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    Man Utd ‘want to sell Anthony Martial’ after completing Jadon Sancho transfer with French forward no longer needed

    MANCHESTER UNITED will look to sell Anthony Martial after signing Jadon Sancho, reports say. United finally wrapped up and announced the a deal with Sancho, who arrived from Borussia Dortmund for £73million.
    Man Utd will look to sell Anthony Martial after signing Jadon Sancho, reports sayCredit: Getty
    It came one year after the England forward’s move to Old Trafford collapsed as Dortmund held out for £108m.
    In the period since, Frenchman Martial, 25, failed to make an impact with only seven goals.
    It was instead veteran Edison Cavani, 34, who emerged as United’s threat in front of goal, with Sancho, 21, now adding to the front line.
    But according to the Daily Star, Martial’s future has now been left in the balance with the club hoping to sell him.
    They are also closing in on a deal to sign centre-back Raphael Varane, 28, who Real Madrid value at £50m.
    Personal terms are already underway with defender Varane with United now looking at ways to bring in funds.
    Martial – who signed from Monaco in 2015 for £44.5m – has attracted attention from Tottenham before.
    But his £250,000-a-week wages will cause a stumbling block, with Spurs among those not interested in matching the figure.
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    Sancho will now make up an attack which already has England team-mates Marcus Rashford, 23, and Mason Greenwood, 19.
    And United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who has just signed a new three-year deal – was full of praise for his versatile new star.
    He said: “He’s such a creative, positive winger and forward player. He can play wide, nip into the pockets and he excites the fans.
    He takes people on one-against-one, he creates chances, he works hard and he loves football.
    “And there is some untapped talent there I am sure, and coming into this environment will help him improve as well.”
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    Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Juventus and not seek transfer away, says club legend and vice president Pavel Nedved

    CRISTIANO RONALDO has been tipped to stay at Juventus by vice president Pavel Nedved, ending any transfer speculation.Ronaldo has just one year left on his contract with the Italians and having not extended it, question marks over his future were raised.
    Cristiano Ronaldo has just one year left on his contractCredit: Rex
    Pavel Nedved said Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at JuventusCredit: Getty
    PSG and former clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid have both been linked with the superstar forward.
    But Juve legend and now club chief Nedved have told them to forget about it, as Ronaldo is staying put.
    He told Sky Sport: “Ronaldo has been called up for July 26, he’ll be back on Monday and will stay with us.”
    Ronaldo, 36, is currently on holiday in Mallorca, having led Portugal to the last 16 of the European Championships in the summer.
    According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, he is expected to arrive in Turin very shortly to discuss his future with Juve.
    He signed for the Serie A giant in 2018 for £99million from Real Madrid and won the league in his first two seasons.
    But under Andrea Pirlo, 42, last term it was a disaster for the club, who only just finished fourth and missed out on the title for the first time in ten years.
    Pirlo has since been replaced by Massimiliano Allegri – who left the club in 2019 – but it has not yet convinced Ronaldo to commit his future.
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    PSG is seen as realistic destination, although it is believed they will NOT make a move unless Kylian Mbappe leaves.
    Frenchman Mbappe, 22, has been a long-time transfer target of Real Madrid.
    But as was the case with Nedved, 48, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi promised the forward will not be going anywhere.
    He told L’Equipe: “I will be clear. Mbappe is going to stay in Paris.
    “We will never sell him and he will never leave on a free. Mbappe has everything he needs in Paris.”
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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signs new three-year Man Utd deal to stay as manager at Old Trafford until 2024

