MANCHESTER UNITED will have to fork out £50million to prize French star Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco.

Chelsea are also interested in the midfielder's signature, but the Ligue 1 side won't let him go on the cheap.

Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo continued his superb form with yet another international hat-trick, this time against Luxembourg.

And we've the very latest on Raphael Varane's injury, as well as Donny van de Beek's potential switch to Juventus.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    GIVE ME MOUR

    Jesse Lingard has revealed Jose Mourinho used to randomly FaceTime him during his spell as manager of Manchester United.

    He told the Players’ Tribune: "Me and Jose had a good relationship generally, though, I have to say. He was good to me.

    "Before all the injury stuff, he trusted me, put me in for important games. We won trophies and he made me a winner. He could just bring out that side in you.

    "He also liked to have a personal connection with his players. Sometimes I’d look at my phone and I’d be getting a random FaceTime from him. Just out of nowhere — just to check in.

    "I used to find it so strange at first. He’d call and be like, ‘Hey Jesse, what are you doing?’ And I’d be like, ‘Erm, just chilling, watching TV … (awkward silence) … what are you doing?’

    "Hahaha! I found it funny. And, to be fair, it showed how much he cared about us."

  • Anthony Chapman

    LIN PIECES

    Jesse Lingard was reduced to tears after being left out of Gareth Southgate's squad for Euro 2020.

    He told the Players’ Tribute: "Back in June, I really thought I had done enough to get into the final 26 for the Euros. 

    “Obviously, I respected Gareth’s decision, but when I rang to tell my brother, well … I cried. Lou (his brother) cried as well."

  • Anthony Chapman

    POWER SERG

    Sergio Romero has revealed the struggles he faced training alone as it became clear he had no future at Manchester United.

    The new Venezia goalkeeper said: He said: “It was a strange year for me, but I trained all year at Manchester United. 

    “Some days I was training by myself, because the squad was preparing for a game.

    “I feel good, I worked in Argentina too and want to prove I’m the same Sergio who was at Sampdoria and then Manchester.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    SHOW ME THE MENI

    Man Utd have been told to pay £50million for French midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni by Monaco, but face stiff competition from Chelsea, reports say.

    The 21-year-old broke through at Bordeaux before making a £16m January 2020 switch to Monaco.

    Tchouameni continued to impress in Ligue 1, earning himself a call-up to Didier Deschamps' France squad last month.

    And he helped Les Bleus win the Nations League, starting in the 2-1 win over Spain in the final.

    According to Marca, Man Utd have been quoted £50m for the highly sought after midfielder.

    But they're joined by rivals Man City, Liverpool and Chelsea, as well as LaLiga giants Real Madrid.

    Real, in particular, are eyeing Tchoumeni as a replacement for an ageing Casemiro.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Liverpool legend John Barnes has declared that Paul Pogba must improve his attitude if he wishes to win anything with Man Utd.

    He told BonusCodeBets: "Winning the World Cup in 2018 didn’t help Paul Pogba to win any trophies for Manchester United. 

    “Playing for France and Manchester United are two different things.

    "He plays much better for France than Manchester United, and that has a lot to do with how he feels about playing for France, in terms of being a team player.

    "Whereas, for Manchester United, with his price tag, and being who he is, and the way we treat our superstar players in England.

    "He probably feels he is a superstar, so therefore plays differently, rather than being the team player he is for the national side.  

    “Winning a trophy with France won’t necessarily help him at Manchester United, until he decides to have the same attitude playing his club football, as he does for France.” 

  • Jake Lambourne

    'GETTING BETTER'

    Harry Maguire has revealed he 'will be back on the pitch soon' as he continues to recover from injury.

    The Red Devils' captain, 28, suffered a calf injury during last month's 1-0 loss at the hands of Aston Villa.

    Asked about his recovery from injury, Maguire told the Man Utd website: “It's getting there. I still haven't trained yet with the squad.

    "But I am getting better, I am progressing as I should be. It is obviously a frustrating injury for me to get.

    "But I am progressing and I will be back on the pitch soon.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    CRIS GOODBYE

    Man Utd reportedly wanted Eduardo Camavinga and Saul Niguez before bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.

    The Portuguese legend, 36, returned to Old Trafford from Juventus on deadline day and he has already scored five goals for the Red Devils.

    Ronaldo looked set to join rivals Man City before a phone call from Sir Alex Ferguson persuaded him to come back to the club he left for Real Madrid in 2009.

