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    Man Utd fans convinced Alex Telles is set to complete transfer from Porto after left-back ‘likes’ Evra post on Instagram

    MANCHESTER UNITED fans believes Alex Telles is on his way after the Porto defender ‘liked’ a post by Red Devils legend Patrice Evra.
    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly closing in on a deal to bring the left-back to Old Trafford.

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    Manchester United fans are getting excited that the Telles deal is closeCredit: AFP or licensors

    He will provide competition for Luke Shaw – but the two clubs are still some way apart on the fee.
    Before United’s visit to Brighton, Evra uploaded a clip from the past showing him being screamed at by then boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
    The Frenchman’s caption explained that Fergie went mad at him for passing the ball backwards – he says he listened and went on to be man of the match.
    The post was liked by Telles – sending United fans into meltdown.

    After the screenshot was posted on to Twitter, it certainly didn’t go unnoticed.
    Many wrote ‘here we go’, hinting that the transfer must be close.
    Joshua Lewis wrote that he was ‘desperate’ for it to mean the 27-year-old was moving to United.
    United supporters and fan accounts shared the screenshot as excitement builds ahead of the prospective move.

    Telles, 27, has just a year left on his contract and believes the Portuguese side’s asking price of £18m is too high.
    He is eager to make the switch to Old Trafford and remains confident he will be a Manchester United player when the deadline shuts on October 5.
    Porto are attempting to hold firm in their valuation while United are also continuing to play hardball.
    SunSport revealed how United will look at Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico for £23m if the Telles deal falls through.
    Sergio Reguilon was a target but the Spaniard ended up joining Tottenham, who agreed to a buy-back clause with Real Madrid.

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    Jadon Sancho ‘desperate’ to link up with three Man Utd players as club table final £90m bid as saga comes toward end

    JADON SANCHO is reportedly desperate to link up with England pals Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood at Manchester United.
    The Borussia Dortmund winger has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer.

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    Manchester United remain in the hunt for Jadon SanchoCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    The Red Devils believe the winger is keen to reunite with his England pals at Old TraffordCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    SunSport previously reported that the Red Devils are now set to make a final £90million move for Sancho.
    It is believed the Premier League club will offer £75m up front, with another £15m to be paid in add ons later on.
    According to the Daily Star, United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward hope Sancho’s desperation to join will convince Dortmund to sell up.
    The report adds that the 20-year-old is keen to link up with Rashford, Greenwood and Maguire, who he knows well from England duty.

    United star Rashford admitted earlier this year that he is desperate himself to play alongside the ex-Manchester City starlet at club level.
    Yet the club’s confidence comes in spite of Dortmund’s head of football Sebastian Kehl saying this week that Sancho would STAY in Germany.
    An initial deadline of August 10 set by the Bundesliga club passed without incident.
    And Kehl told Ruhr Nachrichten: “He [Jadon Sancho] is our player, and he will stay.

    “It was an important statement from the club because we have a certain responsibility. Without Jadon this team is weaker.”
    Sancho played 78 minutes of Dortmund’s 3-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach in their Bundesliga opener.
    He scored on his first appearance of the season in the German Cup in a 5-0 thrashing of Duisberg.
    But United may have to flog as many as SIX players to fund the move for Sancho, as well as the rumoured interest in Porto left-back Alex Telles.

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    Chris Smalling set for Man Utd reunion with Lukaku, Sanchez and Young at Inter Milan as Conte eyes SIXTH Prem transfer

    INTER MILAN have reportedly identified Chris Smalling as a possible target should Milan Skriniar depart.
    With Tottenham in talks to lure the centre-back away from the San Siro, the Serie A side have targets in mind should they have to replace him.

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    Manchester United defender Chris Smalling is reportedly being targeted by Inter MilanCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Smalling would link up with three former United team-mates should he join InterCredit: Getty – Pool

    Inter are already short at the back after Diego Godin left on a free transfer to Cagliari – further intensifying their need for a new defender.
    According to Corriere dello Sport, Inter’s No1 priority is Fiorentina star Nikola Milenkovic.
    But they state it is unlikely they will be able to prise him away from Florence, with Manchester United outcast Smalling an easier deal to make.
    It has been suggested that the Red Devils are prepared to sell the 30-year-old should they receive a fee in the region of £18million.

