7am Man Utd news LIVE: Saul Niguez to reveal ‘new club’, Rashford ‘agreed’ Barcelona transfer, players message Ighalo – The Sun

MAN UTD are increasing their preparations for the return of the Premier League on June 17.

We've the very latest on the long-running saga with Jadon Sancho after the forward netted a hat-trick against Paderborn, while Chris Smalling looks destined to remain at Roma.

Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…

  • BETTER CALL SAUL

    Saul Niguez has been teasing fans on Twitter by counting down an announcement to his “new club”.

    Reports in Spain have claimed that Niguez is 'very close' to an agreement to join United for around £70m.

    And the Spain international has fuelled speculation by tweeting on Sunday to say: “New club, I'll announce it in three days”.

    Since then, he's been doing a daily countdown with his own branding and even followed Juan Mata, Paul Pogba, David Beckham and the official Manchester United Twitter account.

    But many people have been tweeting to say it will probably just turn out to be an Esports team or some kind of new sponsorship deal.

  • MORNING, MAN UTD FANS

    The Red Devils are forking out £10million to extend Odion Ighalo’s stay until the end of January.

    United are believed to have agreed another loan fee in the region of £6m with Ighalo’s Chinese parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

    In addition they will continue to pay about half his £250,000-a-week wages until January 31.

    Meanwhile, SunSport have exclusively revealed how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are leading the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Kai Havertz.

    They are expected to start with a £50million offer but may need to go further to get their man.

    In other news, Paul Pogba is reportedly open to joining Paris Saint-Germain after the French giants joined the chase for his signature.

    Le10Sport claims PSG have thrown their hat in the ring for United’s mercurial midfielder as doubts emerge over his Old Trafford future.

    And finally, United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Timo Werner with the player's potential move to Liverpool edging a step closer.

    The RB Leipzig striker, 24, is the No 1 target for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who is understood to have had a virtual meeting with him during lockdown.

  • TIM RUNNING OUT

    Man Utd and Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Timo Werner with the player's potential move to Liverpool edging a step closer.

    The RB Leipzig striker, 24, is the No 1 target for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who is understood to have had a virtual meeting with him during lockdown.

    Boss Julian Nagelsmann said: “There is nothing we can do about it. He knows what he has in Leipzig and also what he has with me.

    “I show him that — he gets many chances to develop himself. I don’t know if it will help him that much if I tell him every day.

    “A player has to feel that he can get better. If he doesn’t feel that, it wouldn’t do any good if I kept on telling him to stay here.

    “In the end, it is his life, his career, he can decide that. I can’t think of anything new to say to Timo.”

  • RUN FOR THE MILLS

    Arkadiusz Milik is set to leave Napoli this summer putting a number of Premier League clubs on alert, according to reports.

    With the 26-year-old appearing unlikely to extend his contract beyond its current 2021 expiry date, Napoli have become resigned to having to sell him.

    Juventus are believed to be interested in acquiring his services.

    But according to La Repubblica, club chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis is unwilling to sell to a Serie A rival.

    Such is his reluctance to strengthen Juve, that he would be willing to lower his £45million valuation for a suitor from overseas.

    And the Italian publication state that Arsenal are frontrunners to secure his signature – despite interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

    Manchester United are also thought to be long-term admirers of his.

  • UNITED FRONT

  • GUEZ-ING GAME

    Man Utd and rivals Man City are both in the driving seat to sign Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez this summer, according to the bookmakers.

    The midfielder sparked intense transfer speculation yesterday by revealing he will announce his next club on Wednesday.

    Reports in Spain have suggested the Red Devils have already agreed a deal thought to be around £70million.

    But bookies Betfair believe Pep Guardiola could swoop for the 25-year-old if his signature is available.

    They have the two-time Europa League winner at 7/2 to join either of the Manchester clubs, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain who are 14/1 to land the Spaniard.

    Premier League rivals Chelsea are 25/1 outsiders to bring Saul to Stamford Bridge.

  • BENCH BLUES

    Chelsea have formally asked to have the maximum number of substitutes on the bench increased from seven to nine for the rest of this season.

    The proposal, submitted to the Premier League, will be on the agenda for clubs due to attend a shareholders' meeting on Thursday.

    The Daily Mail claim Chelsea are concerned about a higher chance of player injuries following the long break.

    A vote on the plans suggested by the Blues is expected to take place next week on June 11.

    If it’s agreed by the League’s other clubs, the concept might not necessarily result in an increase in the number of subs who can play in a game.

    However, it’s believed this is being mulled over after international body IFAB changed the game's laws to temporarily allow five changes.

  • TON OF BOTHER

    Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has confirmed THREE of his players are refusing to return to action ahead of the Championship season's resumption.

    Top scorer Lyle Taylor, Chris Solly, and Birmingham loanee David Davis have all informed the club of their intention to sit out the remainder of the campaign.

    According to Bowyer, 43, the trio fear a significant injury amid concerns over footballers being rushed back into match action.

