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Jadon Sancho ‘unofficially confirms Old Trafford transfer’, Saul eyed as Pogba replacement – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED fans may have to wait until JULY to see their team play in the Premier League again.

But despite the top-flight’s return date still not confirmed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is focusing on a big summer overhaul.

We’ve got updates on the futures of Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba, who looks set to leave with Aaron Ramsey or Saul Niguez joining in his place.

Follow all the latest gossip and news from Old Trafford below…

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Man Utd ‘have shirt number ready’ if they seal Jadon Sancho transfer

Manchester United reportedly have a shirt number ready for Jadon Sancho if the Borussia Dortmund winger signs for them this summer.

United are confident they can lure Sancho to Old Trafford this summer – despite the coronavirus pandemic having halted negotiations with the 20-year-old.

There is a feeling at United that if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side secure Champions League football, they will beat the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and PSG to Sancho’s signature.

And in a bid to convince him star he can have a great future with United, club chiefs are ready to offer him the iconic number seven shirt, according to the Evening Standard.

Sancho would be following in the footsteps of United legends George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo by wearing seven.

Jadon Sancho is Manchester United’s top target this summer

The current incumbent, Alexis Sanchez, has been less successful than his predecessors in the shirt and was shipped out to Inter Milan on loan last summer.

United hope to sell the Chilean this summer, but if they fail to do so they could strip him of the seven shirt anyway and hand it to Sancho, according to Metro.

Sancho has been in superb form again this season, with the player scoring 17 goals and creating 17 assists in all competitions for the Bundesliga side.

It is thought Dortmund would be willing to let him go if they receive an offer they can’t refuse, and they value the 20-year-old at around £130m.

United are set to offer Sancho the iconic number seven shirt worn by Cristiano Ronaldo

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United and PSG could therefore be set for a bidding war for Sancho, who is one of the most highly-sought after young players in the world.

Liverpool have also been linked with a swoop for Sancho in recent months, but it is understood Jurgen Klopp is prioritising a move for RB Leipzig star Timo Werner.

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Arsenal transfer news: Granit Xhaka’s agent addresses midfielder’s future

Granit Xhaka‘s agent has admitted that the midfielder wants to leave Arsenal in January.

Jose Noguera told Swiss publication BLICK that Xhaka has agreed personal terms with Hertha Berlin and that Arsenal have been informed of his desire to leave when the transfer window opens next month.

The Swiss international’s future has been in doubt ever since he swore at Arsenal’s supporters after being substituted against Crystal Palace at the end of September. Xhaka was subsequently stripped of the captaincy and dropped by then manager Unai Emery.

“Look, I will say it frankly and honestly: we are in agreement with Hertha BSC and would like to go to Berlin,” Noguera said.

“That’s what we said Arsenal’s club boss Raul Sanllehi and sports director Edu Gaspar – as well as the new coach Mikel Arteta.”

The news comes just hours after Mikel Arteta claimed Xhaka still had a future at Arsenal and revealed Manchester City had considered signing the player in July 2016.

“When I was going from Arsenal to City to start coaching and we were looking in that position, he was one of the players on my list,” Arteta said. “This is how much I liked him. I was happy when Arsenal signed him because I thought he was going to be a terrific player.

“He has done some really good things and now he has got stuck in a very difficult situation that, I think, was growing and growing and growing and one day it exploded. But I have been amazed as well by how this relationship is starting to come back a little bit and I think the fans have been very, very positive about him. Obviously it is difficult to change completely the scenario from where he was to a magnificent one. But I think we are in the right direction with him.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms Man Utd transfer interest in Erling Haaland

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Manchester United are interested in signing his fellow Norwegian Erling Braut Haaland.

The Red Bull Salzburg forward, 19, has been in prolific goalscoring form this season, scoring 24 goals in 20 games in all competitions including eight in the Champions League.

That has led to him being linked with several clubs across Europe, but United are always said to have had an advantage due to Solskjaer’s knowledge of the teenager from their time together at Molde.

Haaland has also been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund as well as staying within the Red Bull framework at RB Leipzig, but Solskjaer appeared hopeful of signing the teenager when he spoke after United’s 3-0 win over Colchester United in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Haaland has been strongly linked with a move to United

“He is a player I like,” Solskjaer told Norwegian TV channel Viasport .

“We are looking for good players all the time.

“Erling has had a good development, so he has to develop further wherever he decides.

“I don’t need to talk so much about him, but we as a team always look for players who can complement the others we have, and then we see what we end up with.”

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Solskjaer has previously stated that he believes Haaland has already made his mind up about where his future will lie, and says that the crucial thing is that the forward goes to the club that is best for him.

