Man Utd 'step up' Kingsley Coman bid, Man Utd battle Chelsea for £86m Sancho, Kane and Ronaldo LATEST – transfer updates

MANCHESTER UNITED have "stepped up" their bid for Bayern Munich ace Kingsley Coman.

Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Man Utd chiefs to splash the cash this summer with Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Kane and Jadon Sancho his main targets.

We've also the very latest on Danny Ings, who is reportedly next on the list if United fail to land their main men.

On the injury front, Anthony Martial has been ruled out of the Europa League final through injury and Harry Maguire is unlikely to recover in time for the Villarreal clash.

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  • Dylan Terry

    FERGIE ON MESSI

    Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he made a mistake around marking Lionel Messi in the 2011 Champions League final between Manchester United and Barcelona.

    Barca won the game 3-1 with Messi netting the second in a special display from Pep Guardiola's side.

    The ex-Man Utd boss said: “ I should have changed at half time and put Ji Sung Park on Messi.

    'If I had played him against Messi I think we would have beat them.”

    Credit: Reuters
  • Dylan Terry

    BACK IN ACTION

    It's great to see the young Manchester United fans back in the stadium.

  • Dylan Terry

    HEARTBROKEN HARRY

    Heartbroken Harry Maguire will miss the Europa League Final in Gdansk due to his ankle ligament injury.

    Solskjaer said: “He’s walking but it’s a long way from walking to running. To be honest I don’t think we’ll see him Gdansk, no.

    “I’m going to give him until Tuesday night, the last training session to be out there. Steadily but surely he’s improving but ligaments take time to heal.”

  • Dylan Terry

    SOLSKJAER ON WOLVES CLASH

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given his take on Sunday's trip to Molineux to take on Wolves.

    It is the final Premier League game of the Red Devils' season, but comes just three days before the Europa League final against Villarreal.

    Discussing the Wolves clash, the Norwegian said: "We want to go into the final with lots of energy but also confidence, so we will freshen up a few faces on Sunday.

    "We want to enjoy it and give a few minutes to some who might need it before the final."

    Credit: Getty
  • Dylan Terry

    ACROSS CRIS

    Manchester United are ready to snap up Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to reports.

    And should the Portuguese icon be available, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'would not hesitate' in sanctioning a move for his former team-mate.

    Ronaldo, 36, is set to consider his options after Sunday's Serie A final day, following a desperately disappointing season for the Old Lady.

    Juve currently sit fifth in the table, trailing the Champions League places by a point.

    But even if Andrea Pirlo's side do clinch a top four berth, Ronaldo may opt to leave a year before his contract expires.

    And according to The Athletic, Man United chiefs are 'monitoring' their former No7's situation with increasing interest.

  • Dylan Terry

    KING'S RANSOM

    Manchester United have reportedly told Kingsley Coman they are ready to pay him £200,000 a week AFTER tax.

    The Bayern Munich star has two years left on his contract but is yet to agree terms over a new deal.

    Bild claim Coman, 24, earns £200k a week before tax but 'would like to have it in net'.

    Unitedhave apparently 'indicated' to the Frenchman they are willing to meet his demands – and make him their joint fifth top earner.

    But there is no guarantee of a quick transfer as Bayern are in no rush to make a decision on his future.

    And the Bundesliga champions will be able to demand a hefty fee, with Transfermarkt valuing him at £58.5million.

  • Dylan Terry

    MAN UTD LINE-UP VS WOLVES

    This is how we think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may choose to line-up against Wolves on Sunday.

    Remember, the Europa League final is just 72 hours after the final Premier League fixture of the season.

  • Dylan Terry

    ING FOR A PENNY

    Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing Southampton striker Danny Ings if they fail in their pursuit of Harry Kane.

    Pep Guardiola's side are thought to be among the Premier League sides chasing Kane, with Manchester United and Chelsea also competing for the England captain who has recently expressed his intent to leave Tottenham.

    But if that does not come off, The Athletic are reporting that Man City have the same idea as their local rivals Man Utd in signing fellow English forward Ings.

    He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but may feel his options will be limited at the club after Edinson Cavani signed an extension to keep him there another season.

  • Dylan Terry

    SIMPLY THE BEST

    A true legend.

  • Dylan Terry

    ROO THE DAY

    Dimitar Berbatov has shared how he and his Manchester United felt after Wayne Rooney handed in a transfer request at the club.

    Analysing the Kane situation for Betfair, Berbatov reflected on the occasion in 2010 when Rooney expressed his unhappiness.

    He said: "Transfer requests are a normal thing in football, players want to leave clubs. I was at Manchester United when one of the biggest names in football at the time, Wayne Rooney wanted to leave and handed in a transfer request.

    "There were a lot of questions about why he wanted to go at the time and there was a lot of speculation, but in the dressing room you try to understand motives behind something like this and you don't ask about it.

    "You just try to put yourself in the player's situation and see things from their side.

    "As a player you can't pay too much attention to these things and get distracted by it because it can affect your own game and performance.

    "Moments like this can bring tension to a team which is why you shouldn't focus too much on it, you can only hope that it gets resolved as quickly as possible for the good of the team."

