MANCHESTER UNITED are set to join the race to sign Robert Lewandowski, SunSport can reveal.
But United will only pursue a deal seriously if Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona falls though.
United are also reportedly ‘favourites’ to sign Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio this summer.
Meanwhile, the club have received a boost in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.
It is claimed that the Dutchman has given the club “private assurances” he is keen to join.
The main stumbling block to a move is said to be Barcelona demanding a £68m fee.
And De Jong may not be the only midfielder incoming, with United reportedly ready to pursue their “long held” interest in Christian Eriksen now he is available on a free transfer.
Stay up to date with all the latest from Old Trafford…
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Ten Hag’s mammoth task
Erik ten Hag has got a huge task on his hands with Man United, according to Teddy Sheringham.
He told Team Talk: “This new manager has got a massive job on his hands.
"Ten Hag has not worked in the Premier League before and doesn't have any experience of working at elite level in a top league.
"I know he has done well at Ajax, but the task he has been given at Manchester United is on a different scale to that.
"This is a massive football club that was at the top for a long time under Sir Alex (Ferguson) and it has been sliding for a decade now.”
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Ten Hag uses persuasion tactics
Erik ten Hag has reportedly used his powers of persuasion to convince Frenkie de Jong to join Manchester United.
The pair worked together at Ajax before De Jong joined Barcelona in 2019, and the midfielder has now come around to the idea of reuniting with his former boss.
According to the Mirror , Ten Hag has successfully convinced De Jong to join his project at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils gaffer wants to build his team around classy midfielder De Jong.
And in talks between the pair, Ten Hag is said to have informed De Jong of his plans to restore United to their former glory.
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Georgina Rodriguez stuns
Georgina Rodriguez stunned as she took a selfie with partner Cristiano Ronaldo this weekend.
The loved up couple enjoyed a night out together as Manchester United star Cristiano returned home from international duty.
Georgina , 28, stunned in a figure-hugging brown dress and heels.
While Cristiano, 37, went for a daring blue blazer with no shirt look.
In a selfie posted to her Instagram story, Georgina smiled and added a love heart to the image.
Ronaldo, meanwhile, went for a more serious pose.
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Matic to Roma edges closer
Nemanja Matic is on the cusp of becoming a Roma player.
The Serbian international will undergo a medical tomorrow in Italy before being unveiled by the Serie A club.
He will join them on a one-year deal with the option to extend, according to Fabrizio Romano.
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PSG chase Lewandowksi transfer
Paris Saint-Germain have reportedly entered the transfer chase to sign Robert Lewandowski.
And they are allegedly determined to win the race to secure his signature.
Man United are also said to be tracking the striker.
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Martial slammed by Spanish media
Anthony Martial’s loan spell to Sevilla has been described as a fiasco by Spanish media.
Spanish publication AS wrote: “Martial's stint as a Sevilla player can only be described as a fiasco.
"For the investment made, for the expectations created and for the worse than poor performance offered.
"And the fact is that he scored the same two goals and gave an assist [when he was 18], but he did so playing 15 games in a team [Monaco] in which he had to compete for the position with players of the stature of Falcao and Berbatov."
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Asensio transfer race heats up
Arsenal have reportedly joined rivals Tottenham in the transfer chase for Real Madrid's Marco Asensio.
Tottenham and AC Milan have allegedly already been offered the player.
This latest report claims that the Gunners have "contacted Asensio's representatives to seek answers" about his and Real's demands.
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De Jong has awkward exchange
Frenkie de Jong was involved in an awkward exchange after being asked whether he was joining Manchester United this summer.
De Jong was asked: "Are you going from the beaches of Catalonia to the cold of Manchester?"
And the 25-year-old star replied: "No… I think… I can’t say anything."
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Dybala edges closer to Inter move
Paolo Dybala is on the verge of joining Inter Milan, according to reports.
The ex-Juventus striker has nearly agreed terms with Inter, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
And he will meet with representatives from the club imminently to discuss terms, the report adds.
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Concerns over wonderkid’s strength
Pafundi is only 5ft 5ins tall.
And the main concern of Premier League scouts is whether he could stand up to the physicality of English football.
But they will continue to follow the progress of one of Europe's most exciting prospects.
The ace made his debut for Udinese last month.
Justin Lawrence Today, 08:09
Man United monitor wonderkid
Man United Liverpool, Leicester and Everton are among the Premier League clubs monitoring Udinese wonderkid Simone Pafundi, DAN KING WRITES .
The diminutive attacking midfielder became the first player born in 2006 to play in Serie A when he made his senior debut last month.
Brexit means British clubs cannot swoop for Pafundi – or other top youngsters from Europe – until they are 18.
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Man Utd will join the race for Robert Lewandowski – if his dream move to Barcelona falls flat.
Jon Boon 11th Jun 2022, 22:57
Diallo set for another loan
Promising youngster Amad Diallo is set for another loan away from Old Trafford.
The £37.2million signing spent from January onwards in Scotland at Rangers, where he managed three goals in 13 games.
And it appears, if reports are to be believed, he will be sent out again.
The United Journal claims he has been in talks with Erik ten Hag about his playing time, with nothing yet to be decided.
Jon Boon 11th Jun 2022, 22:05
Heaton targeted by Boro
Man Utd forgotten keeper Tom Heaton is a shock target for Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder.
Wilder wants a new No 1 and is keen to take Heaton, 36, on loan if United will let him go rather than make him stay at Old Trafford as cover.
Wilder had been dreaming of a reunion with United's Dean Henderson after they spent two successful seasons together at Sheffield United between 2018-2020.
