MAN UTD have finally got Alexis Sanchez's £505,000-a-week wages off their books with Inter Milan confirming his arrival on a permanent deal today.
That should free up funds for Jadon Sancho, who is said to have agreed a five-year deal. But reports in Germany say Ed Woodward is making a "fundamental error" in his pursuit of the Dortmund star.
Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from Old Trafford below…
Manchester United will reportedly make their first bid for Jadon Sancho within the coming day.
Borussia Dortmund arestillrefusing to budge from their £108million valuation of the England star.
Yet, German publication Kicker claim an offer is expected to be tabled by United 'in the next few days'.
CAN'T GO RON
Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to “perform a miracle” for Juventus tomorrow, according to Wojciech Szczęsny.
The Polish keeper is backing the Portuguese mega-star to help the Old Lady overturn their 1-0 deficit from the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Lyon.
He told Tuttosport: “I see a team ready, there is an environment similar to last year before the match against Atletico Madrid.
“We can do it again this year, again Ronaldo's hat-trick? Nobody in the world has doubts that Cristiano can do it again.
“As usual at the decisive times he makes the difference, he is ready to perform another miracle.
“We are playing for an important goal, finding the motivation is not difficult, we are all concentrated.
“Lyon seem physically fit, they also seem ready to play, we'll see who will reach the quarter-finals.”
Glen Hoddle has been axed as ITV's co-commentator for England games.
The former Three Lions manager, 62, has been replaced by Arsenal legend Lee Dixon, 56.
ITV announced last month that main commentator Clive Tyldesley, 65, is being replaced by Sam Matterface, 42.
And now it has been confirmed that Hoddle has been forced to step down.
An ITV spokesman said: “Glenn has been an excellent co-commentator and valued part of the ITV team.
“His deal has come to an end and going forward we are making a change in the co-commentator role, bringing in Lee Dixon, who has experience in this position and who, with his wealth of knowledge of expertise and insight will work well with Sam Matterface, our new lead commentator.”
MARC HIS WORDS
Manchester United outcast Marcos Rojo has revealed his desire to stay at Estudiantes next season.
He told infobae: “I spoke to Solskjaer, the coach, about two weeks ago. Because I had to go back to England.
“He said to me: ‘Look, now the season is over and everyone has a few days off. Then we go to play the Europa League… I’m not going to count on you because you haven’t trained for four months.’
“My idea is also to try to stay at Estudiantes. I played a game, got injured and all of this happened.
“That is why I will see in September if the loan can be extended and continue for a few more months.”
Roy Keane has named Zinedine Zidane and Patrick Vieira as two of the toughest opponents he faced during his playing career.
He told Sky Sports' Monday Night Football: “It was a big challenge for me when Patrick [Vieira] came onto the scene.
“He was a good player and I knew I had to be at my best when I was up against him. He was nasty, he could put his foot in and he could score a goal.
“Patrick would've been my toughest opponent at the time. He would challenge you in different ways.
“He would get around the pitch, he was good with the ball, he was strong and he had a goal in him. I knew I had to be at my very, very best to get on top of Patrick.
“The greatest I faced in Europe? Undoubtedly Zidane. He had everything — but he was nasty with it, too.”
Cristiano Ronaldo showed off his latest trim with a buzz cut look as he hugged his kids on Instagram.
The social media post showed the Juventus forward, 35, enjoying some family time with his three youngest children.
Twins Eva and Mateo were joined by Alana Martina, whose mother is the player's partner Georgina Rodriguez, as Ronaldo captioned the pic: “Feeling loved.”
The superstar footballer has displayed fantastic versatility in front of the bathroom mirror since the coronavirus lockdown began.
Going into football's shutdown with a top-knot, he returned to the pitch with the style freshly groomed by beau Georgina.
VAR'S COME FAR
The Premier League has voted to get its VAR rules in line with that of other countries.
But 'armpit offside' decisions are staying – getting England in line with Fifa's law interpretations.
