8am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Increased Sancho bid expected, PSG and Leipzig in Champions League, Dembele LATEST – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED's deal for Jadon Sancho could go right down to Deadline Day, according to reports.

The Red Devils are also preparing for all eventualities and are therefore said to have opened talks with Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele over a potential loan, while the Champions League group stage draw has been made.

Sign up to play Dream Team 2020/21 now

  • It's completely free to play
  • Play the tradtional Season game as well as Draft
  • There's a hefty jackpot up for grabs across 2020/21
  • SIGN UP TO PLAY HERE

Get all the latest news and transfer gossip here…

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    United have been drawn into the Champions League Group of Death – after being joined by Paris Saint-Germain AND RB Leipzig.

    Coming out of the pot of second seeds, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been drawn into easily the toughest group of all: Group H.

    As well as facing the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, United must also take on German giants RB Leipzig if they are to progress to the knockout stages.

    Solskjaer's side will also face Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir in the 2020-21 Group of Death, with United falling to Group H thanks to a broadcasting rule involving Liverpool.

    The Red Devils were also handed a tricky quarter-final draw in the Carabao Cup where they will travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.

    Elsewhere, as expected Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have been dropped from Gareth Southgate's England squad after their Icelandic antics last month.

    In better news, United have three other players in the England squad – including Harry Maguire who was dropped last time out after his now-infamous incident in Mykonos.

    The other Red Devils included are Marcus Rashford and keeper Dean Henderson.

    And finally, Uefa have given the green light for fans to return – but only where national governments allow.

    In a move that will add to pressure from Prem sides for a UK Government U-turn, European football’s ruling executive committee has agreed that fan numbers will be capped at 30 per cent of stadium capacity.

    But there will be no away supporters allowed for now.

    The change, which will apply to all competitive games under the Uefa umbrella, will come into effect from next week’s international break.

  • William Pugh

    MANE DRAIN

    Barcelona will demand Manchester United pay the whole of Ousmane Dembele’s huge wages if they let him out on loan.

    The £215,000 a week France forward has emerged as a possible alternative to key target Jadon Sancho.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to wrap things up quickly with the transfer window due to close on Monday.

    Barca are looking to raise funds after being hit hard by the coronavirus and with a move for Manchester City’s Eric Garcia in their sights.

    They would like to offload Dembele, 23, in a permanent deal but United are reluctant. Yet Barca may be willing to let him move on loan, providing a club agrees to pay hissalary in full.

    That could yet prove to be a sticking point, with United’s search for a new attacker likely to go down to the wire.

  • William Pugh

    A BIT RICH

    Premier League clubs will further resist an EFL bail-out after learning Championship owners are worth more than £32BILLION.

    Top-flight teams are coming under increased Government pressure to stump up the £250m EFL chairman Rick Parry says is necessary to keep his 72 clubs alive.

    But as Parry held a further meeting with Prem chief Richard Masters to thrash out a lifeline deal, the anger of club bosses has reached new levels.

    Latest figures for the 24 Championship owners, compiled from a number of financial sources, estimate the total wealth of the clubs in the upper tier of the EFL adds up to an eye-opening £32.367bn.

    One senior Premier League source told SunSport: “When you look at what the Championship owners are worth between them you have to ask why they need any money from the Premier League.”

  • William Pugh

    GARETH SCHOLED

    Paul Scholes has hit out at Gareth Southgate for axing Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden – claiming England do not have enough matchwinners to continue punishing the pair.

    Scholes claims Foden and Greenwood have suffered enough for breaking lockdown rules in Iceland by inviting two girls back to the team hotel.

    The former Three Lions midfielder wrote on Instagram, before deleting the post: “Two of the best young talents in world football did wrong and have already served their punishment, but England are so clearly blessed with creativity and goalscorers that we might as well leave them out and punish them and the team again.”

    Scholes finished the message with three sarcastic clapping emojis in a clear dig at the decision to leave the young duo out of the squad to face Wales, Belgium and Denmark.

    But boss Southgate says it would have been “impossible” for him to select Manchester City playmaker Foden and United striker Greenwood as early as this month – because he wants to protect the squad’s culture and standards.

