5pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho now TOP January target, Dembele ‘rejected loan for Juventus’, Upamecano interest – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED target Ousmane Dembele turned down a loan move to Old Trafford as he wants to join Juventus, it is reported.

Meanwhile the Red Devils are set to go back in for Jadon Sancho and Dayot Upamecano after being unsuccessful this summer.

Get all the latest news and transfer deadline day gossip here…

  • Joe Brophy


    Paul Pogba could have made a sensational return to Juventus had the Italian giants’ finances not been hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

    Pogba, 27,has been heavily linked with a dream move to the Serie A giants this year according to media outlets in Italy.

    Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano told the Here We Go podcast: “If there was no coronavirus, Paul Pogba today would've been playing for Juventus.

    “Juve were ready to make an important bid for Pogba but with the financial crisis it was impossible.”

  • Joe Brophy


    Ousmane Dembele reportedly rejected a loan move to Manchester United as he wants to join Juventus.

    Mundo Deportivo claims the winger, 23, knows he has no future under Ronald Koeman at Barcelona.

    And Dembele, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, apparently has his heart set on a move to Andrea Pirlo’s new-look Turin outfit.

    Indeed, the ex-Borussia Dortmund ace is so determined to get his switch to Italy that he even snubbed United on deadline day.

  • John Hutchinson


    Edinson Cavani is already considering his future after Manchester United as he admits it would be 'very nice' to play at Boca Juniors.

    The 33-year-old signed a free contract only this week with the Premier League club but has announced his hopes for when he leaves Old Trafford.

    And after his time at United is done, the forward has indicated that the Argentine club could be a destination.

    He told ESPN: “Roman wrote to me with great respect, he wanted to know how I was in this situation, with a very particular salary and we had a very respectful talk.

    “Boca is a giant of the world, any footballer would like to play there. There have been several Uruguayans that have played there. Following the history of our football arouses curiosity a bit.”

  • John Hutchinson


    Former Manchester United striker Memphis Depay explained his failed move to Barcelona from Lyon was 'nearly done but rules stopped it'.

    Former Manchester United flop Depay, 26, looked set to join the Catalan giants on deadline day.

    The French side had reportedly dropped their asking price down to £23million to facilitate a move.

    But skint Barca could not sign off on a deal after Ousmane Dembele rejected a move to United – leaving them still liable for his hefty salary.

    When asked how close he came to arriving at the Nou Camp, Depay told Dutch media: “Yes, it was pretty close.

    “We don't have to go into all the details, but indeed we were nearly done.

    “Unfortunately, certain rules stopped it. I believe that everything in my life happens for a reason. If it has to happen, it will happen.”

  • John Hutchinson


    Manchester United's topsy-turvy start to the season sees them at almost the same price to win the league as they are to be relegated.

    The Red Devils have gone from 500/1 to 50/1 to be relegated following their humiliating 6-1 defeat at home to Spurs.

    This means last season's third-placed finishers are almost the same price to win the league as they are to be relegated.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are now huge 40/1 outsiders to win the league after a falling behind their title rivals drastically in the transfer window.

  • sstreet


    Manchester United are set to go back in for Jadon Sancho after reportedly telling him: “We haven't given up on you!”

    Norwegian outlet Daglabedt TV state that the Dortmund star remains at the very top of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's wishlist.

    The Red Devils refused to meet the German side's £108m asking price in summer and it remains to be seen whether they would do so in January following the coronavirus pandemic.

  • John Hutchinson


    Former Manchester Unites striker reportedly threatened to thump an old team-mate during his stint at AC Milan in 2012.

    It is claimed the outspoken Sweden superstar almost came to blows with Maxi Lopez, during Argentinian’s six-month loan spell at the Italian giants.

    Lopez told Tyc Sports: “We were playing against Parma at the Tardini, I put a pass into the box for Ibrahimovic, he didn’t even move, he just watched where the ball was going.

    “Suddenly, he spun round and started shouting at me.

    “You wouldn’t believe the things he said! He wanted the ball at his feet. I replied it was a good pass and it would’ve sent him clear on goal.

    “We got back to the dressing room at the end of the game. I thought he’d say something to me, but he stayed away. A day passed, two, then three.

    “We had to play in the Champions League on the Wednesday. Zlatan went up to me and said: ‘I like you, the Argentines have character and say what they believe, not like the Brazilians. Having said that, next time you do something like that, I’ll smash your face in.”

  • John Hutchinson


    Cristiano Ronaldo's house was robbed of personal items as played for Portugal on Wednesday night, according to reports.

    The former Manchester United star, 35, had his home in Funchal, Madeira burgled while he was off taking on Spain.

    Partner Georgina Rodriguez was also away at Paris Fashion Week.

    The chancer is claimed to have snuck into the house after a member of Ronaldo's staff opened the garage door, according to respected local paper Diario de Noticias Madeira.

    Police are said to be on the hunt for the suspected burgler.

    A signed Juventus shirt is said to have been among items taken.

    A relative of the footballer’s raised the alarm on Wednesday.

