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    Man Utd ‘agree five-year deal with Porto’s Alex Telles’ but clubs haggle over transfer fee with PSG showing interest

    MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly agreed a five-year contract with Porto left-back Alex Telles.
    It comes after Tottenham pipped them to the signing of Sergio Reguilon, who has joined Spurs from Real Madrid.

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    Man Utd have reportedly agreed a five-year contract with Porto left-back Alex Telles

    They have instead set their sights on 27-year-old Telles, and according to RMC, the player has agreed personal terms with United.
    A transfer fee is yet to hashed out between the two clubs as PSG also remain interested in the defender.
    United pulled out of the race to sign Reguilon, 23, due to Madrid’s insistence on inserting a buy-back clause into the deal.
    And they turned their attention to Brazilian Telles, who is in the last year of his deal at Porto.

    The Portuguese club risk seeing him leave for free at the end of the season if they don’t cash in now.
    Telles’ renewal talks with Porto broke down after he asked for wages of up to £88,000 a week.
    He joined the Portuguese champions in 2016 from Galatasaray and scored 13 goals with 12 assists in 49 appearances last season.
    Telles is available without a buy-back clause and was previously on Chelsea’s radar before they signed Ben Chilwell for £50m from Leicester.

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    The full-back spent a year on loan at Inter Milan in 2015-16 but the Serie A side elected not to make it a permanent move.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to provide competition and potentially cover for Luke Shaw, 25.
    Versatile defender Brandon Williams, 21, is also a contender of United’s left side of defence, having made 43 appearances in a breakthrough campaign last season.

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    Man Utd target Alejandro Garnacho was the ‘jewel’ of Atletico’s academy, is obsessed by Ronaldo and wears the number 7

    WHEN it rains it pours.
    Manchester United are continuing to reshape their academy with the addition of Europe’s hottest talents and are set to add Spanish wonderkid Alejandro Garnacho to their ranks.

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    Manchester United are set to sign Alejandro Garnacho from Atletico MadridCredit: Instagram / @garnacho7

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    Garnacho, who has been with Atletico since 2015, is said to be the ‘jewel’ of the club’s academyCredit: La Liga promises

    The fleet-footed forward will be the third La Liga starlet join the club this summer, after the arrivals of Marc Jurado from Barcelona and Alvaro Fernandez from Real Madrid.
    And Garnacho, 16, called the ‘jewel’ of Atletico’s academy, will be hoping to emulate his hero at Old Trafford.
    He is obsessed by Cristiano Ronaldo, and even wears the same shirt number – No7.
    STIFF COMPETITION
    The Red Devils are said to have fought off Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund to secure Garnacho’s signature.

    Described as a ‘goalscoring machine’, the Madrid-born teenager was highly rated by Atletico, who are reportedly devastated he’s leaving.
    He joined the club in 2015, impressing all with his killer instinct in front of goal.
    In 2016, whilst playing for Atletico’s Infantil B, he was Spain’s top scorer – destroying opposition defences with his natural knack for finding the back of the net.

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    Talented Garnacho is said to be a goalscoring machineCredit: La Liga promises

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    Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund were also reportedly interested in GarnachoCredit: Instagram / @garnacho7
    QUICK AND NIMBLE
    Blessed with a flawless technique, Garnacho boasts attributes including close ball control that make it difficult for defenders to rob the ball off him.

    In the penalty area he’s intuitive and clinical, preferring to shift the ball onto his right foot before calmly slotting the ball home.
    A real predator in front of goal, Garnacho is also adept at finding space in the penalty box, and is an instinctive poacher.
    Moving to Old Trafford, he hopes, will see him emulate his hero Ronaldo, and was said to be a deciding factor in his decision to move.
    READY FOR STARDOM
    From a young age Garnacho’s potential has seen him primed for the top.
    Last season, he found himself enjoying run-outs for Atletico’s U19 team.

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    Garnacho wants to emulate his idol Cristiano RonaldoCredit: La Liga promises

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    Garnacho wears the same number jersey as Ronaldo – No7 Credit: Instagram / @garnacho7

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    Garnacho recently uploaded a snap on Instagram announcing his arrival in ManchesterCredit: Instagram / @garnacho7

    He turned 16 in July, which meant he was able to discuss deals with other clubs, and it has been reported that Atletico did everything they could to keep their star man.
    But, reports suggest Garnacho has penned a five-year deal with the Premier League giants and is ready to make his mark on English football.
    And all it will cost United is a compensation package for his training and development.

