Man Utd transfer news LIVE: David de Gea contract EXCLUSIVE, £85m Harry Kane target, Arteta praises Alex Ferguson | The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED goalkeeper David de Gea is willing to take a pay-cut to secure a new long-term deal at Old Trafford SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The Spaniard is currently on a staggering £375k-a-week contract but he would have to take a drop of more than 25 per cent to get his wish.

Meanwhile, United are set to make a sensational swoop for Tottenham talisman Harry Kane this summer.

Spurs are said to have slapped a minimum £85million price tag on the England striker, who isn't likely to sign a new contract.

And Mikel Arteta has praised football icon Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Manchester United's huge match against Arsenal.

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  • Kiro Evans

    A Big Day at the Emirates

    For many years Arsenal and Manchester United were the Premier League's main draw.

    Whether it was Arsene Wenger v Sir Alex Ferguson or Patrick Vieira v Roy Keane, there was rivalry and animosity everywhere you looked.

    After years in the wilderness for both it now appears the pair have re-emerged from the woods at the same time and will duel over this year's Premier League title.

    Arsenal, the favourites for the league, can potentially end United's bid this afternoon. Victory would send them 11 clear of Erik ten Hag's side with a game in hand.

    But if United win they can close to within five points of Arsenal and apply serious pressure to their London foes.

  • Kiro Evans

    De Big Deal

    David de Gea is prepared to take a wage cut to get a new contract settled, SunSport has exclusively reported.

    Manchester United have just activated their 12-month option on the goalkeeper, keeping him at the club until the end of next season.

    The Spain star, 32, would love to stay way beyond that and is hoping for a minimum three-year extension if he can agree a new deal.

    Now Old Trafford sources claim De Gea has told club bosses he is after security, rather than trying to hold them to ransom — and if that means slashing his wages, then he will do so.

    United had reportedly set their sights on Yann Sommer as a potential replacement but the goalie signed for Bayern Munich earlier this week.

  • Nyle Smith

    Arsenal vs Manchester United

    Worried you'll miss out on the action in what is set to be the biggest Premier League match of the weekend?

    Don't panic.

    SunSport will be bringing you all the build up and minute-by-minute coverage from the very first whistle until the last.

  • Kiro Evans

    Good Morning United fans

    David De Gea is willing to take a pay cut if it secures his long-term future at Old Trafford. Manchester United have just activated their 12-month option on the goalkeeper, keeping him at the club until the end of next season.

    The Spain star, 32, would love to stay way beyond that and is hoping for a minimum three-year extension if he can agree a new deal. Now Old Trafford sources claim De Gea has told club bosses he is after security, rather than trying to hold them to ransom — and if that means slashing his wages, then he will do so.

    He is currently the Reds’ top earner at around £375,000 a week and would have to take a drop of more than 25 per cent to get his wish. Boss Erik ten Hag has assured the keeper he has his full backing and is not chasing a new No 1, despite links with Brentford’s David Raya.

    Jude Bellingham is expected to turn down a double-your-money new deal when he meets Borussia Dortmund bosses this week.

    And that will officially kickstart the £100million-plus auction for the 19-year-old England midfielder, who is wanted by Liverpool, Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs.

    Dortmund have a sit down planned with Bellingham over the next couple of days and want a swift answer on his plans.

    It is understood the Bundesliga outfit are prepared to make him the highest-paid player at the club, on around £180,000 a week, for a further five years. Yet Dortmund are equally aware Bellingham wants to test himself at a higher level, following his eye-catching performances at the World Cup.

    SunSport revealed this month that would-be buyers have been told they must pay 75 per cent of any total fee up front — with his former club Birmingham also due a cut.

    They are happy not to stand in Bellingham’s way if he does insist he wants to go, as long as he gives them an answer which gives them time to line up a replacement.

    Bellingham can expect to receive offers of around £300,000-a-week wages but the grounded teenager has always insisted will put his football progression before finances.

    A stunning report claims Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic has been offered to Man Utd.

    90min have revealed the Red Devils are one of several clubs that have been contacted about the Serbian striker’s availability.

    The former Fiorentina marksman is said to want a move from the Old Lady, after they were docked 15 points for transfer irregularities.

