The summer is fast approaching at Old Trafford and the transfer wheels are starting to turn.
At least they are in the world of transfer rumours.
Jose Mourinho will be looking to take the Reds a step further.
United are being linked with a number of players on a daily basis, here are today’s rumours.
Manchester United have given up on signing Tottenham’s Eric Dier and will move for Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic this summer, reports the Manchester Evening News.
England starlet Dier had emerged as Jose Mourinho’s preferred midfield option this summer.
But with an acceptance at Old Trafford that prising him away from Spurs will be too difficult, the club are switching focus, with Serbian star Matic deemed more attainable.
Antonio Conte is eyeing Tiemoue Bakayoko, the Monaco midfielder, to strengthen his side, and that could make Matic dispensible – allowing United to swoop.
Jose Mourinho is going head-to-head with Pep Guardiola as they chase Benfica keeper Ederson, writes John Cross.
Manchester United boss Mourinho is eyeing new keeper as he battles to keep David de Gea who is a big-money target for Real Madrid this summer.
But they are aware that City have also been watching 23-year-old Brazilian Ederson who has enjoyed a highly impressive season in Portugal.
City are keen to get a new keeper with doubts over Claudio Bravo while Willy Caballero could leave and Joe Hart is set to be sold.
Manchester United have made their first signing of the summer after agreeing a deal to sign Espanyol’s Arnau Puigmal.
Catalan paper Sport say 16-year-old Puigmal’s representatives had no hesitation in accepting United’s offer, which far exceeds the financial package he receives at Espanyol.
A versatile central midfielder whose impressive physicality belies his young age, Puigmal works effectively at both ends of the pitch and has an eye for goal.
Sergio Romero could be Manchester United’s No.1 next season.
The Argentine has impressed for the Red Devils in the Europa League this term and will start in next week’s final.
David De Gea’s situation remains uncertain and Jose Mourinho may not have to look elsewhere.
Romero has impressed the United boss and is set to earn a new contract in the coming weeks, according to the Sun.
Do United need a replacement?
It’s been another glistening campaign from Antoine Griezmann and the world’s footballing superpowers will surely be looking to outmuscle each other in the summer transfer window to land the Frenchman’s signature.
However, the 26 year old, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, is set to disappoint his legion of suitors.
The Atletico Madrid forward has hinted at a move away away from Spain, but not to England… and not in Football.
“I would only leave Atleti to play with Derrick Rose,” Griezmann quipped to Cadena Ser, dreaming of a transfer to the NBA to play alongside the New York Knicks Point Guard. Griezmann met his dream team-mate on a trip to the States last December, which could have turned his head away from Atletico!
The diminutive Frenchman has struck 16 La Liga goals in 2016-17, 26 in all competitions, but his efforts appear relatively fruitless, with Atletico finishing the season without a trophy.
David de Gea
Real Madrid lost a bit of face two years back when their deal to land David de Gea from Manchester United fell through at the 11th hours.
And they’re eager for that to not happen again.
The Daily Mail’s man in Spain goes a step further to say they are confident of ensuring that soap opera isn’t repeated this summer.
“There is an acceptance that the Spain No 1 will soon be Real Madrid’s No 1 too,” Pete Jenson reports.
One thing is for certain, if the deal doesn’t go through this time they’ll be sure not to have paper work mistakes – as in 2015 – to blame.
Manchester United are ready to push the button on a move for Jan Oblak if David De Gea quits for Real Madrid.
United have done the groundwork and sounded out Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Oblak, who is keen on making the switch.
And they are primed to move for the 24-year-old Slovenia international, should they fail to keep De Gea out of the clutches of his long-term admirers across Madrid at the Bernabeu.
The Old Trafford giants are desperate to keep hold of the Spaniard, and qualifying for the Champions League by winning next week’s Europa League final will help their chances.
Jose Mourinho suggests David de Gea will stay at Man United despite being linked with move to Real Madrid
Jose Mourinho has suggested David de Gea will stay at Manchester United, saying he is “top of the world” and his side want to keep him.