    Police have already visited the property and are said to have identified the thief.

    The crook has been described as someone who is already known to them, and was identified thanks to the property's CCTV.

    No arrests have yet been made.

  • John Hutchinson


    Manchester United's new signing Edinson Cavani is in amazing shape with an ‘astonishing’ body fat percentage, at the age of 33.

    Sources describe him as being ‘like a Greek god’ who can ‘run like a maniac.’

    And he is so devoted to his fitness regime, he has even been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Uruguay legend moved to United on a free transfer from French giants PSG in a surprise deadline day deal.

    And although he has not played football for six months, having been left out of PSG’s squad for the Champions League at the end of last season, he is in top shape.

    He has kept in condition, posting workout videos from his luxury home in the exclusive Neuilly-sur-Seine area of Paris to tell potential clubs that he was working as hard as ever.

    And, according to The Athletic, Cavani – who will wear the iconic No7 shirt – will arrive in Manchester as one of the fittest, and strongest, players at the club.

  • John Hutchinson


    Manchester United are reportedly ready to sign Dayot Upamecano for a bargain £36.5million next summer.

    Sport Bild reports the RB Leipzig centre-back's release clause will drop to the figure next year, potentially sparking a transfer battle.

    The Frenchman was being monitored by a host of Europe's top clubs during the summer transfer window.

    His old contract had a release clause of £54m and would have expired next summer.

    But after nobody paid up, Upamecano signed a new deal until 2023 with the reduced release clause coming into force in 2021.

  • John Hutchinson


    Manchester United have announced their 25-man Champions League squad.

    And there is no place for Sergio Romero, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo.

    All three were linked with moves away from Old Trafford this summer, but nothing materialised.

    Here is the full list.

    Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant.

    Defenders: Eric Bailly, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

    Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Facundo Pellistri, Paul Pogba, Donny van de Beek.

    Forwards: Edinson Cavani, Odion Ighalo, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford.

  • John Hutchinson


    A nice interview Manchester United have put out with Axel Tuanzebe this morning.

    The centre-half has been struggling with inbjury recently, but is now ready to fight for a place in the first time.

    The 22-year-old told the club website: “Over the last 12 months, you can say, I’ve not been able to get my foot down and just get going.

    “I was always breaking down with an injury but I trust in the rehab team.

    “I’ve been working closely with John Davin and he’s helped me a lot so, this time, I want to get rock and rolling.”

    Just what the doctor ordered…

  • John Hutchinson


    Manchester United could be beaten to the transfer of Josh King by West Ham.

    The Hammers are interested in the versatile Norwegian forward and are mulling over making an offer.

    King, 28, is into the last year of his contract at the Vitality.

    He is a former United player – but seemingly West Ham are the new favourites to land him.

  • John Hutchinson


    Seems like the Red Devils are bigging up their striker Anthony Martial this morning.

    Here is the club sharing a video of a pretty good goal from their French forward.

    Maybe he can do this next time, instead of getting sent off?

  • John Hutchinson


    United duo Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba were probably glad to get out of Manchester to feature for France.

    martial was sent off against Tottenham as his team-mates collapsed to a 6-1 defeat.

    Pogba was woeful in that game. The heat was off though as the pair featured in France's 7-1 smashing of Ukraine last night.

  • John Hutchinson


    Here is how Manchester United COULD have lined up had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got all of his transfer targets.

    The defence could have looked very different… with United fans probably wishing it did!

  • John Hutchinson


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer missed out on ALL of his summer transfer targets – including Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish.

    The Manchester United boss had huge plans for this summer, hoping to bring in a host of star talent.

    Having missed out on Erling Haaland in January, Solskjaer was determined to spend big and revamp his lacklustre squad.

    But Sancho and Grealish stayed at their clubs. United also missed out on back-up options Ousmane Dembele, Douglas Costa and Federico Chiesa.

  • John Hutchinson


    Manchester United outcast Sergio Romero is eyeing up a move to the MLS following his wife's angry outburst on social media.

    The Argentine stopper, 33, is now third choice at Old Trafford behind Dean Henderson and David De Gea.

    But Romero hasn't given up hope of a move and is keen to escape to the US, according to the Daily Mail.

    The MLS transfer window is open until October 29, giving Romero – currently at home in Argentina while his future is resolved – three weeks to find a club.

    After the full Premier League window closed, Romero's partner, Eliana Guercio, lashed out at United on Instagram.

    Guercio posted: “Sergio Romero worked hard for his club.

    “Last trophy they won, they lifted it with him.

    “He helped the team reach four finals/semi-finals and then he was on the bench, only to lose them all.

    “It is time for them to return the opportunity and let him go.


  • sstreet


    Manchester United failed to land a centre-back in the January transfer window, but maybe that was all part of the plan…

    According to Bild, via the Mirror, RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano's release clause will drop to just £38m next summer.

    Man Utd have previously been among the frontrunners for the France international but were unwilling to make a move while the German side continued to demand over £70m.

