Cristiano Ronaldo to get Man Utd No7 shirt as Cavani 'gives it up', Trippier deal back on, Dan James set for loan

CRISTIANO RONALDO will become Manchester United's highest-paid player on around £480,000 a week.

And he will be the club's new No7, according to the Premier League website.

However, United's site still shows Cavani with the famous jersey.

The Uruguayan is set to do battle with fellow veteran Ronaldo for a starting berth but has no intention of leaving, according to reports.

Ronaldo's move to United is also set to mean a loan move for Dan James, most likely to Everton or Leeds.

And a move for Kieran Trippier is reportedly back on.

Meanwhile Erling Haaland will leave Borussia Dortmund next summer even if they win the Bundesliga, according to reports from Germany.

PSG are keen to sign the Norwegian now, but the club's poor relationship with Dortmund and his desire to stay in Germany this season are set to derail the move.

And that would put United in pole position to complete the transfer over the coming year.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    TOP EARNER

    According to the Sunday Telegraph, Cristiano Ronaldo is set to pocket more than £560,000-per-week when he puts pen to paper at Old Trafford.

    That will make him the highest paid player at United, and the top earner in the entire Premier League.

    He will overtake former Real Madrid teammate and new United signing Raphael Varane as the league's most handsomely paid player according to reports.

    Varane currently pockets around £400,000-per-week at Old Trafford.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CAV A DAY OFF

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has hinted that Edinson has given up his number seven shirt at Old Trafford for the incoming Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Speaking on his FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand said: “Just to think Cavani could be the back-up for Ronaldo, it’s unbelievable.

    “Cavani, I have to say, what a man! He saw who was coming to town and gave up the No7 shirt”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HEY JESSE

    West Ham Unied and Everton are plotting moves for Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard.

    According to the Sunday Mirror, the Hammers are readying a £15million bid for the 28-year-old.

    The Red Devils had initially wanted £25million for Lingard earlier this summe.

    But Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival at Old Trafford could soften United's stance on Lingard, and accepting a deal for £15million would recoup the majority of the £21million paid for Ronaldo.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    DIALL-OAN

    Amad Diallo is set for a season in the Netherlands after a deal was struck to send the Manchester United winger on loan to Feyenoord.

    A move to the Dutch club will go ahead when Diallo gives his consent, according to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano.

    Sheffield United had been linked with a move for the youngster, along with Crystal Palace and Basel.

    The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho have knocked Diallo down in the pecking order after he made eight appearances last season, but Ole Gunnar Solskajer remains 'excited' about the future of the 19-year-old winger.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RON MEDICAL

    Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United medical will in fact take place TODAY.

    That's according to Sky Sports who are reporting that the 36-year-old will undergo his medical in Lisbon after flying to the Portuguese capital from Turin on Friday.

    Once the medical is done all that is left for the deal to be confirmed is for Ronaldo to obtain a visa, which is expected to be a formality.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FIRST OUTING

    Cristiano Ronaldo's second debut in a Manchester United shirt is likely to be the clash against Newcastle on September 11.

    He's said to be undergoing a medical in Lisbon this weekend ahead of officially putting pen to paper at Old Trafford, and will not be available for today's clash against Wolves.

    The 36-year-old will then jet off on international duty as the Premier League has a two week break, but he looks set to make his Old Trafford return against the Magpies.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MOURINHO COMMENTS

    Former Manchester United boss and current Roma manager Jose Mourinho has spoken about Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford.

    He said: "The only thing I say – and it looks to me something basic and logic – is that if Juventus are happy, if Cristiano is happy and if Manchester United are happy this is the perfect business.

    "I think there is no need to talk about Cristiano.

    "There is no need to make any comment about someone who plays, wins, scores and makes history for 20 years."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TRIPP UP

    Arsenal's pursuit of Kieran Trippier has been dealt a blow.

    According to The Athletic Manchester United have re-ignited their interest in the 30-year-old right-back.

    The Red Devils had been heavily linked with a move for the Atletico Madrid man before transfer talk died down paving the way for the Gunners to make their move.

    But now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side could make one last ditch effort to sign the England defender before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.

    The Gunners had been said to be holding out for making a move on Trippier until fringe players had been offloaded, but now it seems they may have missed their chance.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    PAUL'S OPINION

    Ex-Arsenal man Paul Merson thinks Manchester United are NOT title contenders after Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival from Juventus.

    Speaking on Sky Sports on Saturday, Merson said: “I don’t think he will be nowhere near as good [as last time in the Premier League]. 50 per cent [as good]?

    “His numbers are still phenomenal, don’t get me wrong, but if he does it at 36 in the Premier League, you’d have to think he is not human!

    “Does it knock [Mason] Greenwood and [Jadon] Sancho back? They will certainly be able to watch him and think, ‘This is how I’ve got to live my life for the next 10 years because it’s a short career. He will set an example but will he win the league for Man United? I’m going to say no.