The Spain shot-stopper has been strongly linked with a move to Real Madrid ever since a dramatic failed move back in 2015.
United have even been linked with Atletico Madrid keeper Jan Oblak as a possible replacement for de Gea, while Sergio Romero, apparently sensing an opportunity, has stepped up to the plate with some brilliant recent performances for the Red Devils.
Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea ALL eyeing Stoke’s Jack Butland
Four of the Premier League’s top six have made fresh checks on Jack Butland following his return to action.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all keeping tabs on Stoke star Butland, who has got back into the first team after a year out with a bad ankle injury.
The revived interest could lead to the 24-year-old England international joining the goalkeeping merry-go-round this summer.
United and City are most likely to move for new No1s this summer, and are among the clubs keeping track of how Butland has been getting on since his comeback last month.
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Ross Barkley has been the subject of plenty of transfer speculation in recent months.
Everton boss Ronald Koeman has publicly demanded his midfielder make a decision on a potential new deal this week, as rumours persist that the 23 year-old could move to another Premier League club. Manchester United are just one of several big names reportedly interested in the England star.
That’s why Everton supporters will be relieved to see Barkley playing such a big role in the official launch of their team’s new kit for next season.
The club have picked the playmaker – alongside Leighton Baines, Tom Davies and Under-23 players Jonjoe Kenny and Joe Williams – to celebrate the strong local contingent of players in the Everton squad.
Bale ‘tells Real Madrid president’ which club he’d join
Speculation continues to swirl in Spain that Gareth Bale ’s time at Real Madrid is drawing to a close, with the Welshman reportedly identifying his destination of choice in the Premier League.
The 27 year old only signed a bumper £250,000-per-week (after tax) contract extension to run until 2022 back in October, but he has endured an injury-blighted campaign.
The former Spurs forward flourished during his first three seasons at the Bernabeu, however it appears Los Blancos have run out of patience, especially with potential summer blockbuster bids for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard or Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.
It is widely thought that Bale does not want to leave the Galactico-laden side, but should the club’s hierarchy force through a move and accept an offer, then the Welshman has little option to accept a transfer.
According to diariogol.com, journalist Pip Estrada reports: “The agent of the player has started to negotiate in England after being annoyed with the reactions to his injury.”
Alexis Sanchez has the right stuff for Manchester United, claims Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs.
The contract stalemate between the Chilean and the Gunners has led to him being connected with top clubs around Europe.
Giggs reckons he’s be a good fit at United with his work rate and winning mentality.
“Yeah. Jose Mourinho bought [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic because he is a winner,” he is quoted by the Express.
“He’d won everywhere he’d gone. Not only the effect on the pitch but off the pitch as well.
“You can just feel that Sanchez would give his team-mates a lift.”
The Swede is sweating on a new contract with Manchester United after damaging his anterior cruciate ligament, ruling him out until the back end of the year.
Ibrahimovic has undergone surgery and is currently in the process of recovering in Miami, where he is receiving specialist treatment.
It is still expected to be six months before the mercurial striker is seen on the pitch again, meaning United have a big decision to make on his future.
He demands huge wages and with no assurances over his fitness, United might choose to invest elsewhere and let Ibrahimovic go.
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Real Madrid stars James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale have been linked to Manchester United.
And one report believes an audacious bid for both of them could be made by Jose Mourinho’s money men.
Colombian Rodriguez’s drawn out exit from Real’s La Liga match on Sunday night against Sevilla has plenty thinking he is leaving.
Bale’s injury woes are also testing the patience of those at the Bernabeu.
Spanish gossip outlet Madrid-Barcelona (via Daily Star) claim United are willing to fork out £127.6m in a double deal.
And £68million (€80m) isn’t enough, claims French radio station RMC, who says Monaco have turned down a bid for that amount.
The outlet doesn’t name which club has made that offer, but Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea are all keen on the teenager.
Kylian Mbappe is a target of just about any club in Europe with deep pockets but as they well know the Monaco forward won’t be going anywhere on the cheap.
With his side on the verge of lifting the Ligue 1 title, offers are said to be flooding in for the 18-year-old.
