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    Qatar group ‘to bid for Man Utd in DAYS with Ten Hag set for huge transfer kitty as investors confident of Glazers sale’

    QATARIS are in the running to buy Manchester United and are set to launch a takeover bid in DAYS.The Glazers revealed in November that they were willing to listen to offers for either a stake in the Premier League giants or an outright purchase.
    A Qatar-based investment group will bid to buy Man Utd and want to boost manager Erik ten Hag’s transfer kittyCredit: Getty
    The Glazers revealed late last year that they were willing to listen to offers for the Old Trafford clubCredit: AFP
    A redevelopment, or complete rebuild, of Old Trafford wouldn’t bee an issue for the Qataris
    A number of parties have expressed an interest in buying United, which could be purchased for a world-record price for a sports franchise at close to, or above, £6billion.
    Interest comes from the Far East, Middle East and United States with Raines Group, the merchant bank tasked with the sale.
    British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who happens to be a Man Utd fan, is also keen.
    But according to the Daily Mail, a Qatar-based investment group will bid for Man Utd.
    The report states that “a group of private, high-wealth individuals based in the oil-rich state, buoyed by Qatar’s hosting of the World Cup, have set their sights on” the Old Trafford club.
    An offer is expected to be made in the coming days ahead of the mid-February deadline set by the Glazers.
    The investment group are said to be confident that their bid blow any competition out of the water, and want to significantly boost manager Erik ten Hag’s transfer kitty.
    As well as coughing up more than £6bn for the club, the Qatari group could face a project of redeveloping, or knocking down Old Trafford and building a new state-of-the-art facility.
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    That could cost north of £2bn – but that would not be a problem.
    The Qataris are also putting fan engagement at the heart of their takeover bid.
    They will seek the views of supporters on the future of Old Trafford.
    However, a stumbling block that could block a takeover is Qatar Sports Investments’ ownership of European juggernaut, Paris Saint-Germain.
    One entity cannot own two clubs in the same competition — and United and PSG could meet in Europe.
    The bid for United would come from separate, individual Qatari investors and there is ZERO interest in taking a partial stake – something the Glazers have been interested in.
    A source is quoted as saying: “There are significant funds available.
    “These people are serious. They want to make sure that United are where they should be and they are confident theirs will be the strongest bid.
    “They want to strengthen the squad to put them back at the top but they also want this to be for the good of the community.
    “They also want to build on the success of the World Cup.
    “They recognise that Manchester United is the biggest football club in the world, the crown jewels, and there is a steely-minded determination to buy it and get it to where it should be.”
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    A successful bid would enhance United’s rivalry with Manchester City, who are under ownership based in fierce Gulf neighbours, Abu Dhabi.
    It would also see United go up against Saudi-owned Newcastle.
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    ‘I can deny these stories’ – Juventus chief confirms club will NOT terminate Paul Pogba’s contract despite horror return

    A JUVENTUS chief has confirmed that Paul Pogba will not have his contract terminated. Reports and rumours have spread like wildfire in recent days as speculation mounted that the Manchester United midfielder could be set for a premature exit at the Italian side.
    Paul Pogba’s return to Juventus has not gone to plan due to a serious knee injuryCredit: AFP
    He has yet to play a minute of competitive action since returning to the the club due to a long-term knee injury sustained in the summer.
    Despite his big wages, Juve have made clear they are sticking by the midfielder.
    Chief Football Officer Francesco Calvo, who was appointed to the role in January, is quoted as saying: “We are not planning to terminate Pogba’s contract, I can deny these stories.
    “He’s an important player for us, the injuries are part of the game but Paul is training well and we wait for him.”
    Pogba returned to Turin in July after leaving Man United on a free transfer.
    The 29-year-old had a mixed second spell at Old Trafford, often finding himself the target of criticism from fans and pundits but capable of putting in world-class performances.
    He rejoined United after a glorious four year spell with Juventus.
    Pogba was at the centre of four Serie A title victories between 2013 and 2016 and also won the Coppa Italia twice.
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    The Old Lady look far off that type of success this season after a 15 points deduction for alleged financial irregularities left them languishing in mid-table.
    A poor Champions League group stage has also seen Juventus drop into the Europa League. More

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    Man Utd cut three stars from Europa League squad but Van de Beek keeps place and new signings added ahead of Barcelona

    MANCHESTER UNITED have announced their Europa League knockout squad for the Barcelona clash with three players being cut for January signings.Departed stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Axel Tuanzebe and Martin Dubravka were all dropped from the Red Devils’ 25-man list.
    Man Utd have announced their Europa League squadCredit: PA
    Donny van de Beek remains in the squad despite being injuredCredit: Rex
    They have made way for January arrivals Marcel Sabitzer, Wout Weghorst and Jack Butland.
    Donny van de Beek, meanwhile, keeps his place in the squad despite suffering a serious knee injury in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth last month.
    The Dutchman is expected to be ruled out of action until the end of the season.
    Boss Erik ten Hag said on Van de Beek: “On the long term, it is looking really good – he will be back for the start of pre-season.
    “But for the rest of the season, he is out.
    “I think everyone was really [sad], our thoughts are with him.
    “It’s terrible when you are in a season and you get a bad tackle, a bad injury.”
    Man Utd travel to the Camp Nou on February 16, with the return leg taking place a week later on the 23rd.
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    A Premier League clash with Leicester in sandwiched between the Europa tie, and the Carabao Cup final against Newcastle at Wembley follows the second leg on the 26th.
    United are somewhat suffering a midfield crisis.
    Van de Beek, Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen are nursing injuries, while main man Casemiro picked up a three-game suspension in the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last weekend.
    The Brazil star put his hands around Will Hughes’ neck, and after a VAR check, the summer signing received his marching orders. More

