a centre forward and wide players.
Jadon Sancho could “regret” moving to Manchester United and should stay at Borussia Dortmund, according to Paul Ince.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been chasing the £108million-rated England winger, 20, all summer.
Old Trafford icon Ince told the Daily Star: “At Dortmund he's playing every week and that's what he wants.
“He's still going to be scoring goals for Dortmund in the Champions League next season.
“There's no rush for him. He can take his time and he's still got lots to learn.
“Sancho can keep developing at Dortmund. He doesn't want to return to the Premier League and regret it.”
United’s poor finishing cost them tasting Europa League glory this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side fell to a 2-1 defeat to Sevilla in their semi-final clash in Cologne.
But just like in the previous round against Copenhagen, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side missed a whole host of chances to kill the game off.
In these two games, United had FORTY-SIX shots at goal – but have only two scored penalties from Bruno Fernandes to show for it.
Solskjaer was desperate to end the season with some silverware to add to an impressive third-placed finish in the Premier League.
But it is perennial Europa league winners Sevilla who progress through to the final back in Cologne.
GOOD MORNING MANCHESTER UNITED FANS
Red Devils fans reckon Sergio Romero will leave the club this summer, according to Manchester Evening News.
The Old Trafford number two stopper was dropped from the starting line-up of the club’s semi-final Europa League clash against Sevilla.
The keeper, who is 33, had featured in every game for United in the competition previously this season.
United’s chances of sealing a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho this summer appear to be getting slimmer.
Mundo Deportivo claims Dortmund’s chief executive has insisted the star will remain at the club next season.
United are reported to be leading the race to sign Monaco centre-back Benoit Badiashile.
Media in France claim an offer of £27.2million will be enough to seal a switch to Old Trafford for the Ligue 1 star.
And Ole Gunner Solskjaer has warned that United are lagging too far behind rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
The Daily Star reports the Old Trafford boss is urging the club’s board to spend big if they want to see the side battling for league titles again.
And United target Moussa Dembele could leave Lyon this summer according to the Ligue 1 club’s president.
The former Celtic striker scored twice against Man City after coming on as a sub in Lyon’s quarter-final clash against the Etihad side.
Man United fans reckon Sergio Romero will leave the club this summer after being dropped from the team's Europa League semi-final starting line-up.
Romero, who is 33, has featured in every Europa League game for the club up until their last four clash this evening.
And the number two stopper kept a clean sheet in the club's quarter-final win against Copenhagen.
United's rivals Leeds United have been linked with a move for the Argentine keeper according to Manchester Evening News.
NO TO ROMERO
Paul Scholes insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was right to play David De Gea against Sevilla instead of opting for number two stopper Sergio Romero.
The Red Devils are up against the LaLiga side in the semi-finals of the Europa League this evening.
And Romero has been in goal for United in every game in the tournament up until this stage.
Scholes told BT Sport: “I know Romero usually plays in these games, but I think when you’re playing the likes of Copenhagen and those sort of teams, then you can get away with it, but when you’re playing a very good team.
“Your best goalkeeper has to play.”
Man United's chances of signing Jadon Sancho appear to be get slimmer.
Borussia Dortmund chief exec Hans-Joachim Watzke has reportedly said the club has no plans to make any summer signings, according to Mundo Deportivo.
And the Spanish outlet claims the Dortmund chief insisted the 20-year-old England international will remain at the club next season.
Sancho and his new Dortmund teammate Jude Bellingham were both on target in the club's pre-season 11-2 win against Austrian Wien.
GET BIG BEN
Man United are thought to be leading the race to sign Monaco star Benoit Badiashile
LeSport 10 say the Old Trafford club are in the perfect position to hijack talks the player is rumoured to be having with other suitors.
Chelsea and Real Madrid are reportedly the other sides interested in signing the 6ft 3'' 19-year-old.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is thought to be keen on bringing the teenager in to partner Harry Maguire in central defence.
French media outlets claim an offer of £27.2million could be enough to see the player switch to Old Trafford
GUNNAR GET TRANSFERS
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned Man United are lagging too far behind Liverpool and Manchester City in thePremier League.
The Daily Star say the Old Trafford boss has urged his board to spend big if they want to see the club battling for league titles again.
Solskjaer said: “It’s a race. You can see teams building. We’re always looking at the squad and player logistics.
“We still have a way to go to get to the level of the teams at the top of the Premier League. They are too far ahead of us.”
JULE IN THE CROWN
Sevilla boss Julen Lopetegui believes we are seeing the best Manchester United team in recent years.
Speaking ahead of ahead of his side's Europa League semi-final clash with United tonight, he said: ““I think this United is the best United of the last few years, they have found their football.
“They have not lost since January in the Premier League, which is such a competitive league, and they are in the right place.
“They are a total team in many respects, with great strength and are going to force us to play a great game if we are going to be able to compete with them.”
DEMBELE TO UTD?
Manchester United target Moussa Dembele could leave Lyon this summer according to club president Jean-Michel Aulas.
The former Chelsea striker came off the bench to score twice against Manchester City as the French side set up a semi-final clash with Bayern Munich on Wednesday.
However, after a seventh place finish in Ligue 1, unless Lyon go on to win the competition they will fail to qualify for Europe for the first time since 1997, and may see their best players depart as a result.
Aulas said: “I am going to do everything to keep the players.
“But players who are programmed to play in Europe could want to go elsewhere because we don't have European football.”
XAV A GO
Barcelona legend Xavi has named Manchester United among the teams he would manage in England.
Now manager of Al-Sadd in Qatar, Xavi has been strongly linked with a return to Barca as a coach but told Sky Sports a move to England would be an exciting alternative.
He said: “Obviously if I had to choose, I would choose a big team, City or United, Chelsea, Arsenal or Tottenham.”
Xavi came close to a move to United in 2008 before Pep Guardiola took charge at the Camp Nou.
JIMENEZ TO UTD?
Cristiano Ronaldo has urged Juventus to sign Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Mexico international has been linked with a move to one of Europe's top clubs this summer, with Manchester United reportedly keen.
Wolves are already believed to have signed a replacement for the 29-year-old in £27million Braga striker Paulinho, with reports in Portugal claiming Jimenez is already on his way to Old Trafford.
Jimenez scored 27 goals in all competitions last season, helping Wolves to the Europa League quarter-finals and a seventh-place finish in the Premier League.
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