Man Utd transfer news LIVE: £40m Lamptey eyed, Ronaldo targeted by PSG in Messi link up, Haidara being monitored

CRISTIANO RONALDO had conversations with his agent about his future at Manchester United, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

Jorge Mendes has flown to the UK for talks with the 36-year-old over status at Old Trafford following reports of a fall-out between Ralf Rangnick and the senior player, which the club deny.

Meanwhile, United are said to be keen on Brighton's £40m right-back Tariq Lamptey.

And ex-United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes he should be asking Ronaldo for advice.

While reports suggest that United are set to swoop for Brighton star Tariq Lamptey.

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  • Gary Stonehouse

    Morning, United fans

    Ralf Rangnick is tipped to chase a defensive midfielder and right-back this month – with Tariq Lamptey and Amadou Haidara high on his wishlist.

    Anchormen Scott McTominay and Fred have come under fire ahead of Saturday evening's Prem trip to Aston Villa.

    And United reportedly share Newcastle's interest in RB Leipzig ace Haidara .

    Borussia Monchengladbach‘s Denis Zakaria, long linked with Arsenal, is thought to be on the Red Devils' radar too.

    The Swiss 25-year-old could be available for just £5million.

    And Wolves' Portugal star Ruben Neves, 24, is also thought to be attracting interest from Old Trafford interim boss Rangnick – despite being rated at £35m.

     Lamptey, 21, is rated as a possible recruit to compete with Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

    But United value the ex-Chelsea right-back £10million short of Brighton's £40m asking price.

    Lamptey’s current deal runs until until 2025, meaning the Seagulls are under no pressure to sell the Tottenham target.

    Finally, Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes claims United ‘feels poisonous’ at the moment.

    The former England midfielder worries that might affect their ability to bring in a top-class manager next season, as well as proven players now or in the summer.

    He said: “Who wants to come into this club? It feels like a right mess. It does feel poisonous.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Carlos picks JT over Becks

    Roberto Carlos has snubbed former Real Madrid teammate David Beckham by naming John Terry as his favourite England player.

    Carlos and Beckham spent four years together at the Bernabeu at the height of the Galacticos era.

    They both regarded as the best dead-ball specialists in world football at the time.

    And a combination of their free-kicks and corners saw Real win a LaLiga title in 2007.

    However, Carlos, 48, has candidly revealed that Beckham is not his favourite player to represent England.

    That honour falls to ex-Three Lions captain Terry, who won five Premier League titles and a Champions League at Chelsea while being capped 78 times by his country.

    Carlos even had the chance to link up with Terry at Stamford Bridge when he left Real in 2007.

  • Ian Tuckey

    I'm Shear to help Marcus

    Alan Shearer has contacted Marcus Rashford to help him through his alarming slump in form.

    Manchester United star Rashford is without a goal in 11 games and has been subbed in eight of his ten starts since returning from a shoulder operation.

    Some of the Old Trafford crowd turned against him during the Red Devils 1-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa on Monday night.

    All-time Premier League top scorer Shearer watched on from the stands in his role as a BBC pundit.

    Now he has called Rashford to offer him his support.

    He offered him tips on handling the pressure and expectation that is on his shoulders at the moment and convinced him that he can come through this period in his career.

    The Blackburn title winner and Newcastle scoring legend also said he was available at any time to chat if he wanted help in the future.

    Shearer, with a record 260 Premier League goals and 63 England caps, knows as well as anyone what it is like to be in the spotlight and under pressure.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Haid and seek

    Newcastle want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to reports.

    The Malian was strongly linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

    Haidara worked with the German, 63, at RB Leipzig – with Rangnick thought to be keen on a reunion at Old Trafford.

    But according to the Mail, Newcastle want to thwart the potential move.

    They add that Eddie Howe’s side are willing to pay a package that, including wages, could reach as much as £80million.

    The Toon see Haidara as a potential leader for this group, moving beyond just this season’s relegation battle.

    But they may have to pay over the odds to convince the 23-year-old to join.

    Newcastle would be willing to make him their highest paid player on around £160,000-a-week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Scholes: It's poisonous

    Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes claims Manchester United 'feels poisonous'.

    And the former England midfielder worries it might affect their ability to bring in a top-class manager next season, as well as proven players now or in the summer.