    The former midfielder told talkSPORT: “It’s a difficult one for us. We have 15 players out of contract, six loans and nine of our own contracted players out [on loan].

    “Unfortunately for us three of those players have said they’re not going to play, and Lyle is one of them.

    “That’s tough for us, that’s tough for me as the manager. Lyle’s a big player for us, a bit like [Troy] Deeney at Watford – when he plays we can win games – and Lyle has said he’s not going to play because of risk of injury.

    “Chris Solly has said the same and Davis is on loan from Birmingham and he’d said he doesn’t want to come back and play games. So we’re three players down.”

  • POGBA AGAINST RACISM

    Paul Pogba has taken to Instagram to comment on George Floyd's tragic death in America as he stated “violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated.”

    He said: ” During the past few days I have thought a lot about how to express my feelings about what happened in Minneapolis.

    “I felt anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain, sadness. Sadness for George and for all black people who suffer from racism EVERY DAY!

    “Whether in football, at work, at school, ANYWHERE! This has to stop, once and for all! Not tomorrow or the next day, it has to end TODAY!

    “Violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated. I can’t tolerate, I won’t tolerate, WE WON’T TOLERATE.

    “Racism is ignorance. LOVE is intelligence. STOP the silence. STOP racism notoracismweallone justiceforfloyd georgefloyd blacklivesmatter.”

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    During the past few days I have thought a lot about how to express my feelings about what happened in Minneapolis. I felt anger, pity, hatred, indignation, pain, sadness. Sadness for George and for all black people who suffer from racism EVERY DAY! Whether in football, at work, at school, ANYWHERE! This has to stop, once and for all!Not tomorrow or the next day, it has to end TODAY! Violent acts of racism can no longer be tolerated.I can’t tolerate I won’t tolerate WE WON’T TOLERATE Racism is ignorance LOVE is intelligence STOP the silence STOP racism#NoToRacismWeAllOne #JusticeForFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter

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  • HE WAS FAB

    Cesc Fabregas says Jose Mourinho is the best manager for top players even though the Special One would sometimes call him “rubbish”.

    In an online Q&A with Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand, the 33-year-old Monaco midfielder said: “Arsene Wenger is the best coach for young players.Pep is the most tactical out of the three.

    “He trusts the way he plays and the way he teaches you to play will find the right spaces. Jose is probably the coach that played with my mind better.”

    Before adding: “He is probably the coach that played with my mind better. He is a great coach for great players because he plays with the mind. He stimulates you.

    “For example when we were playing well and doing well in the league he would text you and say how good you were, 'Ah you played so well' but then say 'today you were rubbish'.

    “You know, after the game he would play with you. Jose works with the mind of the players like nobody.

    “He can tell you you are the worst and then the next day if you prove him wrong, he will say you are the best in front of the team.

    “Or sometimes you played well but the team lost he would come and hug you alone because you were the warrior for him today. People have different states of mind but for me it was good.”

  • POG OFF

    Paul Pogba is reportedly open to joining Paris Saint-Germain after the French giants joined the chase for his signature.

    Le10Sport claims PSG have thrown their hat in the ring for United’s mercurial midfielder as doubts emerge over his Old Trafford future.

    Pogba’s contract currently expires in 2021, although there is an option to extend it for a further season.

    But it’s believed the World Cup winner is eyeing a fresh start abroad after failing to live up to his £89million price tag.

    Real Madrid are understood to be leading the race for Pogba’s signature.

    Zinedine Zidane is a huge fan and is even offering Utd up to four stars including Martin Odegaard and James Rodriguez.

  • BUZZING FOR ODION

    Fans and his team-mates are delighted to have Odion Ighalo on board until January

  • RASH LOVES IGGY

    Marcus Rashford is delighted Odion Ighalo's deal has been secured.

  • PLEA-ERRE

    Arsenal have reportedly tried to convince United target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to stay by offering him a new contract.

    The striker only has one year left on his current deal amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    According to L'Equipe, the Gunners have put an offer on the table for Aubameyang to extend his deal in North London.

    Mikel Arteta's side are desperate to put an end to any speculation surrounding the striker's future at the Emirates.

    If a new deal is not agreed, the Gunners could lose their star man on a free transfer when his contract expires.

    The 30-year-old has scored 61 goals in just 97 games for the Premier League club.

  • HAVE A CROS WORD

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Pedro could soon be team-mates with the Spain star rumoured to be a Juventus transfer target this summer.

    But it could be a tense reunion for the players who were bitter rivals during their Real Madrid and Barcelona heydays.

    One of the last times the pair faced each other was during Barca’s famous 5-0 thumping of Madrid back in the 2010-11 LaLiga season.

    During the ill-tempered clash Pedro is reported to have mocked the Portugal captain over the fact he’s yet to win a World Cup.

    The Spaniard’s taunt of “I’m a world champion” was uttered in response to Ronaldo’s attempt to wind the winger up by sarcastically asking him “who are you?”