    His arrival followed the captures of French defender Raphael Varane from Los Blancos, winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund plus freebie reserve goalkeeper Tom Heaton.

    However, Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, speaking on his YouTube channel, has now claimed United had originally not been planning on a move for Ronaldo.

    Instead, they wanted to bring in either 18-year-old Camavinga from Rennes or Saul from Atletico Madrid to bolster their midfield.

  • Jake Lambourne

    SHOCK AND AUR

    Aurelien Tchouameni is at the centre of a 'European bidding war' with Real Madrid said to have joined the chase for the midfielder.

    The Monaco ace is already wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool and is now on Juventus' and Real's' radars.

    Juve boss Max Allegri is said to be a huge fan of the holding midfielder.

    And the Old Lady will make an offer for the Frenchman in January, according to Italian outlet TuttoSport.

    Tchouameni, 21, lit up Ligue 1 in his 36 appearances for Monaco last season, winning the league's Young Player of the Year award and earning a spot in the Team of the Season.]

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE PAUL

    Real Madrid are reportedly still keen to sign Paul Pogba and could land him for free, with the Manchester United midfielder's contract expiring in the summer.

    Pogba, 28, has been a top transfer target at Real Madrid for years and according to reports, they will attempt to prise him away from Old Trafford again at the end of the season.

    According to AS, Los Blancos have been impressed with Pogba's performances for France in the Nations League finals, which has persuaded them to step up their pursuit.

    But Man Utd are desperate to convince Pogba to sign a new deal and will reportedly offer the Frenchman up to £400k-per-week in an effort to get him to stay.

    This would make him the second highest paid player in the Prem, behind teammate Cristiano Ronaldo on 480k-per-week and ahead of Kevin De Bruyne on £385k-per-week.

    The Red Devils refused to sell Pogba last summer, knowing that they risk losing him for free if they are unable to convince him to sign a new deal.

  • Jake Lambourne

    'UNACCEPTABLE'

    Man Utd youngster Anthony Elanga has claimed he was racially abused during Sweden Under-21s' draw with Italy.

    The Swedish Football Association have confirmed they have filed a police report after Elanga came forward.

    It's claimed the United winger, 19, was abused by vile home fans in Monza while celebrating his Tim Prica's 92nd-minute equaliser in Italy – much to his bemusement.

    After the game, the Sweden star was visibly agitated and remonstrated with the referee, before the two teams continued to exchange words in the tunnel.

    Head of security for Sweden's Under-21s, Martin Fredman, told SVT Sport: "Right now, people from our side are sitting down in Italy and drawing up a police report – then we will see how they classify the whole crime.

    "I received information there was an incident in connection with the goal."

    Read more HERE.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RONBELIEVABLE

    Phil Jones has spoken of his delight that Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Old Trafford.

    Speaking of the Portuguese star, he said: "It’s incredible to have him back at the club, he’s a legend here.

    “The fans love him, you could see that in his first game back at Old Trafford. Just the way he conducts himself in and around the training ground.

    "The aura he has when he’s here. He’s a nice human being first and foremost.

    "People don’t realise he’s just a human being at the end of the day.

    "He might be an incredible footballer and the best in the world but he’s a dad and people just forget all that sort of stuff. It’s great to have him back.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TOUCHY PHIL-LY

    Man Utd outcast Phil Jones has spoke of the night he was tasked with man marking Cristiano Ronaldo at the Bernabeu in 2013.

    Playing out of position in central midfield, the England international put in an impressive display during the Champions League Round of 16 first leg.

    He told the UTD Podcast: "That’s probably one of my stand-out games for United, at the Bernabeu.

    “Cristiano was playing for them at the time and I remember the manager [Sir Alex Ferguson] said to me, ‘wherever he goes, you follow him’.

    “So, I went up for our corners just to be able to run back with him.

    "I didn’t go up to score or anything, it was just so I ran back before he ran back, so the counter-attack wasn’t there! It was a crazy game.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    TROY STORY

    Man Utd youngster Tahith Chong has revealed Troy Deeney is helping him settle in at Birmingham after joining the Blues on loan.

    Speaking of the ex-Watford striker, the 21-year-old told the Red Devils' website: "Even before Troy came in, we had quite a lot of senior players, who I was speaking to a lot.

    "Troy came as well and he's speaking a lot to me and helping me out as well – on and off the pitch.

    "It's always good to have senior players telling you positive things and, like I've said, stuff you might need to improve on as well.

    "Him telling me what I can improve on helps me get that on board."

