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    Cristiano Ronaldo was ‘offered to AC Milan’ as agent Jorge Mendes tried to push through Rafael Leao Chelsea transfer

    MANCHESTER UNITED ace Cristiano Ronaldo was offered to AC Milan in a late summer transfer, according to reports.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, 37, communicated his desire to leave Old Trafford after United failed to qualify for the Champions League last term.
    Ronaldo wanted to leave Man Utd in the summer windowCredit: Rex
    Agent Mendes tried to secure Leao a move away from Milan to make room for RonaldoCredit: Reuters
    Instead, United had to settle for a sixth-placed finish and Europa League football.
    Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, held talks with a number of top Champions League clubs.
    But none decided to follow up with an official move for the 816-goal man.
    It has been revealed, though, that Serie A champions AC Milan were offered Ronaldo late on by Mendes, journalist Gianluca di Marzio has reported via mbn.com.
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    Mendes had desperately tried to engineer a move for Ronaldo’s compatriot Rafael Leao to Paris Saint-Germain or Chelsea, so that there could be room for the football icon at the San Siro.
    However, Portugal international Leao, 23, stayed put having netted 11 times and registered 10 assists in Milan’s title-winning season last term.
    With Ronaldo stranded at United, and in the final year of his contract, he has had to settle with watching most games from the bench until called upon.
    Ronaldo has started just three times for United this season, with two of those coming in the Europa League against Real Sociedad and Moldovan side Sheriff.
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    His only goal of the season came in the away game at Sheriff, netting from the penalty spot.
    And Ronaldo’s dip in form has even seen Portugal fans call for their captain to drop to the bench despite being in a World Cup year.
    Those calls were ignored and he started both of Portugal’s matches during the international break – but failed to score in either.
    The 2022 tournament later this year in Qatar, is expected to be his last World Cup. More

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    Man Utd star Tyrell Malacia has incredible Memphis Depay-style lion tattoo covering entire back

    MANCHESTER UNITED star Tyrell Malacia has revealed that he also has a huge lion tattoo covering his back like his compatriot Memphis Depay.The 22-year-old full-back headed to Old Trafford from Feyenoord for an initial £12.9million this summer.
    Tyrell Malacia has shown off his incredible back tattooCredit: Getty
    The Dutch defender has revealed his artwork on his Instagram pageCredit: Instagram
    And after a rocky start by the Red Devils, he is now firmly finding his feet with a number of impressive displays.
    Now Malacia, who shone in a new role for Holland at the weekend, has given his Instagram followers a glimpse of what is under the shirt as he showed off his incredible ink work.
    And it is remarkably similar to his Netherlands teammate and former United winger Depay’s.
    The now Barcelona ace, 28, actually got his lion tattoo while he was at the Theatre of Dreams.
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    He previously said of his artwork: “The lion on my back represents me – I have the heart of a lion. I got it done in Manchester.
    “It took a long time because it’s so big, maybe like 24 hours in total.
    “I always had a feeling that I’ve been brought up in the jungle: I was always outside, I’ve been to rough areas and I’ve been through rough times.
    “The lion is for me, ‘the king of the jungle,’ and I always stayed on my feet even though it was rough.”
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    It remains unknown when and where Malacia got his done – but he will definitely be hoping for more success at United than Depay.
    The attacker previously admitted that he was too immature to succeed in the Premier League.
    He scored just two in 33 games during his doomed two-year spell in England before leaving for Lyon in 2017.
    Memphis Depay also has a huge lion tattoo on his back that he says took around 24 hours to completeCredit: AFP – Getty More

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    Man Utd ‘tried to land Manuel Akanji before rivals City but transfer broke down after Ralf Rangnick’s sacking’