    However Inter are only prepared to fork out £16.4m, which they would pay across three instalments.
    Should Smalling join the Nerazzurri, he would link-up with former United team-mates Alexis Sanchez, Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku at the club.
    And his arrival would be the sixth player from the Premier League Antonio Conte would have signed since he took charge last year.
    In addition to the four United players, Inter also signed Christian Eriksen from Tottenham in January, while they also brought in Victor Moses on loan last term.

    But Inter know they face competition from Roma in the race to secure Smalling’s services.
    The Rome outfit are desperate to bring the ex-Fulham ace back to the Stadio Olimpico after his loan spell last campaign.
    It has been said that Roma are preparing one last move to sign Smalling, with boss Paulo Fonseca revealing he is in regular contact with the player.

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    Man Utd and Wolves boost as Barcelona reject Douglas Costa transfer after being offered Juventus star in swap deal

    MANCHESTER UNITED and Wolves have been handed a boost in their bid to bring in Douglas Costa.
    The two Premier League clubs have been linked with a swoop this transfer window for the 30-year-old Juventus winger.

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    Douglas Costa is reportedly not wanted by Juventus anymoreCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    It was reported yesterday in Italy that Juve wanted to offer him as part of a deal to bring Ousmane Dembele to Serie A.
    But according to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are not interested in bringing Costa to the Nou Camp.
    It is believed Juve tried to include the same player when they signed Arthur from the Spanish giants.

    But seemingly the lesson has not been learned.
    SunSport previously revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent was working on a £37million transfer to bring Costa to Wolves.
    Jorge Mendes has done plenty of business with the Premier League side over recent seasons to draw the likes of Joao Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Rui Patricio and record-signing Fabio Silva to the West Midlands.
    Wolves may be keen to bring in a new winger after selling Diogo Jota to Liverpool in a transfer that will ultimately cost £45million.

    Costa started just six Serie A games last season and was brought on as a late substitute in Pirlo’s first game – a 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

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    The Brazilian has also been linked with Manchester United this summer with the Red Devils currently failing in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho.
    Dembele meanwhile, another winger on the shortlist at Old Trafford, has struggled with injuries at Barcelona.
    The £135.5million signing, who could only muster nine appearances last season, had been a loan target for Liverpool.
    Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently claimed Dembele was one of Barca’s players that would not be sold.
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    Man Utd to launch last-gasp Jadon Sancho transfer raid with ‘final offer of £90m’ and are ‘confident’ of landing winger

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly set to make a final £90million move for Jadon Sancho.
    The Borussia Dortmund winger has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer.

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    Manchester United are reportedly confident of finally signing Jadon SanchoCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And now, according to The Mirror, United supremo Ed Woodward will come in with a final ‘take-it-or-leave-it offer’.
    It is believed the Premier League club will offer £75m up front, with another £15m to be paid in add ons later on.
    After months of wrangling, United will not budge from this latest, structured deal but are said to be ‘confident’ of finally landing their man.
    This is despite Dortmund’s head of football Sebastian Kehl saying earlier in the week that the 20-year-old would STAY in Germany.

    An initial deadline of August 10 set by the Bundesliga club passed without incident.
    He told Ruhr Nachrichten: “He [Jadon Sancho] is our player, and he will stay.
    “It was an important statement from the club because we have a certain responsibility. Without Jadon this team is weaker.”
    Sancho played 78 minutes of Dortmund’s 3-0 win against Borussia Monchengladbach in their Bundesliga opener.

    He scored on his first appearance of the season in the German Cup in a 5-0 thrashing of Duisberg.
    But to fund the move for Sancho, as well as the rumoured interest in Porto left-back Alex Telles, could mean SIX players are on their way out of the club.
    Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Andreas Pereira, Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo are all up for the chop.
    However, one man who the club are happy to keep around is Jesse Lingard.
    The midfielder, 27, is reportedly NOT on the transfer list after playing in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Luton.
    SunSport revealed this week that Lingard could even be offered a one-year contract extension to ensure he maintains value in the market.

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    Man Utd ‘to sell SIX players to fund Jadon Sancho transfer this summer.. but Jesse Lingard may not be one’

    MANCHESTER UNITED are hoping to offload SIX players to pay for Jadon Sancho and Alex Telles, according to reports.
    Despite reports of a busy summer at Old Trafford, only Donny van de Beek has arrived with Alexis Sanchez the biggest name to leave.

