RED BULL LEIPZIG star Christopher Nkunku could be heading to the Allianz instead of Old Trafford this summer.

The in-form striker was reportedly being watched by Manchester United, but he could be on his way to Bayern Munich if they fail to tie down Serge Gnabry to a new deal.

Meanwhile, Harry Maguire has broken his silence following England fans mercilessly jeering him in the international friendly against Ivory Coast.

The Manchester United man professionally responded to the critics with a Twitter post which reads: "Enjoyable week playing for my country."

Paul Pogba possible return to Juventus in the summer seems to have taken a massive blow.

It has been widely reported that the Italian giants cannot afford the midfield maestro's huge wage demands which would rule out any potential deal.

And Ajax technical chief, Gerry Hamstra has admitted that the Dutch outfit fear it will be tough to stop the head coach Erik Ten Hag from putting pen to paper at Old Trafford.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Prem set for five subs

    Premier League clubs are set to finally agree to introduce five substitutes at a meeting today.

    The idea had been fiercely resisted by clubs outside the Big Six.

    Three attempts to make the change, introduced for the resumption of the Covid-interrupted 2019-20 season, to part of the formal Prem rulebook, were defeated by a rebellion of the smaller clubs.

    But after football’s lawmakers, the International Football Association Board, confirmed a permanent adoption of five substitutes from June 1, another vote will be held by the 20 clubs today.

    And Prem chiefs expect the proposal to be accepted in principle to be formally adopted for next season at the annual general meeting in June.

    A key factor in the U-turn is the support for the idea from players, captains and managers who agreed that player fatigue was an issue that needed to be addressed.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Kane backs Maguire

    Harry Kane is the latest England star to slam fans who booed Harry Maguire before and during the friendly win over the Ivory Coast.

    Now captain Kane has followed team-mates Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice in blasting sections of home support who lambasted the centre-half.

    The Tottenham striker tweeted: “We’ve worked hard to rebuild our connection with @England fans in the last few years so to hear @HarryMaguire93 booed at Wembley before kick off was just not right.

    “The fact that he’s been brilliant on the pitch and given us all so many great memories makes it even harder to understand.

    “He doesn’t deserve that reception. He’s got full support in the changing room and should have the same from every England fan.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Keane slams Southgate

    Roy Keane has slammed Gareth Southgate's response to Harry Maguire being booed by his own fans at Wembley last night.

    Southgate, 51, was furious with the fans' treatment of Maguire – labelling it an "absolute joke".

    Keane, however, feels that the England boss has gone over the top.

    Speaking on ITV, he said: "Every player gets booed. There is going to be idiots at football matches – England have a lot of idiots.

    "Gareth could have easily said tonight 'it is no big deal'. He actually played well tonight, just focus on that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Prem giants and Bayern chase Nkunku

    Bayern Munich could make a move for Red Bull Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku if their star man Serge Gnabry decides to leave the Bavarian giants.

    The 24-year-old is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester United and Chelsea, but now the pair face competition from Julian Nagelsmann's side.

    According to German publication SPORT1, Bayern are reportedly considering a move for the French midfielder if ex-Arsenal man Gnabry refuses to sign a new deal at the club.

    It is also reported that it would take a huge salary increase for Nkunku to remain in Leipzig beyond his current deal.

    The reported fee to bring the talented French winger to the Allianz Arena is £59million.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo on Portugal's World Cup qualification

    Cristiano Ronaldo has declared that Portugal have earnt their rightful place in the World Cup.

    Speaking after Portugal beat North Macedonia 2-0 following a brace from his Man United team-mate Bruno Fernandes, Ronaldo wrote on Instagram: “Goal achieved, we’re at the Qatar World Cup.

    “We’re in our rightful place! Thank you to all the Portuguese people for the tireless support!

    “Let’s go Portugal!”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ten Hag gets praise from Kuyt

    Erik ten Hag has the tools to succeed as Manchester United manager, according to former Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt.

    Speaking to Goal, he said: "Ten Hag is a great, experienced coach. He's done his apprenticeship, if you like, with Bayern Munich's second team, then Utrecht and now at Ajax.

    "He is a great manager who has improved himself so much, on and off the pitch.

    'I know some people were doubting his level of speaking English, his performance in front of the camera.

    "But you see him growing every week as a manager, and I think he can do a great job at any top side in Europe.

    "His tactics, his way of thinking about football, is very interesting, and it would be great if he was to get an opportunity at a top side."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo and Georgina baby cots

    Georgina Rodriguez has offered fans the first glimpse of the designer cots the new additions to her family will sleep in.

    The heavily-pregnant influencer has also posted photos of the Moses baskets which her twins will use in the first months of their lives.

    The cots, called Stokke Sleepi Mini, cost £373 each and have lockable wheels so they can be moved easily from room to room.

    Norwegian manufacturer Stokke AS markets them online to future parents as beds that “evolve as your child grows” and boast they offer “maximum air circulation for comfortable sleep.”

