Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Varane deal 'COMPLETE', Pogba could 'leave on free', Jovic bid considered, Sancho vs Leeds

MANCHESTER UNITED are set to unveil Raphael Varane after the Frenchman completed his medical at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are also eyeing up a shock summer move for Luka Jovic, according to reports.

And Jadon Sancho is set to start against Leeds as the Premier League season gets underway this weekend.

However, Paul Pogba's mooted move to PSG could now become a free transfer next summer, with the club having spent the bulk of its budget on Lionel Messi.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    ROMERO'S RETURN

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is set to return to football with Granada, SIMON MAIL reports.

    Romero joined United in 2015 but has been increasingly sidelined and his last appearance for the club was in August 2020 against FC Copenhagen in the Europa League.

    His chances of regular football at United were blocked by David de Gea and the emergence of Dean Henderson.

    The 34-year-old was poised to join Everton at the start of last season until United blocked the move at the last minute.

    Former Sampdoria keeper Romero spent much of last season back in his homeland in Argentina.

    His contract at Old Trafford expired in the summer and the keeper's next move appears to be to Spain after previous club spells in France, Italy and Holland.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NOT AGAIN PAUL

    Manchester United need to avoid the 'embarrassment' of losing Paul Pogba on a free transfer AGAIN, WILLIAM PUGH reports.

    That is the view of former Red Devils defender Gary Pallister, 56, who revealed his thoughts on the Frenchman exclusively to SunSport.

    Pogba, 28, has just one year left on his Old Trafford deal and can leave for nothing next June.

    He said: "It's an ongoing issue – the talk around Paul. For everybody concerned I think it would be [better] if a decision is made.

    "You certainly don't want to be embarrassed again and lose that player on a free transfer.

    "So I would think something has got to be sorted before the season or very soon into the season."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LINGAR-ING

    Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard could still leave the club this summer, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    The 28-year-old was linked with a move back to West Ham, where he had a successful loan spell last season, before rumours cooled.

    But now it seems a potential deal is back on the table with United keen to recoup some of the £100million+ spent on Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

    Andreas Pereira and Phil Jones are also set to be moved on by the Red Devils before the end of the transfer window.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    XAV-ING NONE OF IT

    Barcelona legend Xavi has revealed he turned down the chance to sign for Manchester United while Alex Ferguson was in charge.

    The 41-year-old currently manages Al-Sadd SC in Qatar and he told the Times: "Manchester United approached me once through Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother, but my answer was very quick.

    "I was focused on Barca, my priority was only Barca.

    "I am a fan from the very inside of myself and that’s why was impossible for me to leave."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DYBALA DEAL

    Juventus are set to meet with Paulo Dybala’s representatives in the coming days to discuss a new contract, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

    The Argentine, who has just one year left on his deal in Turin, has been linked with a departure this summer – with Manchester United said to be interested.

    But now the 27-year-old is set to begin talks which would see him stay at the club.

    The Argentinian international has been with Juve for six years after a move from Palermo in 2015, and has since played over 250 games for the Old Lady – scoring 100 goals and providing 41 assists in 241 games in Juve colours.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DAN THE MAN

    Italian side Atalanta are rumoured to be interested in a move for Dan James.

    That's according to Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb, who claim Gian Piero Gasperini's side could lodge a bid for the Welshman before the end of the transfer window.

    The 23-year-old has been linked with a move to Leeds United this summer, but the Red Devils are reluctant to sell.

    But the £73million arrival of Jadon Sancho could restrict the Welsh international's playing time at Old Trafford, while Atalanta could offer more first team minutes for the former Swansea man.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MART HIS WORDS

    Anthony Martial is ready to challenge for trophies with the Red Devils this season after being out since March with a knee injury.

    The 25-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford but now it seems the Frenchman is set to stay at the club.

    And he told manutd.com: "I am feeling a lot better after five long months.

    "Getting back together with the team and training with them again, I really feel a great improvement. I am going to need a few more weeks to reach my top fitness levels, and I'm really happy just now to have made my return to training.