    MANCHESTER UNITED were keen on Manuel Akanji before the Swiss defender joined rivals Manchester City, according to reports.The Red Devils were in the market for a central defender and eventually landed Lisandro Martinez of Ajax.
    Akanji had interest from Man Utd when Rangnick was at the clubCredit: Getty
    Following Rangnick’s departure, United cooled their interest and then signed MartinezCredit: Getty
    However, according to Fabrizio Romano, United were initially keen on then Borussia Dortmund defender Akanji but a move broke down following the departure of Ralf Rangnick, who was due to take up an advisory role in support of Erik ten Hag.
    Following Rangnick’s exit to become manager of the Austrian national team, United cooled their interest in the 27-year-old.
    And Martinez was landed from Ajax instead in a big money transfer – a player Ten Hag knew well from his time in Holland.
    Akanji was later snapped up by Premier League champions Man City in a £15million deal.
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    He has made three starts for Pep Guardiola’s side, with just one of those coming in the league.
    Akanji has to compete with the likes of Ruben Dias, Aymeric Laporte, John Stone and Nathan Ake for a starting spot.
    However, the defender is keen to force his way into Pep’s thoughts as a nailed on starter.
    Akanji says he wants to make decisions “difficult” for his new boss.
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    He told Swiss newspaper 20 Minuten: “We have a lot of good players. I know that it won’t be easy.
    “I also don’t expect to play through every game for 90 minutes, but I want to make it as difficult as possible for the coach.” More

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    Cristiano Ronaldo ‘DIDN’T reject’ Al-Hilal transfer as Saudi chief reveals why mega-money move from Man Utd fell through

    CRISTIANO RONALDO “didn’t reject” a summer transfer to Al-Hilal, according to the club’s president.And he revealed the two parties were heading into the final stages of negotiations before the mega-money move collapsed.
    Cristiano Ronaldo was linked with a summer transfer to Saudi Arabian side Al-HilalCredit: PA
    But Fahad ben Nafel insisted it was not Ronaldo who pulled the plug.
    Instead, he claimed a transfer ban placed on the Saudi Arabian side proved the critical blow.
    Nafel told the Thamanya YouTube channel: “Yes, we negotiated with Ronaldo.
    “The problem was not in the money or the principle, Al-Hilal is able to bring in the stars of the world.
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    “But it was in the decision of the Sports Arbitration Centre that prevented us from registering the players.
    “We did not stop negotiating with the players despite the decision to ban, but we were delaying entering the final stage of the negotiations until the ban was lifted.”
    Ronaldo, 37, looked on course to quit United in the summer after the club failed to qualify for the Champions League with just 12 months left on his Old Trafford contract.
    He was linked with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Napoli but they all opted against trying to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
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    That meant a switch to the Middle East looked more likely with massive wages up to £2million per week on offer.
    Al-Hilal appeared to be in pole position.
    However, they were slapped with the sanctions which prevented them bringing in any new players after Mohamed Kanno’s transfer fiasco saw him registered for two clubs at the same time.
    Ronaldo has started just once in the Premier League this season – the 4-0 drubbing at Brentford – with Marcus Rashford claiming the No9 spot.
    The Portugal superstar did get his first goal of the season from the penalty spot as United beat Sheriff 2-0 in the Europa League.
    However, SunSport revealed his team-mates believe he will push for a move once again in January. More

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    David De Gea wanted by Juventus on free transfer amid uncertainty over keeper’s Man Utd future under Erik ten Hag

    JUVENTUS could make a move to land Manchester United star David De Gea at the end of the season, reports suggest.De Gea’s contract, which earns him around £350,000 per week, runs out in June and United manager Erik ten Hag is reportedly not convinced he wants his deal to be extended.
    Manchester United star David De Gea is being targeted by JuventusCredit: Getty
    According to Calciomercato, Juve could swoop in if the star goalkeeper becomes a free agent in the summer.
    The Bianconeri are keen on signing a new keeper with ex-Arsenal ace Wojciech Szczesny’s deal expiring in 2024.
    Meanwhile, United could consider bringing Everton star Jordan Pickford as De Gea’s replacement between the sticks.
    Pickford has various clubs carefully monitoring his situation as he will have just one year left on his contract at the end of the season.
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    The England No1 is also a homegrown player, which is very appealing to his suitors.
    De Gea, who was omitted from Luis Enrique’s Spain squad for the international break, suffered a poor start to the season with a raft of errors most notably at Brentford.
    And United are dealing with a high wage bill that reached a Premier League record of £384million last season.
    The Red Devils recently announced that their salaries have increased by a staggering £61.6m from the previous year.
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    Cristiano Ronaldo’s comeback as well as Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane’s arrivals led to a 19.1 per cent increase in their salary bill as well as a net loss amounting to £115.5m.
    United are assessing their long-term plans and a change in goal can’t be ruled out, even though De Gea has improved recently and has been integral in the last 11 years at Old Trafford. More