  • Jake Lambourne

    UNITED FRONT

    Man Utd left-back Alex Telles has delivered a defiant message ahead of the clash against Leicester this weekend.

    Vowing to fight to become champion, he told Inside United: "My passion for football, for the game, is really important to me out on the pitch, doing my best during a game.

    "We know how difficult games are and we feel the energy from our fans, this passion spills onto the pitch to help us when they celebrate a piece of play.

    "I think it connects us to the fans and the stadium. It's definitely an important factor to win games.

    "I'd like to thank them [United fans] all for their support. I'm really happy to be here. My first goal in front of all the fans is something I'll never forget. They can count on me, come what may.

    "I'll fight until the end and always do my best so that United can be champions."

  • Jake Lambourne

    DON'T TCHOU WANT ME

    Aurelien Tchouameni is officially a wanted man, with Manchester United joining Chelsea in the race to sign the highly-rated Monaco midfielder.

    According to reports, Man Utd have joined Chelsea in pursuit of the France international after seeing his impressive displays in midfield alongside Paul Pogba in their Nations League triumph at the weekend.

    Tchouameni, 21, lit up Ligue 1 in his 36 appearances for Monaco last season, winning the league's Young Player of the Year award and earning a spot in the Team of the Season.

    The youngster burst onto the scene at Bordeaux in 2019 before making the switch to Monaco last January in a deal thought to be worth around £17million.

    He starred alongside former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas in midfield to help his side finish third in Ligue 1 last season and secure a spot in the Champions League third qualifying round.

    His fine form at club level earned him a call-up to the France national team in September and he has featured in all five of France's competitive matches since.

  • Jake Lambourne

    RON ROCKET

    Diogo Dalot revealed he was NOT impressed the first time he saw Cristiano Ronaldo live – as the superstar scored a brilliant goal against Porto in 2009.

    The game was won by United 1-0 – with Ronaldo scoring one of the most famous goals of his career, a 40-yard thunderbolt that flew past goalkeeper Helton in 1-0 win.

    Defending champions United would progress to the semis with a 2-1 win in the second leg, before eventually losing the final to Barcelona in Rome.

    Dalot, 22, told United’s official web site: "The first time I saw him was in Porto when he scored that goal from almost 100 yards.

    “I was in the stands behind the goal and obviously I wasn’t too happy because I was supporting Porto but it was my first memory seeing him live.

    “I tried to reach him when I was a kid and he was in the national team but my first memory is that game. 

    “Afterwards it’s watching him on the internet and videos like everybody else."

  • Jake Lambourne

    DERBY DELIGHT

    Man Utd's Women’s Super League duel with rivals Ma City set a new WSL television audience record – with 1.1million viewers tuning in.

    The 2-2 derby thriller, watched by 3,797 fans at the Red Devils' Leigh Sports Village home, was also viewed on 114,000 BBC Sport online live streams.

    And it exceeded BBC One viewing figures for the 800,000 individuals who watched the Citizens crush Everton at Goodison Park in their first game of the season. 

    That game was the first top-flight women’s domestic league fixture to be watched by 800,000 on network television

    The Manchester duel saw Khadija Shaw open the scoring for City shortly after team-mate Georgia Stanway was sent off for a poor tackle on Leah Galton.  

    United, playing their first derby under gaffer Marc Skinner, took the lead with two goals in five minutes from Lucy Staniforth and Alessia Russo.  

    But City, eager to bounce back from a run of three losses in the league, would end up nabbing a point thanks to a late equaliser from England striker Ellen White.  

  • James Orr

    HAAL OUT ATTACK

    Man City have joined rivals United in the chase for Erling Haaland with the Cityzens ‘expected to hold talks’ with the star’s agent in January.

    The Borussia Dortmund hotshot is under contract until 2024 but a release clause kicks in this summer that will allow him to leave for £64million.

    The 21-year-old’s 68 goals and 19 assists in just 67 games for the Bundesliga club have made him one of Europe’s hottest properties.

    However, The Times claims City could move into pole position.

    The Norwegian, whose father Alf-Inge is a former City player, is ‘top of the club’s transfer targets’ after they missed out on Harry Kane before this season.

  • William Pugh

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    Edinson Cavani is being urged to consider leaving Old Trafford – while Franck Kessie and Lorenzo Insigne have been linked with joining.

    Cavani's fellow Uruguayan Gus Poyet claims the 34-year-old needs more regular club starts to boost his international career.

    Poyet told talkSPORT: “He was unlucky, because without Cristiano Ronaldo coming in, he was playing as the main striker.