    "To be honest, I was really happy to start [against Everton] after those long months without playing, it was tremendous to get back out there, especially with the fans and the win, brilliant.

    "With the season I had last year, and the niggling injuries I had which prevented me from being at 100 per cent, I've since put in my best prep work, so as to be sure of coming back in the best form I can.

    "And I hope I can get to my full fitness level as quickly as possible now, to set me up for a great season this time round. I hope to avoid injury, of course, and to be really ready and in top shape fitness-wise, to be able to have a great season, and win some trophies."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    VARA-INBOUND

    Raphael Varane has finished his Manchester United medical and will be officially unveiled later today, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The 28-year-old Frenchman had the first part of his medical yesterday after his initial £34million switch from Real Madrid.

    United now face a race to get the World Cup winner registered in time for him to be named in the squad for the Red Devils' Premier League opener against Leeds on Saturday.

  • William Pugh

    MEAN KEANE

    Roy Keane jokingly claimed Peter Schmeichel was overrated, despite admitting the ex-Old Trafford ace was the best goalkeeper he has ever played with.

    And the former Red Devils skipper reckons he was a better midfielder than his old arch-rival Patrick Vieira.

    Keane was speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap podcast.

    The former United said: “I suppose I’d have to say Peter [is the best I’ve played with] but I still think he was overrated.

    “I just don’t think he was as good as everyone made out but he was very good.

    “I thought I was better than Patrick [Vieira], yeah.”

  • William Pugh

    STOP MESSING

    Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has laughed off the prospect of reigniting his rivalry with Lionel Messi in France.

    Messi completed his huge move to Paris Saint-Germain after signing a two-year deal.

    Juventus star Ronaldo has been linked with a move away from Italy and his Portugal team-mate Jose Fonte tried to persuade him to move to France by joining him at Lille.

    Fonte told talkSPORT: "I feel great. I feel great because it's incredible to hear a player like Lionel Messi is in French football in our league.

    "It's exciting. Obviously in terms of competitors it's going to be even harder for us but we're up for a challenge – I'm texting Cristiano to come to Lille every day!

    "He's only replied 'ha ha ha.'"

  • William Pugh

    KEANE KO

    Manchester United legend Roy Keane has spoken of his dislike for two-time unified heavyweight Anthony Joshua and 'The Gypsy King' Tyson Fury.

    Speaking on his former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville's 'The Overlap' Youtube channel on his 50th birthday, the former Irish skipper said the pair get on his nerves, and says there's too much talk and not enough action.

    He said: “I don't like any of them, that heavyweight stuff is irritating me – Too much talk.

    “None of them, they both irritate me. I'm not picking any of them, honestly.”

    Manchester City fans and former Oasis frontmen Liam and Noel Gallagher didn't escape Keane's wrath either.

    Keane says the brothers irritate him as much as Joshua and Fury do. He added: “They both get on my nerves, like the two boxers.”

  • William Pugh

    FANCY MAT

    Paul Pogba's brother Mathias has underlined the difference in family fortunes – by signing for a fourth division club in France.

    Manchester United midfielder Paul has won the World Cup and played for Juventus, and earns £15million a year at Old Trafford.

    Meanwhile big brother Mathias, 30, has been reduced to penning a one-year deal with ASM Belfort. The eastern outfit play in National 2, France's fourth tier, at the 5,000-capacity Stade Serzian.

    Belfort are the THIRTEENTH club of Guinea international Pogba's career. The striker had spells with Wrexham, Crewe Alexandra, Crawley Town and Partick Thistle between 2010 and 2016.

    He recently left Slovenian club Tabor Sezana, and has previously played for French sides Quimper and Tours as well as clubs in Italy and Spain.

    Mathias' twin brother Florentin currently plays for second division Sochaux, a short drive from Belfort.

    Mathias Pogba alongside his brothers Florentin and Paul
  • William Pugh

    NO MESSING AROUND

    Lionel Messi may hope to make Paris Saint-Germain the best sports team in the world – but he has already made them the most expensive.

