10pm Man Utd news LIVE: Jimenez top target, Sancho transfer ‘discouraging’ Gomes, Matondo is backup plan – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are ready for a busy summer on and off the pitch as the Premier League aims to kick on with Project Restart.

But there are concerns that their transfer pursuit of Jadon Sancho is pushing Angel Gomes closer towards Chelsea, while a move for Raul Jimenez is also reportedly being considered.

Follow all the latest updates and transfer news below…

  • WOLF AT THE DOOR

    Manchester United are looking for a centre-forward and Raul Jimenez is their first choice, according to Portuguese paper Record.

    However, the report adds that United do not feel they can afford the Mexican if Wolves stick to their current demands of at least £89m.

    Should they be unable to sign Jimenez, Record add, the Red Devils will move for Benfica's Carlos Vinicius for a fee of £54m.

  • ALREADY DORTED

    Paul Lambert believes Sancho should think twice before leaving for United or any other club.

    Former midfielder Lambert won the Champions League with Dortmund in 1997 when they beat Juventus 3-1 and the Scotsman marked Zinedine Zidane out of the game.

    The Ipswich manager, who now plays for Dortmund’s Legends team and watches all of their games on TV, said: “Sancho is already at one of the biggest clubs in the world, which gets over 80,000 for every league game.

    “So, potentially, the lad has a big decision to make. Dortmund is a special club and you only realise it once you leave.

    “United are one of the biggest clubs in the world but is the atmosphere at Old Trafford as good as the Westfalenstadion? The answer is no.

    “He will have to ask himself will he fit in with the right players if he leaves? Will he keep making progress? Dortmund will be in the Champions League but we are not yet sure about United and whether they will be.

    “If he comes home, it should be for football or family reasons, not money.”

  • ACCEPT IT

    Manchester United should accept they will miss out on attracting world class players and focus on the talent they already have.

    That’s according to Liverpool legend John Barnes, who told Bonus Code Bets: “With United, it is not about the number of players that they need to purchase, it is more about the quality of the players that they can bring in.

    “For example, 10 years ago, Liverpool signed a load of players, but none of them made the Liverpool side any stronger, and they weren’t good purchases for the long-term future of the club.

    “Clubs will now resist the urge to just make signings just because they want to make signings, as in the long run, they won’t improve the team.

    “At the current stage that United are in, they aren’t in the position to make the quality of signings they want, because those players won’t want to go there.

    “They need to focus more on the players that they currently have and work on improving them.

    “They have some good players, with the likes of Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes, but they need to make sure the harmony within the club and the team are right.

    “I can say that United need to sign four world-class players, but they won’t get that, not with the club in its current position.

    “They need the harmony to align within the team which it hasn’t yet, this is what happened at Liverpool.”

  • ‘STONE-COLD’

    Ex-Prem ref Mark Clattenburg has admitted he found it difficult to control “stone-cold” Roy Keane.

    Manchester United legend Keane was one of the most intimidating players in Premier League history during his days captaining Sir Alex Ferguson’s side.

    He told Daily Mail: “You never knew if he was going to blow up or do something nasty, like the tackle on Alf-Inge Haaland. That was a disgrace, it was pre-meditated.

    “He always came across as stone-cold and wanted to be the hard man. That causes problems for referees because the ego kicks in and it becomes a fight, like it did between him and Patrick Vieira.

    “I once made a joke on a podcast that I was intimidated by Roy and it made headlines, but I wasn't.

    “He was just a challenge to referee — although he is great company over dinner!”

  • RABBI IN HEADLIGHTS

    Rabbi Matondo switched to Schalke to focus on getting first-team football, as opposed to waiting in the wings at Manchester City.

    United are reportedly looking at the Welsh winger as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.

    He told SunSport last year: “It was an offer I couldn’t turn down.

    “I trained with the first team and it was a good experience training with Pep and the other players. They are top players.

    “If I had stayed there, then I would have tried my best to break through.

    “But I had other options and I thought it was the best time for me and my footballing ability to progress somewhere else.”

  • FAMILY FORTUNES

    Netball star Alicia Scholes, daughter of Manchester United icon Paul, says she learned a lot of lessons from her father.

    The England U21 international told Sky Sports' Netball Show: “If anything, what I've learnt from my dad is to never look too far ahead of yourself.

    “He says to me before I go to training, Thunder should be my main focus and every single time I train there, I should learn and get better. Obviously, it's every girl's dream to play for England but I never look at that now.

    “I just want to make sure I am the best I can be for Thunder and I want to be one of those players who can go on court every week and do my best. I'd like to be well-known at Thunder, rather than look too far ahead.”

  • HOUSEMATES

    Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is living with former academy team-mate Larnell Cole.

    Speaking to ESPN about life in quarantine, he said: “Larny has been with me since day one of lockdown.

    “He lives on his own and my brother is in Greece and I would have been on my own as well, so it was the perfect time to get him in.

