Gareth Bale ‘open’ to Man Utd transfer this summer as deal deemed more likely

Gareth Bale is reportedly happy to join Manchester United this summer if a deal can be struck with Real Madrid.

Bale has two years left on his contract in the Spanish capital, and with neither the player or his agent looking to terminate the Wales star’s contract, a loan deal is set to be the only way he could be allowed to leave this summer without Real paying off his contract.

The Times report that Bale would be happy to join United – who have long been linked with a move for him – on a temporary deal this summer, with United set to be liable for a portion of his wages if a deal can be agreed.

United have been determined to sign Jadon Sancho this summer, but their lack of progress on that deal has led to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer beginning to look elsewhere.

Bale has been told to leave Real Madrid

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already brought in Donny van de Beek but Jadon Sancho remains Manchester United’s number one target.

However, they have so far failed to agree a deal with Borussia Dortmund and are considering Gareth Bale as an alternative.

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It is accepted that any deal would be an unlikely one for United to pull off, but The Times claim that a possible move is now considered more likely as all sides soften their stance with the player keen to play football anywhere in the new season.

Zinedine Zidane has no inclination to play Bale in the coming season, and a loan switch to Old Trafford is sure to appeal.

Bale recently voiced his frustrations to Sky Sports, saying: “I tried to leave last year but they [Real Madrid] blocked everything at the last second.

Real Madrid have offered a Gareth Bale wage solution that would allow him to leave the club
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“It was a project I was excited for last year but it didn’t materialise. And there have been other instances but the club won’t allow it or something, so it’s up to the club.

“I want to play football. I’m still motivated to play football. I’m 31 but I’m in great shape still and I feel I’ve got a lot to give. We’ll see what happens. It’s in the club’s hands and they make things very difficult to be honest.”

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West Ham loss not impacted by anger over Diangana sale

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Declan Rice said West Ham’s dreadful display against Newcastle had nothing to do with the disappointment among the players regarding the sale of Grady Diangana.

West Ham players were furious when Diangana was sold to West Brom for £18million last week.

Captain Mark Noble tweeted that he was “gutted, angry and sad” and David Moyes said this week that the skipper showed “exactly what the players feel”.

But after the Hammers lost 2-0 to Newcastle on the opening day of the new season, Rice said: “Grady went 10 days ago. He is a big miss for us. But none of that was in our minds, the dust has settled.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, he added: “I do not think we could have played any worse to be honest. We were poor as a team and individually. There is no time to play poor in the Premier League.

“We had a dip last year and found ourselves in the deep end and it was not enjoyable.

“Things did not go our way, slack touches, not really getting in behind enough, not creating chances. There are a couple of things you can put it down to. We need to turn up in these types of games.

“We need to be collectively better.”

Asked whether the feeling among the players about the sale of Diangana had an impact on their performance against Newcastle, Moyes said: “Not a thing.

“When you are a footballer and are out on the pitch, that has nothing to do with it. You concentrate on the game once you cross the white line.

“The same players who played brilliantly well at the end of last season – I was hoping to get much the same from them, but we did not.”

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Transfer news LIVE: Van de Beek to Man Utd, Messi latest, Chelsea want Rice, Gabriel to Arsenal, Thiago update

Welcome to Standard Sport’s rolling coverage of the summer transfer window as the speculation ramps up.

The window officially opened in July after the completion of the delayed 2019-2020 Premier League season. Clubs will now be busy tweaking their squads ahead of the new campaign, with the deadline pushed back until October 5.

Arsenal have added Willian and are closing in on the signing of Gabriel Magalhaes, while Chelsea have added Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell to a squad already boasting new arrivals Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

Manchester United continue to work on a deal for Jadon Sancho though Donny van de Beek looks like an easier deal, and Tottenham have signed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart.

Liverpool are biding their time in pursuit of Thiago Alcantara, but the biggest story is that Lionel Messi has requested to leave Barcelona.

  • Man United lead van de Beek race
  • Arsenal set to unveil Gabriel
  • Chelsea set to bid for £80m Rice
  • Arteta on Auba, AMN and Martinez
  • Messi may miss Barcelona training
  • Thiago wants Premier League move

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Gabriel announcement imminent

Arsenal beat a host of rivals to land Lille centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, and they are expected to announce the 22-year-old’s arrival very soon.