    He said: "Who wants to come into this club? It feels like a right mess. It does feel poisonous."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd target Tariq

    Manchester United want to sign Brighton star Tariq Lamptey to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

    According to the Daily Mail, a signing in that position could be made this month – with Lamptey the top target.

    However, United value the 21-year-old at £30m, which is £10m off from Brighton’s reported asking price.

    Lamptey’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2025, so the Seagulls are under no pressure to sell the former Chelsea man.

    There has also been interest from Tottenham, but Spurs are more likely to pursue Adama Traore to operation as a wing-back in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Cout to impress vs Man Utd

    Aston Villa star signing Philippe Coutinho linked up with his new team-mates in training for the first time since his loan move was completed.

    Coutinho reunited with Villa manager Steven Gerrard, with whom he played at Liverpool, as he moved to Villa Park on an initial six-month deal from Barcelona.

    The attacking midfielder was pictured in Bodymoor Heath putting himself through the paces as Gerrard is hoping he will be available for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Manchester United.

    The Brazil international is excited with the new chapter of his career – and the same goes for his wife Aine.

    The 29-year-old’s spouse embraced her husband’s new challenge by sharing a picture of them on Instagram posing with the claret and blue shirt.

    This comes after the Brazilian stated he is looking forward to working with Gerrard again.

    Coutinho said: “It’s a pleasure to be here, it’s a great club.

    “I spoke a lot with the manager, with Stevie, and he told me about the club and his ambitions. I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking to enjoy my football.

    “I’ve known Stevie for a long time. I played with him and I learned a lot from him. He’s someone who I have big admiration for.

    “I hope to do my best here. For sure, I will work hard, and I hope together we can do good work.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    AF-CONNED: Re-writing history

    Mali's Africa Cup of Nations clash with Tunisia ended in farce as the referee blew the final whistle too early, writes ETIENNE FERMIE.

    The Tunisians, trailing 1-0 at the time, were left completely incensed as Zambian official Janny Sikazwe blew up with the clock at 89:48.

    Bafflingly he'd also appeared to blow for full-time in the 86th minute… before waving play on.

    The half hadn't been short of action – with penalties awarded for both sides, while El Bilal Toure was sent off for Mali.

    Tunisia thought they'd get a fair chunk of added time in which to try and equalise – but Sikazwe had other ideas.

    The Eagles of Carthage were eventually invited to finish the game by tournament organisers, but furiously declined with press conferences having already started.

    The incident got us thinking – what would have happened if this blunder had happened in other huge games down the years?

    Let's run through seven of the most interesting examples.

    BAYERN WIN 1999 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
    MAN UTD WIN PREM IN 2012
    LIVERPOOL WIN 1989 TITLE
    WEST HAM WIN 2006 FA CUP
    ENGLAND FAIL TO REACH 2002 WORLD CUP
    CHELSEA REACH 2009 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
    AJAX REACH 2019 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

    CLICK HERE FOR A RUN-DOWN ON THOSE MOMENTOUS FINISHES

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd 'eye midfielder and right-back'

    Interim boss Ralf Rangnick is tipped to hunt a new midfield anchorman and right-back this month.

    Defensive midfielders Scott McTominay and Fred have come under fire for their performances this campaign.

    Borussia Mönchengladbach 's Denis Zakaria has been linked with a cut-price £5m move, ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.

    And a £35m swoop for Wolves' Ruben Neves has been touted.

    Meanwhile, at right-back Tariq Lamptey is rated a likely target to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot.

    The Red Devils value the youngster at £30m, which is £10m short of Brighton’s asking price.

  • Alex Terrell

    Berbatov Exclusive: Ask Ronaldo for advice, Rashford

    Dimitar Berbatov has told Marcus Rashford to approach Cristiano Ronaldo for advice on how to up his game.

    The former United striker exclusively told SunSport: "These small things can give you that little boost of confidence you need as a player, they can really lift you.

    "It’s important that the manager, the staff and team-mates are giving Rashford these little boosts.

    "They have some incredible people at the club, he should speak to Cristiano Ronaldo and ask him for advice.

    "I didn’t speak to any of my team mates when I was on a bad run, I was shy and quite private. That was my mistake.

    "If there’s someone in the team who is experienced and is an icon in world football, like Ronaldo then go and ask him for advice, I’m sure he will give people time and wise words."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toon and Utd Newcastle duel for Haidara

    Newcastle want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to reports.

