8am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Jadon Sancho LATEST, Ansu Fati backup, new centre-back to sign if Smalling leaves – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are still very much in the mix for Jadon Sancho, but are reported lined up Barcelona's Ansu Fati as an alternative.

And the Red Devils will also reportedly sign a new centre-back, but only if Chris Smalling is sold.

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  • SEGULLS DOUBLE SWOOP

    United will play Brighton twice in four days after being drawn against the Seagulls in the next round of the Carabao Cup.

    The Red Devils were already due to head to the Amex on Saturday to face Albion, but now they'll play a league and cup double header.

    It could be an opportunity for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to go fly to the South Coast on Friday with a bloated squad and pick two different teams for the two games against Graham Potter's team.

    It remains to be seen whether the Norwegian will force his squad to fly there and back twice for the two matches.

  • GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Roma are readying one last move for Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling, according to reports.

    The ex-England international was a hit last season on loan in the Italian capital.

    But having been unable to come to an agreement that would have extended his stay even for the resumed Europa League last month, Roma are now refusing to match the Red Devils' £18million valuation.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma's final offer will be a £1.8m loan, with an obligation to buy for £12m and a further £900k in 2022.

    Meanwhile, Daniel James will reportedly stay at United this summer.

    The Welshman has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, having not scored in any of his last 30 Premier League appearances.

    But according to the MEN, James remains in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans and will continue to fight for his place in the team.

    Finally, United are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Porto defender Alex Telles.

    The Red Devils are hoping to provide competition for Luke Shaw with a move for the Brazilian defender.

    United recently stepped up their chase for Telles by offering Diogo Dalot plus cash.

    However, Porto knocked-back the offer as they have no interest of taking back their former player – who left the club to join United in 2018.

    Telles meanwhile has a release clause of £36.7m in his current contract at the Portuguese giants

  • WOOD YOU BELIEVE IT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reckons Mason Greenwood will be Manchester United’s future No9.

    He explained: “He [Mason] will end up as a no. 9 in the end, probably. But he’s so good with his right and left, so he can come in off his right and left, or through the middle. I scored most of my goals from just outside the post as well, I wasn’t like in the middle.

    “For him to be a no.9 though, he needs to learn how to head the ball.

    “I keep telling him that and, if he wants to do that, he’s welcome to come and practice with me.”

  • SMALL CHANGE

    Manchester United's entire summer of transfer business could depend on Chris Smalling, according to Fabrizio Romano.

    The Italian journalist claimed that if they can offload the England international, who spent the second half of last season at Roma, they will be able to sign not just a winger and a left-back, but also a centre-back.

  • FATI BOOM BOOM

    Ansu Fati has crushed links to Manchester United by signing a new Barcelona deal.

    The whizkid winger, 17, has extended his contract until 2024 after bursting onto the scene last season.

    Fati’s release clause has increased to a staggering £367million.

    And he will also wear the No22 shirt, vacated by Arturo Vidal following his move to Inter Milan.

  • UP FOR THE CUP

    One for the Carabao enthusiasts…

  • SMALL FRY

    Roma are readying one last move for Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling, according to reports.

    The ex-England international was a hit last season on loan in the Italian capital.

    But having been unable to come to an agreement that would have extended his stay even for the resumed Europa League last month, Roma are now refusing to match the Red Devils' £18million valuation.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma's final offer will be a £1.8m loan, with an obligation to buy for £12m and a further £900k in 2022.

  • HEART OF THE MATA

    Veteran Juan Mata was at the heart of Man United's Carabao Cup win against Luton Town on Tuesday.

    His opening penalty means the Spaniard needs just one more goal to make it 50 in a Red Devils shirt!

  • OH DANNY BOY

    Daniel James will stay at Manchester United this summer, according to reports.

    The Welshman has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, having not scored in any of his last 30 Premier League appearances.

    But according to the MEN, James remains in manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans and will continue to fight for his place in the team.

  • NO JOE-KING

    West Ham boss David Moyes is reportedly ready to battle old club Manchester United for Swansea star Joe Rodon.

    The Guardian claims Moyes is keen on adding a new centre-back to his squad before deadline day.

    He has already failed with THREE bids for Burnley ace James Tarkowski.

    And Moyes is now thought to be targeting Wales international Rodon.

  • MAN U INTEREST IN DEMBELE

    Man United have contacted Barcelona over Ousmane Dembele as the Jadon Sancho deal continues to stall, reports say.

    Rumours have intensified that the Red Devils may swoop for the winger as Ronald Koeman chops and changes the fallen giants.

    Barcelona have put a price of 100 million euros on his head but the Manchester club may also be interested in a loan arrangement, according to the Daily Record.

    With Gareth Bale out the picture and Sancho still at Dortmund, Dembele – and his teammate Ansu Fati – are seen as potential options.

  • FIXTURE FIX

    TV companies have scrambled to make sure all top flight games are televised following the government shelving plans to get some fans back in the stadium next month.

    Sky have just announced their pick for October games before the international break, and United fans can look forward to a televised Sunday afternoon showdown with Spurs and Jose Mourinho.

  • DEAN MACHINE

    Some fans are still raving about Dean Henderson's brilliant save at Kenilworth Road last night.

    There's only one man in the red half of Manchester who may not be so pleased United's number 2 is making such a big impression.