Given the Gunners are celebrating yesterday’s Community Shield win, you’d expect to see a tweet from their official account sometime on Monday morning – but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen today either…


Barcelona struggling to find buyer for Umtiti 

Barcelona are open to sending Samuel Umtiti on loan, according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim the Spanish giants are struggling to find a buyer for the center-back. 

The Catalan side are set for a major squad overhaul this summer following the arrival of Ronald Koeman, with Barcelona putting all-but seven first-team players up for sale. 

Umtiti has been linked with a number of clubs, including West Ham, Leicester, Arsenal and Tottenham, Roma and Lazio, though no offers have yet been made. 


Is Aubameyang staying at Arsenal?

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played a key role in Arsenal’s Community Shield win over Liverpool yesterday, as he did against Chelsea in the FA Cup on August 1.

But just like that Wembley triumph, the post-match was dominated by questions about the skipper’s future as well as his performance.

Aubameyang was coy about negotiations – “We are going to see…today we will just take the trophy and that is it,” he told BT Sport – but Arteta is confident an agreement is close.

“I keep saying the same thing,” the Arsenal boss said. “I try do my job, which is convince him that he is in the right place, that he has the environment here to produce the moments like he’s done today and he’s done here three weeks ago.

“I am very positive that he’s going to sign but a lot of time there’s a lot of things involved in a contract deal and we are trying to show him.


Thiago to Liverpool latest

Bayern Munich playmaker Tiago Alcantara is wanted by Liverpool – and in normal circumstances, he would likely already be at Anfield. However, Covid-19 has hit Liverpool’s transfer budget, and that means Bayern’s €30m is a tough sell for the Reds considering the midfielder is available for free in a year.

Fabrizio Romano says that Thiago is current “… waiting because he strongly wants to move to Premier League this summer.” However, he also states that Bayern reiterated their €30m asking price only two days ago, so it would now appear to be up to Liverpool as to whether they decide to bite the bullet and land the Spain international.


Chelsea to go all out for Rice

Chelsea have been dominating the summer transfer window, having already signed Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Malang Sarr.

Frank Lampard is expecting the arrival of Kai Havertz as well, while The Sun reports that Declan Rice is still a priority signing.

We understand Chelsea are interested in Rice – who is also handily Mason Mount’s best friend – and the Blues will now reportedly make a firm bid for the young West Ham utility man.

It won’t be easy considering David Moyes has said it will take ‘Bank of England’ money to sign the 21-year-old, but money is not something Chelsea are short of this summer.

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Man United lead race for Van de Beek

Mancheser United are favourites to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van der Beek.

The 23-year-old was left out of their squad for a friendly with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday due to developments on his future, according to Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.

ESPN now report United are at the front of the queue to sign him with Barcelona reportedly NOT an option.


Villa want Abraham return

Aston Villa are interested in bringing Chelsea forward back to Aston Villa, according to the Daily Mail. 

The forward fell behind Olivier Giroud in Frank Lampard’s pecking order last season, with the addition of Timo Werner set to increase his competition. 

Abraham proved highly successful during his season-long loan spell at Villa, where he scored 26 goals in 41 games. 


Kean set for Juve return 

Everton forward Moise Kean is close to re-signing for Italian giants Juventus, according to Gazetta dello Sport. 

The forward has found it difficult to adapt to the Premier League, scoring just two goals in 29 games. 

The 20-year-old is now reportedly close to completing a two-year loan deal with Juventus, who would then have an obligation to buy him. 


Chelsea interested in Donnarumma-Kepa swap-deal

Chelsea have included Kepa Arrizabalga in a part-exchange offer for AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, report Football Insider.

Standard Sport understands Frank Lampard is targeting two more signings this summer, with Chelsea close to a deal for Kai Havertz and a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga wanted. 

According to the report, Lampard is looking to replace Kepa with another youngster in 21-year-old Donnarumma.


Newcastle interested in Brewster 

Newcastle are interested in signing Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster this summer, report The Mirror. 

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The Magpies have reportedly been discouraged by Arsenal’s asking price for Ainsley-Maitland-Niles, now turning their attention to Brewster instead. 

Steve Bruce is said to be keen on sealing a move for the impressive youngster, who missed a penalty in Liverpool’s Community Shield defeat to Arsenal. 

Gerrard unsure of Morelos future

Steven Gerrard admits he’s unsure over the future of Alfredo Morelos, who returned to the squad for Ranger’s 2-0 win over Hamilton. 

