MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly closing in on Sergio Reguilon, with the a potential buy-back clause said to be the only sticking point between the Red Devils and Real Madrid.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also lining up a loan move for Gareth Bale after growing impatient with Dortmund over Jadon Sancho, SunSport can reveal.
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Ruud Gullit has sent a warning to Donny van de Beek ahead of his Premier League debut.
Writing in De Telegraaf, he said: “I look forward to seeing Donny van de Beek at Manchester United.
“What immediately occurred to me is that he should be careful not to become a second Davy Klassen.
“Van de Beek is a younger copy of Davy in terms of play.
“Klaassen chose Everton, but the game of those two comes into its own most in an offensive squad, and therefore it should be easier for Donny at United than it was for Klaassen at Everton.”
Roma are beginning to lose patience with Manchester United as a deal is yet to be agreed for Chris Smalling.
The Italian giants are locked in talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side over a permanent move for the defender.
But according to the Daily Mail, Roma are growing increasingly frustrated with the negotiations.
Sources claim the Serie A side are ready to consider alternative options to Smalling.
Paul Pogba's brother has followed in the Manchester United star's footsteps … by testing positive for Covid-19.
France star Pogba, 27, has missed much of the Red Devils' preseason preparations after being stricken by coronavirus last month.
The midfielder's sibling Florentin, 30, has now become the latest footballer to fall victim to the pandemic.
Guinea international defender Florentin plays for French club Sochaux.
He was ruled out of their Ligue 2 trip to Toulouse on Monday night after testing positive.
Tottenham are close to agreeing a deal for Sergio Reguilon from Real Madrid, according to David Ornstein.
Manchester United were said to be nearing a £23million deal for the Spanish star.
But Spurs are now in pole position to sign Reguilon – who has three years remaining on his Madrid deal.
The Athletic claim his move to North London is not a done deal – but progress has been made.
JESS THE START
Ex-Manchester United star Luke Chadwick claims Jesse Linger can still offer “so much” to the Red Devils.
Speaking to CaughtOffside, he said: “Jesse Lingard's obviously got a great history at the club, coming through the academy.
“[He] got into the first-team, had some real good spells, and probably suffered due to his personal situation affecting his form last season.
“But on form I think Jesse Lingard can offer so much to Manchester United.”
TIME TO BALE?
Gareth Bale has reportedly “agreed” to join Manchester United on loan, according to the latest reports from Deportes Cuatro.
The source, as cited by the Express, claim United have made their move for the Real Madrid outcast.
Bale has reportedly agreed to joining the Red Devils – but there is still one issue that needs to be resolved.
Real Madrid and United need to reach agreement over the player's wages as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are not prepared to pay the full amount.
Sergio Romero is having a “terrible” time at Manchester United, according to El Intransigente.
The goalkeeper is reportedly trying to “accelerate” his return to Argentina.
Chelsea, Leeds and Everton are among the clubs that have been linked to him this summer.
But a return to former club Racing Club looks the most likely move for him.
Manchester United will kick off their 2020-21 campaign against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
And Harry Maguire is ready and raring to go…
SANS OF TIME
United fear missing out on Jadon Sancho to Real Madrid, Barcelona or Liverpool next summer, reports claim.
The Red Devils remain cautiously optimistic that they can sign the England star before October's transfer deadline, having “made progress” on personal terms with the winger.
But Borussia Dortmund are digging their heels in over their £109million valuation of the former Manchester City starlet.
United are adamant that they won't pay this fee and are willing to pursue loan options instead before returning for Sancho next summer.
But according to ESPN, the Red Devils fear that should this be the case, that they would face intense competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Liverpool.
Tottenham are trying to re-sign Gareth Bale on loan – in a bid to stop him from joining Manchester United.
Spurs chiefs fear United are closing in on a deal to take the Wales star from Real Madrid for the rest of the season.
So they are frantically putting together a package to entice him back to North London.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, who negotiated Bale’s sale to the Bernabeu in 2013 for a then-world record fee of £86million, is keen to make the deal happen.
He reckons bringing the Welshman – whose shirts have been pulled from the Real shop – back would appease their fans and lift the gloom that has descended on the club since Sunday’s 1-0 home defeat by Everton.
But Tottenham know they now have to move quickly as rivals United are attempting to seal a season-long loan for the former Southampton trainee – who can leave Real Madrid after being frozen out by their manager Zinedine Zidane.
BT Sport is set for a £4 price rise from November 1.
If you're an entertainment package holder, the price will also go up by a further £2.
This could add an annual £72 to bills.
Uswitch.com expert Nick Baker said: “A £4 increase to BT’s sports bundle and a £2 hike to its Entertainment package will add £72 a year to bills, placing more pressure on households at a time when many are feeling the pinch.
“Recent rule changes mean that large groups of friends and family can’t gather in pubs and houses, so more people will need their own TV subscription to ensure that they don’t miss out.
“Existing customers may feel doubly hard done by, since the price rise comes as BT is offering new customers heavily discounted TV prices for six months.”
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Reports in Spain claim that Sergio Reguilon's transfer to Manchester United is “very close.”
El Espanol report that United have refused to include a buy-back clause in the deal with Real Madrid.
Los Blancos value Reguilon at around £27.6million, but United are currently trying to negotiate that downward.
The price remains the “biggest obstacle.”