    No team the world over, from football, baseball or NFL, can get near to the French side's wage bill following the Argentine's arrival.

    A rumoured £650,000-a-week deal makes Messi the SIXTEENTH PSG player to be taking home a six-figure weekly pay packet.

    Here, SunSport detail the top ten wage bills in sport today – with figures provided by Spotrac and Salary Sport.

  • William Pugh

    FIXTURE LIST

    Hoe excited are you for the new season United fans?

    Former striker Dimitar Berbatov thinks the Red Devils have got what it takes to mount a title charge, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have been handed a kind start to the season.

    The opening game of the campaign is an absolute belter, a home clash against bitter rivals Leeds United.

    And after that United don't play any of the 'Big Six' until October 23.

    Mind you from then Ole Gunnar Solskajer's side play five of the 'Big Six' teams in six games from October 23 to December 4.

  • William Pugh

    GETTING SHIRTY

    Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has taken part in the launch of United's new third kit.

    The former midfielder posed in the new blue patterned shirt which is inspired by a strip he wore during his playing days at Old Trafford.

    And he said: "United have always been a family club, from my playing days right until this day, that’s one thing that has never changed.

    "I remember taking my son to Old Trafford when he was a kid and now, I take my grandson to United games the same way."

  • William Pugh

    GUNNAR BE CLOSE

    Manchester United icon Dimitar Berbatov believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team can challenge for the Premier League title. The retired Bulgaria international has also praised his former employers for signing Jadon Sancho and agreeing a deal for Raphael Varane.

    Speaking to Betfair, Berbatov said: "Manchester United are in a strong position to challenge for the title, especially after the signings they've made this summer.

    "I am very happy that they are bringing in Raphael Varane from Real Madrid. He is a World Cup and Champions League winner, he has a winning mentality and he has played with the best over the years.

    "So, he is a great signing and I am looking forward to seeing how he is going to settle into the team and compliment Harry Maguire.

    "Jadon Sancho is already good friends with the England players in United's squad, which is a great thing to have when you go into a new team. Hopefully, this is going to help him settle quickly.

    "We already know about his quality, but there's still plenty of room for him to grow and hopefully at United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, he can fulfil his potential.

    "I'm sure he is also going to push the other forwards to perform better too. That tends to happen when you have a player of great quality next to you, you lift your game."

  • Alex Terrell

    DE-TERMINED

    David De Gea has revealed why he returned to Carrington early for a pre-season tune-up.

    The United stopper told ManUtd.com: "Yes, I think you have to set an example.

    "I’ve been here a long time and I’ve always tried to show the right example to everyone, to get in early and always be here with my team-mates, to keep contributing.

    "I feel great, really strong, both physically and mentally, and I’m eager for the season to get under way and for us to start well.

    "We all have to be united together, all of us at 100 per cent, and yes, it’s a vitally important season ahead."

  • Alex Terrell

    UNITED FIXTURES

    Here are the games for the Red Devils coming up over the next few weeks.

    There will be some Carabao Cup and Champions League games sandwiched in here when the draws are made, so for now Premier League fixtures are the ones we know about.

    Get them in your diary!

    • PL: Sat Aug 14 – Leeds (H) – 12.30pm
    • PL: Sun Aug 22 – Southampton (A) – 2pm
    • PL: Sun Aug 29 – Wolves (A) – 4.30pm
    • PL: Sat Sept 11 – Newcastle (H) – 3pm
    • PL: Sun Sept 19 – West Ham (A) – 2pm

    ANT SHOULD STAY

    Dimitar Berbatov has backed Anthony Martial to stay at Man Utd.

    The former Old Trafford striker told Betfair: "Anthony Martial is probably thinking that he is in a bit of a difficult situation because with, Sancho coming to United, the Frenchman's playing time is going to be reduced.

    "I have no doubt that this will be going through his mind right now, he will be questioning himself asking: 'Do I stay and fight for my position, or should I start to look to move to a team where I will play more regularly?'

    "Inter would not be the best place for Martial. His playing style is very technical and he suits going one-on-one with defenders.