    “I still sit here now and think, why didn’t they sign Harry Kane to give you a three-, four-year option? This is a big deal for – in my opinion – one season only. He was unplayable last time but I just don’t see that in the Premier League now.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    AUBA EXIT

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is a target for Juventus after Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Manchester United paved a way for the forward to leave the Emirates.

    According to Italian outlet Tuttomercato, Aubameyang has been given a £20million price tag as the Old Lady seek a Ronaldo replacement.

    The Arsenal skipper has been linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer, and is open to a transfer according to football.london.

    Reports suggest the Turin side have enquired about Aubameyang's availability in the past, but this time are set to make a more concrete approach.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RONALDO EFFECT

    Cristiano Ronaldo's old club may be feeling the effects of the five time Ballon d'Or winner's departure.

    Juventus slumped to a 1-0 home defeat to Empoli last night, meaning Massimiliano Allegri's side have just one point from their opening two games.

    And after losing CR7 the Old Lady look like they've got it all to do to recapture the scudetto that they lost last season to Inter.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    VIVA RONALDO

    Here's a look at CR7's stats from his first spell at Old Trafford.

    Can he add to his stacked trophy cabinet during his second spell at the club?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MATCHDAY

    The drama filled weekend isn't over just yet United fans.

    Ole Gunnar Solskajer's side return to Premier League action today looking to bounce back after last week's disappointing 1-1 draw against Southampton.

    Cristiano Ronaldo will NOT feature with the necessary paperwork not processed in time for the 36-year-old to make his second United debut.

    Raphael Varane is in line for his first minutes in a United shirt though after he was an unused substitute in the St. Mary's draw.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way back to Manchester United following a £21million deal with Juventus.

    United legend Rio Ferdinand has hinted that Edinson Cavani may have given up his No7 shirt for Ronaldo.

    The star forward wore the iconic jersey number during his first spell at Old Trafford between 2003 and 2009.

    Speaking on his FIVE YouTube show, Ferdinand said: "Just to think Cavani could be the back-up for Ronaldo, it's unbelievable.

    "Cavani, I have to say, what a man! He saw who was coming to town and gave up the No7 shirt"

    The 36-year-old will obviously play no part today against Wolves at Molineux, which means fans will have to wait until after the international break to see the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back in action.

    Thus, the Portugal international is most likely to debut on September 11 against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

    Ronaldo’s arrival at United means the Manchester giants will not be pursuing Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland until further notice.

    Thus, Paris Saint-Germain are considering a move for Haaland to replace Kylian Mbappe.

    Real Madrid are reportedly on the verge of agreeing a whopping £154million deal with PSG for Mbappe, whose contract runs out next year and he has refused to extend his stay in Paris.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, the Parisians are believed to have contacted the star striker’s agent Mino Raiola over the possibility of a move before August 31, when the transfer window slams shut.

    But a deal will be difficult to complete at this late stage and talks between PSG and Dortmund have yet to begin.

    Finally, United have rekindled their interest in Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim that the Red Devils may not be done yet after signing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Ronaldo.

    However, it seems like the Manchester giants will only make a move if Diogo Dalot exits before deadline day.

    Dalot has attracted interest from Dortmund but it seems like he will stay put at Old Trafford.

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM NEVILLE

    Gary Neville expects Cristiano Ronaldo to add a lot of goals for Manchester United ahead of his return.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "It's a short-term measure, as is Edinson Cavani. They can't get one of these top strikers; Erling Haaland, Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku were never going to come to Old Trafford this summer. So I think they needed it because they haven't got a 25-30 goal a season striker.

    "Ronaldo gives you a guarantee of goals and he'll make the whole place be electric for the next few months. The standards he should set in that dressing room, the way in which he should influence those younger players… there are some younger players who need some really good standards putting into them.

    "They've now got one of the greatest football players of all time, who will do every single thing right, on and off the pitch. They'll have nowhere to go in respect of their professionalism, work ethic"

  • Kostas Lianos

    READY FOR A TRIP

    Manchester United have rekindled their interest in Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim that United may not be done yet after signing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    However, it seems like the Red Devils will only make a move if Diogo Dalot exits before deadline day.

    Dalot has attracted interest from Borussia Dortmund but it seems like he will stay put at Old Trafford

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEVILLE PREDICTION

    Gary Neville still believes Manchester United are third favourites to win the Premier League despite signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Neville told Sky Sports:"The Premier League is at the highest standard it has been for a long, long time. The Premier League has got back to the top level in Europe and Manchester United are up against really good sides.

    "In years gone by, I might have said this Manchester United side would have won the Premier League by 10 points but it's such a strong Premier League this one.

    "I made the prediction on Monday Night Football that it would [finish] Manchester City, Chelsea and [then] Manchester United and I'm not going to change that because I don't think the Ronaldo signing makes them a better team than Chelsea, who were the Champions League winners last season, and Manchester City, who were 20 points clear.