    “We didn’t know how long it was going to be for, but he’s still here!”

  • KAN'T SEE IT

    Manchester United will not sign Harry Kane as he will likely move abroad, according to Paul Ince.

    The Red Devils have been linked with the Tottenham striker for months but the ex-United midfield Guvnor thinks he will look further afield in pursuit of a “new challenge”.

    He told Paddy Power: “I cannot see Kane to Man Utd happening. I can see him going, yes, and wanting to leave Tottenham, but not to join United.

    “What people are forgetting is that United have got Marcus Rashford up front.

    “He’s always wanted to play up front, but what you need to remember is he can also play off the left-hand side, as we’ve seen from plenty of his goals this season.

    “Plus, between him and Anthony Martial, Kane coming in would also bring some competition to the side.

    “There’s always been a sense of competition at United, and it would be nice to see that back again, players fighting for their places.

    “So if you’re looking at Rashford left, Kane centre and Jadon Sancho on the right, it sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?

    “But it probably sounds like a dream for a reason, it is a dream.”

  • GOM WITH THE WIND

    Angel Gomes reportedly feels he is being pushed further towards the exit door by Man Utd's pursuit of Jadon Sancho.

    The winger is a target for Chelsea and stalling over a new £30,000-a-week new deal after being “discouraged” by United's links with the Dortmund and England star.

    He is also said to be disappointed to have received just 19 minutes of Premier League action this season while Mason Greenwood has blossomed into a regular starter.

  • KITTY BRAT

    As life in lockdown reaches its two-month mark, many people are feeling the boredom of being stuck at home.

    And the Ronaldo household appears to be no different, with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez taking to dressing their bald little cat up as a baby just to stay entertained.

    The 26-year-old, alongside Cristiano and the kids, has recently returned to Turin after nearly two months holed up on her boyfriend's home island of Madeira.

    And while the Juventus No7 is hard at work getting ready for the eventual proposed return of Serie A, Georgina has been finding novel ways of numbing the monotony of life in lockdown.

    She posted a picture on Instagram of the little tabby wearing what appeared to be a baby's outfit, topped off with a blue hat.

    Two-year-old son Mateo is seen giving the pet a little kiss, while also clutching a doll.

    The cat doesn't look particularly impressed, however, seeming to wear a scowl at the whole experience.

    That didn't stop Georgina posting the snap, accompanied by the caption “Baby Girl” and a heart emoji.

  • WELL IN

    Manchester United starlet Charlie Wellens has signed his first professional contract with the club.

    The ace, 17, has penned a two-year deal.

    Wellens's father, Richie, came through the United academy and made one appearance for the first-team in 1999.

    He is now manager of Swindon Town and he has tweeted his pride at his son's commitment to the club.

    Wellens wrote: “Twenty-three years ago I signed my first professional contract at the biggest club in the world.

    “To say I’m proud to see Charlie sign his is an understatement. Well done mate it’s only the start but you deserve it.”

  • RED REFUND

    Manchester United were given a full refund for Dong Fangzhuo after the Chinese striker flopped at Old Trafford.

    United infamously signed Fangzhuo from Chinese club Dalian Shide in 2004 for an initial fee of £500,000, which could have risen to £3.5million, depending on appearances.

    But the forward only played three matches and failed to score a goal before his contract was terminated four years after moving to England.

    However, a clause inserted into the deal meant Dalian Shide agreed to refund United if they were not satisfied two years after the striker completed the move to Old Trafford.

  • RINGS A BELL

    United are keen on Jude Bellingham's younger brother as well as the Birmingham starlet himself.

    The Red Devils are optimistic they can win over the Blues' teenage prodigy ahead of the new season.

    According to 90min, Solskjaer is also looking at bringing in his younger brother Jobe, too.

  • COLLARED

    Leaked images of (what is believed to be) United's new home shirt have been posted online.

    The Adidas kit, with a fuzz of yellow and black dashes in the background, have been posted on social media.

    Imagine Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham lining up in this.

  • SMASH 'N RAB

    Arsenal are reportedly looking to snare Adrien Rabiot away from Juventus at the end of the season with Mikel Arteta a huge fan of the midfielder.

    The 25-year-old – who joined the Old Lady last summer after running his contract down at Paris Saint-Germain – looks set to leave the Serie A side after just 24 games.

    Manchester United are also believed to be interested in luring the Frenchman to the Premier League, with the player keen to play in England.

    And such is his desire to leave Juventus, Rabiot is said to have went on strike in France and is refusing to return to Turin after being left unhappy over his £7million pay-cut.

    According to Italian news outlet Calciomercato, the Gunners are prepared to offer him an escape route out of Juventus.

    They state that the North London giants failed in an attempt to bring the five-time Ligue 1 winner to the Emirates in loan in January after a move was blocked.

  • RE-PAUL-SED

    Paul Scholes is “sick to death” of being compared to Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.