    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has extended his Manchester United contract with a new three-year deal, it has been confirmed. The club legend, who won the Champions League and Premier League as a player, will now be at Old Trafford until 2024, with an option for a further year.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has extended his Manchester United contract by three more yearsCredit: Getty
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer returned to United in 2019Credit: PA
    He said: “Everyone knows the feeling I have for this club, and I am delighted to have signed this new contract.
    “It is an exciting time for Manchester United, we have built a squad with a good balance of youth and experienced players that are hungry for success.
    “I have a fantastic coaching team around me, and we are all ready to take that next step on our journey.
    “Manchester United wants to be winning the biggest and best trophies and that’s what we are all striving for.
    “We have improved, both on and off the pitch, and that will continue over the coming seasons. 
    “I can’t wait to get out in front of a packed Old Trafford and get this campaign started.”
    Solskjaer returned to United in 2019 after the sacking of Jose Mourinho, initially as caretaker manager.
    But after impressing in the hot seat, he was handed a permanent contract and last season completed his first full campaign in charge.
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    The Norwegian guided United to a second-placed league finish, coming runners-up to rivals City.
    And they faced further heartbreak after losing on penalties to Villarreal in the Europa League final.
    But still, the impressive domestic and European run has convinced Old Trafford chiefs to put their trust in Solskjaer even further with a new deal.

    It caps off an incredible week for the United manager, who has finally signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
    The England forward, 21, arrived for £73million, a year after seeing a move to Manchester collapse with Dortmund holding out for £108m.
    But after ending the long-drawn out transfer saga, Solskjaer told United’s website: “He’s such a creative, positive winger and forward player.
    “He can play wide, nip into the pockets and he excites the fans.
    He takes people on one-against-one, he creates chances, he works hard and he loves football.
    “And there is some untapped talent there I am sure, and coming into this environment will help him improve as well.”
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    Chelsea line up transfer swoop for ex-Man Utd keeper Sergio Romero as they step up search for third-choice stopper

    CHELSEA could turn to ex-Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero in their hunt for a third-choice stopper, reports say. Thomas Tuchel is searching for more reinforcements between the posts after Argentine Willy Caballero, 39, was released in the summer.
    Sergio Romero is linked with a move to ChelseaCredit: Getty
    According to The Telegraph, Caballero’s countryman Romero, also without a club, is emerging as a possibility.
    He has been at United since 2015 and largely provided backup for long-time No1 David de Gea, 30.
    But after the emergence of England’s Dean Henderson, 24, last season, Romero, 34, fell further down the pecking order.
    He was due to join Everton on loan before the start of last campaign until United blocked the move at the last minute.
    After being completely outcasted from the Old Trafford setup, Romero spent much of last season away in Argentina.
    He has since been linked with moves to Juventus, Everton again and now Chelsea.
    The Blues moved for Edouard Mendy, 29, from Rennes last summer and the Senegal international replaced Kepa Arrizabalaga, 26, as No1.
    Mendy kept 25 clean sheets in his 45 appearances, including one in the Champions League final win against Manchester City.
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    Kepa, who in 2018 became the most expensive keeper ever at £71.6m, managed just 14 games last season, six coming in the FA Cup.
    The Spaniard has been in talks to leave before but his wages of around £150,000-per-week would prove a stumbling block.
    A transfer back to Spain, initially on loan, has been mooted in the past with Mendy now established as Chelsea’s first-choice keeper.
    Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Middlesbrough’s Marcus Bettinelli, 29, and Wayne Hennessey, 34, who instead joined Burnley.
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    Jadon Sancho saddened by racial abuse but says ‘hate will never win’ as England star writes powerful Instagram message

    JADON SANCHO has bravely spoken out after suffering racist abuse but the England star insisted: ‘Hate will never win’. The forward, along with Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka, missed in the European Championship final penalty shootout loss to Italy.
    Jadon Sancho has bravely spoken out after suffering racist abuseCredit: Getty
    Afterwards, the courageous trio were subjected to vile racist abuse, which left Sancho saddened.
    But the winger vowed to bounce back better than ever as he thanked fans for their support and positivity.
    Sancho, 21, posted: “I’m not going pretend that I didn’t see the racial abuse that me and my brothers Marcus and Bukayo received after the game, but sadly it’s nothing new.
    “As a society we need to do better, and hold these people accountable.Hate will never win.
    “To all the young people who have received similar abuse, hold your heads up high and keep chasing the dream.
    “I am proud of this England team and how we have united the whole nation in what has been a difficult 18 months for so many people.
    “Much as we wanted to win the tournament, we will build and learn from this experience going forward.
    “I want to say a massive thank you for all the positive messages and love and support that far outweighed the negative.