    "I would like him to stay at United and challenge himself. If he can show what he can do in training and then in games then I think he will be fine and he is another great option for United to have.

    "I hope he can stay fit, because he's had a few in the past and this can put a real stop on the development of a player."

    VARANE UPDATES

    The France star still hasn't officially completed his move to United yet.

    That's because his quarantine period is not yet complete – but that is finished today.

    That means he can sign his new contract and become a United player officially, where his contract will last till 2025 with the club having the option of a further year.

    LEADER-LOF

    Victor Lindelof has been named Sweden's new captain.

    The United centre-back was impressive at Euro 2020 as his country crashed out during the round of 16 against the Ukraine after extra time.

    But head coach Janne Andersson was impressed with his leadership qualities and performances for the national team.

    • William Pugh

      SUN, SEA AND SECURITY – EXCLUSIVE

      After their heartbreak in the Euro 2020 final, England’s stars headed on holiday with a new accessory — a minder.

      Players were aware of the problems Harry Maguire found himself in when arrested in Mykonos last year. So a large number went away with security, who spent their evenings sat at the back of restaurants and bars sipping soft drinks and keeping an eye on things.

      Mason Mount, Jack Grealish and Ben Chilwell all headed to Mykonos – as did singing sensation Kyle Walker. Luke Shaw and Declan Rice continued their bromance with the rest of the group, too.

      Ex-Leeds pals Kalvin Phillips and Ben White were also spotted enjoying themselves on the island. Euros hero Raheem Sterling, meanwhile, opted for a yacht trip in Ibiza with his fiancée Paige Milian and three kids.

      You might think the added security measures are extreme. But when you consider the value of these players — and the potential for disaster — employing bodyguards is not a bad shout.

      The clubs did not come up with the idea but were certainly not disapproving. And it is a sign of things to come.

    • William Pugh

      POG OFF

      France international Paul Pogba will LEAVE Manchester United on a free transfer next summer, according to reports.

      Paris Saint-Germain were linked with the midfielder but it's believed their interest has cooled for the time being after signing Lionel Messi.

      According to the Daily Mail, Pogba's hopes of joining PSG have been dashed by Messi's arrival in the French capital. It's believed the 28-year-old will now stay at Old Trafford this summer before his contract expires next June.

      The Frenchman's agent Mino Raiola was reportedly in contact with the Ligue 1 side over a potential £40million move from Manchester. But PSG's transfer budget has been decimated with the unexpected arrival of Messi, who completed his move from Barcelona on Tuesday.

      Although the Argentine forward was signed on a free transfer, it's believed the French giants have paid the player a £25m signing-on fee.

      Messi is also thought to be earning a whopping £650,000-a-week over the next two years, costing PSG more than £92MILLION.

    • William Pugh

      DAVID DE ROCKER

      David De Gea HAS to listen to a particular rock song before going out to warm up for Manchester United.

      That is according to dressing room DJ Bruno Fernandes.

      The Portuguese revealed: "Every time, about five minutes before David goes out I put a particular song on for him.

      "It doesn’t matter if he’s playing or not, he says if I play that song we can win the game! So every time five minutes before the keepers go out to warm-up, the song is ready for him. He likes that music also [heavy rock].

      "Sometimes when he arrives in the morning and he stops the car you can hear his music! But sometimes he comes with some Spanish music, he has different types.

      It’s like me, I like different types, I’m open to lots of different music. David definitely loves that heavy metal rock music though! [Laughs]"

    • William Pugh

      LUK NO FURTHER

      Manchester United are considering a bid for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic.

      The Serbian striker, 23, burst on to the scene at Eintracht Frankfurt before joining Real Madrid for £52million in 2019.

      But he has flopped since his Bernabeu switch, scoring just two goals in 32 appearances before being shipped back to his former side on loan.

      AS reported earlier in the summer Real Madrid would demand £35m for the forward and are willing to take a significant loss.

      And now according to Tribal Football, United are considering making a move to sign Jovic.

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