    The company adds: “Its distinctive oval shape provides your baby with a sense of security by creating a cosy nest-like environment.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Jaap Stam desires United return

    Man United legend Jaap Stam has revealed he would jump at the chance to return to the club as a coach.

    He said to bettingexpert: "If they would ask me (to take a coaching/managerial role), I would do it straight away without a doubt.

    "You know United is my life as well. I’ve had great seasons over there, won trophies and it’s been very important for me.

    "In any way, if I could help them out, I would be tempted to do it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    William hints at Man Utd exit

    Manchester United ace Brandon Williams has hinted at an Old Trafford exit after his loan stint at Norwich ends.

    Williams joined the Canaries on a season-long loan last summer due to the lack of first-team football opportunities with United.

    And he told Jamie Redknapp for the Daily Mail: "There would be no point in me going back to United and just sitting on the bench.

    "I want to play and feel I'm better equipped for the Premier League after this experience.

    "Whether it's at United or somewhere else, we'll deal with that in the summer. But I've got a job to do here at Norwich."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Djed Spence eyes Prem transfer

    Middlesbrough star Djed Spence has put Premier League sides on red alert after admitting that he wants a move to the top-tier division.

    Spence has impressed on loan with Nottingham Forest this season.

    And his stellar performances at right-back have caught several Prem sides' attention – including Man United and Arsenal.

    Speaking on his future, Spence said: “I always want to push myself and play with the best players and best team.

    "Of course it’s an ambition of mine to play in the Premier League. I try to stay level-headed. I don’t read too much into it."

    "At the end of the day, I’m just here to enjoy my football. I need to stay focused, have tunnel vision and play well on the pitch."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Southgate – Maguire's United's best defender

    Gareth Southgate reckons Harry Maguire is the best defender Man United have.

    Maguire was on the receiving end of boos from England fans while on international duty.

    And Southgate has jumped to Maguire's defence.

    While making his case for Maguire, Southgate said: "He (Maguire) is top-quality.

    "In my opinion he’s the best centre-back at his club as well."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Harry Kane defends Maguire

    Harry Kane is the latest England star to slam fans who booed Harry Maguire before and during the friendly win over the Ivory Coast.

    Now captain Kane has followed team-mates Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice in blasting sections of home support who lambasted the centre-half.

    The Tottenham striker tweeted: “We’ve worked hard to rebuild our connection with @England fans in the last few years so to hear @HarryMaguire93 booed at Wembley before kick off was just not right.

    “The fact that he’s been brilliant on the pitch and given us all so many great memories makes it even harder to understand.

    “He doesn’t deserve that reception. He’s got full support in the changing room and should have the same from every England fan.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Haaland to City?

    Man City are confident they will beat Real Madrid in the race for Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland, reports suggest.

    According to Sports Illustrated, however, the Citizens are "very optimistic" the star striker will prefer them and ultimately sign for his father Alf-Inge's former club.

    The Norway international will be available for a bargain £64million deal ahead of this summer.

    But City are lining up a swoop worth a total of £100m to complete the biggest signing of the year.

    The Prem's table-toppers are planning on making the centre-forward their highest-paid player with wages that would even surpass Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo's salary.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Diogo Dalot wanted by Fiorentina

    Diogo Dalot is reportedly receiving interest from Fiorentina as he is linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

    According to Firenzeviola, Serie A side Fiorentina are eyeing up a loan move with an option to buy.

    Dalot spent the 2020/21 campaign in Italy with AC Milan where he made 21 league appearances for the seven-time European champions.

    Now he could be poised for another Italian move.

    Fiorentina are reportedly interested in a loan deal with a clause of £8million if they wish to make the deal permanent.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Cavani injury blow

    Man United is set to spend more time on the sidelines after picking up a calf injury whilst representing Uruguay on Tuesday.

    The striker was on the pitch for just 25 minutes before he felt a twinge in his right calf.

    He immediately sat down and gestured towards the bench, asking to be substituted.

    Cavani was replaced by Luis Suarez, who went on to score in the late stages of the game.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Rudiger’s transfer plans

    Man United’s next manager choice could be critical in the club’s drive to recruit Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger.

    It’s been reported that the wantaway Chelsea star wants to speak to the new United boss before deciding if he should make a move to West London, according to transfer expert Christian Falk.

    Rudiger’s a free agent in the summer and has been linked with several big European clubs including the Red Devils.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Keane slams Southgate for defending Maguire

    Roy Keane has slammed Gareth Southgate for making a meal out of Harry Maguire getting booed by England's "idiotic" fans.

    Keane said: "I think Gareth has made it a bigger story than what it is. Every player gets booed. There’s going to be idiots at football matches. England fans have got a lot of idiots.

    ‘And if they’re going to boo Harry Maguire, I think Gareth could have easily said that it’s no big deal. He actually played well, just focus on that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo opens new London restaurant

    Cristiano Ronaldo is set to open a plush new London restaurant.

    The Manchester United star is to team-up with TikTok sensation Burak Ozdemir on the new venture.