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    Solskjaer warns Man Utd youngster Ethan Galbraith to sharpen up after getting ‘caught on the ball’ vs Aston Villa

    MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned youngster Ethan Galbraith to sharpen up.
    The 19-year-old midfielder featured in United’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa in pre-season on Saturday.

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    Ethan Galbraith was singled out by Ole Gunnar SolskjaerCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    Solskjaer watched his side play from the stands at Villa ParkCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    And Solskjaer singled him out for getting ‘caught on the ball’.
    Speaking to the club’s website, the Norwegian said: “They’ll [young players] learn from it of course.
    “Young Ethan Galbraith has been with us in the summer, in the Europa League, he’s been training with us and then he gets minutes today and you could see he’s got less time [on the ball].

    “I spoke to him after the game and he knows a couple of times he gets caught on the ball but that’s the learning he needs.
    “That’s going to make him, next time he’s on the pitch, be ready for it.”
    Solskjaer reserved his praise for new signing Donny van de Beek, returning goalkeeper Dean Henderson and another youngster, defender Teden Mengi.
    He added: “Donny was maybe the biggest plus outfield.

    “He’s such a finder of space and creates time for himself with his timing and movement.

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    New Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek featured in the warm-up gameCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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    “I was very happy with his performance.”
    Substitute shot-stopper Lee Grant joked that he had thrown a curveball into the David De Gea vs Henderson debate.
    Red Devils No4 Grant, 37, humorously suggested he’d made it ‘even more difficult’ for Solskjaer to pick his team after keeping a clean sheet in his 15-minute cameo.
    He told MUTV: “I thought he [Henderson] did fantastically well.
    “David’s come back from international duty as sharp as ever.
    “And I’ve kept a clean sheet today and made the gaffer’s job even more difficult next week.”

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    Aston Villa 1 Man Utd 0: Fuming fans demand transfers as Solskjaer’s men flop to defeat in pre-season friendly

    MANCHESTER UNITED’s preparations for the new season appear to have suffered a dent with defeat to Aston Villa in a friendly on Saturday.
    The Red Devils crashed to a 1-0 defeat in a game that was played behind closed doors to last season’s Premier League strugglers.

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preseason with Manchester United took a hit with defeat to Aston Villa in a friendlyCredit: Reuters

    Villa’s £28million club record signing Ollie Watkins got the only goal of the match, just days after arriving from Brentford.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he was going to use the game “to give players minutes.”
    His starting XI was: Dean Henderson; Diogo Dalot, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Daniel James; Odion Ighalo.
    But they were unable to claim a result at Villa Park in their final preseason game before they finally begin their Prem season against Crystal Palace next weekend.

    A notable absentee from the starting line-up was Paul Pogba, who only began training this week with the rest of the United squad after testing positive with coronavirus at the end of August.
    The result left United fans fuming online – with some demanding the club invest in more players.
    Shamrez tweeted: “Absolutely embarrassing losing to villa we need a riot at old Trafford, we need more signings ffs.”
    Art is life wrote: “We played a friendly a Villa and we already lost! Man U, Nawa!

    While Almanuman tweeted: “Might need some more signings though, eh @ManUtd.”
    And Chico said: “Our second 11 is utter garbage, who would’ve thought.”

    We lost to Villa with this squad.Now imagine what’s gonna happen if we face Liverpool, City, Arsenal, Chelsea Everton, Spurs with this? On top of that we’ll be going to the UCL competition with this squad and end up looking like a joke.Get some signings done @ManUtd #MUFC
    — Debbrata Das 🔰 (@iamdebbrata) September 13, 2020

    We just lost to Aston villa it’s clear that we need more signings
    — GodiraoneGodi (@GodiGodiraone) September 12, 2020

    We played a friendly a Villa and we already lost! Man Utd, Nawa!
    — Art Is Life🍁 (@spellzofficial) September 12, 2020

    @ManUtd lost to Aston Villa I’m hearing?? This’s what will be happening every league game if those parasites won’t sign players.
    — Alajo 🔰🔴 (@AlajoUtd) September 12, 2020

    @ManUtd lose their first pre season vs Aston Villa typical United struggling vs lesser opposition
    — Agent F (@FlavionsKimani) September 12, 2020

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have added £40million Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek to their ranks.
    Solskjaer singled him out for his performance, saying: “Donny was maybe the biggest plus outfield.
    “He’s such a finder of space and creates time for himself with his timing and movement.