    "Absolutely it brings them closer to winning the title. Do I think they will win the title at this point? No I don't. But now I'm more excited about Manchester United challenging for the title than I was maybe five or six days ago.

    "Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane will have the mentality to win the title. I'm desperate for them to win the title. But do I think they'll win the title this season? No. I'm just being pragmatic.

    "You have to be in for these players if you're Manchester United. Whether that wins you the title or not, I'm unsure. It gives them a far better chance than they had 48 hours ago"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    NEVILLE ON RONALDO

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo will give the Red Devils "something they need".

    Ronaldo returned to United 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "Ronaldo will be coming to win trophies, personal accolades and set the Premier League on fire. It is a different Ronaldo, everyone expected that.

    "But he is a number nine, someone who still has that burst over short distances, he makes great runs inside the box, has anticipation of where the ball's going to drop, and he gives United something they need"

  • Kostas Lianos

    PAUL MERS-RON

    Paul Merson questioned Manchester United's decision to sign Cristiano Ronaldo instead of a younger striker like Tottenham superstar Harry Kane.

    Merson said: "Will he win the league for Man Utd? I am going to say ‘no’. I think he will play centre-forward and now Edinson Cavani will be thinking, ‘Why did I sign for another year?’

    "It is going to be hard. Why not go and get Harry Kane? Kane is a three or four-year option.

    "This is a big deal for one season only; he will be 37 in February. It doesn’t matter how you keep yourself fit.

    "His standards were up there and he was unplayable and I don’t see how that will be the case in the Premier League"

  • Kostas Lianos

    SPECIAL RON

    Roma boss, and former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho had little to say about Cristiano Ronaldo's return to Old Trafford.

    Mourinho worked with Ronaldo for three years after the Portuguese head coach took over at Real Madrid in 2010.

    The former Chelsea and Tottenham boss said: "What I can say is basic, it’s logical.

    "If Juventus are happy, if Ronaldo is happy and Man Utd are happy, then it’s a perfect deal – he has written history for the last 20 years.

    "I have nothing more to comment"

  • Kostas Lianos

    STARS REACT

    Manchester United stars are over the moon ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo's imminent return to Old Trafford.

    Ronaldo is coming back to United 12 years after he left for Real Madrid and became one of the best footballers in the sport's history.

    The five-time Ballon d'Or winner came close to joining Manchester City but the Red Devils hijacked the move at the eleventh hour.

    Here are some reactions:

  • Kostas Lianos

    FAIR SHER

    Tim Sherwood believes Jesse Lingard, Daniel James and Anthony Martial will leave Manchester United after Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival.

    Sherwood told Premier League Productions: "I think a few players will need to go.

    "They need to hand in a 25-man squad, there’s a few there who are not getting in the squad.

    "Jesse Lingard misses out, I think he needs to go and play for West Ham. He had a great time there last year, he looked like he wanted to go and play football and he was outstanding. I think it’s his time to leave the club.

    "I think Daniel James might leave as well. Leeds are chasing him and he played well against them in the first game of the season. It was a great rehearsal for him. He’s got outstanding pace and directness. I think he’ll be another one [who leaves].

    "For me, Anthony Martial will be moved on. If they’ve got a home for Martial and they can get the right money, I think they will shake hands and say it never worked out"

  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM FERDINAND

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand believes Cristiano Ronaldo will bring immense attention back to the club.

    Ferdinand told FIVE: "In this situation they have performed perfectly in what they have done, because Ronaldo coming to town… this is the hottest ticket in town.

    "There is no hotter ticket around. I don't care where you look in Europe, in the world, the hottest ticket is at Old Trafford.

    "That is what Ronaldo brings. The attention on the club, the attention on other players. I mean, you cannot put into words what this is going to do for the dressing room, for the fan base…"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    FERDINAND PRAISE

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has praised the club's hierarchy for moving fast to hijack Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester City.

    Ferdinand told FIVE : "One thing I have to say is that the Man United hierarchy, when they needed to move there was no looking back. They performed, I must say, perfectly at every step, every point.

    "There was no looking over their shoulder, there was no hesitancy about it.

    "You have to understand that when someone like Ronaldo comes on the scene and there is an opportunity for him to come to a football club and continue his legacy and continue his history at this football club, if Man United had let that slip through their fingers, and for him to have gone across the city to the other side, you would have had to have had security 24/7 around the clock at the stadium, let alone the houses of some of the people involved in that.

    "Listen, there has been a lot of criticism that has been pointed at different people in the hierarchy at Manchester United at whatever period of time it is"

  • Kostas Lianos

    RONALDO DEBUT

    Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way back to Manchester United for a sensational homecoming.

    Ronaldo will obviously play no part tomorrow against Wolves at Molineux, which means United fans will have to wait until after the international break to see the star forward back in action.

    Thus, the Portugal international is most likely to debut on September 11 against Newcastle at Old Trafford.

    It will take a while, but the wait will most certainly be worth it

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