  • William Pugh

    CARABAO CUP DRAW IS IN!

    Man Utd will face Everton in the Carabao Cup quarter-final!

  • William Pugh

    GRATEFUL GREENWOOD

    Mason Greenwood had a birthday message for all the Man Utd fans around the world.

  • William Pugh

    SEEING RED

    Angry Manchester United fans claim the Champions League draw has been “fixed” as they face a nightmare group with PSG and RB Leipzig.

    Shocked supporters fumed that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men fared far worse than Premier League rivals like neighbours City.

    And as United fans erupted on social media, one said: “Cannot tell me this isn't a fix! F**k luck of the draw.”

    Another suggested: “Think they're taking all these award breaks while the presenters fiddle around and fix the easiest draw for Man City.”

    Seething supporters rushed in with more comments like: “Liverpool get Ajax, City get Porto and we get PSG and the draw is done by 2 of the Chelsea mafia!!!??”

  • William Pugh

    In Thursday's draw, Uefa followed a procedure that has been in place ever since the Champions League's 1997 expansion – then to just 24 clubs.

    Uefa’s deals with broadcasters ensures that clubs from countries with two or more representatives are “paired” for TV purposes.

    BT Sport, like ITV before them, do not want Liverpool and United, the two best-supported teams in the country, playing on the same night.

    It means that, just like Real Madrid and Barcelona in Spain, the Reds and United are automatically placed in different halves of the draw.

    Juventus and AC Milan in Italy – along with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in Germany – have the same deals in place.

  • William Pugh

    KOP THAT

    Manchester United ended up in this season's Champions League Group of Death because of agreement not to play on same night as Liverpool, it can be revealed.

    United fans were left raging on social media after being drawn with Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir in Group H.

    Some supporters even accused Uefa of 'fixing' the draw.

    But it's now emerged United's options were massively limited because of arch-rivals Liverpool and a little-known broadcasting rule…

  • William Pugh

    Fans will be ordered to socially distance and wear masks in line with local regulations.

    But it will not apply for any of England’s games next week or the opening Champions League or Europa League home games for English sides unless the Government relents on its current ban on attendances.

    Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin said: “This is a sensible first step which puts fans’ health first and respects the laws in each country.

    “Different countries have different approaches and different challenges at any given moment but 27 countries on the continent already allow fans to some extent.

    “This allows a coherent approach on a country-by-country basis and not on a competition-by-competition basis which was sometimes difficult to understand for fans.”

  • William Pugh

    FAN-PIONS LEAGUE

    Uefa have given the green light for fans to return – but only where national governments allow.

    In a move that will add to pressure from Prem sides for a UK Government U-turn, European football’s ruling executive committee has agreed that fan numbers will be capped at 30 per cent of stadium capacity.

    But there will be no away supporters allowed for now.

    The change, which will apply to all competitive games under the Uefa umbrella, will come into effect from next week’s international break.

    This will include the delayed Euro 2020 play-off semi-finals and the National League group stage…

  • William Pugh

    SMALL BONUS

    Manchester United could receive a £20million boost to their transfer funds with Roma reportedly close to signing Chris Smalling.

    The centre-half finished last season with the Italian side, and impressed during his loan there.

    Now, according to The Athletic, Roma are edging closer to United's valuation – which is believed to be offers in excess of £18m.

    The Serie A giants were originally not budging at £12m, but 'significant progress was made on the deal on Wednesday' and 'only the final details of the transfer now need to be resolved between the two sides'.

    Smalling had fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to want to go with Victor Lindelof to partner Harry Maguire this season.

    That extra money in the coffers could make up the shortfall between United's Jadon Sancho bid and what Borussia Dortmund want for the winger.

  • William Pugh

    NBA host Jaydee Dyer shared the vile racist abuse he faced, revealing he was called “black c**t”.

    Bela Shah confirmed it was mostly “racist or sexist”, while Laura Woods claimed: “I didn't quite know how to process it.

    “It was so abusive and so direct and hurtful… I didn't know what I'd done to deserve it.”

    Boxing presenter Woolhouse even revealed she was sent a truly shocking message regarding her brother, who tragically died in a bus crash in Malaysia in 2014.