    “It’s been an honour as always representing England and wearing the Three Lions shirt, and I have no doubt we’ll be back even stronger!”
    Sancho, who has completed a medical ahead of his £73million move to Manchester United, was subbed on with Rashford, 23, to take a penalty.
    But he saw his effort saved Gianluigi Donnarumma, who also kept out 19-year-old Saka’s to secure the trophy for Italy.
    Sancho, who alongside Saka and Rashford have been praised for their bravery, apologised for his penalty miss.
    But he highlighted the positivity of England reaching their first final in 55 years and praised ‘the togetherness’ of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions.
    Sancho posted: “I’ve had a couple of days to reflect on Sunday’s final and still feel a mix of emotions.
    “I would like to say sorry to all my teammates, coaching staff and most of all the fans who I let down.

    “This is by far the worst feeling I’ve felt in a long time. It’s hard to even put into words the real feeling, but there were so many positives to take away from this tournament though the defeat will hurt for a long time.
    “My first thought before going into any football match is always “How can I help my team?, how am I going to assist ? how am I going to score ? how am I going to create chances ?
    “And that’s exactly what I wanted to do with that penalty, help the team. I was ready and confident to take it, these are the moment’s you dream of as a kid, it is why I play football.
    “These are the pressured situations you want to be under as a footballer.
    “I’ve scored penalties before at club level, I’ve practiced them countless times for both club and country so I picked my corner but it just wasn’t meant to be this time.
    “We all had the same ambitions and objectives. We wanted to bring the trophy home.
    “This has been one of the most enjoyable camps I’ve been part of in my career so far, the togetherness of the team has been unmatched, a real family on and off the pitch.”
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    Marcus Rashford out until OCTOBER with Man Utd and England star to undergo surgery on nagging shoulder injury

    MARCUS RASHFORD could miss the opening two months of the new Premier League season after deciding to have shoulder surgery.The Manchester United and England striker had a scan on Tuesday to determine the severity of the muscle tear in his shoulder he has been managing since last November.
    Marcus Rashford is set to undergo surgery on a nagging shoulder injuryCredit: Reuters
    Rashford, 23, took pain-killing injections to ensure he was available for the Euros.
    But he has opted to have an operation after the problem did not improve over time.
    A source close to Rashford said: “Marcus’ desire to get the shoulder corrected was strong towards the latter part of the season.
    “But expecting to play a greater role with England this summer and taking immense pride in representing his country he embarked on camp with the backing of both domestic and national team doctors.
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    “He has been managing the pain and has every intention to get the surgery done sooner rather than later.”
    Rashford wants surgery immediately but it is unlikely to happen until the end of this month, with the BBC reporting the chosen surgeon is unavailable.
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    It is believed Rashford will then have to wait six weeks after the op before he can resume training.
    That means the forward could be on the sidelines for up to 12 weeks in total.
    The news is a major blow to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is bidding to end the club’s eight-year wait for a Prem title.
    Rashford will miss the season opener against Leeds on August 14 and could miss eight league games and three Champions League ties in total.
    He could also miss five England World Cup qualifiers in September and October as well.
    Solskjaer has been handed a boost with Jadon Sancho completing his medical ahead of a £73million move.
    Rashford, 23, and new team-mate Sancho, 21, alongside Bukayo Saka, 19, suffered vile racist abuse after their penalty shootout misses.
    It saw England lose in the Euros final, with the brave trio then targeted afterwards.
    Rashford suffered further attacks after his mural in Withington was vandalised.