The former Liverpool midfielder was happier with his attitude after he was dropped from the squad for their win over Kilmarnock. 

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Asked if Morelos would still be at Rangers after the international break, Gerrard said: “I don’t know. That’s a very difficult question for me to answer. 

“I’m taking each day as it comes in terms of Alfredo. He’s trained really well this week but I really can’t control what other teams will do.

“All I can do is manage the situation on a daily basis. “At the moment, where we stand right now, I expect to see him after the international break.”

Man Utd in pole position for Van de Beek 

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek this summer, according to The Mirror. 

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly told the 23-year-old he wants him to help United become Premier League contenders. 

United are reportedly set to seal a £40million deal for the midfielder, who is said to have told Ajax he won’t play for the club again. 

Van de Beek was left out of Ajax’s friendly squad against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday, with Solskjaer reportedly given permission to speak further with the midfielder over the next 48 hours. 


Messi to opt out of Barca training and Covid tests 

Lionel Messi will neither return to Barcelona training on Monday nor take the planned pre-season coronavirus test, according to reports coming from Spain. 

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Marca believe Messi is “going to war” with Barcelona with his decision, while La Vanguardia have reported he will send a burofax informing of his plan not to return to training. 

The burofax, which is what Messi initially sent to inform Barcelona of his desire to leave, will reportedly be signed by both his father and his agent. 

Messi has also reportedly already told Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu of his decision.


Leeds announce signing of Koch 

Leeds United have completed the signing of Rubin Kock from Bundesliga side SC Freiburg. 

The 24-year-old central defender has signed a four-year deal, keeping his at Elland Road until 2024. 

After missing out on Ben White, the newly-promoted Premier League side turned their attention to Koch. 

The defender is Leeds’ second signing of the day, after they announced the signing of Rodrigo from Valencia earlier today. 


Arteta confident over Auba contract

Mikel Arteta insists he remains confident Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will sign a new contract with the club. 

Aubameyang – who is in the final year of his contract – scored the winning spot-kick as Arsenal defeated Liverpool on penalties to win the Community Shield.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Arteta said:  “I keep saying the same thing (on Aubameyang’s future).

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“I try to do my job which is to convince him that he’s at the right place and the right environment here to produce moments like he’s done today and he did here just three weeks ago. 

“I am very positive that he’s going to sign. There are a lot of things that are involved in a contract deal and we’re trying to solve them.”

Arteta added: “I’m not worried (about the situation with Aubameyang). We can only try to do as much as possible to convince the player or tell them what we think about him. 

“We can put all the cards on the table to try to keep him here but afterwards it’s down to the player and the agent to agree to that. 

“I think we’ve built a really good relationship between us and hopefully we can do it. Now, I am confident and I’m happy. I can see how he behaves every day and how much he works in training. It’s a really good sign.”


Everton agree deal for Napoli’s Allan 

Everton have agreed a £25million deal to sign Napoli Midfielder Allan, according to BBC Sport. 

Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly keen to reunite with Allan, who he worked with at Napoli, as he looks to strengthen his midfield.

Elsewhere, Everton remain in talks with James Rodriguez, who Ancelotti also worked with both at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. 


Maitland-Niles ‘an Arsenal player until told otherwise’

Ainsley Maitland-Niles insisted his heart will remain with Arsenal until told otherwise after playing a starring role in their Community Shield victory over Liverpool. 

The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Wolves, who have reportedly had a £15million bid rejected for the Englishman. 

Maitland-Niles was superb against Premier League champions Liverpool as Arsenal triumphed on penalties after the game had finished 1-1 in normal time, however. 

“I’m an Arsenal player until I’m told otherwise,” he told BT Sport. “My heart’s in the club and while I’m here I’m going to give 100 per cent all the time, so that’s that.”


Arsenal target new goalkeeper

Arsenal are ready to sell Emiliano Martinez with the Argentine keen on a regular first-team spot after expertly filling in for Bernd Leno last term.

And according to The Mirror, the Gunners have identified a new no2 in Brentford’s David Raya. 


Costa to Man United talk persists 

Another story today linking Juventus winger Douglas Costa with Manchester United.

Tuttosport claim the Brazilian will be sold this summer and will be available for around £35m. 


United’s attempts to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford appear to have come to a standstill for now.