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    Man Utd ‘interested in transfer of Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko’ with star in last year of contract

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly plotting a swoop for Borussia Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko.New Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag has already brought in several new arrivals over the summer as he attempts to transform the club back to its past glories.
    Youssoufa Moukoko is allegedly wanted by Manchester UnitedCredit: Rex
    Now a fresh report from Italy has claimed that he and United are among a host of teams chasing forward Moukoko.
    The 17-year-old burst onto the scene a year ago with the Bundesliga giants.
    He made his debut a day after turning 16, and he has gone on to make a further 45 appearances for Dortmund.
    During that time he has scored seven times, and now it seems his exploits have caught the eye of a number of Europe’s big guns.
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    Moukoko is only under contract with Dortmund until June 2023 and is yet to agree to an extension.
    Now Calcio Mercato are stating that United are tracking the attacker as they consider a summer move.
    However, Ten Hag faces some stiff competition to secure the teenage star’s signature.
    Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and PSG are also all allegedly keen.
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    Moukoko was handed a senior call-up after scoring 141 goals in just 88 matches for the club’s youth team.
    That soon earned him recognition at international level where he’s found the net six times in five outings for Germany’s Under-21 side.
    He initially started out at rivals St Pauli before moving to Dortmund in 2016. More

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    Denzel Dumfries ‘flattered’ by Chelsea and Man Utd transfer interest with clubs set to battle over Inter Milan defender

    CHELSEA are reportedly plotting a January transfer for Inter Milan star Denzel Dumfries.The Blues were linked with a move for the right-back in the summer but a bid never came to fruition.
    Chelsea are set to up their efforts to sign Denzel Dumfries in JanuaryCredit: Getty
    Manchester United are also believed to be interested in Dumfries following his impressive debut season at Inter last year.
    But it is Chelsea who will ramp up their efforts to sign the 26-year-old once the transfer window re-opens, according to Corriere dello Sport.
    Chelsea are reportedly willing to offer Inter £45.5million for Dumfries and could loan him back to the Serie A giants for the rest of the season if he agrees to sign.
    That is a big if as Dumfries revealed he is only concentrating on winning success at the San Siro – with the Scudetto in his sights.
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    The Dutchman said of the links to Chelsea: “The interest flatters me, of course. But my focus is only on Inter.
    “We want to win the Scudetto because we lost it last season.”
    Chelsea could wait until the end of the season to make a bid for Dumfries after spending heavily in the summer.
    But United could rival their bid having targeted the right back in the summer.
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    Erik ten Hag was keen to bolster his options at right-back but the club was unwilling to make an offer for Dumfries before selling Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
    Dumfries is under contract the San Siro until 2026 but Inter are believed to be open to selling with money tight.
    Chelsea could even use Romelu Lukaku as a pawn in negotiations with the Italian side keen to keep the striker beyond this season. More

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    Jude Bellingham ‘set to snub Man Utd, City, Chelsea and Liverpool for Real Madrid as he wants transfer to LaLiga giants’

    BORUSSIA DORTMUND star Jude Bellingham would prefer a move to Real Madrid over the Premier League.That is according to Marca, who claim Bellingham, 19, is keen to sign for Real and snub Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool who are also interested.
    Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham prefers a move to Real MadridCredit: Getty
    SunSport recently revealed that the in-demand midfielder could leave Dortmund for just £83million next summer.
    That is if the entire fee is paid up front by one of the England international’s suitors.
    If he moves, Bellingham’s “gestures” suggest that his preference is a switch to Real.
    The reigning European champions reportedly asked the 19-year-old to reject a new a contract with Dortmund.
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    The ex-Bimingham star acted accordingly and also turned down his Premier League suitors’ advances.
    Real are looking to inject some youth into their midfield, which has been rock solid in the last few years with the star trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro, who left for United.
    Modric, 37, and Kroos, 32, are both at an advanced age and their deals run out in June.
    Los Blancos are now slowly paving the way for the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni and Federico Valverde to take over in the future.
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    Bellingham, whose Dortmund deal runs out in 2025, is seen as another major addition with the Madrid giants keeping tabs on him since 2019.
    And the fact that Real didn’t sign a replacement for Casemiro appears to point at an imminent swoop for the England star. More