  • Dave Fraser


    Ryan Giggs wants Dan James to step up after Manchester United failed to land Jadon Sancho.

    The Wales winger’s Old Trafford career looked to be under threat as the Red Devils chased the England wideman over the summer window.

    But United would not meet Borussia Dortmund's £108million valuation of Sancho, 20, before the deadline.

    Out-of-favour James, 22, was linked with Leeds and Brighton loans but Dragons boss Giggs — preparing for tonight’s Wembley friendly against England — hopes James can seize the moment.

    Giggs said: “Another winger coming in would mean maybe less games. That’s up to DJ to step up when he does get the chance.”

    Elsewhere, David Moyes reportedly rejected the chance to sign new Manchester United star Edinson Cavani when he was the manager at Old Trafford in 2013.

    The Athletic claims the Scot was urged by Ed Woodward to add the Uruguayan ace to his newly-inherited squad after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Cavani, now 33, was still at Napoli at the time and had banged in 104 goals in just three seasons.

    Moyes, currently at West Ham, was interested at first and believed the striker would ‘score goals for fun’.

    But despite meeting Cavani’s agent, Moyes ended up pulling the plug after being left unimpressed by THREE separate scouting trips.

    And finally, Sancho is 'more likely' to join Liverpool or Bayern Munich than United next summer, according to reports.

    While the Red Devils had a free run at the England star this year, with no other teams able to part with that kind of fee, the feeling is that they will face much stronger competition next time out.

    According to the Independent, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has spoken with – and impressed – the 20-year-old in the past.

    And they believe that the Reds will be able to pay what it takes to land Sancho next time around – with the player himself also interested in going to Anfield.

    Sancho was eager to join United this summer, but not willing to burn bridges with Dortmund by handing in a transfer request.

  • Joe Brophy


    Manchester United are trying to clarify whether new boy Edinson Cavani has to quarantine for a full two weeks.

    The 33-year-old Uruguayan faces a battle to be ready to face his old club Paris Saint-Germain – unless he can find a loophole.

    As things stand he will not be able to link up with his Old Trafford team-mates until Monday week.

    And that would rule Cavani out of United’s next Premier League game – which is at Newcastle on October 17.

    And it would leave him with just one full day of training to prepare for the Champions League clash with his former club in France on October 20.

    Cavani revealed he and his partner have both had Covid-19 – but he has not been part of an elite athlete bubble as he left PSG in June.

    He arrived in the UK on Monday – meaning as things stand his period of self-isolation will continue until next Sunday.

    United are asking questions to establish if there is any way they can get their new boy into Carrington earlier.

  • Joe Brophy


    Gareth Southgate accused England’s rule-breaking players of turning the national team into a CIRCUS.

    The angry Three Lions boss also believes the five shamed stars have wasted his time causing extra hassle.

    Ben Chilwell, Jadon Sancho and Tammy Abraham are out of tonight’s friendly with Wales at Wembley for attending a large party on Saturday.

    They may also miss Sunday’s home Nations League clash with Belgium.

    Already axed are Phil Foden and Mason Greenwood who broke lockdown rules in Iceland.

    Southgate said: “We have to recognise that things like this affect the team. They affect the energy. They take time to deal with.

    “And that time would be better spent being able to focus on preparing for training, having coaching conversations with players.

    “So it draws you away from where you really want to be. You want an environment with the players that the pressure on the team is not made higher than it already is by having this circus going around it.”

  • Joe Brophy


    Ryan Giggs has continued to heap praise on Dan James.

    James was excellent for Wales in last month’s 1-0 Nations League wins over Finland and Bulgaria but has played just 45 minutes for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the Premier League this season.

    Giggs hopes a change of scene can spark James into action, especially with big hitters Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey sidelined as Wales seek a first win over arch-rivals England since 1984.

    Giggs added: “DJ was excellent in both last games. He made the goal in the first and was brilliant for us. He had not played a lot but looked sharp.

    “Dan has friends here. He always enjoys coming away, the training, the atmosphere, playing for the country.

    “If Gareth and Aaron are here or not, he’s still a threat. He has got speed that always keeps the opposition interested.

    “He has that directness as he showed in our last games. If he has not been playing it gives him the opportunity to get minutes.

    “No matter what team goes to Wembley and wins it’s a huge achievement.

    “I have happy memories at both the old and new Wembley. Hopefully there’s another coming.”

  • Joe Brophy


    Ryan Giggs wants Dan James to step up after Manchester United failed to land Jadon Sancho.

    The Wales winger’s Old Trafford career looked to be under threat as the Red Devils chased the England wideman over the summer window.

    But United would not meet Borussia Dortmund's £108million valuation of Sancho, 20, before the deadline.

    Out-of-favour James, 22, was linked with Leeds and Brighton loans but Dragons boss Giggs — preparing for tomorrow's Wembley friendly against England — hopes James can seize the moment.

    Giggs said: “Another winger coming in would mean maybe less games. That’s up to DJ to step up when he does get the chance.”

  • Joe Brophy


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