    That has left the Serie A giants languishing in 10th spot and languishing behind in the race for Champions League qualification.

    Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal have also been alerted to his current situation – with the centre forward said to want to leave the club in the near future.

    Man Utd have offered Alejandro Garnacho the longest contract that they have ever tabled, according to reports. The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this season with some exhilarating displays.

    Club chiefs are keen to tie him down for as long as possible, believing he could become their biggest asset in years.

    According to the Mirror, they are offering Garnacho an eight year contract.

    They add, however, that the Argentine youth international is unsure whether to sign it. Garnacho’s current contract expires in 2024, and representatives only want to sign a four-year deal.

  • Jon Boon

    Arteta inspired by Fergie

    Mikel Arteta has revealed how Sir Alex Ferguson helped fire Arsenal’s title charge.

    The Gunners boss says he was inspired by Fergie’s “brutal honesty” when the Scottish legend was Manchester United manager.

    Arteta said: “What really captured me was his presence, his charisma and the way he talked. How honest and brutal he was about certain opinions he had about players and the game.

    “I had a few conversations, not formally, but with people around him and it was more listening than talking.”

  • Jon Boon

    De Gea contract

    David De Gea is willing to take a pay cut if it secures his long-term future at Old Trafford.

    Manchester United have just activated their 12-month option on the goalkeeper, keeping him at the club until the end of next season

    The Spain star, 32, would love to stay way beyond that and is hoping for a minimum three-year extension if he can agree a new deal.

    Now Old Trafford sources claim De Gea has told club bosses he is after security, rather than trying to hold them to ransom — and if that means slashing his wages, then he will do so.

    He is currently the Reds’ top earner at around £375,000 a week and would have to take a drop of more than 25 per cent to get his wish.

    Boss Erik ten Hag has assured the keeper he has his full backing and is not chasing a new No 1, despite links with Brentford’s David Raya.

  • Ian Tuckey

    8-2 loss vs Utd helped me join Arsenal

    Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal’s worst ever defeat by Manchester United played a part in bringing him to the club, writes DAN KING.

    Arteta joined the Gunners as a player just three days after Arsene Wenger’s side lost 8-2 at Old Trafford in August 2011.

    The Arsenal boss said: “The circumstances are sometimes necessary for someone to be given the opportunity to experience something. 

    “Unfortunately it had to be [the 8-2] because it was a big result on the day. I don’t think it was just the result that got me here, but it probably helped. After that the rest is history.”

    Wenger’s teams continued to play pretty football after their last title in 2004, they never really had the strength – physical and mental – to fight for the championship as the Invincibles of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira did.

    Arteta said: “Having that balance and having those qualities in the squad is necessary. 

    “To have the mentality and capacity to control emotions that is required to play on big stages is very necessary. 

    “And the physical aspect is necessary. Without that you cannot compete over 11 months in the conditions in which we work.

    “We have tried to build a team that has everything.”

  • Jon Boon

    Bellingham race

    Jude Bellingham is expected to turn down a double-your-money new deal when he meets Borussia Dortmund bosses this week.

    And that will officially kickstart the £100million-plus auction for the 19-year-old England midfielder, who is wanted by Liverpool, Real Madrid and both Manchester clubs.

    Dortmund have a sit down planned with Bellingham over the next couple of days and want a swift answer on his plans.

    It is understood the Bundesliga outfit are prepared to make him the highest-paid player at the club, on around £180,000 a week, for a further five years.

    Yet Dortmund are equally aware Bellingham wants to test himself at a higher level, following his eye-catching performances at the World Cup.

    SunSport revealed this month that would-be buyers have been told they must pay 75 per cent of any total fee up front — with his former club Birmingham also due a cut.

    They are happy not to stand in Bellingham’s way if he does insist he wants to go, as long as he gives them an answer which gives them time to line up a replacement.

    Bellingham can expect to receive offers of around £300,000-a-week wages but the grounded teenager has always insisted will put his football progression before finances.

  • Jon Boon

    Vlahovic offered

    A stunning report claims Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic has been offered to Man Utd.

    90min have revealed the Red Devils are one of several clubs that have been contacted about the Serbian striker's availability.

    The former Fiorentina marksman is said to want a move from the Old Lady, after they were docked 15 points for transfer irregularities.