    Clue: His name ends in “Gea”

  • FLETCHER'S WARNING

    Ex-Man United midfielder Darren Fletcher has been warning of Jesse Lingard's future and fears he may want to leave.

    The out-of-favour 27-year-old featured in last night's win at Old Trafford but Fletcher is worried Lingard – and his notorious agent – may cause trouble for Old Trafford Chiefs.

    Fletcher told Sky Sports: “The alarm bells started ringing for me when he appointed Mino Raiola as his agent. 

    “Now you don’t appoint Mino Raiola as your agent if you’re looking at staying at a club.

    “That suggests to me that he’s looking for a move. He’s not a starter in Manchester United’s strongest team, he’s a squad player now.”

  • HAPPY DONNY

    Donny van de Beek got 78 minutes under his belt last night as Man United won at Luton.

    And the Dutchman is looking forward to the next round.

  • TELL ME SOME GOOD NEWS

    Manchester United are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Porto defender Alex Telles.

    The Red Devils are hoping to provide competition for Luke Shaw with a move for the Brazilian defender.

    United recently stepped up their chase for Telles by offering Diogo Dalot plus cash.

    However, Porto knocked-back the offer as they have no interest of taking back their former player – who left the club to join United in 2018.

    Telles meanwhile has a release clause of £36.7m in his current contract at the Portuguese giants.

  • SMALL CHANGE

    Roma are still unwilling to match Manchester United’s £18.4million valuation for Chris Smalling.

    But they hope to make one final offer that will be their last-ditch attempt to bring the England defender back to the Stadio Olimpico.

    According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma boss Paulo Fonseca declaring in public that he has been in touch with Smalling, 30, did not go down well at United.

    The Serie A club’s first offer of £11m was flatly rejected by United.

  • HELPING HEND

    Dean Henderson is over the moon at making his Manchester United debut.

    The former Sheffield United loanee made a cracking save in the second half and kept a clean sheet in a 3-0 win at Luton.

    He tweeted: “I dreamt about this my whole life!! Unbelievable feeling to make my debut for the club I love!! Clean sheet and a win to top it off!!!”

  • NO CASE FOR DEFENCE

    Dimitar Berbatov reckons Manchester United need a new defence after their hammering by Crystal Palace.

    The former Old Trafford striker told Betfair: “Some will be happy, some won't, even with the retaking of the penalty. It's no excuse for United, the performance just wasn't good, and hopefully it will just be a first-game blip.

    “If we just based it on the first game then United are miles off the speed of the other top teams in the league, and so I hope it is just down to it being game one.

    “If it becomes a trend, it could be a very long season. I and others have big expectations for United this season.

    “They need a centre-half, and probably further recruitment also to be competitive. At the end of the day, if Crystal Palace can score three past you, you are in trouble.

    “It can be hard to sign players, maybe the players don't want to come, it is hard to say, but their defence is what they need to work on.”

  • MASTERS OF THEIR ART

    Chile stars Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal have finally united at Inter Milan.

    The pair appear to be over the moon at finally being able to play together for a club team after winning two Copa America together for their national side.

    Former United winger Sanchez joined Inter on a permanent basis earlier this summer.

  • REVENUE KO

    Manchester United could miss out on a staggering £111million in matchday income this season if fans are forced to stay away from Old Trafford.

    Football fans were dealt a bitter blow on Tuesday after the Government announced they had “paused” plans to allow supporters back into stadiums to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

    And they show that the current Premier League teams made a combined £692.5m solely from their home games in 2018-19.

    Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all raked in over £80m that season from home games.

    The Gunners cashed in £96.2m from Emirates matches, while the Reds and Spurs pocketed £84.2m and £81.7m respectively.

    Chelsea (£66.6m) and Manchester City (£56m) were the only other two teams to make over £50m from matchday income two seasons ago.

  • GETS IN THE BOX

    Donny van de Beek will get quite a few goals for United if he keeps playing like this.

    The Dutchman, 23, had nine touches inside the Luton box last night.

    He had one shot on target, one key pass and was offside once also.

  • LUTON STATS

    Here are some insights from the 3-0 win over the Hatters.

    ACTION AREAS

    AVERAGE POSITIONS

  • WE'VE GOT BACK-UP

    Manchester United will not focus on signing a new centre-back despite a rocky start to the season for Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

    The defensive pair were tormented by Crystal Palace's frontline in a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford on the weekend.

    Speculation that Dayot Upamecano is interesting the Red Devils has increased since, with the centre-back a long-term target for Real Madrid.

    However, according to The Athletic, such a signing is not a priority at this time.

    Instead, a right-sided attacker such as Jadon Sancho and a left-back are seen as more integral to bolster the squad.

    Alex Telles of Porto and Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico are being monitored to improve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's defence.

  • TAG, YOU'RE OURS

    Manchester United target Nicolas Tagliafico has reportedly been offered a new contract to stay at Ajax.

    De Telegraaf claims the left-back has received a lucrative fresh deal from director of football Marc Overmars.

    Ajax are keen to keep Tagliafico after SunSport exclusively revealed the 28-year-old has emerged as a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    United had been weighing up a move for Porto star Alex Telles, who has entered the final year of his deal.

    But negotiations are progressing slowly and Tagliafico is now in Solskjaer’s sights, with a deal worth £23million mooted.

    However, Ajax are ready to scupper United’s plans by tying Tagliafico down to a new long-term contract.

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