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Rooney sends Utd top, City lose at Swansea

Wayne Rooney has fired Manchester United to the top of the Premier League as the champions defeated 10-man West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to take full advantage of Manchester City’s 1-0 loss at Swansea.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side secured their fourth successive league win thanks to a brace from England striker Rooney and that allowed the champions to move one point clear of bitter rivals City, who surrendered top spot when Luke Moore scored Swansea’s winner with just seven minutes left at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

“I hope it is a significant day. We’ve turned it around and credit to the players for that,” Ferguson said.

“They have shown great resilience and determination. We had a period of injuries but we have come through that now.

“We won’t get nervous, we have the experience, we will keep on playing and it is good to see that type of temperament.”

At Old Trafford, United made a slow start and Albion midfielder Keith Andrews prodded wide from close-range before firing in a powerful drive that David de Gea did well to save.

But the hosts gradually found their rhythm and took the lead in the 35th minute thanks to Rooney’s 23rd goal of the season.

Paul Scholes picked out Javier Hernandez and the Mexican forward made an incisive run in the penalty area before flicking a cross towards Rooney, who was just onside as he diverted the ball past Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Albion’s hopes of a comeback began to fade in the 66th minute when Swedish defender Jonas Olsson was sent off for a second booking after tripping Hernandez.

And Ferguson’s team put the result beyond doubt when Rooney stroked home a penalty five minutes later after Andrews fouled Ashley Young.

United’s success was made even sweeter by City’s first defeat in five league matches and their second reverse of the week following a Europa League loss to Sporting Lisbon.

City boss Roberto Mancini said: “Swansea played very well for the first 30 minutes, but we had the control of the game in the second half and had chances to score. If we don’t score, you can pay with a goal by making a mistake.

“We are in second position now. The lead can change every game but it is important to start winning and scoring again.

“All the players in this moment are tired, but we have a lot of energy to go top again and there are 10 games to play.”

Mancini’s men were fortunate not to fall behind in the sixth minute when referee Lee Mason ruled that England goalkeeper Joe Hart had fouled Wayne Routledge as he tried to save at the winger’s feet.

Scott Sinclair took the spot-kick, but Hart plunged to his right to save the Swansea forward’s tame strike.

Swansea continued to dominate despite Sinclair’s miss and Mancini responded by sending on Argentine striker Sergio Aguero before half-time in place of Gareth Barry, who appeared to exchange words with City assistant David Platt as he trudged off.

City’s frustration appeared to boil over again at half-time, with reports of a tunnel argument between Mario Balotelli and Yaya Toure.

Balotelli appealed in vain for a penalty early in the second half when the Italian striker made a theatrical tumble after a slight nudge from Joe Allen.

But City just couldn’t get into their stride and smooth-passing Swansea made them pay in the 83rd minute.

Stefan Savic gave the ball away and Routledge crossed for unmarked substitute Moore to head past Hart.

Micah Richards thought he had equalised in the closing moments but the defender’s header was rightly ruled out for offside.

In the day’s other game, bottom-of-the-table Wigan snatched a 1-1 draw at Norwich to move within two points of safety.

Wes Hoolahan put Norwich ahead in the 10th minute with a volley from Simeon Jackson’s cross.

But Wigan equalised in the 68th minute when Victor Moses ran onto Shaun Maloney’s pass and rounded goalkeeper John Ruddy before shooting into the empty net.

“We know that Norwich at home can play with real momentum and we got

heavily punished in the first 50 minutes, but after that we grew into the game

and in the end we created the best chances,” Wigan boss Roberto Martinez said.

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Harry Maguire: Man Utd defender likely to remain as captain

Maguire joined Manchester United from Leicester in August last year

Harry Maguire is likely to remain as Manchester United captain for the upcoming season.

He was given a jail sentence of 21 months and 10 days, which is suspended for three years, after an altercation on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Maguire, 27, is appealing against the sentence.

The England defender was named United’s permanent captain in January following the departure of Ashley Young to Inter Milan.

On Tuesday, Maguire was named in the England squad for September’s Nations League matches against Iceland and Denmark.

But he was withdrawn from the squad a few hours later after he was found guilty of repeated bodily harm, attempted bribery, violence against public employees and insult following his arrest last week along with brother Joe, 28, and family friend Christopher Sharman, 29.

Both Joe Maguire and Sharman were sentenced to 13 months in prison, also suspended for three years.

All three men denied all charges.