    That has left the Serie A giants languishing in 10th spot and languishing behind in the race for Champions League qualification.

    Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal have also been alerted to his current situation – with the centre forward said to want to leave the club in the near future.

  • Jon Boon

    United down to fourth

    With Newcastle United drawing against Crystal Palace, they have leapfrogged Man Utd into third spot.

    The teams are tied on points – but the Magpies have a significantly more impressive goal difference.

    The Red Devils head to Emirates tomorrow, where they will face off against Arsenal.

    They will need to get a result.

  • Jon Boon

    Garnacho's mega deal

    Man utd have offered Alejandro Garnacho the longest contract that they have ever tabled, according to reports.

    The 18-year-old has burst onto the scene this season with some exhilarating displays.

    Club chiefs are keen to tie him down for as long as possible, believing he could become their biggest asset in years.

    According to the Mirror, they are offering Garnacho an eight year contract.

    They add, however, that the Argentine youth international is unsure whether to sign it.

    Garnacho's current contract expires in 2024, and representatives only want to sign a four-year deal.

  • Jon Boon

    Loan stars

    A trio of Manchester United youngsters — including Charlie Savage — could be heading out on loan.

    Midfielder Savage — son of Robbie — attacker Charlie McNeill and young Dutch centre-half Bjorn Hardley are also up for grabs.

    Savage, 19, has made one senior appearance for Manchester United.

    The starlet was brought on for a late cameo during a 1-1 Champions League draw with Young Boys last season.

    He has also been named on the bench in the Premier League, for the 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on the final day last May.

    Savage is yet to make a matchday squad under Erik ten Hag.

  • Jon Boon

    0-0

    It’s half-time as Crystal Palace and Newcastle fight it out at Selhurst Park.

    A game of few chances, who can make the breakthrough in the second half?

    The Geordies will want a win to keep up the pace with the Champions League places.

  • Jon Boon

    Wan-Bissaka set for stay

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka could stay at Old Trafford until at least the end of the season.

    Wolves, Crystal Palace and West Ham were all credited with an interest in the defender.

    But as it stands, the right-back will be staying.

    Fabrizio Romano tweeted: "Aaron Wan Bissaka has now chances to stay at Manchester United at least until the end of the season, as things stand.

    Wolves, Crystal Palace & West Ham asked for him in December but there’s still no green light.

    Meanwhile, Romano confirmed Man Utd are in talks to extend Diogo Dalot's contract.

  • Jon Boon

    United stars missing

    Man Utd have boarded the train down to London ahead of their huge Prem clash with Arsenal tomorrow.

    The Red Devils travel to the capital aiming to cut the gap at the top of the table to five points.

    Boss Erik ten Hag donned a bright red jumper for the journey down south, during which he'll have much to ponder.

    His players sported full Man United tracksuits as they aimed to travel in comfort.

    Not among them, however, were injured duo Diogo Dalot and Anthony Martial.

    The pair are set to miss the crunch clash with respective injuries.

  • Jake Sanders

    Injury update

    Manchester United have a few injury doubts ahead of Sunday's trip to Arsenal.

    Diogo Dalot is struggling with a hamstring problem he suffered against Charlton, which forced him to miss the games with Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

    Meanwhile, Anthony Martial has missed training this week following a leg injury sustained in the derby.

    Donny van de Beek has already been ruled out for the rest of the season, while Jadon Sancho has only recently returned to the training pitch.

  • Jake Sanders

    Boost for Manchester United

    While United will be more interested in catching Arsenal and Man City, their hopes of finishing in the top four have been given another boost following Liverpool's goalless draw with Chelsea.

    Erik ten Hag's side are nine points above them in the race for the Champions League.

    With the Red Devils in excellent form and an inviting run of fixtures to come following their trip to the Emirates, they'll be very confident of returning to Europe's elite competition.

  • Jake Sanders

    Maguire comments on lack of minutes

    Harry Maguire has been talking about his lack of game-time at Old Trafford this season.

    The United captain has slipped down the pecking order under Erik ten Hag and has started just twice in the league since the 4-0 defeat at Brentford on 13 August.

    Overall in the league, Maguire has been on the pitch for just 383 minutes.