Most big signing scuttlebutt comes with some sort of angle involving Rooney, and the Daily Mail’s latest is that they’re willing to hand him over to Everton to get Romelu Lukaku.
There would be a certain romance to a homecoming for Rooney, back to the club from which he arrived at Old Trafford.
The Mail say Everton want £100m for their star striker and reckon Rooney could sweeten the deal.
However, Rooney has two more years on his £250,000-a-week deal and won’t walk away cheaply for United.
Also, with United valuing Rooney at £17m it would be far from a straight swap for the Toffees top man.
Manchester United will attempt to sign Renato Sanchez a year after being beaten by Bayern Munich to the highly-rated Portuguese midfielder.
The Bundesliga giants have used the former Benfica starlet sparingly though and could be tempted to recoup their money this summer.
The Red Devils could succeed with an offer of £30m to add dynamism to their midfield, report Kicker (via the Express).
Jose Mourinho was thought to be disappointed to lose out to Bayern but may belatedly get his wish.
Wayne Rooney has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will leave Manchester United this summer.
Rooney is set to play his last European game at Old Trafford on Thursday, as United take on Celta Vigo for a place in the Europa League final.
The United skipper has been a bit-part player this season but insists, ‘I haven’t thrown my toys out of the pram’, as he acknowledged he is facing up to the end of his 13-year Old Trafford career.
Rooney has offers from Major League Soccer, the Chinese Super League and former club Everton.
“I haven’t thrown my toys out of the pram but I’m a football player and I want to play football,” said the 31-year-old. “Would I like to stay? I’ve been at this club 13 years, but I want to play football.”
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Arsenal will look to beat Chelsea and Manchester United for Real Madrid star Alvaro Morata with a £50m offer (Sun)
United to test Tottenham over Eric Dier
Eric Dier is poised to be the first Tottenham player to test chairman Daniel Levy’s get tough policy, writes Mirror Football’s James Nursey .
The 23-year-old penned a five-year £50,000 a week deal at Spurs last September, but Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho believes a £40million bid would prise the versatile England international away from White Hart Lane.
Dier moved to Spurs from Sporting Lisbon in August 2014 for £4m and has faced competition to anchor Spurs’ midfield from Victor Wanyama, who joined last summer.
However, Levy moved quickly early this season to tie many of his key players down to long-term contracts.
Brazilian full-back Malcolm says that he is open to a move to Manchester United.
The highly-rated Bordeaux star has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford this summer with Jose Mourinho’s options down the flanks limited.
“Even when I was at Corinthians these rumours were already happening,” Malcolm told Gazeta Esportiva.
“I have a calm mind about that. I have a focused thought on the pitch and I leave it to my agent and my family to take care of.
FIFA to investigate Paul Pogba’s record transfer
FIFA are set “to investigate” Paul Pogba’s world record transfer to Manchester United , AFP are reporting .
United splashed £89m on France international last summer to lure him from Italian giants Juventus.
It is not yet known what the governing body are investigating.
“Then, who knows, if a bid comes up I’ll think of leaving, but now I’ll just playing football.”
A United spokesman said: “We don’t comment on contracts. FIFA have had the documents since the transfer in August.”
It was revealed earlier this week by a new book published in Germany, Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football that agent Mino Raiola would earn over £41m from the deal to bring Pogba to Old Trafford .
The 24-year-old has played 49 times for Jose Mourinho’s men this season – winning the EFL Cup and helping the side to Europa League semi-final.
Manchester United have reportedly held transfer talks with Gareth Bale.
The Real Madrid winger is allegedly considering a move to Old Trafford this summer – but will require Jose Mourinho’s men to qualify for the Champions League.
Spanish outlet Diario Gol claim that Real are open to selling Bale if a significant transfer fee is offered.
Bale is said to have an ‘unwritten agreement’ with Mourinho and will join United if he is indeed to return to the Premier League.
Welshman Bale’s recent injury problems are believed to have concerned Real president Florentino Perez.
Celtic defender Kieran Tierney says he is ignoring speculation linking him with a summer move to Manchester United.