'BE CREATIVE FOR ONCE'
Journalist and BT Sport pundit Julien Laurens has hit out at Manchester United for their pursuit of Gareth Bale, Douglas Costa and Ivan Perisic.
He told ESPN FC: “Surely not, surely not. Please Manchester United, be a bit creative for once.
“He's 31, maybe he wants to come home, maybe he wants to play again more than he did last year, but this would be such a short-term fix.That would even be on loan.
“Why not invest some of the money in a younger player who has potential, that can grow in your club, that can be there for years and years?
“Instead of going to get a Bale or even a Perisic on loan or a Douglas Costa on loan, those players who are veterans, who have been from one club to another to another.
“Come on, it's time to be creative for Manchester United, to try and find better ideas and go in a different direction.
“I'm not sure what Bale could do in that club, what sort of fix you'd expect him to bring.”
DEVIL YOU KNOW
Former Manchester United star Luke Chadwick has claimed his old club should move for Gareth Bale.
He told Caught Offside: “I think Bale would certainly give a buzz around the place.
“He’s obviously had a tough few years and not played the amount of football he would have hoped, but in terms of the sort of player he is, when you talk about Man United players of the past, he’s someone who would get the crowd excited, get fans off their seats.
“A wide player in the mould of Sancho, Bale, in my opinion would be a fantastic signing. One of those two, or someone in that position, needs to come in.”
BALE HIM OUT
Tottenham have reportedly moved ahead of Manchester United in the race for Gareth Bale.
ESPN claim that while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on a loan move for the Welshman, the transfer isn't a priority.
Bale is said to be interested in a move to United but former club Tottenham are said to hold the advantage after making thier move for the 31-year-old.
Jack Grealish has confirmed he has signed a huge new five-year deal with Aston Villa.
The England midfielder, 25, was a Manchester United transfer target this summer.
He said: “It's my club. I'm happy here.
“The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa.
“There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it.”
Real Madrid appear to have moved on from Gareth Bale as Manchester United prepare a bid for the outcast winger.
Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that he no longer wants the Welshman but, with two years left on his contract, the pair are at an impasse.
Marca claim the Bernabeu club shop have now taken down any reference to Bale and his No11 shirt.
It follows his absence from Real's recent release of their third kit, which featured almost every other recognisable face in Zidane's squad.
Manchester United target Jack Grealish has signed a new Aston Villa contract, keeping him at the club until 2025.
The midfielder, 25, has been at the club for 17 years and has been a top target for United and rivals City.
Manchester United's owners, the Glazer family, take the most money out compared to any club in the Premier League.
It is quite the contrast compared to Chelsea, whose proprietor Roman Abramovich has pumped £440million into the Blues in the past five years.
In the same time frame, the Glazers have taken £89m out of United, as well as leveraging the club with debt.
According to Swiss Ramble on Twitter, United have paid £205m in the past five years – or £40m a year – to fund the Glazers' ownership.
Manchester United and Liverpool could get Kylian Mbappe for just £111million next summer – but Real Madrid are favourites for his signature.
It emerged at the weekend that the 21-year-old striker has told Paris Saint-Germain he wants to leave at the end of the season.
Mbappe has less than two years remaining on his contract at Parc des Princes.
And despite being valued at £400m currently, AS claims that could force PSG to sell him for the reduced price of £111m once he enters the final 12 months of his deal.
And that price would certainly enable the Premier League teams interested in the hotshot to mount a move.
However, it has also been claimed last night the star only has his heart set on joining one club: Real Madrid.
Manchester United have no intention of using their buy-back option on Memphis Depay, according to reports.
The ex-Old Trafford winger, who endured a miserable two-year spell at the club from 2015, looks set to join Barcelona from Lyon.
Former Holland manager Ronald Koeman looks set to be reunited with the Dutch star after a £28million fee was reportedly agreed.
Depay, 26, was the Nou Camp club's priority target, it has been claimed, and will travel for his medical in the coming days.
If all goes well then he should be available for Barca's opening game of the LaLiga season against Villarreal on September 27.
But it appears United have shown no interest in activating the buy-back clause they inserted into Depay's deal when he joined Lyon in 2017, talkSPORT say.
Manchester United have made enquiries with the agent of Valencia midfielder Uros Racic, 22.
The Serbia international plays central and defensive midfield and has been valued by La Liga side Valencia at £27.7million.
Racic was signed for the Spanish club from Red Star in 2018 and has had loan spells at Tenerife and Portuguese club Famalicao.
Spanish journalist Hector Gomez said: “Let's see if there really is a final offer or if it only remains in interest.”
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The Premier League has confirmed four new positive coronavirus tests this week from the latest round of testing.
The top-flight returned this weekend for its first round of games with only Manchester City and neighbours United missing due to their European exploits last month.
A total of 2,131 players and club staff members were tested for coronavirus between Monday, September 7 and Sunday, September 13.
Four people have now returned positive results and will be required to self-isolate for a period of 10 days.
A league statement read: “No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.”
'GIO GET HIM
Talks “are progressing” between Manchester United and Real Madrid and the agents involved in any transfer of Sergio Reguilon to Old Trafford.
According to Fabrizio Romano, the deal is moving forward, but United are not 100 per cent agreed over a fee yet.
Real Madrid want around £23million for the left back and a sticking point appears to be the fact that the Spanish club are demanding a buyback clause.
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