    He said: "Obviously everyone wants to start and everyone's disappointed when they don't start the games, but that's the way it should be because we're all footballers, we're all competitive, we want to play football. But we've also got to be ready when we're called upon.

    "I think our fixture list from now until the end of the season is relentless, not much break, not much rest in between games. So I’m sure fresh legs will be used."

  • Jake Sanders

    Provisional date for Leeds clash

    A provisional date has been set for Manchester United's home game against Leeds.

    The clash at Old Trafford is set to take place on Wednesday 8 February.

    But the date will be changed if United or Leeds require an fourth round replay in the FA Cup.

    Erik ten Hag's side host Reading next Saturday, while Leeds travel to either Boreham Wood or Accrington Stanley, so there's a good chance that won't be the case.

  • Jake Sanders

    Lov at first sight

    Manchester United are interested in signing Rennes star Lovro Majer, according to reports.

    The 25-year-old attacking midfielder was one of Croatia's star players at the World Cup.

    And according to Jeunes Footeux, his fine displays both for club and country have alerted United.

    Fellow Premier League side Tottenham are also said to be keen.

  • Jake Sanders

    United want to sign Harry Kane

    Manchester United are interested in signing Harry Kane this summer.

    The Tottenham star will enter the final year of his contract at the end of the season and that is when Man Utd are planning to seal a swoop.

    According to the Daily Mail, a new striker is a priority for Erik ten Hag and the Dutchman has listed Kane as his number one target for the summer.

    He's scored 15 goals in 20 Premier League games this season.

  • Jake Sanders

    United keen on Martinez

    Manchester United are interested in a January deal for Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, according to reports in Italy.

    But Calciomercato claim that it would take a bid of more than £85m for the Serie A giants to considering letting him leave.

    That's due to the "delicate financial situation" at San Siro.

    Credit: Getty
  • Jake Sanders

    Wreck it Ralph

    Ex-Manchester United coach Chris Armas is set to join Jesse Marsch’s backroom team at Leeds.

    According to the Daily Mail, Marsch could link-up with fellow the fellow American.

    The report states that a deal has been agreed and Armas has arrived in England to take the post, pending visa approval.

    But he is coming off the back of a horror spell under Ralf Rangnick at Man Utd.

    Rangnick joined the Red Devils in late 2021 as interim manager after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked.

  • Jake Sanders

    Ten Hag's plan to beat Arsenal without Casemiro

    Erik ten Hag says he knows how to beat Arsenal without Casemiro.

    United won't be able to call upon the influential midfielder for their trip to the leaders after he picked up his fifth booking of the season against Crystal Palace and is now suspended.

    But the Red Devils are the only team to beat the Gunners in the Premier League this season.

    And the Dutchman reckons he has an "idea" how to take three points away from North London.

    He said: "We have to be really good and need a really good performance but if we do we have a good chance also to get out of that performance a good result.

    "As I said, we beat Arsenal last time without Casemiro so we have an idea how to do it."

  • Joshua Mbu

    Morning, United fans

    Harry Kane heads a three-striker shortlist for the summer but boss Erik ten Hag believes United already have enough firepower to sink Arsenal tomorrow.

    Tottenham's England skipper Kane, RB Salzburg ace Benjamin Sesko and Napoli hitman Victor Osimhem are rated serious transfer options.

    And current loan forward Wout Weghorst is so far regarded only as a stop-gap replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Meanwhile, it's claimed Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Scott McTominay will not be leaving Old Trafford this month.

    West Ham were linked with England central defender Maguire but right-back Wan-Bissaka has impressed Ten Hag while standing in for Diogo Dalot.

    McTominay was reportedly wanted by Newcastle but the Red Devils are reluctant to sell to top-four rivals.

    United, however, could consider temporary offers for wing starlets Anthony Elanga and Facundo Pellistri.

    As for possible January incomers, the Red Devils and Tottenham are being linked with Rennes' Croatia midfielder Lovro Majer.

    Finally, Ten Hag has shrugged off banned midfielder Casemiro's absence away to the table-topping Gunners tomorrow.

    He said: “We beat Arsenal last time without Casemiro. We have an idea of how to deal with that.

    “It is up to us to beat their run and we will do everything to do that.

    “We have to be really good. We need a really good performance.”

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