“It’s the most important thing with all the players, after all, wherever they go, that they thrive where you are.” he said.

United will face Manchester City in the two-legged semi-finals of the Carabao Cup in the New Year, with Aston Villa taking on Leicester in the other last four tie.

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool transfer plans as Joel Matip and Fabinho battle injury

Jurgen Klopp insisted Liverpool do not need to use the January transfer window to avert a defensive injury crisis.

Dejan Lovren caused concern over a mounting injury list when he pulled up midway through Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday, with Joel Matip also sidelined.

Matip, normally Klopp’s first choice to partner Virgil van Dijk in the centre of defence, will be out for at least two weeks with a knee injury.

Midfielder Fabinho – who played at centre-half on occasion last season when other players were unavailable – is sidelined until at least the new year with ankle ligament damage.

An injury to Lovren would have left Van Dijk and Joe Gomez as Liverpool’s only fit centre-halves – but Klopp has confirmed that the Croatian will be fit for Tuesday’s final Champions League group game against Red Bull Salzburg.

Jurgen Klopp, pictured boarding the plane to Austria, insisted there is no injury crisis at Liverpool

Asked whether Liverpool’s injury list would force him into the January transfer market, Klopp said: “How can you be short of centre halves when you have four centre halves plus Fabinho?

“Only Fabinho is injured, Matip is injured and Dejan Lovren had a problem, yes.

“We will not sign a centre half because of injuries – that is the world outside who thinks we are short and we have to do it – but afterwards we would have six centre halves and that wouldn’t make a lot of sense.

Dejan Lovren in training on Monday ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Red Bull Salzburg

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“And you need quality. You can’t have just somebody [for the sake of it] – I am somebody, I am tall, not quick, but I look like a centre half at least.

“Yes I am absolutely concerned [about injuries], but Lovren is not injured. It was a little bit of cramp, and the right moment to take him off, but it is cool, everybody is fine.”

Liverpool need a draw away to Salzburg to be sure of qualification to the last 16 of the Champions League, while Napoli host Genk in the other game in Group E.

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Arsenal and Man Utd ‘interested in Ezequiel Barco transfer’ in January

Arsenal and Manchester United are among the clubs interested in Argentina youngster Ezequiel Barco, according to reports.

The Atlanta United star is attracting interest from Europe after an impressive season with the MLS team.

He has also caught the eye in Argentina’s youth teams and Record (via Sport Witness ) reports that Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon are weighing-up an approach for the 20-year-old.

According to the publication, Sporting view the Atlanta man as an ideal replacement for star playmaker Bruno Fernandes if they lose the Portugal international in January.

However, it is claimed that club could be faced with serious competition, with the Gunners and Red Devils also believed to have shown interest.

Ezequiel Barco is believed to be attracting interest from clubs across Europe

It is claimed that the two Premier League giants feature on a long list of admirers that also includes Benfica, Lille and Valencia.

Barco, who is considered one of the South America’s most exciting youngsters, joined Atlanta from Independiente for a reported $15million (£11.6m) fee in January 2018 – an MLS record at the time.

However, it is expected that Atlanta would expect a much bigger sum after an impressive start to his spell in the United States.

Despite seeing his season interrupted by injuries and international commitments, the midfielder finished the recent campaign with four goals and three assists in 15 MLS appearances for Atlanta.

Barco (left) represented Argentina at the recent U-20 World Cup

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He helped Frank de Boer’s side to the play-offs, where they made it all the way to the Conference Finals before they were beaten by Toronto FC.

Barco also featured for Argentina at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland earlier this year.

He started all four of his country’s games, scoring a brace in their opening 5-2 win over South Africa, before they lost to Mali on penalties in the last 16.

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Arsenal vs Southampton live: Team news, lineups and transfer news with Unai Emery under pressure

Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE build-up to Arsenal vs Southampton.

There has been a big change in north London over the international break… but it came at Tottenham, with Spurs sensationally sacking Mauricio Pochettino and replacing him with Jose Mourinho this week.

The Special One is back in the Premier League, and the pressure will be on Unai Emery to hold off a festive charge from Spurs – but the Arsenal coach have problems of his own.

The Gunners sit sixth in the table, eight points off fourth place – and that spot is currently occupied by champions Manchester City, showing how difficult a task Champions League qualification could prove to be.

Arsenal need a result on Saturday, and welcome a struggling Southampton side to Emirates Stadium – but the Saints have put in a couple of spirited displays since their 9-0 horror show at home to Leicester City, and very nearly beat Man City in Manchester before the international break.

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