After the verdict of Maguire’s trial, Manchester United released a statement confirming his intent to appeal, adding that he continued to “strongly assert his innocence”, with his legal team wanting “a full and fair hearing at a later date”.

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Man Utd transfer round-up: No David Brooks bid, Nico Gaitan’s failed move

As the 2020/21 Premier League season draws ever closer, Manchester United are still yet to make a senior addition to their squad.

A number of fringe players have moved on, with Alexis Sanchez the highest profile departure, but we continue to await a major breakthrough in United’s pursuit of Jadon Sancho, a transfer story which is in danger of going right to the wire.

It’s not the first time United have embarked on a lengthy pursuit of a player, and we’ve got an update for you as a previous long-term target breaks his silence on a failed move several years ago.

There’s also the latest on another young British player on United’s radar this summer, plus the news that one of the several academy men released over the last couple of months has found a new club.

David Brooks is set to leave Bournemouth

Bournemouth yet to receive a bid for Brooks

David Brooks’ name has been mentioned in connection with Manchester United this summer, as well as a number of other Premier League clubs, following the Cherries’ relegation from the top flight.

However, with less than three weeks until the start of the new season, Jason Tindall’s side are yet to receive an official bid for the Welsh international.

“We as a football club have got a value of what we believe for our players and if that value is met then players have got the opportunity to then discuss with whoever they need to discuss with, and then make the decision they feel is right for them,” Tindall told Sky Sports.

However, the same outlet reports no bid has been lodged, despite reported interest from United, Leicester City, Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

Brooks missed most of last season through injury, but returned to feature in the last nine games of the season and scored once against Manchester City.

The 23-year-old has been named in Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for their upcoming fixtures, as well as United duo Daniel James and Dylan Levitt.

Nicolas Gaitan has played for a host of clubs in recent years

Argentina playmaker explains collapse of long-rumoured United move

There was a period a few years ago when Nico Gaitan seemed to be linked with Manchester United on a near-weekly basis, but a move for the midfielder was never completed.

The Argentina international, then at Benfica, is now back in Portugal with Braga after stints in Spain, China, France and the United States, where he played alongside former United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger for Chicago Fire.

Gaitan has given an interview to Portuguese publication Record, translated by Sport Witness, in which he explains work permit issues played a part in an Old Trafford switch never materialising.

“I had no European citizenship and wasn’t a national team player,” he said.

“I used to be called up, but I didn’t play and it was necessary to fulfil a number of games. It didn’t meet these requirements and it wasn’t possible. But if it didn’t happen, it was for some reason.”

Gaitan has 16 caps for Argentina, but only one since leaving Benfica in 2016.

Young goalkeeper signs for Blackpool after United release

Goalkeeper Alex Fojticek was unable to break through at Old Trafford, leaving Manchester United when his contract expired over the summer.

However, he has now found a new club, signing a one-year deal with Blackpool with an option to extend it by a further 12 months,

The 20-year-old joined United as a teenager from FC Tatran Presov in his home country of Slovakia, and made three Premier League 2 appearances last season.

“Alex has impressed us since joining on trial a few weeks back,” Blackpool goalkeeping coach Steve Banks said.

“His commanding presence in the box is a real asset and he further strengthens the goalkeeping position at the Club.”

The Tangerines, who are managed by former Liverpool Under-23 boss Neil Critchley, will be hoping to improve on last season’s mid-table finish in League One.

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Harry Maguire: Man Utd captain’s trial under way on Greek island

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire leaves court

The trial of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has begun on the Greek island of Syros.

He is represented by Alexis Anagnostakis, one of Greece’s top human rights lawyers.

The 27-year-old was released from police custody on Saturday following his arrest on the island of Mykonos on Thursday after an alleged altercation with police officers.

He is not obliged to be in attendance.

Maguire has already pleaded not guilty.

He did not comment after leaving court on Saturday and his lawyer told Sky he was a free man “right now”.

The Syros prosecutor’s office said on Friday that “three foreigners” had been arrested after an alleged altercation with police officers in Mykonos on Thursday.

The court listing for the case says the other two defendants are Maguire’s brother Joe, 28, and family friend Christopher Sharman, 29. Maguire’s father Alan was at the court hearing.

Police say a file has been opened which includes accusations of “violence against officials, disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an official”.

Maguire, who was on holiday in Greece, joined United from Leicester for £80m – a world record fee for a defender – in August 2019.