The 19-year-old left-back has impressed for the Scottish Premiership winners this season with the Red Devils joining the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in expressing their interest in the Scotland international.
He has four years remaining on his contract with Celtic and is focusing on his future with the Bhoys.
“You see stuff in the papers and on Twitter, people telling you and my friends as well, but I just need to concentrate on what I’m doing in training and playing well for Celtic,” he said.
“It’s easy for me because I’m happy where I am. I’m not thinking about anything else other than Celtic and just doing what I can for the team and helping us win every game.”
World’s fastest man Usain Bolt has called for Alexis Sanchez to leave Arsenal and join his beloved Manchester United.
The Gunners star’s future is up in the air with the Chilean refusing to sign a new contract. His current deal runs out at the end of next season.
And eight-time Olympic gold medalist Bolt believes the 28-year-old would be a perfect signing for Jose Mourinho at United.
Speaking recently to Fox Sports, Bolt said: “I know Alexis. He plays for Arsenal. He should leave.”
When asked if he would like to see Sanchez at United, Bolt replied: “He would be great. He’s a player who I’ve always said [we need] over the years. We need someone who is capable of picking up the ball and creating chances for other people
“He’s proven himself to be one of the best.”
Manchester United have reportedly held transfer talks with Gareth Bale.
The Real Madrid winger is allegedly considering a move to Old Trafford this summer – but will require Jose Mourinho’s men to qualify for the Champions League.
Not that Keane
Liverpool believe they can beat bitter rivals Manchester United to Burnley’s £25million-rated defender Michael Keane, writes Mirror Football’s David McDonnell and David Anderson.
Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp has made centre-half Keane his No.1 defensive target this summer and is confident of closing the deal.
As we told you a month ago, Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho is also interested in the player, who came through the United academy. But he will have to move quickly to trump Liverpool’s bid.
Personal terms have been agreed in principle between the Kop and the England international, but the player is waiting to see whether Liverpool, currently third, can secure Champions League qualification for next season before committing himself to the deal on offer, understood to be for four years.
United sold Keane to the Clarets in January 2015 for £2.5m because he was not part of then-manager Louis van Gaal’s plans, but Mourinho believes he could be an ideal partner for Eric Bailly at the heart of his defence.
Stockport lad Keane is a United fan and would jump at the chance to rejoin his beloved Red Devils if they make a concrete offer.
That’s Belotti money
Torino’s president has revealed any interested club will have to pay £85m to land Andrea Belotti.
The Italian striker has been in excellent form this season and has attracted interest from United.
Chelsea are also keen and Urbano Calro has revealed he could go – but only for a hefty fee.
Manchester United are plotting a stunning swoop for Sergio Aguero.
The Argentine has had a frustrating campaign with injuries and appears to be second choice at City to Gabriel Jesus.
Aguero has no immediate plans to leave the Etihad but United are ready to test their resolve, according to the Sun.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t play again for the club and Jose Mourinho wants a big name to replace him.
Now THAT would be a coup.
Kylian Mbappe looks likely to be this summer’s most sought after player having taken domestic and continental competitions by storm.
The 18-year-old Monaco star has scored 22 goals for club and country, attracting the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
Arsenal and Real Madrid have already confirmed their interest while Manchester United are also keen.
But according to French publication L’Equipe , Mbappe has no interest in moving to Old Trafford.
David De Gea replacement?
Manchester United have identified Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak as the replacement for David De Gea, if the Spaniard moves to Real Madrid this summer.
The Red Devils face losing the Spain No.1, who is keen to return to the capital after seeing his move break down two oyears ago.
Jose Mourinho has made the Slovenian the ideal man to fill the void, report the Independent.
Oblak has a €100m release clause and is above Joe Hart, Gianluigi Donnarumma and Samir Handanovic on their list of targets.
Transfer rumours from other papers and sites
Kylian Mbappe will reject Man United this summer to stay at Monaco for one more season (Mail)
Manchester United have been told Kasper Schmeichel will not be going anywhere after the Dane was linked with a move to Old Trafford (Star)
Chelsea and Man United target Tiemoue Bakayoko ‘not ready for the Premier League’, says Rio Ferdinand
Potential Premier League suitors got a good look at Monaco’s Tiemoue Bakayoko against Juventus and won’t have been reaching for the chequebooks.