    “I was very happy with his performance.”
    United are still unable to agree a fee for top transfer target Jadon Sancho with his club Borussia Dortmund.
    Although, it has been reported that the club have resolved an issue with potential agents fees in that deal.

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    Aston Villa 1 Man Utd 0: Fuming fans demand more transfers as Solskjaer’s men ‘flop to defeat in pre-season friendly’

    MANCHESTER UNITED’s preparations for the new season appear to have suffered a dent with defeat to Aston Villa in a friendly on Saturday.
    Reports suggest the Red Devils crashed to a 1-0 defeat in a game that was played behind closed doors to last season’s Premier League strugglers.

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    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s preseason with Manchester United took a hit with defeat to Aston Villa in a friendlyCredit: Reuters

    Details are sketchy with the clubs agreeing not to divulge the result of the game until it is aired on MUTV this evening.
    But tweets from the ground claims Villa’s £28million club record signing Ollie Watkins got the only goal of the match, just days after arriving from Brentford.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he was going to use the game “to give players minutes.”
    His starting XI was: Dean Henderson; Diogo Dalot, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Donny van de Beek; Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Daniel James; Odion Ighalo.

    But they were unable to claim a result at Villa Park in their final preseason game before they finally begin their Prem season against Crystal Palace next weekend.
    A notable absentee from the starting line-up was Paul Pogba, who only began training this week with the rest of the United squad after testing positive with coronavirus at the end of August.
    The result left United fans fuming online – with some demanding the club invest in more players.
    Art is life wrote: “We played a friendly a Villa and we already lost! Man U, Nawa!

    While Almanuman tweeted: “Might need some more signings though, eh @ManUtd.”
    And Chico said: “Our second 11 is utter garbage, who would’ve thought.”

    We played a friendly a Villa and we already lost! Man Utd, Nawa!
    — Art Is Life🍁 (@spellzofficial) September 12, 2020

    We got beat by Villa?? Fuck sake! … S’ok, merely a pre-season friendly…Might need some more signings though, eh @ManUtd
    — Alan (@Almanuman) September 12, 2020

    @ManUtd lost to Aston Villa I’m hearing?? This’s what will be happening every league game if those parasites won’t sign players.
    — Alajo 🔰🔴 (@AlajoUtd) September 12, 2020

    @ManUtd lose their first pre season vs Aston Villa typical United struggling vs lesser opposition
    — Agent F (@FlavionsKimani) September 12, 2020

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have added £40million Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek to their ranks.
    But they’re still unable to agree a fee for top transfer target Jadon Sancho with his club Borussia Dortmund.
    Although, it has been reported that the club have resolved an issue with potential agents fees in that deal.

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    Man Utd announce three academy signings after poaching young talent from Barcelona and Real Madrid

    Manchester United have announced the signings of Marc Jurado from Barcelona and Alvaro Fernandez from Real Madrid.
    United have also confirmed the signing of Isak Hansen-Aaroen from Norwegian side Tromso but are still awaiting international clearance for the 16-year-old.

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    Alvaro Fernandez, left, and Marc Jurado have joined Manchester United from Real Madrid and BarcelonaCredit: Refer to Caption

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    Isak Hansen-Aaroen has joined Manchester United’s academy ranks

    Jurado, 16, and Fernandez, 17, have been in quarantine since arriving in Manchester last month but have now received international clearance for the Spanish duo to join United’s academy.
    Players require clearance from both relevant football associations before an international transfer can be approved.
    Full-backs Jurado and Fernandez have already started intensive English lessons and were introduced to their new academy coaches via Zoom calls.
    Arnau Puigmal and Mateo Mejia, two Spaniards already on the Red Devils’ books, have also been FaceTiming the pair to help them settle.

    United have also given Jurado and Fernandez documentaries to watch about the club and the city of Manchester to help them adjust.
    Manchester Evening News revealed last week Norwegian Hansen-Aaroen has already started training with United’s Under-18 side, along with fellow academy signings Joe Hugill, Logan Pye and Radek Vitek.
    United beat Arsenal and Tottenham to the £300,000 signing of 16-year-old striker Hugill from Sunderland in May.
    The 16-year-old was joined at United by Black Cats teammate Pye, also 16, while Czech goalkeeper Vitek arrived from Sigma Olomouc.