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    Jadon Sancho appears to be staying put in GermanyCredit: PA:Press Association

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    Jesse Lingard was back in action for Manchester United at Luton on TuesdayCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    A left-back and right-sided attacker are thought to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s priorities in the remaining weeks of the transfer window.
    Porto defender Telles is widely reported to be his first-choice but the Red Devils have had difficulties reaching the £17million price tag.
    According to the Mail, United want to negotiate a smaller fee while they struggle to shift their unwanted stars.
    Chris Smalling could be reintegrated into the side but the preferred outcome is said to be an £18m exit.

    Reports in Italy outline a potential final bid from Roma after the defender starred in Serie A last season, with Inter Milan also keen.
    Fellow defenders Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo are also up for sale.
    Little concrete interest has arrived for the trio, with Jones thought to be out injured until November.
    Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s start against Crystal Palace last weekend appeared to relegate right-back Dalot to third choice in Solskjaer’s pecking order, while Rojo is back after a loan at Estudiantes.

    Following Dean Henderson’s return to the club, Sergio Romero is seen as having no future at Old Trafford.

    And Andreas Pereira is linked to Benfica after being ignored by the United boss.
    However, one man who the club are happy to keep around is Jesse Lingard.
    The midfielder, 27, is reportedly NOT on the transfer list after playing in the 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Luton.
    SunSport revealed this week that Lingard could even be offered a one-year contract extension to ensure he maintains value in the market.
    Along with Telles, United are still interested in pulling off a deal for Sancho.
    Talks with Borussia Dortmund and the winger are said to have stalled in recent weeks.

    An initial deadline of August 10 set by the Bundesliga club passed without incident and the Premier League giants are now reportedly relying on paying the £108m fee in installments.
    Dortmund’s head of football Sebastian Kehl recently told Ruhr Nachrichten: “He is our player – and he will stay here.
    “It was an important statement from the club, because we have a certain responsibility. We agreed that we needed to show a certain stance.
    “And 80 million euros is simply not enough for a player of his quality. We owed it to the club and the fans. Without Jadon this team is weaker.”

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    Man Utd chief transfer negotiator Matt Judge brought £89m Pogba to Red Devils and negotiated De Gea’s contract extension

    ED WOODWARD might be the person you associate most with transfers at Manchester United, but behind-the-scenes there’s another man controlling the purse strings at Old Trafford.
    Matt Judge, who carries the official title of head of corporate development, prefers to be low-key when it comes to doing business for the Premier League giants.

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    Mike Judge is Ed Woodward’s right-hand man at Old TraffordCredit: AFP or licensors

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    That’s why you’ve probably never heard of him.
    But ever since 2016, there’s been a change of the guard when its come to taking on the role of chief negotiator.
    That’s where Judge has come in, most notably brokering deals for the likes of £89m world record signing Paul Pogba, transfer flop Alexis Sanchez, and David De Gea’s contract extension.
    And with United desperately looking to add talent to their squad after a disastrous 3-1 opening day defeat to Crystal Palace before the October 5 transfer deadline, you can bet Judge will be a busy man.

    AN ANONYMOUS EXISTENCE
    While chief executive Woodward is happy to push himself front and centre as the representative of the United boardroom, Judge sits in the backdrop quietly going about his affairs.
    A search on Google reveals very little about the man, and there’s an air of mystery about the tall, balding fella as he deals with the world’s biggest football names.
    One solitary picture pops up, hanging behind Woodward wearing a United suit and tie, accompanying his boss to training at Carrington.
    Also, he doesn’t have a picture on his LinkedIn picture.

    Instead, in the bio, it says: ‘Managing Manchester United’s equity and debt capital structure – three equity offerings incl the IPO, totalling over $450m; and three debt refinancings ($1bn+) – debt private placement, term-loan and RCF. Also player negotiations (transfers and playing contracts).’

