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    Solskjaer reveals how kind-hearted Bruno Fernandes shook EVERY Man Utd staff member hand when he sealed transfer

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER knew he had signed the perfect player in Bruno Fernandes when he shook the hands of every member of staff after joining the club.
    The Portuguese international has transformed the Red Devils since completing his £47million switch from Sporting Lisbon in January.

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    Solskjaer is hugely impressed with Fernandes’ character off the pitchCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Fernandes, who has yet to taste defeat for United, has bagged an impressive seven goals and six assists to catapult his side into Champions League contention.
    And while he has been a star on the pitch, Solskjaer revealed how his true character shone through after he put pen-to-paper on his contract.

    The Norwegian told the High Performance Podcast: “It was off the field as well as in training.
    “He demands off me. He demands off his team-mates. The first day he was in the club, he shook everyone’s hand.
    “He didn’t come in here thinking, ‘I’m the big shot.’ No, he shook absolutely every staff members’ hand.
    “And, of course, this is a family – Man United – we’ve always been a family, and Sir Alex (Ferguson), the way he’s created this atmosphere in this dressing room, in this training ground, I think it’s unique.”

    He didn’t come in here thinking, ‘I’m the big shot.’
    Solskjaer on Fernandes

    Talking about his performances, Solskjaer continued: “He’s got the talent of course, you can see the quality is there.
    “And we’ve seen that for a long time, but then again, he steps up when it matters.
    “He’s delivered crosses, he’s delivered assists, he’s scored goals, he takes penalties.
    “He’s done everything in a short space of time that you’d expect.”
    Solskjaer revealed the processes that the club goes through to ensure they have signed a player who can contribute both on and off the field.
    And one of those ways is to monitor social media accounts to cast an eye over their lifestyles.
    He added: “Harry Maguire, for example, you follow him, you’ve watched his Instagram account, you watch Twitter, you watch what kind of personalities they are.
    “You go back to the scout that scouted him when it was 15, 16.
    “Of course they’d spoken to them, and we just know more or less everything we need to know about the personality.
    “You can’t do that all the time. Sometimes you have to take the hunch.
    “You watch him and you say, well, rainy day at Stoke, he steps up, he’s a winner.
    “Or he picked up the ball and gave it to the player, or he’s respectful when off the pitch he shakes everyone’s hand or… those little things.
    “You’re looking at human qualities as well.”

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    Bruno Fernandes has been a star on and off the fieldCredit: AFP

    Fernandes’ journey from Sporting to Manchester is similar to that of Cristiano Ronaldo’s so it will be no surprise that Solskjaer received the recommendation from the Juventus forward himself.
    Solskjaer said: “So obviously Cristiano was an easy goal for me that I managed to get through.
    “Through Patrice Evra, I managed to get hold of Cristiano and his recommendation obviously stood him (Fernandes) in good stead.”

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    Man City cult hero Alvaro Negredo, 34, signs for new La Liga side Cadiz on free transfer after leaving UAE

    FORMER Manchester City star Alvaro Negredo will return to top-flight European football next season with newly-promoted Cadiz.
    The Spanish minnows secured their place in La Liga at the weekend.

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    Alvaro Negredo has returned to Spain with new La Liga side CadizCredit: Getty – Contributor
    And Football Espana claims club president Manuel Vizcaino let slip that Negredo, 34, had recently agreed to join should Cadiz win promotion from the second division.
    The veteran striker is best known by English fans for his sole season with Man City between July 2013 and September 2014.
    Negredo scored an impressive 23 goals in 49 appearances as Manuel Pellegrini’s men secured a Premier League title and League Cup double.
    Before his City stint, Negredo had spent two years in La Liga with Almeria and a further four at Sevilla, bagging a stunning 117 goals on his way to Copa del Rey glory in 2010.

    After City, Negredo returned to Spain with Valencia where he managed just 18 goals in 74 matches.
    The 21-time senior international, part of Spain’s victorious Euro 2012 squad, then made a shock return to the Premier League with Middlesbrough in 2016.
    But Negredo could only muster nine goals as his loan team suffered relegation to the Championship.