    They look set to be joined at Carrington by Manchester City starlet Charlie McNeill, who has rejected a professional contract at the Etihad.
    United are busy finalising a £750,000 deal to bring McNeill back to the club he supports and the England youth international will be placed in the U23 team.
    They have also agreed a deal for Atletico Madrid youngster Alejandro Garnacho, with the striker due in Manchester later this week.

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    Man Utd’s David de Gea vs Dean Henderson battle has ‘problem written all over it’, claims Gary Neville

    MANCHESTER UNITED legend Gary Neville believes there’s trouble brewing at Old Trafford over the No1 keeper spot.
    Dean Henderson has returned to the club following a successful loan spell with Sheffield United.

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    David de Gea is Manchester United’s NO1Credit: Getty Images – Getty

    And he faces a battle on his hands to dislodge first choice David de Gea in the first team.
    But while Neville believes Henderson won’t come in and be first choice straight away, should De Gea endure another season of blunders he may as well kiss goodbye to his United career.
    Neville told Sky Sports’ ‘FNF: Season Preview’: “The idea that Dean Henderson would come into Manchester United and replace David de Gea as No 1 goalkeeper straight away… it won’t happen, I can guarantee it won’t happen.
    “This has got ‘problem’ written all over it. The one area of the pitch where you need consistency and stability is your goalkeeper, you need to know who your No1 is, you cannot be flip-flopping.

    “It just does not work; I’ve never seen it work at any club or at international level.
    “Where there is a decision to be made about two goalkeepers you have to pick your No1, go with him and stick with him, even if there is a mistake.
    “Once you take David de Gea out of the team and put Henderson in, you may as well forget about De Gea. That’s coming from my experiences at United.

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    Dean Henderson has returned to Old Trafford after a successful loan spell at Sheffield UnitedCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    “The period between Peter Schmeichel and Edwin van der Sar we had Ricardo, Fabien Barthez, Mark Bosnich, Roy Carroll, Tim Howard, Massimo Taibi, many goalkeepers over a five- to six-year period and there was an inconsistency that certainly didn’t help.”

    De Gea had an error-strewn season last campaign, while Henderson earned all the plaudits with the Blades.
    The 23-year-old has been with United since 2013, but has spent most of his career on loan, including at Stockport, Grimsby and Shrewsbury.

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    Real Madrid ‘ready to accept cut-price £22m for Gareth Bale’ putting Man Utd and Tottenham on transfer alert

    REAL MADRID are ready to let Gareth Bale leave for £22million, Spanish reports say.
    The 31-year-old has grown increasingly frustrated in the Spanish capital, managing only 14 starts last season.

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    Real Madrid are reportedly ready to let Gareth Bale leave for £22m
    But according to Mundo Deportivo, manager Zinedine Zidane and the Bernabeu board are willing to let the Welshman leave.
    And they will lower their asking price to £22m, having refused to pay off the remaining two years of his contract worth £30.2m.
    Manchester United and Tottenham have both been linked with the forward in the past.
    But Bale’s £600,000 a week wages have proved a stumbling block previously.

    It is now understood the former Spurs winger is open to taking a pay cut if it means ending his Madrid misery.
    United are in the market for a wideman, having so far failed to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £109m asking price for 20-year-old Jadon Sancho.
    Bale was close to sealing a move to China last summer, until Madrid blocked the transfer at the last minute.

    But they are now happy for the him to leave as they attempt to offset their wage bill and recoup transfer funds.

    It comes after James Rodriquez, 29, was sold to Everton for £20m.
    Zidane is said to be meeting Bale this week to discuss his future at the club.
    The unwanted player already revealed Madrid have made it hard for him to leave in the past.
    Bale told Sky Sports: “There have been other instances where we have tried to go but the club won’t allow it or they have done something.
    “What can I say? I want to play football. I am still motivated to play football so I guess it is on the club really.
    “I can’t do anything, they are in control of everything
    “I have a contract so all I can do is carry on what I am doing an hopefully something comes up.
    “It is in the club’s hands and they have made things very difficult to be honest.”

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