Greek police said in a statement on Friday that officers had tried to break up an altercation between two groups outside a bar and that the three foreigners had then verbally abused and assaulted one of the officers.

The statement claimed that after arriving at Mykonos police station, the three arrested individuals then “strongly resisted, pushing and hitting three police officers” and that “one of the detainees tried to offer money so that the trial against them would not be completed”.

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Dean Henderson confirms Man Utd decision and anticipates “next chapter” of career

Dean Henderson has confirmed that he won’t be returning to Sheffield United for a third loan spell.

The Manchester United goalkeeper has impressed at Bramall Lane in the last two seasons, helping the Blades earn promotion from the Championship and then establishing himself as one of the top stoppers in the Premier League in 2019/20.

The 23-year-old’s form coupled with disappointing performances from Old Trafford No.1 David de Gea led to suggestions that the United youth product could replace the Spaniard as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that he will stick by De Gea despite his downturn in form, but Henderson now seems determined to usurp the former Atletico Madrid stopper.

Henderson impressed during his two seasons at Sheffield United

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Sheffield United for the last two years,” he wrote on social media.

“Winning promotion to the Premier League with my brothers and having the season we had this season is something I will never forget.

“I would like to thank the manager, my teammates, the backroom staff and of course, the fans, who have been unbelievable towards me.

“I will look back at the last two years as an important chapter in my career and more than anything, I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and develop with such a class group of lads.

De Gea’s form has come under scrutiny

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“I can’t want for the next chapter! Once again, thank you for everything. Once a blade, always a blade.”

Henderson – who has 11 England under-21 caps – has also been tipped to challenge Jordan Pickford for the England No.1 shirt.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, are expected to re-sign the Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale as their new No.1.

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Man Utd told they’re only third best team left in Europa League last eight

Manchester United have been labelled as the third best team in the Europa League campaign by former Inter Milan Andreas Brehme.

The Red Devils face Copenhagen in the last eight competition as they look to award competition for the second time in four years.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s easily saw off Austrian side LASK in the last round and are brimming with confidence after an impressive 2020 that has seen them return to Europe’s top table.

But Inter Milan and German side Bayer Leverkusen have been side by the two surrounding sides by Brehme.

Man Utd have been put below two sides on the pecking order

“I have no doubt, for me it’s Inter,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport . “The Nerazzurri are a great team, although Bayer Leverkusen are strong and have an excellent forward like Havertz, but Conte’s squad takes the lead.

“I’d say, whoever wins this game has a great chance of raising the Europa League [trophy]. The semi-final against either Shakhtar Donetsk or Basel is winnable.

“On the other side of the bracket, I think Manchester United will qualify for the finals. But both Inter and Bayer are stronger than the English club.”

Inter and Leverkusen will come up against each other meaning one of the leading lights will be knocked out.

Kai Havertz Bayer Leverkusen’s side are among the favourites

It puts United in a strong position as they aim to win their first trophy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

And the Norwegian is keen to grasp the opportunity as the Red Devils continue their rise.

He said: “We went into this season knowing that the Europa League is a great chance for us to get a trophy, to get far in a tournament.

“But also to groom a few of the youngsters and it was perfect for us.

“We are in a strange period at the moment, unprecedented, we’ve got to make the most of it and if we are able to go through to the semi-final and final it would mean a lot to the club, players, supporters and staff. We just have to make the best out of a difficult situation.”

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Jadon Sancho: Borussia Dortmund set deal deadline for Man Utd target

Jadon Sancho scored 17 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances last season as Borussia Dortmund finished second

Borussia Dortmund have set a 10 August deadline to agree a deal for forward Jadon Sancho – who is Manchester United’s top summer transfer target – to leave the club.

The German club have told United they want in excess of £100m for the 20-year-old England winger.

There is no agreement yet on a fee, which would be paid in instalments.

Dortmund have set the deadline because they want undisturbed preparation for the 2020-21 Bundesliga season.

The new campaign starts on 18 September, with the transfer deadline for international deals on 5 October.

Sancho has been at Dortmund for three years, having signed from Manchester City in August 2017 for a fee of about £10m.

In July, Dortmund beat United to the signing of 17-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham from Birmingham City in a deal that could be worth over £30m.

They also bought Norway forward Erling Braut Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg earlier in the season – another player United tried hard to bring to Old Trafford.

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