    The Malian was strongly linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

    Haidara worked with the German, 63, at RB Leipzig – with Rangnick thought to be keen on a reunion at Old Trafford.

    But according to the Mail, Newcastle want to thwart the potential move.

    They add that Eddie Howe’s side are willing to pay a package that, including wages, could reach as much as £80million.

    The Toon see Haidara as a potential leader for this group, moving beyond just this season’s relegation battle.

    But they may have to pay over the odds to convince the 23-year-old to join.

    Newcastle would be willing to make him their highest paid player on around £160,000-a-week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toon and Utd Newcastle duel for Haidara

    Newcastle want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to reports.

    The Malian was strongly linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick's arrival.

    Haidara worked with the German, 63, at RB Leipzig – with Rangnick thought to be keen on a reunion at Old Trafford.

    But according to the Mail, Newcastle want to thwart the potential move.

    They add that Eddie Howe's side are willing to pay a package that, including wages, could reach as much as £80million.

    The Toon see Haidara as a potential leader for this group, moving beyond just this season's relegation battle.

    But they may have to pay over the odds to convince the 23-year-old to join.

    Newcastle would be willing to make him their highest paid player on around £160,000-a-week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Sevilla ‘withdraw from Martial hunt’

    La Liga side Sevilla have reportedly withdrawn their interest in wantaway Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

    The Spaniards have pulled out of a loan move due to United’s stubbornness in negotiations, according to Marca, according to Marca.

    Sevilla had been keen on a loan move until the end of the season, although that deal now appears to be scuppered.

    Martial informed chiefs last month that he wanted to leave the club after a lack of first team opportunities in recent months.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lamp could light up Red Devils

    Manchester United want to sign Brighton star Tariq Lamptey to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

    According to the Daily Mail, a signing in that position could be made this month – with Lamptey the top target.

    However, United value the 21-year-old at £30m, which is £10m off from Brighton’s reported asking price.

    Lamptey’s current deal doesn’t expire until 2025, so the Seagulls are under no pressure to sell the former Chelsea man.

    There has also been interest from Tottenham, but Spurs are more likely to pursue Adama Traore to operation as a wing-back in Antonio Conte’s 3-5-2 system.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Lauren – Giggs his toughest opponent

    Former Arsenal full-back Lauren has named Ryan Giggs as the most difficult opponent he faced in his career.

    The Manchester United legend won THIRTEEN Premier League titles with the club, making 672 appearances for the club.

    And speaking to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Tottenham v Arsenal, Lauren said: "Without any doubt, Ryan Giggs was the toughest opponent I ever came up against.

    "He was such a clever player. He always had one eye on where you were and the space in behind you.

    "He had quick feet and so much speed on the ball; he could breeze past players with ease."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Manchester United targeting two positions

    Ralf Rangnick has two priorities this month – signing a defensive midfielder and a right-back, according to the Mail.

    Scott McTominay and Fred have come under fire for their performances this campaign, with Ralf Rangnick set to invest in his midfield area.

    Denis Zakaria has been linked with a cut-price £5m move, ahead of his contract expiring in the summer.

    Elsewhere a £35m swoop for Ruben Neves has been touted.

    And at right-back Tariq Lamptey is said to be a target to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot.

    The Red Devils value the youngster at £30m, which is £10m short of Brighton's asking price.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ronaldo 'struggling' in United system

    Former Arsenal man Nigel Winterburn, who played over 400 times for the Gunners, believes Manchester United are 'struggling' to fit Cristiano Ronaldo into the system at the club.

    Ronaldo made an emotional return to Old Trafford in the summer, but his homecoming hasn't been the fairytale that he pictured it to be.

    Winterburn, speaking to Paddy Power, said: "If they’re putting Ronaldo in the team, they must have a style of play that is geared towards getting the best out of him.

    "Even though he’s a superstar, he’s played a lot more than I expected him to but that’s just because of the type of guy he is – he never looks happy when he’s sat on the bench.  

    "It’s such a difficult conundrum but United have brought him back and they have to find a system with the interim manager which produces the best results for them and at the moment, they are struggling to do that."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Newcastle hijack Haidara United move

    Newcastle want to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to reports.

    The Malian was strongly linked with Manchester United following Ralf Rangnick’s arrival.

    But according to the Mail, Newcastle want to thwart the potential move.

    They add that Eddie Howe’s side are willing to pay a package that, including wages, could reach as much as £80million.