    “The decision of Juventus, Man City getting involved, incredibly went against one person especially – and that was Cavani.

    "Maybe he should move in January."

    Ronaldo, 36, underlined his longevity with his 58th hat-trick, including two early penalties, in Portugal's 5-0 win over Luxembourg last night.

    United team-mate Bruno Fernandes hit the third goal – as early as the 17th minute.

    Ivory Coast midfielder Kessie is tipped to leave AC Milan when his contract runs out next summer.

    Arsenal, PSG and Liverpool are all thought to have shown interest in the reported United target.

    Unhappy with Milan's offers so far, Kessie's agent George Atangana told Calciomercato.com: “An important player needs a contract that is up to his standards."

    Lastly, it's claimed United are keen on Napoli skipper Insigne

    Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal are already said to be interested in Italy's Euro 2020 wing hero.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON TREBLE IS PERFECT TEN

    Cristiano Ronaldo clinched another world record as he scored his TENTH international hat-trick.

    The Manchester United star was in top form for Portugal once again as they thrashed Luxembourg 5-0 in their World Cup qualifier.

    Midfielders Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha were also on the score sheet.

    But it was Ronaldo who stole the show with a brilliant treble at home.

    The hat-trick was Ronnie’s tenth for Portugal.

    And no other player in the history of international football has scored as many for their country.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SEA BLING IS BELIEVE BLING

    Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez won’t get paddle bored in this glitzy get-up.

    The model, 27, wearing a white gown and diamond necklace, took her silver shoes off to go for a sea stroll in Venice.

    Georgina beamed away as she splashed about in the water.

    Georgina and Cristiano, 36, moved to England last month after he returned in triumph to Man United.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'CAV SHOULD QUIT UTD TO BOOST URUGUAY CAREER'

    Edinson Cavani has been told to leave Manchester United for the sake of his international career.

    The Uruguayan has been benched for his country in recent matches, after being limited to just 104 minutes of Premier League action so far this season.

    With Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival having blocked Cavani's route to first-team football, compatriot Gus Poyet believes that it could be time for the striker to move on.

    He told talkSPORT: "He was unlucky, because without Ronaldo coming in, he was playing as the main striker.

    "The decision of Juventus, Man City getting involved, incredibly went against one person especially – and that was Cavani.

    "Maybe he should move in January.

    "From the outside, I don’t know him, but if I was him, seeing how things are now, and seeing him not getting to 90 minutes for the national team because he’s not playing – maybe."

    Cavani, 34, scored 17 goals in 39 appearances during an impressive debut season at United.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON TRIPLE LEADS PORTUGAL ROUT

    International record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo hit a hat-trick, including two early penalties, in Portugal's 5-0 World Cup qualifying romp over Luxembourg.

    Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandez bagged the third on 17 minutes, Alves Palhinha Goncalves struck midway through the second period and Ronaldo made it five near the end.

    Credit: AFP
  • Ian Tuckey

    RESULT: ENGLAND 1 HUNGARY 1

    Below-par England failed to win a home qualifier for the first time in 21 games but are still three points clear at the top of their World Cup group.

    Hungary winger Roland Sallai tucked home a 24th minute penalty conceded by Luke Shaw's high kick – after the early exchanges had been marred by violence off the pitch involving Hungary fans.

    John Stones bundled in Phil Foden's deep free-kick as England ended the first half well.

    But much-improved Hungary continued to forage and defend effectively after the break, with Harry Kane going off to sum up The Three Lions' frustrating and failed hunt for a winner.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD AND ARSENAL TARGET KESSIE SET FOR AC EXIT

    Manchester United target Franck Kessie looks set to leave AC Milan at the end of the season.

    The midfielder's agent has slammed the Italians for their latest contract offer with his deal running out next summer, amid links to Arsenal, PSG and Liverpool.

    The 24-year-old Ivory Coast international has been linked with a move to Old Trafford after a series of impressive performances.

    With his contract at Milan into the final year, the midfielder's future appears to lie away from the club.

    Milan have offered him a new contract but the midfielder's agent is unimpressed with their initial offer.

    Agent George Atangana told Calciomercato.com: "An important player needs a contract that is up to his standards.

    “There was a formal offer from the club and a request from the agent, but we are talking about figures a long way off what you are referring to [£6.5million a year].

    “For too long people have been saying things in the wrong way. I am sorry for those who read these stories and believe them to be true.”

    United are not the only club chasing Kessie's signature with Liverpool, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain also interested in the midfielder.

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