Chelsea have been most keen on the French defensive midfielder, with Antonio Conte looking to provide a partner for PFA player of the year N’Golo.
But the 22-year-old’s performance on Wednesday night saw him found wanting when tested by the likes of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain in Monaco’s 2-0 defeat.
Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport Bakayoko didn’t live up to his hype in the Champions League first leg and has a way to go before he’s at Premier League standard.
“I think Bakayoko today, we found a bit more about him,” the Manchester United legend said.
“He’s had a lot of hype, he’s had a lot of news articles about him coming to the Premier League to all the top teams.
“I don’t know if he is ready to make that big step yet.
Antoine Griezmann has reportedly agreed a £280,000-a-week deal with Manchester United following Atletico Madrid’s 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg.
The defeat means that Diego Simeone’s side face a near-impossible task in reaching next month’s final and the striker is now said to have agreed a five-year deal with the Red Devils.
The Sun report United are ready to meet the Frenchman’s £89million release clause, with the total cost of the deal – the fee, wages and bonuses – surpassing £170million.
Atletico are now targeting Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette.
Manchester United are readying a £64million bid for Torino’s in-demand striker Andrea Belotti . The 24-year-old has also been tracked by Arsenal and Chelsea and has a £85million release clause in his contract. (Daily Mail)
Cesc Fabregas is being targeted by rivals Manchester United and Liverpool this summer (The Sun)
Manchester United legend Roy Keane has slammed the top clubs who are celebrating getting into the top four this season and says it makes him ‘cringe’.
Keane was forthright as always when giving his opinion on who will secure a Champions League place and says he cannot understand why his former club Manchester United or Liverpool are happy to have missed out on the title once again.
Jurgen Klopp celebrated on the pitch with his players following their 1-0 win over Watford on Monday night as they moved a step closer to securing Champions League football once again.
The battle for the top four places has never been tighter between the top sides as Arsenal, Manchester City, United and Liverpool fight to secure the two places behind title challengers Chelsea and Tottenham.
But Keane says the big clubs have to be aiming a lot higher and need to focus their efforts on challenging the big guns for major silverware.
Keane, speaking at a Show Racism the Red Card event, said: “When I see clubs like Liverpool and Man United celebrating getting into the top four, I cringe at it, I really do.
“Any of these big clubs – do you think that Real Madrid and Barcelona would be celebrating getting fourth?
“Come on, get a grip. It is about getting your hands on a trophy.
“People talk about getting into the top four because of the financial rewards and it was great for teams like Leicester to qualify but for the big teams, Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal, celebrating fourth? I say shame on you.”
Manchester United have reportedly failed in an €85million bid for Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe.
The 18-year-old striker has emerged as one of the most in-demand players in Europe after a breakthrough season for Leonardo Jardim’s side.
Several of Europe’s big boys have declared their interest, but Italian outlet Gianluca Di Marzio claim that United’s bid falls far short of the €120m to €140 that they are holding out for.
Mbappe will have another opportunity to prove his worth when Monaco take on Juventus in the Champions League semi-final first leg tonight.
A change of agent for Kasper Schmeichel could put Manchester United in the box seat for his services next season.
Jose Mourinho will be in need of a new first-choice keeper is David de Gea makes a move to Real Madrid, as has been repeatedly speculated.
A battle between Man City and Man United is what The Sun are expecting now the Leicester stopper as joined Italian Luca Bascherini after parting ways with long-term adviser Kenny Shepherd.
Bascherini is tight with those at the top at United, points out the paper.
Man United join Ryan Sessegnon transfer race
Manchester United are trying to jump to the front of the queue of clubs chasing Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon , reports Mirror chief football writer John Cross.
The Old Trafford giants have become the latest top side to enquire about the 16-year-old left-back, who is regarded as one of the top prospects in the country.
Liverpool are well-established admirers and are trying to sign Sessegnon this summer, but they will face major competition.