  • Dylan Terry

    THREESY DOES IT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the Glazers they need to splash the cash on two or three more players to close the gap on champions City.

    United sealed runners-up spot last week but will still finish well adrift of their neighbours.

    Now the Red Devils boss wants to spend to make sure that they can lift the title next season for the first time since 2013.

    Solskjaer said: “I hope we are going to strengthen with two or three players, we definitely need to challenge higher up in the table and we're still too far behind to think it will just come by itself.

    “We're not where we aim to be, we've got ambitions to move one place further up.”

  • Dylan Terry

    DEL HELL

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has questioned the recent form of Tottenham star Dele Alli.

    The legendary coach thought the 25-year-old midfielder was going to become a 'top player' and has admitted he 'doesn't know what's happened' to his promising career.

    Speaking to SPORTbible, Ferguson said: "I thought Dele Alli was going to be a top player, I must admit.

    "I don't know what's happened there."

  • Dylan Terry

    NEVER FORGET

  • Chisanga Malata

    FERGIE'S REGRET

    Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he rues his decision not to put Park Ji-sung on Lionel Messi in the 2011 Champions League final.

    In an interview with the SportBible, he said: "That's where I lost the final against Barcelona at Wembley.

    "I should have changed at half-time and put Ji-sung Park on Messi. That was a mistake… I was going to do it at half-time, then I said, 'Well, we just equalised before half-time, they may see the game differently, we may grow into the game better’.

    "We were actually quite good in the last 10 minutes of that half. We came into it and we could have been in front.

    "But if I'd played Ji-sung Park against Messi, I think we'd have beat them. I really do."

    Lionel Messi turns Rio Ferdinand inside out in the 2011 Champions League finalCredit: Getty
  • Chisanga Malata

    SKIPPER BLOW

    United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed skipper Harry Maguire is a serious doubt for next week's Europa League final.

    The Norwegian said: "To be honest, I don't think we'll see him in Gdansk, no, but as I’ve said so many times, I’m going to give him until Tuesday night, the last training session, to see if he can try to be out there.

    "Steadily but surely, he’s improving but ligaments take time to heal.”

  • Chisanga Malata

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS 

    A player-plus-cash deal could be Manchester United's only way of signing Harry Kane, according to reports.

    The Tottenham star, 27, has told the club that he wants a summer move to finally bag some major silverware.

    Manchester City and Chelsea have been linked with a bid, along with United.

    The Athletic report on enquiries for the striker landing from both Manchester clubs as they gauge the likelihood of a deal.

    United are also reportedly ready to snap up Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer.

    Manchester United are reportedly interested in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old TraffordCredit: AFP

    And should the Portuguese icon be available, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 'would not hesitate' in sanctioning a move for his former team-mate.

    Ronaldo, 36, is set to consider his options after Sunday's Serie A final day, following a desperately disappointing season for the Old Lady.

    Juve currently sit fifth in the table, trailing the Champions League places by a point.

    But even if Andrea Pirlo's side do clinch a top-four berth, Ronaldo may opt to leave a year before his contract expires.

    And according to The Athletic, Man United chiefs are 'monitoring' their former No7's situation with increasing interest.

    Solskjaer, 48, remains 'in touch' with Ronaldo, and even asked him for a character reference before signing Bruno Fernandes in January 2020.

  • Jack Figg

    ROO THE DAY

    Dimitar Berbatov has shared how he and his Manchester United felt after Wayne Rooney handed in a transfer request at the club.

    Rooney, 35, infamously handed in transfer requests on two occasions, in 2010 and 2013.

    Berbatov said: "Transfer requests are a normal thing in football, players want to leave clubs.

    "I was at Manchester United when one of the biggest names in football at the time, Wayne Rooney wanted to leave and handed in a transfer request.

    "There were a lot of questions about why he wanted to go at the time and there was a lot of speculation, but in the dressing room you try to understand motives behind something like this and you don't ask about it.

    "You just try to put yourself in the player's situation and see things from their side.

    "As a player you can't pay too much attention to these things and get distracted by it because it can affect your own game and performance.

    "Moments like this can bring tension to a team which is why you shouldn't focus too much on it, you can only hope that it gets resolved as quickly as possible for the good of the team."

  • Jack Figg

    DEPAY HIM

    Memphis Depay will quit Lyon this summer, with Barcelona reported to be interested in signing the ex-Manchester United forward.

    The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season – and it's bad news for United, who are set to receive nothing from the player's sell-on clause.

    Speaking to French newspaper L'Equipe, Depay said: "It will be strange to think that I will play my final game for the club on Sunday against Nice.

    "I am a bit sad that I won't be able to do that in front of the fans, in an empty stadium without my friends, the fans and my family.

    "I've had some great times here. I have played in the Champions League, I have captained the team and I am a much better player now.

    "I want to go to one of the two or three best clubs in the top five leagues. I don't know where I will end up yet, but that's my plan.

    "If people don't consider me a player of that level then they have a problem with me. If I am not on the list of great players then it's their problem."

  • Jack Figg

    NOU CHALLENGE

    Sergio Aguero has agreed a two-year Barcelona contract as Manchester City's record scorer heads for a summer free transfer.