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    ‘It’s not a fine!’ – Erik ten Hag apologises for turning up late to Man Utd press conference

    MANCHESTER UNITED boss Erik ten Hag apologised to reporters after he arrived late for a press conference. The Dutchman has made a particular point about discipline and being late already this season – dropping Marcus Rashford after he missed a team meeting due to oversleeping.
    Erik Ten Hag apologised to reporters after he was late to his press conferenceCredit: Sky Sports – Twitter
    When asked whether he would get a fine, Ten Hag saw the funny sideCredit: Sky Sports – Twitter
    The Dutchman explained his lateness was down to a visa issueCredit: Sky Sports – Twitter
    Erik ten Hag apologises for being late to his press conference 😆🗣️ “It’s not a fine! I could do nothing about it” 😂— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 7, 2023

    Rashford started on the bench in the next game against Wolves but came on to score the winner, with Ten Hag delighted with his response to the disciplinary action he took.
    However, this time it was the United gaffer who failed to live up to his own high standards as he was late to his own press conference ahead of the clash against Leeds.
    Ten Hag kicked off his presser with an apology and an explanation for his lateness.
    He said: “I want to apologise [that] I am late.
    “I had to do a procedure for the visa and there was a technical problem, so that’s why I’m late.”
    A reporter jokingly asked whether he would be handed a fine as a result, with the United boss casting a smile before replying: “Fine? No, it’s not a fine.
    “(Laughing) I could do nothing about it.
    “That’s why [visa]. So it was important… No, no [is it not a story], it was a technical problem.”
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    United face Leeds on Wednesday in the first of a doubleheader against their rivals.
    But while Ten Hag was all smiles in his press conference, the situation surrounding his thinning squad is no laughing matter.
    Anthony Martial, Scott McTominay and Antony have all been added to the list of unavailable talent at Old Trafford.
    Casemiro will be serving the first game of a three-match domestic ban after United decided not to appeal the red card he received against Crystal Palace at the weekend.
    Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek are long-term absentees, with the former’s injury leading to the club bringing in Marcel Sabitzer on loan on deadline day. More

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    Napoli prepare for Osimhen transfer bidding war after Man Utd ‘tried to leapfrog Chelsea into pole position in January’

    NAPOLI are reportedly bracing themselves for a fight to keep star striker Victor Osimhen. The striker, 24, scored twice in the Serie A leaders’ 3-0 win over Spezia on Sunday to continue his hot streak.
    Victor Osimhen continued his hot streak against Spezia last weekendCredit: Rex
    Here’s how he has performed so far this season
    Napoli have surged 13 points clear at the top of the Italian top division and face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League last-16.
    But they know they face losing Osimhen in a huge summer bidding war.

    Manchester United and Chelsea are leading a host of European heavyweights ready to fight for him.
    And, according to Naples-based newspaper Il Mattino, United have already made contact in an effort to get ahead in the race.
    They report that United made contact with Napoli in January in order to get “in pole position” by striking a deal in winter.
    It is unclear whether the nature of the deal was designed for a January move or a pre-emptive agreement for the summer, but Napoli turned down the move regardless.
    Given their pursuit of a first title since 1990, it makes sense for them not to want to distract their star man ahead of the run in.
    Osimhen has now scored 16 goals in 17 Serie A appearances, also adding four assists to the tally.
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    Il Mattino’s report suggests that Napoli have set a £133million price tag on his head.
    It comes following another report which said United were eyeing a deal of £107m as they looked for an alternative to Harry Kane.
    The England skipper refused to commit his future to Tottenham after breaking Jimmy Greaves’ goalscoring record for the club, though Spurs remain unwilling to lose their star man. More

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    Mason Greenwood’s potential new salary revealed as suspended Man Utd star eyes major career change