Decisions on goalkeeper encroachment during penalties will also be tweaked.
Tahith Chong wants to quit Manchester United to head to the Bundesliga and will hold talks with the club TODAY, according to his agent.
The Dutch winger, 20, has been at the club since 2016, working his way through the youth ranks before breaking into the first-team setup in 2018.
Chong's agent, Erkan Alkan, told German publication Bild: “Tahith wants to go to the Bundesliga.
“We will talk about that with Manchester United on Thursday.”
WALK IN MY SHOES
Ravel Morrison has vowed his critics “could never walk” in his shoes as the former Manchester United starlet attempts to get his career back on track.
Now 27, the attacking midfielder was handed a Premier League lifeline by Sheffield United last summer but made just one appearance before being released.
In a long Twitter thread, he wrote: “Don’t compare me to your average, there’s different levels…
“There’s no next Ravel Morrison [or] he’s the same as Ravel Morrison because they have hiccups.
“I’ve had life struggles, the amount of obstacles I have had to climb in my life use will never understand.
“You could never walk in the shoes I’ve walked in, never and will NEVER come across scenes of what my eyes have seen, sometimes in life things plan out perfect and sometimes things are just not meant to be!”
Marcus Rashford has won the PFA's Community Champion of the Season award.
The United striker has been simply fantastic in his part in pushing the government to provide free meals to school children during the coronavirus lockdown.
Fantastic result for the United striker.
With the same back-three (or five) this formation sees a few tweaks further forward.
Should Solskjaer want to pack his midfield, an attacking trio of Grealish, Pogba and Fernandes could start in the middle.
They would be well protected by the wing-backs and back-three.
This formation would also allow for TWO central strikers, with Rashford and Martial the likeliest candidates.
Despite all the attacking shuffling to worry about, Solskjaer could also debate mixing up his defence.
A back-three-cum-back-five is becoming increasingly popular these days.
And with Solskjaer recently full of praise for the returning Chris Smalling, the ex-England ace could join Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof in the central back-three.
It’s certainly from the old school of English football, but 4-4-2 could be just the ticket for Man Utd.
The personnel is identical to that seen in the 4-2-3-1, but set up differently.
With the same back four, Fernandes and McTominay would sit in the central two spots.
The Portuguese star would be able to push forward when the opportunity arises, with McTominay staying back.
But the forward ranks look different here, with Grealish and Sancho on the flanks and Rashford and Martial both starting as the centre-forwards.
GREALISH IN 4-3-3
A popular choice in world football at present, Premier League champions Liverpool and former winners Manchester City favour the 4-3-3.
And it could perfectly for Man Utd in their potential new era.
In this instance, Pogba would replace one of Rashford or Martial in the starting XI.
Pogba and Fernandes would be afforded the freedom to push forward, with McTominay sitting deeper.
Grealish would shift to left wing – where he's spent most of the season at Aston Villa.
HOW GREALISH COULD FIT IN
Manchester United are desperate to sign Jack Grealish this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add the Aston Villa star to his burgeoning attacking ranks – even if it costs £80million.
Villa, in turn, are set to offer their captain a bumper £100,000 a week deal in a bid to keep him at the club.
But it's looking more and more likely United land both Grealish AND Jadon Sancho this month, even if it means selling some deadwood to fund the near-£200m double swoop.
We take a look at FIVE different ways Man Utd could line up if they sign Grealish and Sancho.
TIME FOR A CHANGE
Premier League clubs have voted to revert to a maximum of three substitutes and seven players on the bench for next season, reports MARTIN LIPTON.
The vote of the 20 clubs at their virtual summer meeting is understood to have demonstrated the divisions that exist.
While the top half of the league backed Chelsea proposals to continue to allow five substitutes from a bench of nine, they fell well short of the required two thirds majority.
Instead, the opposition to the proposal, led by Aston Villa, was joined by the teams in the lower half of the table.