    That's the claim from journalist Fabrizio Romano as Aguero battles to be fit for City's Champions League final against Chelsea on May 29.

    Aguero is likely to miss the Premier League kings' domestic finale against Everton in front of returning home fans on Sunday with his leg injury.

    But Romano believes the Argentina striker, 32, has made dramatic progress off the field in reported talks with Barcelona.

    He tweeted that Aguero is "set to join until June 2023, agreement reached. Bonus included in case Barca will win the UCL".

  • Jack Figg

    LEV-ERAGE

    Manchester United target Harry Kane is preparing to have an ‘open and honest’ conversation with Daniel Levy over his future.

    The striker has admitted he thinks the club’s chairman could be tempted to cash in when they finally have their discussion.

    He told Sky Sports’ Gary Neville: “He’s been great with me, always rewarded me with contracts, he’s been fair.

    “I’m not sure how the conversation will go to be honest.

    “He might want to sell me. He might think, ‘If I can get £100million for you then, why not?’ I might not be worth that in the next two or three years.

    “I hope we have a good enough relationship, I’ve been there 16 years of my life so I hope we can have a good honest conversation and see where we’re at.”

  • Jack Figg

    OLE IN

    Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to rule out further reinforcements in attack despite Edinson Cavani’s contract renewal.

    United are among Europe’s biggest hitters keeping tabs on Tottenham star Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund ace Erling Haaland.

    Solskjaer said: “We’re looking to strengthen the squad of course.

    “There are many, many, many things you have to consider when you put a squad together.

    “I’m not saying that if Eddie [Cavani] stays that means someone else in a forward position won’t come in”

  • Jack Figg

    PHIL US IN

    Phil Foden has revealed what he said to Norway international Erling Haaland after his team's win against Borussia Dortmund.

    The new Premier League champions knocked the German giants out of the Champions League in April and the Englishman was seen whispering in Haaland's ear.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, the 20-year-old said: "We were just talking about how he missed a few chances in that game, so it was a chat in general about the game and the result.

    "It was nothing too special, a lot of people thought it was about other things. It was just about the game in general."

    Many City fans were quick to call the England international 'Agent Foden' as they believed he was telling the Dortmund star how good it was to play under Pep Guardiola.

    Presenter and ex-Barcelona forward Gary Lineker, who was covering the game for BT Sport, said on seeing the footage: "I wonder what's been said there… 'see you next season?'"

    To which pundit and former Manchester United skipper Rio Ferdinand replied: "See you next year."

  • Jack Figg

    JAD YOUR CHANCE

    Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho will be allowed to leave the club for under £86million this summer, according to reports.

    And Manchester United and Chelsea are set to battle it out in an ‘open race’ for the England winger.

    The Red Devils were desperate to land Sancho last summer.

    But Dortmund’s previous asking price of £117million proved to be more than United were willing to pay.

    This time around, however, Fabrizio Romano reports that the German side’s position is ‘clear’ – that they will sell for a ‘bit less’ than £86m.

    Man United and Chelsea are both keen on signing the 21-year-old, but no offers or talks have yet taken place.

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  • Jack Figg

    GET GREAL

    Man City are interested in signing Man Utd targets Jack Grealish and Harry Kane this summer, according to reports.

    Pep Guardiola’s side have already bagged two trophies this season, and could bag a third when they face Chelsea in the Champions League final next week.

    But this success doesn’t mean that they won’t necessarily spend big in the off season.

    According to the Telegraph, Guardiola and Co are targeting a number of big names this summer – including Kane and Grealish.

    The Spurs striker, 27, has made his desire to leave Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer clear, telling Gary Neville that he would like an ‘honest conversation’ with chairman Daniel Levy.

    And while Guardiola, 50, refused to comment on speculation, he is privately known to be a huge admirer of Spurs’ No10.

  • Jack Figg

    UP FOR THE CUP

    The prospect of the World Cup coming every TWO years took a huge step forward after Fifa voted to back the idea.

    Fifa President Gianni Infantino is a supporter of the concept, which is bitterly opposed by European chiefs.

    But a proposal to establish a “feasibility study” into the idea of holding both the men’s and women’s World Cups on a two-year cycle passed by a substantial margin at the virtual Congress of the 211 member associations.

    Saudi Arabia’s proposal was supported by 166 nations, with only 22 opposed and 21 abstaining – Pakistan and Chad are currently suspended by Fifa.

    Only the Saudis, backed by Morocco, spoke about the motion, although a smiling Infantino promised: “This will be looked at by the Fifa administration and all stakeholders.”

    But Infantino also signaled he will use the study to look at significant changes to the number of international matches played in qualifying campaigns.

    Infantino, in his earlier address to the world game, said: “We face challenges and questions about how many matches can a player play per year.

    “Do we want more games or less, but more meaningful, games? The International Match Calendar is global and has to take into account the variety of situations around the world.

    “Our starting point is not that the calendar is full and nothing can change. Instead we have a blank sheet of paper and we are open to take on board all views and opinions about how to make it better.

    “We cannot just look at the final tournament in isolation. We have to look at qualifying competitions as well.”

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