    But the inspirational forward, who only played 84 minutes for England at the Euros and also battled an ankle injury last season, revealed he was ‘on the verge of tears’ as his fans responded with messages of support.
    He said: “I can take critique of my performance all day long, my penalty wasn’t good enough, it should have gone in.
    “But I will never apologise for who I am and where I came from.
    “I’ve felt no prouder moment than wearing these three lions on my chest and seeing my family cheer me in a crowd of tens of thousands.
    “The messages I’ve received today have been positively overwhelming and seeing the response in Withington had me on the verge of tears.”
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    Harry Maguire says racists who abused England heroes Saka, Sancho & Rashford would NEVER have courage to take a penalty

    HARRY MAGUIRE has paid tribute to England’s penalty takers — and admitted he would not have taken one for his country at such a young age.Bukayo Saka, 19, Jadon Sancho, 21, and Marcus Rashford, 23, received sickening racist abuse after their misses against Italy.
    Harry Maguire has paid tribute to England’s penalty takersCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    England heroes Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka
    And Maguire, 28 insisted the racist cowards would never have the guts to step forward.
    Maguire, who scored in the shootout, said: “When I was 19 or 20, I would have been standing there saying ‘I don’t want to take one’.
    “There is no chance I would have been putting my hand up at their age.
    “So look at the courage and bravery of these young lads, look at the age of Bukayo, Jadon and Marcus.
    “The things I have gone through have made me more confident and have given me belief.
    “I am able to handle those situations better, now I am happy to take one and I executed it well.
    “These people who are being abusive would not be able to handle the pressure.
    “It is the highest amount of pressure you will feel, so to do it at their age and to show such bravery should be applauded.
    Bukayo Saka is consoled by England boss Gareth Southgate after he missed his penaltyCredit: AP
    Maguire with SunSport’s Charlie WyettCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    Hundreds left messages of support and kneeled next to a mural of Marcus Rashford after it was defaced and he suffered vile racist abuseCredit: PA
    “I spoke with the three lads afterwards. I have checked up with them and seen how they are but they are courageous lads.
    “They should be applauded rather than criticised.
    “I took a penalty in a play-off final shootout for Sheffield United when I was 19 but doing it for England is completely different.”
    Maguire has been sent videos of his penalty smashing a camera in the shootout.

    But the Manchester United captain is furious with the nasty side of social media.
    He added: “It does not surprise me. For the three lads who have given everything for the country and been so brave to get this is terrible.”
    England and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden tweeted: “We’re all hurting right now but the racist abuse sent to some of my team-mates after the bravery they showed on Sunday night is disgusting and has no place in the game.”
    Everton striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin added: “To the real England fans, thank you for your support this summer and to those of you abusing my team-mates for having the courage to step up and take a penalty shame on you, we don’t need people like you on social media or in society.”
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    Jadon Sancho expected to have Man Utd medical this week and complete £73m transfer before summer holiday

    MANCHESTER UNITED hope to help Jadon Sancho over his Euro heartache by finalising a switch this week.The England ace, 21, is expected to have his medical with the Red Devils before he heads off on his holidays.
    Man Utd hope to help Jadon Sancho over his Euro heartache by finalising a switch this weekCredit: Getty
    A fee of around £73million was agreed between United and Borussia Dortmund in June bringing a long pursuit to an end.
    And the Premier League giants are keen to put the finishing touches to the move as soon as possible now that his international commitments are over.
    The Euro 2020 final ended in disappointment for former Manchester City trainee Sancho as he came off the bench in time for the penalty shootout.
    He saw his spot-kick saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma as England fluffed their final three efforts to hand Italy the crown at Wembley.
    Sancho and his fellow Three Lions stars at United are only likely to get around three weeks off before reporting back for pre-season in early August.
    So all parties want it finalised before he heads off for some sunshine and a much-needed break.
    Meanwhile United are still in talks with the representatives of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane about a move to England.
    However, United have yet to speak to the Spanish outfit to agree a fee for the 28-year-old French international.

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    That could yet prove another obstacle with reports suggesting they will want north of £50m for the centre-back.
    Another French ace on United chief Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar is Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, 18, who is valued in the £25m bracket by his club. He is into the final year of his contract.
    Solskjaer has added Eric Ramsay to United’s first-team coaching set-up.
    The former Chelsea coach will work one-on-one with individual players and also work on the side’s set-plays.
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