    The pair’s argument followed a brawl that began when Ronaldo shoved former Nou Camp boss Pep Guardiola after he refused to hand him the match ball.

  • NO-U TURN

    Marcus Rashford reportedly agreed to join Barcelona in 2018 – but backed out as he feared he would not fit in at the Nou Camp.

    The striker, 22, ended up penning a deal with Manchester United to keep him at the club until 2023.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona made their move for Rashford shortly after the start of the 2017/18 season.

    The Spanish giants were on a mission to sign a long-term replacement for former Liverpool star Luis Suarez.

    And Rashford had caught their attention after making a string of impressive performances for United's first-team.

    After Barcelona got in touch with his representatives, he was said to be excited about the idea of joining them.

    But he pulled out at the last minute as he did not feel ready for the challenge of joining a new team and changing his lifestyle.

  • COINING IT

    Odion Ighalo still won't be in the top ten highest-paid footballers when he eventually signs a stunning £400,000-a-week contract at Shanghai Shenhua.

    The on-loan Manchester United striker has been offered a staggering pay packet to return to China.

    It will be a £100,000 increase on his current deal at his parent club.

    But Ighalo will wait until January to put pen to paper on the mega deal – which will earn him £20.8million before tax.

    That's because he's extended his loan stay at Manchester, with the Nigerian to remain at Old Trafford until the end of January.

  • 'NOT A HAT-TRICK'

    German football expert Raphael Honigstein explained why Jadon Sancho's three-goal haul for Dortmund against Paderborn yesterday is NOT considered a hat-trick in the Bundesliga.

    He told BBC Radio 5 Live: “In Germany, for some reason, we don't consider this a proper hat-trick.

    “It needs to be in one half, but also, nobody scoring in between.

    “We are so German we don't consider it a hat-trick.

    “Haaland doesn't care. I saw him going off with the match ball.”

  • DEVIL HAS A 'HALO

    United have CONFIRMED Ighalo is staying at Old Trafford until January on loan.

    The club said in a statement: “The Nigerian striker's stay was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy.

    “Ighalo's tally of four goals in eight appearances so far includes at least one strike in each of his three starts – against Club Brugge, Derby County (2) and LASK.”

    Solskjaer said: “They [Shanghai Greenland Shenhua] have been great towards us, allowing him to play for his dream club.

    “It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish what he started and win a trophy with us.”

  • RED GER-SEY

    Jadon Sancho remains at the top of Manchester United's wishlist ahead of the summer transfer window.

    And now SunSport has exclusively revealed the Reds are also leading the race for Bayer Leverkusen forward Kai Havertz.

    Here is how United could line-up with the two Bundesliga stars in their ranks.

  • WONDERFUL DAY FOR IT

    Harry Maguire has shared a great picture of Manchester United's training ground at Carrington on a cloudless June day.

    Wouldn't you just love to have a kickabout on that grass?

  • IT'S IN THE GAME

    Empty Premier League football grounds could use noise from Fifa 20 to replicate the atmosphere generated by fans.

    With 92 games still remaining in the English top-flight season, the sounds from EA Sports’ top-selling game is due to be discussed by clubs.

    German clubs have placed cutouts of fans in the stands and some broadcasts have had fan noise clips placed in for effect.

    Fifa 20 has over 10 million players and remains the world’s most popular soccer game, ahead of Pro Evolution Soccer.

    And 450million matches of the game have been played worldwide.

    So fans might be forgiven for chucking their controller around if their team concedes!

  • RASH: WE MATTER

    Marcus Rashford has sent out an impassioned plea for people to stand united after the death of George Floyd.

    The United forward posted on Instagram: “I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days.

    “I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world.

    “At a time I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to me more divided than ever.

    “People are hurting and people need answers.

    “Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter.”

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    I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days. I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world. At a time I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to me more divided than ever. People are hurting and people need answers. Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaudarbery #justiceforbreonnataylor

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  • NEEDS RUBBER STAMP

    Odion Ighalo has “agreed” a loan extension with Manchester United until end of January 2021 with the transfer awaiting FA approval.

    The agreement with his parent club Shanghai Shenhua officially expired on Sunday night, and it appeared as though United had failed in a bid to keep the striker at the club.

    According to The Telegraph, both sides have now come to an agreement for the 30-year-old to stay in Manchester until the new year.

    The deal is said to be awaiting confirmation with FA for registration.

    It is claimed Ighalo will then discuss a new contract with Shanghai Shenhua once he returns in 2021.

  • MORE ON SCHOLES

    The former Old Trafford midfielder, who won two Champions League medals with United, added: “If I go a bit further back and think of the Real Madrid side that we played against.

    “We got absolutely battered in the Bernabeu one year. 3-1 it was in the first game but what a team that was.

    “It’s not far away from that Barcelona team.

    “We came up against some ridiculous teams.

    “We did alright against them but Barcelona just had that edge over that great Real Madrid team.”

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