    The Manchester United legend was infamously difficult to squeeze into the England team alongside the midfield pair and is bored of having the conversation in retirement.

    Speaking on the BBC's Savage Social podcast, Scholes was asked who was the best of the trio.

    And in disgruntled fashion, the 45-year-old replied: “Stevie G and Frank, of course.

    “I’m sick to death of hearing about this to be honest. It doesn’t really matter.

    “People can have their own opinions. Them two were amazing, amazing players. But very different players.”

  • STIFF COMPETITION

    Manchester United’s transfer chase for Jadon Sancho is reportedly pushing Angel Gomes out the exit door as he feels “discouraged” by the possible new signings.

    The United starlet’s contract expires on July 1 and he is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with the clock running out.

    Old Trafford chiefs are itching to keep a hold of their academy graduate and have tried to tempt the youngster with hefty new terms to avoid him walking away for free.

    The 19-year-old contract rebel has a £30,000-a-week offer on the table but the negotiations are said to have reached a deadlock.

    It seems the midfielder is more concerned about game time than the dosh.

  • PLAYING THE TOOL

    Here are the stats on Carlos Tevez after he was accused of “downing tools” at Manchester United.

  • RED RETURN

    Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham is set to be the first Premier League game back with all ten matches on TV that weekend.

    And the Red Devils trip to Spurs' new ground will feature at least three huge stars with Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Harry Kane all set to be fit.

    Top-flight football in England is pencilled in to restart on Friday June 12 following the coronavirus lockdown.

    However, that could be pushed back to Friday June 19 to allay players' fears about rushing back too soon.

    Here is how we think both sides could line up for the first game back.

  • 'BETTER OFF WITHOUT HIM'

    SunSport's Neil Custis reckons the Red Devils are better off without Angel Gomes if he wants to hold out for a bigger contract.

  • KNOW IT ALL

    Jurgen Klopp has joked that Gary Neville's opinions stretch to “absolutely everything”.

    The Champions League-winning Liverpool coach said: “I didn’t learn a lot during lockdown except Gary Neville has an opinion about absolutely everything! It’s incredible!

    “So no, I didn’t learn a lot but I have known myself for 52 years.

    “I know I can deal with difficult situations before and this is a difficult situation not only for me and my family but for everybody on this planet.

    “I am quite proud of how we as a society are dealing with it.

    “We as human beings are not perfect so we make mistakes but I think we have understood a lot more of how we are all connected to each other. That is something good.”

  • EASY RVPEASY

    Robin van Persie revealed he left Arsenal for Manchester United as he wanted to play for a team that “knew how to win”.

    The striker only lifted the FA Cup during his eight-year spell with the Gunners from 2004 until 2012.

    He told Premier League productions: “Ferguson made the difference for me in my choice to choose Manchester United.

    “Because of the way he manages, the stories I heard, because of the players that were there.

    “I really wanted to win and when I look at that team of [Ryan] Giggs, [Michael] Carrick, [Paul] Scholes, [Nemanja] Vidic, [Rio] Ferdinand they were all winners, they won it all.

    “I was in that period of my life where I felt like a winner but I wasn't so I had to win.”

  • BABY STEPS

    Eric Bailly has shared a video of himself performing a treadmill workout during lockdown.

    The Ivorian defender, 26, has been out of action for much of his time at Old Trafford with a litany of injuries, mostly on his knee joints.

    And this season has been ruined after he had surgery on another troublesome knee problem, but he recovered to play in the huge wins over Chelsea and Manchester City.

    Bailly showed he is not only running on the treadmill, but performing various side-step routines as well as running forward.

  • KIA HITS BACK

    Gary Neville and Carlos Tevez's agent Kia Joorabchian rowed live on TV as their furious spat over the Argentine's behaviour at Manchester United hit a new high.

    Neville had sensationally claimed Tevez “downed tools” during his time at Man Utd – “messing around” in his final season, faking injuries and turning up late to training.

    Tevez's agent claimed: “I think Neville was wrong. I often let things go…

    “But when you go after somebody and you make a lot of wrong and incorrect statements, letting it go will not do a benefit to the public listening to fake information.

    “Gary mentioned about Carlos downing tools in his second year and about people talking in his ear. To that I have three comments…

    “In terms of the people he claimed were talking in his ear – who and what was said?

    “Unless you were hacking him or taping him he couldn’t have known what they were saying.”

  • RABBI IN HEADLIGHTS

    Rabbi Matondo switched to Schalke to focus on getting first-team football, as opposed to waiting in the wings at Manchester City.

    United are reportedly looking at the Welsh winger as an alternative to Jadon Sancho.

    He told SunSport last year: “It was an offer I couldn’t turn down.

    “I trained with the first team and it was a good experience training with Pep and the other players. They are top players.

    “If I had stayed there, then I would have tried my best to break through.

    “But I had other options and I thought it was the best time for me and my footballing ability to progress somewhere else.”

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