    Ronaldo, 37, was previously involved in Japanese restaurant Zela.

    The central London location shut for good during the pandemic, but Ronaldo is set to re-enter the restaurant game in the capital.

    Hot Dinners report that the forward has joined forces with Ozdemir, otherwise known as CZN Burak to open a new fancy London eaterie.

    They add that the restaurant will open in November.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Harry Maguire breaks silence

    Harry Maguire has broken his silence after being booed while playing for England last night.

    Against the Ivory Coast, Maguire’s name was booed as it was announced before the game.

    His first touches during the 3-0 win itself were also met by jeers.

    Maguire appears to have blocked out the criticism, however, making no reference to it in a tweet this morning.

    Accompanied by a picture of him playing last night, he wrote on Twitter: “Enjoyable week playing for my country 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿❤️”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Chelsea join Real’s Gnabry chase

    Chelsea’s pursuit of Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry has been dealt a blow as Real Madrid ace David Alaba is trying to lure his former team-mate to the Santiago Bernabeu, reports suggest.

    Alaba and Gnabry spent four years together at Bayern and formed a strong friendship before the former’s departure to Real last year.

    According to reports in Germany, the Austria international is campaigning for a reunion with the ex-Arsenal ace, whose impressive performances have attracted Los Blancos’ interest.

    However, contact between the Madrid giants and the Germany international’s representatives is “loose”.

    And Gnabry, whose contract runs out in 2023, appears to be more keen on renewing with Bayern, who are desperate to tie him down to a new deal, as he doesn’t want to leave this summer.

    If Real do go after Gnabry in the summer then they will be facing intense competition from some of Europe’s biggest clubs, such as Tottenham, Manchester United, Liverpool, Barcelona and of course Chelsea.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Henderson backs Maguire against boo-boys

    Jordan Henderson blasted the England fans who mercilessly booed Harry Maguire.

    Some supporters continued to target Maguire whenever he touched the ball throughout the game.

    That comes just months after the Red Devils captain was named in the Euro 2020 team of the tournament for his performances helping the Three Lions reach the final.

    And his Liverpool counterpart quickly jumped to his defence with a strong message on social media.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Pogba possible Juventus transfer discussed

    Juventus cannot afford Paul Pogba's wage demands, according to reports.

    And that could rule the Italian giants out of bringing the midfielder back to the Allianz Stadium in a major boost for Manchester United.

    The Frenchman, 29, is out of contract in the summer at Old Trafford and can negotiate with foreign clubs over a free transfer.

    However, one of the teams heavily linked with landing him has been his former club Juventus.

    But according to Calciomercato, they can only afford to offer Pogba £8million per season – or £154,000 per week.

    That is little more than half his current £15m-a-year deal at United which works out as £290,000 a week.

  • Alex Cole

    Good morning, United fans

    Ajax's technical chief admits the Dutch giants fear it will be tough to stop manager Erik ten Hag taking over at Manchester United.

    Gerry Hamstra says Ajax 'know how the world works' after Ten Hag emerged as favourite to become Old Trafford boss in the summer.

    Hamstra is realistic but insists the Dutchman is focused on his current job.

    The technical manager told Voetbal International: "It would be fantastic if he is still Ajax’s coach next season.

    "He still has an ongoing contract with Ajax but we also all know how the world works.

    "Erik is a professional and focuses on this season himself, on the important months ahead in which the prizes will be distributed.

    "The future will tell, but it is clear that Erik is very important for Ajax."

    Ten Hag has reportedly been interviewed by United as they seek a permanent replacement for interim manager Ralf Rangnick.

    And SunSport revealed last week the 52-year-old has strengthened his grip on pole position as dossiers on all candidates were prepared and assessed.

  • Alex Cole

    Manchester United's next five games

    Only Premier League fixtures left for the Red Devils.

    They will be eyeing up lowly Everton at Goodison park.

    But also bottom-placed Norwich in mid-April.

    Then back-to-back bouts with Liverpool and Arsenal to end the month.

  • Alex Cole

    Darwin's theory of evolution

    Manchester United and other Prem clubs are on high alert with Benfica open to selling star striker Darwin Nunez this summer.

    The Uruguay forward has a £127million release clause in his contract, according to Portuguese newspaper OJogo.

    But the report adds that the Primeira Liga giants might be willing to do business for around £68m at the end of the season.

    Credit: Reuters

    Benfica will have to pay Nunez's former side Almeria 20 percent of the profit from any sale.

    And another factor which might push the sale through is the fact his deal with agent Edgardo Lasalvia expires in the summer.

    The article explains: "[Lasalvia] has a document from Benfica which gives him the right to ten percent of their profit if selling the player before the end of June. So he has a good reason to get a transfer done soon."

    Nine-cap international Nunez joined Benfica for a club record £20m in 2020.

    And they are in a strong bargaining position as he is under contract until 2025.

    United, Arsenal, Newcastle, West Ham and Spurs are among the Prem sides who have been linked with the 22-year-old forward.

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