    MASON Greenwood’s potential new salary has been revealed as the suspended Manchester United star eyes a major career change.The Bradford-born ace is considering a move to China to continue as a player if United axe him over sex attack claims.
    Mason Greenwood is eyeing up a move to China if he is axed by Man UtdCredit: Reuters
    However, the most he could earn in the Chinese Super League is £2.7 million a yearCredit: Getty
    If that transfer was made, he could earn up to £2.7m a year, which is the maximum allowed for foreign players in the Chinese Super League under a salary cap imposed by the country’s FA last March.
    This works out at about £50,000 a week for a full season.
    Charges of attempted rape, assault and coercive control against Greenwood, 21, were dropped earlier this month after several key witnesses withdrew.
    However, he remains suspended while the club carry out an internal investigation.
    If higher-ups at Old Trafford do make the decision to fire Greenwood, his financial prospects would likely be severely impacted, even factoring in possible earnings in China.
    For comparison, his teammate Marcus Rashford is reportedly set to re-sign with the club for up to £300,000 a week.
    It comes after major sponsor Nike dropped Greenwood despite the allegations against him collapsing.
    According to David Winnie, former professional footballer and head of the sports law department at Blaser Mills solicitors, the loss of sponsors could see the striker lose “millions” in possible earnings.
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    David told The Sun Online: “The financial benefits [of the sponsorship deal] would have been significant given how far he came in his career.
    “Prior to the charges he was good for sponsors…[but] now there’s a residual stigma for brands.”
    He added that major brands “probably wouldn’t want to be associated” with Greenwood “if or until his career picks back up again” and that they will be “slow to connect with him again”.
    However, David did feel there was some hope left for the England international, saying: “I don’t see why he couldn’t bring sponsors back in future.
    “He’s now free of any legal doubts…he’s not toxic…he’s back on the horizon, but it’s a very far horizon.
    “He’s the one who has to bring himself back…by playing football, getting his head down and doing the right things off the pitch.”
    While it’s nothing to sniff at, it’s far less than he could have earned re-singing with his current club based on teammates’ salariesCredit: Getty
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    Diogo Dalot arrives at Man Utd training in stunning £250,000 Ferrari as he closes in on bumper new contract

    MANCHESTER UNITED star Diogo Dalot was spotted arriving for training in a mega £250,000 Ferrari as he closes in on a new contract.The Portuguese defender is enjoying his best season at Old Trafford so far and was thriving under Erik ten Hag until injury struck.
    Diogo Dalot rocked up for Man Utd training in a stunning FerrariCredit: Eamonn and James Clarke
    The black Ferrari FF has a price tag of around £250,000Credit: Eamonn and James Clarke
    The 23-year-old was a regular starter before the World Cup and kept Aaron Wan-Bissaka out of the team.
    But Dalot’s season has been hampered by injury in recent weeks after he limped off with a knock in a Carabao Cup clash with Charlton last month.
    However, the star did return to the bench in the weekend win over Crystal Palace.
    And now he looks ready to get back in the fast lane when called upon by Ten Hag as he rocked up to the club’s HQ in his new motor.
    Dalor appeared to be driving a black Ferrari FF, which has a price tag of around £250,000 and a top speed of 208 mph.
    It also accelerates from nought to 62mph in just 3.7 seconds due to its 650 bhp 6.25litre V12 engine and his former team-mate Nemanja Matic also previously owned one.
    And the star may just have forked out and treated himself early as he celebrates his new contract with United.
    We reported earlier how Dalot is set to sign a new deal after Barcelona lost hope of landing the full-back.
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    Dalot, who may return to the line-up to face Leeds in the Premier League tomorrow, initially had a one year extension clause in his contract triggered in December, meaning his agreement runs until the summer of 2024.
    But the Red Devils are now looking towards the long-term and now hope they have tied down the ace.
    Dalot arrived at Man United in 2018 but initially struggled to cement the right-back spot permanently and spent a season on-loan at AC Milan.
    But he has gone from strength to strength this term and regularly plays alongside Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Luke Shaw in what appears to be ten Hag’s first-choice back four.
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    Ex-Man Utd coach Chris Armas to take charge of Leeds vs Red Devils and get shot at revenge against stars who mocked him

    FORMER Manchester United coach Chris Armas will be at the helm when Leeds visit Old Trafford on Wednesday. Armas was a member of Ralf Rangnick’s staff during his ill-fated time as interim boss of Man Utd.
    Chris Armas will be in charge of Leeds for their clash against Man UtdCredit: Rex
    Armas was one of Ralf Rangnick’s coaching staff but was mocked by playersCredit: AFP
    The club’s stars at the time were left less than impressed during training sessions, even reportedly mocking American Armas by comparing him to Ted Lasso.
    But now Armas will have a shot at masterminding some revenge over his former players.
    Leeds announced on Monday that they had parted company with manager Jesse Marsch following a run which had seen them not win in the Premier League since early November.
    Armas was not relieved of his duties alongside his compatriot.
    Instead, he is one of three members of the coaching team who will take charge of the clash against Erik ten Hag’s top four chasers.
    Leeds confirmed the trio of staff heading the game would comprise of Armas, Michael Skubala and Paco Gallardo.
    Skubala will be taking on the club’s media duties until a new manager is appointed.
    The game could see Leeds’ new boy Weston McKennie in line for his full debut after coming off the bench in the 1-0 loss to Nottingham Forest on Sunday.
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    The Whites have also been handed a boost by the absence of Casemiro, after the Brazilian was sent off when he had his hands around Will Hughes’ neck during the 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.
    Indeed, the reverse fixture, which will take place next weekend, will also see Casemiro absent owing to the three-game ban he has.
    The next domestic fixture he will play in will be the Carabao Cup final, though if United decide to appeal the suspension then he may be slapped with a further one-game ban. More