    Negredo then scored 18 goals in a year at Turkish giants Besiktas before moving to Dubai-based Al-Nasr in 2018.

    He scored 28 goals there, including a strike in the victorious UAE League Cup final against Shabab Ah-Ahli in January.
    And after leaving Al-Nasr on a free transfer, Negredo is now back in La Liga as Cadiz look to the beat the drop and become a top-flight regular.

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    How Man City could line-up next season with Pep splashing cash including Koulibaly and Havertz but Stones out

    PEP GUARDIOLA is set to align a stunning array of stars to try and win back the Premier League title.
    Monday’s successful appeal against their Champions League ban means the club are now well-positioned to launch a summer spending spree.

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    How Man City could line up next season after their Champions League ban was overturned
    A number of positions are said to be at the forefront of Guardiola’s mind, including the defence and his flanks.
    Leroy Sane’s exit to Bayern Munich will prompt a serious investment in a replacement with SunSport recently revealing City’s interest in Kai Havertz.
    The Bayer Leverkusen star is also wanted by Chelsea after setting Bundesliga alight but is said to want Champions League football next season – something the Blues are in danger of missing out on.
    According to the Telegraph, as many as four other players could arrive at the end of the campaign.

    Three of those could be defenders with Kalidou Koulibaly strongly linked with a switch from Napoli.
    A younger centre-back, such as Benfica’s Ruben Dias or Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu, could also be targeted to back up the first-choice pair of Koulibaly and Aymeric Laporte, particularly if John Stones goes.

    Everton and Arsenal are understood to be chasing the England international who has hardly featured this season.
    Completing the summer splurge could be Ben Chilwell as City reportedly continue to mull over a bid for a new left-back.

    And a new striker may be brought in if Sergio Aguero continues to motion towards the exit door once his contract expires in June 2021.
    The Telegraph report adds that any incoming signings may want guarantees that Guardiola is sticking around ahead of his deal running out in 12 months’ time – but the confirmation of Champions League football will still be a huge boost to City’s hand in negotiations.

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    Leroy Sane trains with Bayern Munich for first time and continues injury recovery after £55m transfer from Man City

    BAYERN MUNICH got to see their new man in action for the first time on Monday as Leroy Sane completed his first training session.
    The rapid winger was put through his paces with coaches as they prepare to get him match fit after an injury-riddled campaign.

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    Leroy Sane has completed his first training session at BayernCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    The winger made his £55m move to Bayern earlier this monthCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Sane, who completed his £55million move to Bayern on July 2, has only seen 11 minutes of action this season following a knee ligament injury picked up in August.
    But the 24-year-old will be hoping to get back on the pitch before the end of the campaign with two matches still remaining in the Bundesliga.
    He will not be able to feature in the Champions League this season.
    Sane finally signed a five-year deal with the Bavarian champions 12 months after the club were forced to delay their pursuit of the winger.

    Bayern were desperate to sign him last summer but Man City dug in their heels with a £130m asking price before Sane picked up his injury.
    With a contract at City until 2021, Sane refused to put pen-to-paper meaning the club were forced to cash in at a cut-price fee.

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    Sane will be able to feature in Bayern’s last two matchesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Sane has seen just 11 minutes of league action this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Former Bayern forward Lukas Podolski believes his old club have pulled off a real coup and insists the best of Sane is yet to come.
    Speaking to Goal, he said: “They get the best players [at Bayern] and Sane is a great player.

    “[But] of course he still has further potential.
    “He has not yet reached the top level. He still needs a bit more experience, a few more seasons.
    “He needs to play regularly with the national team and win a European championship or a World Cup.”
    Meanwhile Sane could line up against Man City in the Champions League next season after their two-ban was overturned.

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    Sane was put through his paces during his first sessionCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Sane will not be able to feature in the Champions League this seasonCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    Pep Guardiola’s side were slapped with a two-year European suspension and fined £25million for breaching FFP rules in February.
    But now City have scored a major victory by winning their audacious appeal.
    The stunning verdict throws the entire Financial Fair Play regime into chaos.