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    An air of mystery surrounds Man Utd’s chief transfer negotiator Mike JudgeCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    On his LinkedIn page Judge doesn’t have a picture
    Like Woodward, Judge studied at Bristol University, where he finished a Masters degree in economics.
    And with 13 years of experience in investment banking before his United tenure, his area of expertise seems ideal for the role.
    SEVEN YEARS AND COUNTING
    Judge has been Woodward’s right-hand man since the departure of former chief executive David Gill in 2013.
    He began assisting in transfer negotiations in 2016, the summer United spent a whopping £89m on L’enfant terrible Paul Pogba.
    Since then, he has overseen moves involving the likes of Alexis Sanchez (£30m), Romelu Lukaku (£75m), Nemanja Matic (£40m), Viktor Lindelof (£30m), Bruno Fernandes (£49.5m) and Donny van de Beek (£35m) with United splashing £592.4m in that time.
    The cat that let the secret out the bag that Judge was so heavily involved in United’s deals was Jose Mourinho.
    “I know my people is doing everything they can,” the ‘Special One’ said once before a game at Burnley hoping for fresh new blood to help his ailing squad.
    “The owners with the green light, Mr Woodward working hard with Matt Judge and everybody is giving everything they can and I think they are going to be successful.”
    Judge and Woodward are tasked with overseeing 52 scouts dotted around the world.
    Their information is channelled through scouting chiefs Marcel Bout and Mick Court.

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    Judge has been working at Man Utd since 2012, stepping up to transfer negotiator in 2016Credit: Club Pachuca Tuzos
    Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also identifies prospective signings, before United draw up a list of targets.
    Last year, a source told the Manchester Evening News that it’s Judge who negotiates contracts and transfer fees.
    “Jim Lawlor and Mick Court were the scouts here under Ferguson and they are still delegated to identify targets,” a United insider told the MEN.
    “They will then hold discussions with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan.
    “Matt Judge is the one doing deals and Ed signs them off, but he also signs off non-football aspects as well.”
    CONTRACTS AND DEALS
    Judge hasn’t been afraid to exercise United’s wealth when it has come to signing the world’s best footballers, and securing the futures of stars they already own.

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    Judge would have drafted up the £375k-per-week contract signed by David De GeaCredit: Getty – Contributor
    Not only did Alexis Sanchez command a £30m transfer fee from Arsenal plus Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he was also given a £450,000-per-week contract – making him the most expensive player in Premier League history.
    Judge also tied up David De Gea to a new contract after lengthy negotiations that’ll keep him at the club till 2023. That didn’t come cheap, mind, with the contract reportedly worth around £117m.
    But don’t be fooled into thinking Judge isn’t canny when it comes to dealing with United’s coffers.
    In 2019, he haggled with Crystal Palace’s Steve Parish over a deal for Wan-Bissaka, initially low-balling the Eagles chairman with a £40m offer.

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    Alexis Sanchez was given a contract that made him the highest paid Premier League player everCredit: PA:Empics Sport

    And he did the same with Daniel James and Harry Maguire, before finally getting his man.
    Any deals that are made by United in this transfer window will have the fingers of Judge presiding all over them.
    Should the Red Devils dip into their hefty budget, Judge will be heavily responsible. But you’ll be unlikely to hear his name mentioned.

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    Man Utd ‘close’ to Alex Telles transfer on £70k a week but must stump up £25m to cover Porto’s agent fees

    MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly close to agreeing a deal for Porto defender Alex Telles.
    The Red Devils are hoping to provide competition for Luke Shaw with a move for the Brazilian defender.

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    Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Porto defender Alex TellesCredit: EPA

    United recently stepped up their chase for Telles by offering Diogo Dalot plus cash.
    However, Porto knocked-back the offer as they have no interest of taking back their former player – who left the club to join United in 2018.
    Telles has a release clause of £36.7million in his current contract at the Portuguese giants.

    But Porto are thought to be willing to accept over £10m less in a bid to cash-in while they can – with the 27-year-old out of contract this season.
    Telles – who has also attracted interest from Juventus – will therefore be able to negotiate pre-contract terms with European sides from January 1 ahead of a free transfer in July.
    And according to Portuguese outlet Correio da Manha, Porto are desperate to recoup as much money from the deal as possible.
    That is because Telles’ former side Galatasaray will be owed ten per cent of any future transfer.

    The one-cap Brazil international’s agents Pini Zahavi and Jorge Mendes also stand to make 15 per cent of the cut as well.

    Telles is thought to have already agreed a five-year deal worth around £70,000-a-week with United.
    Yet SunSport revealed that the Red Devils are also monitoring Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico should they fail to strike a fee with Porto.
    The Argentine full-back, who was on Leicester’s shortlist as a replacement for Ben Chilwell, is free to leave Ajax this summer for around £23m.

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