    Newcastle would be willing to make him their highest paid player on around £160,000-a-week.

    Haidara’s contract is believed to posses a £33m release clause.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    In case you missed it

    Manchester United ‘fully intend’ to take up the option of extending Marcus Rashford’s contract by a further year.

    The 24-year-old’s current deal expires in 2023, with the club able to trigger a 12-month extension.

    And according to ESPN, the club are confident he will extend his stay at Old Trafford despite a poor run of form lately.

    A new deal for Rashford in the summer is considered a ‘priority’ after the England star has made 286 appearances for his boyhood club.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    United 'Years and years' away

    QPR striker Charlie Austin reckons Manchester United won't win the Premier League for TEN years.

    Speaking on talkSPORT, Austin claimed: “You can go back as far as you want to: they are a shadow of what they were before.

    “When I was growing up, Man United was the biggest team. 

    “Everybody would say, ‘Man United, they win trophies’ – United have got no chance of winning the Premier League in years and years! 

    “They have got no chance, let’s be honest, of winning the Premier League for nearly ten years.” 

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Ronaldo jets off to Madrid

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Georgina Rodriguez have jetted to Madrid for a romantic meal and night at a luxury hotel as questions swirl about his Manchester United future.

    The loved-up couple reportedly flew to the Spanish capital, where CR7 owns a £4.8 million villa, after he was ruled out of the FA Cup match against Aston Villa because of a hip injury.

    The pair, due to add to their family again soon with a twin boy and girl, are thought to have used Ronaldo’s £20m jet to leave the UK.

    And they are said to have dined on Monday night at Amos Restaurant whose executive chef Jesus Sanchez is a holder of three Michelin stars.

    The upmarket eaterie is one of two restaurants at Rosewood Villa Magna Hotel in Madrid’s famous Paseo de la Castellana which cuts across the city from south to north.

    The hotel is a favourite of Ronaldo’s from his time at Real Madrid before he moved to Juventus and then United on a two-year deal at the start of this season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    United £10m off Lamptey valuation

    Manchester United want to sign Brighton star Tariq Lamptey to provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back.

    According to the Daily Mail, a signing in that position could be made this month – with Lamptey the top target.

    However, United value the 21-year-old at £30m, which is £10m off from Brighton's reported asking price.

    Lamptey's current deal doesn't expire until 2025, so the Seagulls are under no pressure to sell the former Chelsea man.

    There has also been interest from Tottenham, but Spurs are more likely to pursue Adama Traore to operation as a wing-back in Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 system.

    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Sevilla out of Martial move

    La Liga side Sevilla have reportedly withdrawn their interest in wantaway Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.

    The Spaniards have pulled out of a loan move due to United's stubbornness in negotiations, according to Marca, according to Marca.

    Sevilla had been keen on a loan move until the end of the season, although that deal now appears to be scuppered.

    Martial informed chiefs last month that he wanted to leave the club after a lack of first team opportunities in recent months.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    United keen on Denis Zakaria

    Manchester United have held 'good talks' with Denis Zakaria regarding a potential move, according to SPORT1.

    And it's claimed Borussia Monchengladbach are willing to part ways with their man for just £5m.

    The Bundesliga outfit would rather the 25-year-old leave on a cut-price deal than lose him for free in the summer, when his contract expires.

    Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus are also understood to be interested in a move for the midfielder.

    A bid from any club is yet to be tabled, but United remain keen on a transfer in order to bolster their midfield.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    Scholes questions Ralf Rangnick appointment

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes isn't convinced by Manchester United's decision to recruit Ralf Rangnick, while describing the atmosphere at the club as 'poisonous'.

    He told the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel : "We have gone to a man well regarded across Europe especially by managers who speak highly of him like [Jurgen] Klopp and [Thomas] Tuchel. But he’s not had much success as a coach.

    "He won promotion in Germany and a bit with Schalke but he has been asked to come and manage the biggest club in the world, it is something I just cannot get my head round.

    "They should have the best available out there as their manager and they haven’t got that and I find that astonishing.

    "We should have one of the top five managers in the world. Now Tuchel, [Pep] Guardiola and Klopp are the top three but they are unavailable, there is no chance of getting them. But then you look at Antonio Conte."

    He continued: "The club just feels like it's in a mess, player, staff and manager-wise. Who wants to come into this club? It feels like a right mess; it does feel poisonous."

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