Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Varane flies in for medical TODAY, Haaland boost, Kane monitored, Pogba LATEST

MANCHESTER UNITED have gained a big boost in the race for Erling Haaland due to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's new contract, SunSport can reveal.

Meanwhile the Red Devils are also monitoring Harry Kane's situation with the England captain refusing to train at Tottenham.

And we've got all the latest on Paul Pogba and Saul Niguez's transfer sagas.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    BRUNO BACKS DONNY

    And Bruno Fernandes has backed Donny van de Beek to improve on last season's miserable campaign after the Dutchman has spent the summer bulking up.

    The 24-year-old struggled for game time at Old Trafford, playing just 500 minutes of Premier league action across 19 appearances.

    But Bruno has praised van de Beek's work ethic, saying: "He’s working hard and working hard in the gym.

    "Obviously he is one of the quality players we know and now he’s building up."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ON THIS DAY

    Manchester United signed Harry Maguire two years ago to the day in a record £80million – the most ever paid for a defender.

    And the Red Devils skipper has been speaking to manutd.com on his journey at the club so far, saying: "It’s been two years during which I’ve been really proud and honoured to wear this badge.

    "The first memory was excitement and just feeling really proud to join the biggest club in the world. I was excited to go and play in front of Old Trafford and the Chelsea game was a great first memory [on my debut].

    "I’m still improving as a player and I feel like we’re developing as a team as well and that’s the most important thing – developing and winning football matches.

    "It’s only two years into my Manchester United career and I fully expect to be here for a lot longer."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's new contract could put Manchester United in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland next year, reports SunSport's Phil Thomas.

    United narrowly missed out on Haaland when he left Red Bull Salzburg for Dortmund 18 months ago.

    The 21-year-old has a close relationship with his fellow countryman and was unwilling to take the chance on moving to Old Trafford if the manager was about to be sacked.

    Both the star striker and his father, former Manchester City star Alf-Inge, admitted they did not want to risk working under a boss they had no vibe for if Solskjaer was axed.

    The United boss gave the Norway international his debut as a teenager at Molde.

    And now that his own long-term future has been secured after signing a new three-year contract last week, the Red Devils' top brass hope that will leave them as favourites to sign Haaland next summer.

    Meanwhile, United are reportedly hoping to sell 10 players this month to fund moves for Atletico Madrid star Kieran Trippier and Rennes ace Eduardo Camavinga.

    Solskjaer is looking to assemble a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League title after back-to-back top-four finishes.

    According to ESPN, the Red Devils are looking to recoup £100million, with Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot up for sale.

    Andreas Pereira, Daniel James, Alex Telles, Axel Tuanzebe and Brandon Williams are also believed to have been deemed as surplus to requirements.

    And the Manchester giants are also said to be prepared to cash in on Paul Pogba, who has just a year left to run on his contract.

  • Alex Terrell

    RAPHA RUSH

    Raphael Varane is set to fly into the UK today after getting some visa issues sorted, in order to complete his move to Manchester United.

    The deal for the central defender has still not been sorted by United but the club are relaxed that it will be seen through in due course.

    His original plan was to fly earlier this week but the Frenchman has had to quarantine.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'DREAM COME TRUE'

    Jadon Sancho has stated that it's a "dream come true" to play for Man Utd.

    On the move, he said: "I’ll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day.

    "The chance to join Manchester United is a dream come true and I just cannot wait to perform in the Premier League.

    "This is a young and exciting squad and I know, together, we can develop into something special to bring the success that the fans deserve.

    "I am looking forward to working with the Manager and his coaching team to further develop my game.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    FLAIR & PACE

    Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that Jadon Sancho will bring “tremendous pace, flair and creativity”.

    The boss said: "Jadon epitomises the type of player I want to bring to the club, he is a forward player in the best traditions of Manchester United.

    "He will form an integral part of my squad for years to come and we look forward to seeing him blossom.

    "His goals and assists records speak for themselves and he will also bring tremendous pace, flair and creativity to the team.

    “Old Trafford will give him the platform he needs to release his untapped talent and perform at the highest level.

    “For a player of his age, Jadon has already achieved a great deal and showed the courage to go and prove himself abroad.

    "We all look forward to welcoming Jadon to the squad as we prepare for the new campaign.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    TU MORE YEARS

    Manchester United are reportedly close to agreeing a new deal with defender Axel Tuanzebe, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    The centre-back, 23, is the subject of interest from Aston Villa and has just one year remaining on his current deal.