But Hendo is still holding out for a Premier League move — either as a loan or a buy.
Championship side Boro were prepared to pay £40,000 a week towards Henderson's salary but United wanted more.
Jon Boon 11th Jun 2022, 21:30
Dumfries battle on
Man Utd and Chelsea are locked in a battle for Denzel Dumfries.
Inter Milan are reportedly willing to listen to offers for the Dutch right-back this summer.
United are in the market for a new full-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka reportedly listed for transfer.
While Chelsea have lost defenders including Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and are swearing on the futures of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.
Jon Boon 11th Jun 2022, 20:57
Utd need four signings
Man Utd legend Gary Neville has identified FOUR key positions manager Erik ten Hag can improve this summer.
Neville says United need to first their midfield before turning their attention towards bolstering their attacking ranks and then defence.
Neville told United’s website: “Central midfield is an absolute necessity. An absolute necessity.
“Manchester United need midfield players. They also need a centre-forward.
“I know Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to stay and he’s an absolutely brilliant performer, but they need a centre-forward. Centre-forward is a must.”
Neville continued: “I think there’ll need to be a wide player, just to beef up the squad, and I think full-backs are absolutely critical in the modern game.
“[There are] four full-backs there, it’ll be interesting to see which two, three or four of those are liked.”
Jon Boon 11th Jun 2022, 19:47
Antony move on
Man Utd are desperately trying to sign Ajax winger Antony.
Erik ten Hag coached the Brazilian when he was coach of the Amsterdam giants.
He scored 12 goals and 10 assists during the campaign.
And Goal claim that United are going to firm up their interest with a bid for the wideman in the region of £51million.
Jon Boon 11th Jun 2022, 18:38
Man Utd will join the race for Robert Lewandowski – if his dream move to Barcelona falls flat.
Lewandowski has his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp, and the striker wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer despite still having a year on his contract.
Yet unless Barca can shift some of their high earners, the Polish skipper’s chances of signing look doomed, even though the fee would be a maximum of £20million.
United are keeping a close eye on the situation, and there is growing talk of a similar deal to the one which took Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford last year.
Lewandowski, 33, is four years younger and is still at the peak of his goalscoring powers, with a staggering 57 in 55 games last season.
Jon Boon 11th Jun 2022, 18:09
Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape lawsuit has been dismissed.
The Manchester United striker, 37, had been harmed by accuser Kathryn Mayorga’s lawyer, a US judge ruled.
The footballer had been accused of raping the woman in Las Vegas, US, in 2009.
He paid her $375,000 (£304,500) in hush money but the lawsuit sought a further payout, which could have been millions.
US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey kicked the case out of court with no option to file it again over the way the documents were obtained.
Judge Dorsey said the “harsh sanctions are merited”.
Jon Boon 11th Jun 2022, 17:27
Mike Phelan is set to depart Manchester United’s coaching staff this summer, according to reports.
The 59-year-old has had numerous spells in various capacities at Old Trafford, most recently re-joining as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s assistant in 2019.
Following the Norwegian’s sacking last year, Phelan remained on Ralf Rangnick’s staff, albeit in a less hands on capacity.
But according to The Athletic, he will not remain under Erik ten Hag.
The Dutchman will be assisted by Mitchell van der Gaag, while another of Sir Alex Ferguson’s former No2s Steve McClaren will return as first team coach.
Jon Boon 11th Jun 2022, 16:38
De Jong move ‘close’
Man Utd are closing in on Barcelona ace Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.
The Red Devils are determined to reunite the former Ajax ace with his old boss Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
United have already had a £60million bid turned down for the Dutch midfielder.
But Barcelona could opt to sell to raise money for other targets.
According to Spanish paper Sport, Barca want around £70m for the 25-year-old’s services.
The midfielder was previously thought to be determined to stay and fight for his place at Barca.
But United writer Tom McDermott also claims that he has agreed terms after talks with Ten Hag and United old boy Daley Blind.
Justin Lawrence 11th Jun 2022, 16:02
Man United handed transfer boost
Man United have recieved a huge boost in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has admitted that the club are willing to sell big stars if needed to help their transfer situation.
He said: “If our economic situation requires the sale of an important player, we are ready for that.”
Justin Lawrence 11th Jun 2022, 15:30
Man United plot Inter swoop
Man United are reportedly plotting a raid for Inter Milan defensive pair Stefan De Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni.
United have asked Inter Sporting Director Piero Ausilio about the availability of the two stars, according to Gazzetta dello sport.
But the Red Devils’ interest hasn’t materialised into a solid transfer bid for either of them yet, the report adds.
Justin Lawrence 11th Jun 2022, 15:00
Nunez Liverpool transfer nears completion
Liverpool target Darwin Nunez is reportedly set to miss Uruguay's fixture tonight in order to get his move over the line.
The striker has been on Liverpool's radar for a number of weeks, with them stepping up their interest in recent days over a deal that could be worth as much as £80million.
Now Uruguayan publication El Pais have reported the national team are aware of the situation, confirming Nunez will not be present for the match on Saturday.
Uruguay are getting ready to host Panama in an international friendly.
However the Benfica striker will not be present, as the Reds look to get the big-money move completed.
Justin Lawrence 11th Jun 2022, 14:09
Pogba stalls on future
Paul Pogba is waiting to see if Zinedine Zidane becomes PSG’s manager before deciding on his future.
Pogba is reportedly on the brink of joining Juventus after leaving Man United on a free transfer.
But the Frenchman is said to be stalling as reports claim Zidane is set to replace Mauricio Pochettino as the Ligue 1 side’s boss, according to RMC sport.
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