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    Liverpool ‘to extend Dejan Lovren’s contract in shock move but will still sell him with Zenit showing transfer interest’

    LIVERPOOL will reportedly hand Dejan Lovren a shock contract extension – but will still sell him amid interest from Zenit Saint Petersburg.
    The Croatian has made just ten Premier League appearances for the champions this season and has a year remaining on his contract at Anfield.

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    Liverpool are set to extend Dejan Lovren’s contract – but will still sell him, with Zenit interested
    According to Goal, the Reds will trigger an extension to Lovren’s contract until the summer of 2022, but are still likely to sell the 30-year-old in the next transfer window.
    Zenit are said to be among a herd of European clubs looking to snap up the centre-back from Anfield.
    Reports in Russia had suggested that Zenit want to hash-out a bargain price for the Reds defender – given that he has just one year to run on his current deal.
    Liverpool may want to tie Lovren down for another year to avoid him walking away for free in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

    Jurgen Klopp’s side were even said to have moved ahead of Manchester City in the race for Kalidou Koulibaly by offering Lovren as part of a transfer.
    Anfield chiefs were hoping to get just under the £20m they paid Southampton for the defender back in 2014 amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.
    The Croatian was widely criticised for his role in Liverpool’s defeat at Watford – their first Premier League loss of the season.
    But despite his underwhelming Reds performances in recent times, Roma and Lazio are all said to be keen on signing the centre-back.

    Speaking to Sky Sports in June, Lovren admitted he has struggled to accept falling down the pecking order under Klopp.
    He said: “It has been a test for me.
    “But in these moments, I think you should stick with the team even more, to show your quality even if you are not on the pitch with the first XI.

    “The next day in training, you should give everything, just to respect your team-mates.
    “Of course, it’s not the happiest moment when I see myself on the bench, but it’s the decision of the manager.
    “I respect it and I am always the guy who will work 200 per cent behind closed doors.
    “It’s just part of football. If 20 players could play, it would be nice, but there are only 11 places. Whoever is in the best shape will play and that’s fair enough.”

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    Man City plot huge overhaul with up to FIVE new transfers and Koulibaly top target after Champions League ban overturned

    MANCHESTER CITY are reportedly plotting a major summer overhaul after their Champions League ban was overturned.
    Monday’s news that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has accepted their appeal against alleged Financial Fair Play breaches is said to have served as a green light to proceed with some serious spending.

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    Man City face competition from Liverpool and Chelsea to snap up Senegal international KoulibalyCredit: Getty Images – Getty
    Pep Guardiola is hoping to close the gap to Liverpool by beefing up his defence after feeling the impact of individual errors in their title defeat this year.
    Therefore as many as three purchases could be made at centre-back and left-back.
    According to the Telegraph, the coach’s frustration with Benjamin Mendy is tempting him towards a bid for Ben Chilwell.
    The Leicester star is wanted by Chelsea and Manchester United with City described as pondering their own approach.

    At the very least, remaining in the mix could force their rivals – as the Eastlands club managed when Harry Maguire cost United £85million last summer.
    City’s failure to capture a new central defender like Maguire was criticised throughout their failed title defence and Guardiola could be out to make up for lost time this summer.

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    How City could line up next season
    It is reported that Kalidou Koulibaly is a major target, rated by Napoli at upwards of £75million.
    On top of that, a younger second signing may be made in the position to replace John Stones, were the England international to leave.