    United will reportedly allow him to move on loan to the Villans – but first want Tuanzebe to sign a new contract.

    And according to Sky Sports, Tuanzebe is set to extend his Old Trafford stay until 2023, with the option of an extra year.

    Once that deal is finalised the defender could make the switch to Villa Park.

  • Joshua Mbu

    REDS GO MARCHING ON

    Man Utd start the Premier League season against rivals Leeds at Old Trafford!

  • Kostas Lianos

    LINDELOF INJURY

    Manchester United ace Victor Lindelof hopes his back injury will soon become a thing of the past.

    Lindelof told United's official website: "I feel much better now.

    "I've been working very hard on my back, especially during the break. I struggled a lot with it last season and had to really play through it.

    "I played a game and then would need to rest for a couple of days and then it was straight into another game.

    "That was tough, but like I say, I have been working very hard with different types of exercises and treatment – and I feel much better"

  • Kostas Lianos

    LUKAKU RETURN

    Former Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku could be set for a return to the Premier League.

    Lukaku has been linked with a stunning transfer to former club Chelsea, who have made him their top target this summer.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, the star striker will agree to make a club-record return if the Blues can agree a deal with Inter Milan.

    But it won't be easy as Inter are very reluctant to let the Belgium international go

  • Kostas Lianos

    LUK OUT FOR MORE

    Chelsea are offering Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku a higher wage than the one he had at Manchester United.

    Eurosport’s Dean Jones told The Football Terrace: “When Chelsea first touched base with Lukaku about what they’d be offering, Man City were kind of in the conversation as well.

    “They’d actually offered more money to Lukaku in terms of an initial financial payment, what his wages would be and so on.

    “And so, Chelsea weren’t really in the same ballpark. But, since then, things have changed.

    “Chelsea have increased their offer, they’re now willing to pay Lukaku not just more than he’s on at Inter Milan but more than he earned at Manchester United.

    “He took a pay cut to go to Inter Milan, at United he was on around £200,000-a-week.

    “He’ll be getting more than that if he goes to Chelsea, probably closer to £250,000-a-week from what I’m told.

    “This is advancing, this story is moving all the time. Yesterday I took so many calls on it because suddenly it became a live story”

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAALAND EXCITEMENT

    Eurosport’s Dean Jones has claimed Manchester United are getting "excited" about Chelsea ending their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland.

    Jones told The Football Terrace: “It hasn’t quite come through as far as Chelsea hoped it would by now, I think it would be fair to say.

    “Borussia Dortmund will be closing the door at the end of the week because they need to focus on the new season. Erling Haaland knows that he has so many options open to him next summer.

    “Man United, by the way, are becoming quite excited by all this – the fact that Haaland might still be on the market next summer"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    GOING TO TOON

    Newcastle are leading the transfer race for Manchester United ace Phil Jones.

    Jones is expected to leave United during this summer transfer window as the Red Devils are looking to free some space in the books.

    According to The Northern Echo, there are several clubs keeping tabs on the defender, including Brighton, Southampton and West Ham.

    The Seagulls are looking for someone to replace Ben White after his move to Arsenal

  • Kostas Lianos

    LINGARD SPEAKS

    Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has looked back at his recent loan spell at West Ham.

    Lingard told United's official website:"Yeah, it was a great time. It was like hitting the refresh button. I was always ready to hit the ground running and I was always fit and ready to play.

    "I played every game since I got there and when you play a run of games like that you get a bit of confidence. Of course, the goals came and assists as well. West Ham were brilliant with me: the team, the staff, the club. They helped me get to where I am but it took a lot of hard work from my side as well.

    "We had a lot of in-house staff we needed to work on with the analysis stuff and, of course, the whiteboards. Those were some individual goals of mine that I liked to set before I went there.

    "At the time, it [one goal] was obviously to make the March internationals [with England]. Goals, assists, take-ons, shots. To be productive in each game and to keep that consistency.

    "The consistency is definitely a main thing. When you’re playing regular football, you’ve got to keep that consistency and keep scoring, or try and affect the game in a different way if you don’t score or assist"

  • Kostas Lianos

    RICE TOUCH

    West Ham star Declan Rice is keeping his options open but won't force a move away.

    Rice has returned to training with the Hammers after an extended break following his exploits at Euro 2020 with England.

    The midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United as well as Chelsea.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, however, the 22-year-old is happy enough in east London and won't try to push for an exit this summer

  • Kostas Lianos

    LUK OUT

    Manchester United are set for a financial windfall from a potential transfer involving Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku.