    Through tears, she read: “That big, ugly grin… I hope you can join your brother in death soon.

    “He probably killed himself trying to get away from you.”

  • William Pugh

    'HATE WON'T STOP US'

    Sky Sports presenters have bravely read out some of the horrific abuse they have faced online in a bid to combat trolls.

    The broadcasting company shared a two-minute video of a host of their top talent recalling some of the worst abuse they've ever faced.

    In a campaign to combat online abuse called 'Hate Won't Stop Us', the likes of Anna Woolhouse, Bryan Swanson and Alex Hammond opened up in a video which reveals the disturbing attacks they have faced.

    Amongst the abuse, Kate Mason revealed she was told: “I hope you get Aids. S**g.”

    Michelle Owen added: “I've been called a 'dumb b***h'. I was told I'd got fat and put weight on while I was pregnant.”

    Sky Sports News presenter Bryan Swanson revealed he was tweeted: “F*** off you chief, pig-faced c**t.”…

  • William Pugh

    HELLO AGAIN

    Manchester United will face their former right-back Rafael in the group stage of the Champions League.

    The Brazilian currently plays for Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.

  • William Pugh

    THESE ARE THE CHAMPIOOOOONNNNNNSSSSS!

    The Champions League group stage draw has been completed in Switzerland.

    Group A – Bayern Munich, Atletico, RB Salzburg, Lokomotiv Moscow.

    Group B – Real Madrid, Shakhtar, Inter Milan, Monchengladbach.

    Group C – Porto, Man City, Olympiakos, Marseille.

    Group D – Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, FC Midtjylland.

    Group E – Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes.

    Group F – Zenit, Dortmund, Lazio, Club Brugge.

    Group G – Juventus, Barcelona, Dynamo Kiev, Ferencvarosi TC.

    Group H – Paris Saint-Germain, Man Utd, RB Leipzig, Instanbul Basaksehir.

  • William Pugh

    GROUP H DRAW IS COMPLETE!

    Istanbul Basaksehir will join group H alongside PSG, Man Utd and RB Leipzig.

    PSG

    Man Utd

    RB Leipzig

    Istanbul Basaksehir

  • William Pugh

    GROUP H

    RB Leipzig will be joining group H alongside PSG and Man Utd!

    Paris SG

    Man Utd

    RB Leipzig

  • William Pugh

    GROUP H!!!!

    Manchester United have been drawn in group H alongside Paris Saint-Germain!

    PSG and Man Utd so far…

  • William Pugh

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW…

    All the teams from Pot 1 have been drawn…

    United out any minute now…

  • William Pugh

    MANY HAPPY GREENTURNS

    Mason Greenwood turns 19 today but it was tinged with disappointment as it was confirmed he has been left out of Gareth Southgate's latest England squad after his Icelandic antics.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE LIVE

    We’ve got live updates on each ball flying out of the pot in the group stage draw from Nyon which starts in five minutes.

    Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City will learn their fates for the group games, which start later this month.

    CLICK HERE FOR OUR LIVE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW BLOG

  • Kiro Evans

    DRAW POSSIBILITIES

    The Champions League Group Stage draw is edging closer with coverage set to begin in around 30 minutes.

    United fans – who do you fancy and who do you want to avoid?

    Looking through the groups, we've crunched the numbers and think these are the best and worst possibilities:

    BEST: Zenit, Dynamo Kyiv and İstanbul Başakşehir

    WORST: Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Marseille

  • Kiro Evans

    SANCHO STALLED

    No movement on Sancho, according to the well-connected reporter Fabrizio Romano, as United fans continue to grow desperate.

    The clock is ticking to deadline day.

  • Kiro Evans

    GREENWOOD DROPPED FROM ENGLAND SQUAD

    As expected Mason Greenwood and Phil Foden have been dropped from Gareth Southgate's England squad after their Icelandic antics last month.

    In better news, United have three players in the England squad – including Harry Maguire who was dropped last time out after his now infamous incident in Mykonos.

    The other Red Devils included are Marcus Rashford and keeper Dean Henderson.

    Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will probably be hoping any of those three can whisper some persuasive words to Jadon Sancho, who is also in the England squad and heavily linked to the club.

Source: Read Full Article