    Among the names touted for City are Caglar Soyuncu, Nathan Ake, Benfica’s Ruben Dias, Inter Milan star Milan Skriniar, Borussia Dortmund’s Dan-Axel Zagadou and Pau Torres of Villarreal.
    That would significantly bolster Guardiola’s options with the club said to be doubting Barcelona’s ability to launch a significant bid for Eric Garcia.
    FLYING WITHOUT WINGS
    Leroy Sane and David Silva’s exits will also require attention in the summer market.
    The club’s coffers were boosted by around £55m with the German’s move to Bayern Munich, and £389m arrived via private equity firm Silver Lake’s November investment.
    Monday’s overturned ban should also make City at least £200m if they can go far in the Champions League in the coming seasons.
    That should provide enough funds to sign a winger to replace Sane, with Kai Havertz revealed by SunSport to be a target amid rumours about Jack Grealish and Saul Niguez.

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    Reportedly rounding off the transfer spree could be another striker to complement Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus.
    Out of contract in 12 months’ time, the Argentine forward has previously vowed to consider a move back to South America.
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    Man Utd vs Southampton: Live stream FREE, TV channel, team news and kick-off time for TONIGHT’s big Premier League clash

    MAN UTD welcome Southampton to Old Trafford looking to jump into the Champions League places.
    After cross-town rivals Man City were given the all-clear to compete in next season’s competition this morning, the Red Devils must now push for that all important top four spot – and can go third with victory.

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    Man Utd were ruthless as they beat Villa 3-0Credit: AFP
    Southampton meanwhile are enjoying a rich vein of form and in Danny Ings have the division’s hottest marksman.
    The former Liverpool striker is chasing the Golden Boot and netted his 19th goal of the season in a 1-1 draw with Everton.

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    Danny Ings struck again as Saints picked up a point on MerseysideCredit: AP:Associated Press
    When is Man Utd vs Southampton?
    This Premier League clash is the Monday Night Football offering on July 13.
    Kick-off at Old Trafford is set for 8pm BST.
    When the Saints last visited this ground, an 89th minute winner from Romelu Lukaku gave United all three points after a 3-2 victory.
    Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?
    You can catch this game live and FREE on Sky Pick, which is available on Freeview 11.
    The match will also be shown on Sky One, Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HD.
    If you want 24 hours access to Sky Sports, grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99 to stream on your mobile, tablet, games consoles or laptop.
    What is the team news?
    After a brilliant run of form, Ole could send out the same XI which saw off Aston Villa with no new injury concerns.
    Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe remain out, but otherwise the Norwegian has a fully fit squad to choose from.

    For the visitors, Jannik Vestergaard could return to the fold after sitting out the Everton draw with a thigh problem.
    But none of Moussa Djenepo, Sofiane Boufal and Yan Valery will feature again for the Saints this season.

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    How Man Utd could line-up against Southampton
    Match odds
    Man Utd to win – 2/7
    Draw at Old Trafford – 21/5
    Southampton victory – 9/1
    Both teams to score – 20/23
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    Cristiano Ronaldo to stay at Juventus and fight for more trophies despite rumours he could quit this summer

    JUVENTUS star Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely stay in Turin this summer, according to reports.
    There had been faint rumblings of a potential move away for CR7, with Marseille’s prospective new owner admitting that he “dreams” of signing the Portuguese legend.

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    CR7 has two years remaining on his current Juventus contractCredit: AFP or licensors
    Ronaldo himself has also shown signs of frustration with Maurizio Sarri, having visibly rolled his eyes following his manager’s instructions during a recent match against Torino.
    But according to Tuttosport, the 35-year-old remains fully committed to achieving his goals and winning more trophies in Italy with Juventus.
    Since swapping Real Madrid for life in Serie A back in 2018, Ronaldo has scooped a league title and a Supercoppa Italiana for his troubles.
    And he looks likely to add another Scudetto this time around – with his side now eight points clear of Lazio with six matches remaining.

    Ronaldo netted 28 goals in his debut campaign in Italy – his lowest tally since 2009.
    But he has already bettered that total this time around, having bagged goals number 31 and 32 against Atalanta at the weekend.

    His side could do with another few once the Champions League gets going again next month, however.
    Juve will belatedly host Ligue 1 side Lyon in the Round of 16 – having lost the first-leg 1-0 back in February.

    Ronaldo has two years left on his current contract, and will be desperate to win a sixth Champions League medal with a third different club.

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