Indeed, a majority of the clubs voted against the five sub plan, with a 10-10 tie on the proposal to stick with the larger bench.
Of the promoted trio, Leeds are understood to have backed retaining a bench of nine but joined fellow new boys West Brom and Fulham in rejecting five replacements being allowed.
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Alexis Sanchez cost Manchester United a staggering £20MILLION per Premier League goal and £28,800 per TOUCH thanks to his sky-high £505,000 a week wages.
The Chilean forward, 31, joined the Old Trafford ranks in January 2018 as part of a swap deal with Arsenal, as Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved the other way.
At the time, fans believed the club had played a blinder in signing a superstar without paying a penny.
However, the “free” signing has actually cost the club an eye-watering £60m – with just THREE Premier League goals to show for it.
GAB WANTS GUNNERS
Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes wants to move to Arsenal despite Manchester United chasing him, according to reports.
The Brazilian defender looks almost certain to leave the Ligue 1 side this summer and is said to have been particularly impressed by talks with the Gunners earlier this week.
Mikel Arteta is keen on bringing a defender in to shore up his leaky back line.
And he looks set to land one in the coming weeks in the shape of the £27million rated 22-year-old, according to Get French Football News.
However, United will reportedly not give up on their pursuit with a deal to take him to Old Trafford said to be close yesterday.
Magalhaes’ scintillating form in France has drawn admiring glances from across Europe, with Everton and Napoli also linked.
HE KAN DO IT
Paul Scholes has become the latest Manchester United legend to warn that signing Jadon Sancho may not be the best idea.
Harry Kane is a better bet for the Red Devils as they have a number of players similar to Sancho, the former midfielder reckons.
The 11-time Premier League winner told BT Sport: “Don’t get me wrong, Sancho is a top-quality footballer, I think he would improve any team in world football.
“His stats say that he is a goalscorer, he will make and score lots of goals.
“I just think we already have three forwards or wide men that are very similar to Sancho, possibly not quite as good as him, but potentially I think they could be.
“I think if that is Harry Kane you are talking about, I would be more desperate to sign him than Sancho at this stage.”
Borussia Dortmund think they have found their ‘new Jadon Sancho’ in Manchester City starlet Jamie Bynoe-Gittens.
The 15-year-old is set to leave the Etihad Campus despite impressing coaches at the club.
Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the winger, but BVB are the front runners.
Former City youth product Sancho is set to move to Manchester United, but the two clubs are yet to thrash out an agreement on the deal, with Dortmund wanting £108million.
Marco Lichtsteiner, brother of Switzerland's captain Stephan Lichtsteiner is brokering both Sancho’s move to Old Trafford and the move for Byone-Gittens, according to Bild.
THIS IS THE QUESTION!
United fans will be asking this about the Alexis Sanchez transfer to Inter Milan.
Can Ed Woodward and Matt Judge get the deal for the England winger over the line?
There have been a lot of highs and lows for Alexis Sanchez in fairness.
Inter Milan have announced they have signed Alexis Sanchez permanently, without paying a penny.
The move frees up £25million for the Red Devils in wages.
Inter said in a statement: “FC Internazionale Milano announces that Alexis Sanchez is moving to the Nerazzurri outright free of charge.
“The Chilean striker has signed a contract with the Club until 30 June 2023.”
HE'S GOT S-MART
Paul Scholes has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for turning around Anthony Martial's form after the Frenchman became the Red Devils' highest goalscorer with his finish against LASK.
The former United midfielder said: “When Ole first came in, I don’t think Martial was hungry enough for goals, he didn’t lived on goals even in training, he wasn’t doing his finishing, doing his practicing.
“I think Ole’s really put that into him because he knows what he’s capable of, he’s quick, he’s skilful, he can fly past people.
“He’s very difficult to play against, but the lad had to improve his finishing and his goalscoring and there’s no doubt he’s done that this season.”
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