    United sold Lukaku to Inter in 2019 following a £74million deal with the Nerazzurri.

    The star striker is now being targeted by former club Chelsea, who have reportedly made the Belgian their top priority with a bid that could reach £10million.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, the Red Devils are due around five per cent of any fee Inter receive – so that could see them earning £5m in this scenario

  • Kostas Lianos

    POG-BACK

    Paul Pogba has linked up with his Manchester United team-mates at their training camp in Scotland.

    That is a major boost for United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of the start of the season.

    That is because Pogba has been linked with a move away from the Red Devils.

    However, the star midfielder has hit the ground running and is working hard to regain full match fitness

  • Kostas Lianos

    LOU WHO'S BACK

    Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is back in the game and is set for a huge gig!

    Van Gaal is going to coach the Netherlands' national football team for the third time.

    The 69-year-old manager has some unfinished business with Holland as he came just inches away from the 2014 World Cup Final, even though he did snatch third place.

    The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss also earned some accolades at United as he won the 2016 FA Cup

  • Kostas Lianos

    TUANZEBE UPDATE

    Manchester United ace Axel Tuanzebe is close to an exit from Old Trafford.

    According to Sky Sports, Tuanzebe is on the verge of signing a new one-year extension with United.

    The defender will then be loaned out to Aston Villa for the upcoming season.

    The 23-year-old has fallen down the pecking order amid the imminent arrival of Raphael Varane

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEV-ER IN DOUBT

    Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes Raphael Varane will be an "exciting" addition to his former club.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "I think Varane is really exciting. [Jadon] Sancho is also exciting, but that was almost inevitable that it was going to happen. They have needed to fill that right-wing spot; it has been a problem for the last year or two.

    "They have demonstrated patience in getting him, to be fair. United have become that little bit more measured in these last two or three years. I think Ole has brought that to the club. They are not getting players for the sake of it.

    "Varane is exciting. I think last season every United fan, every commentator, every pundit, every analyst that watched United said that they needed a partner for Harry Maguire — and they have got one.

    "He is a good age, has got massive experience and has got a good centre-back alongside him. Actually, they have got a good back-four, so he is not coming into a team that he will have to hold together. You would argue that he is the last piece of the jigsaw in the sense that the rest of them are still doing a pretty good job"

  • Kostas Lianos

    SANCHO ARRIVAL

    Manchester United star signing Jadon Sancho is expected to link up with his new team on Friday.

    That is according to the Manchester Evening News, who claim that Sancho will start training with United in two days.

    The winger joined the Red Devils following a £72.9million transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

    The England international has been on extended holiday after Euro 2020

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  • Kostas Lianos

    GO GET HIM

    Real Madrid have joined Manchester United in the bidding war for Leon Goretzka.

    That is according to Manchester Evening News, who claim a bid for Goretzka won't be easy.

    The Red Devils are likely to move for a new midfielder as Paul Pogba's future is in doubt.

    Declan Rice has also been touted as a potential target but West Ham are not keen on letting him go

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAUL SEARCHING

    Atletico Madrid ace Saul Niguez may be the next man to join Manchester United after a series of arrivals this summer.

    Tom Heaton, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane have already sealed switches to United, but the Manchester giants are keen to continue spending.

    With Paul Pogba's future up in the air, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to add a midfielder to the squad, with Saul strongly linked with a move from Atletico.

    Speaking to The United Stand, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said: "Manchester United are among the clubs that have been in contact with Saul Niguez’s agent.

    “They have an interest in the player and consider him ‘one of the biggest opportunities on the market. €40-45million will get a deal done, no bid yet"

  • Kostas Lianos

    KANE RECAP

    Manchester United continue to monitor Tottenham star striker Harry Kane.

    Kane was given extra time off after starring for England at Euro 2020 but he failed to report for pre-season training for two consecutive days, leaving Spurs’ hierarchy "disappointed".

    According to ESPN, the Red Devils continue to hold an interest in the 28-year-old but would have to fend off rivals City.

    Chelsea have also been previously linked with the England international

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAALAND BOOST

    Chelsea have given up on their pursuit to sign Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland this summer.

    That's according to The Athletic, who claim that the Blues have turned their attentions on Romelu Lukaku.

    Haaland was the west Londoners' top target but a deal was always going to be difficult following the departure of Jadon Sancho to Manchester United.

    It would have also taken an astronomical fee for the west Londoners to land the 21-year-old this month.

    The Norway international has also been linked with United, who could try and trigger his £68million release clause that becomes active next summer

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