Man Utd release EIGHT players including Sergio Romero, Varane transfer UPDATES, Saul Niguez and Sancho latest

MANCHESTER UNITED have released a EIGHT stars, including Sergio Romero.

Juan Mata has also been released – but a one-year contract is being negotiated with the veteran Spaniard.

Also on the transfer front, we've the very latest on Jules Kounde as well as updates on Jadon Sancho and Pau Torres.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MORE FROM GLAZER

    Manchester United’s executive co-chairman Joel Glazer has outlined his plans to better the board's relationship with the fans after the European Super League fiasco.

    Glazer said: “Fans are the lifeblood of Manchester United.

    “I am committed to ensuring they are given an enhanced voice, through the creation of a Fan Advisory Board and Fan Share Scheme.

    “The club has been in discussions with the Manchester United Supporters Trust for a number of months and has sought legal advice on options”

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  • Kostas Lianos

    SPLASH THE CASH

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may splash £140million on new players, such as Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, this summer.

    United’s executive co-chairman Joel Glazer said: “We will invest in our academy and the transfer market to support the manager in an effort to meet the club’s goals.”

    Glazer also opened up on his plans to upgrade Old Trafford, as well as their training ground.

    And after angering fans with the European Super League fiasco, he insisted: “Fans are the lifeblood of Manchester United"

  • Kostas Lianos

    SANCHO BOOST

    Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Jadon Sancho are "cautiously optimistic" a deal can be done.

    That is according to Sky Sports, who claim that discussions over Sancho's transfer are focused around Dortmund's asking price.

    But the Bundesliga giants are expected to ask for a fee significantly lower than the England international's previous £108million release clause.

    Dortmund's conditions haven't been made public but if any club meets them then they won't stand in the 21-year-old's way

  • Kostas Lianos

    KOUNDE RACE

    Manchester United have been joined by Barcelona and Real Madrid in the transfer race for highly-rated Sevilla star Jules Kounde.

    Kounde has also been linked with Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal in recent months.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca have been monitoring the centre-back for two years.

    Real are also thought to be keeping a close eye on the France international as they may need to replace Raphael Varane

  • Kostas Lianos

    GONCALVES WAR

    Manchester United and Liverpool are prepared to go to war over Sporting Lisbon ace Pedro Goncalves.

    According to Record, Goncalves is close to signing a new deal with Sporting that will see his wages increasing.

    However, the attacking midfielder's £52million release clause will stay the same.

    The Portugal international amassed 23 goals and five assists in 37 appearances across all competitions this season

  • Kostas Lianos

    SAUL SEARCHING

    Manchester United are likely to face a bidding war for Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez.

    United have been linked with Saul amid the ongoing summer transfer window.

    However, the likes of Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the star midfielder.

    According to Marca, Atletico need to sell players if they are to make top signings this summer due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Matteo Moretto and Marca report that the Spain international has a release clause of €150million [£128m] but the Spanish champions are willing to let him go for a lot less

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  • Alex Terrell

    VARANE OUR MAN

    Rafael Varane has been offered one final contract deal with Real Madrid, as the France defender weighs up a move to Manchester United.

    United hope the World Cup winner and four-time Champions League winner will give them the green light to weigh in with an offer to Real for a move to Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils have long been looking for a top class partner for Harry Maguire with Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly failing to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    And Varane, 29, is seen as a top-class, experienced star that can make a big difference to United's defensive stability as they bid to close the gap on champions Manchester City.

  • Alex Terrell

    EXCLUSIVE

    Harry Maguire says missing Manchester United’s run-in was even tougher to take because he was in the form of his life.

    The Old Trafford skipper is fighting to be fit for England at the Euros but is certain to miss the opener against Croatia on June 13.

    Maguire, 28, said: “Myself and the United team had a really bad start. We did not get a good pre-season and started the season really slowly but we soon improved.

    “At the time of the injury, I had been playing the best football of my career.

    “I had been really happy with my game for a few months. I was playing with a lot of confidence and belief.

    “My fitness levels before the injury were really good. I was playing week in, week out and that had put me in a really good place in terms of my defending and when I had possession.

    “I have to remember that feeling when I was playing well and must work hard to be fit and be ready to go again and continue where I left off.”

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can splash £140million on new players this summer – with Jadon Sancho tipped to once again be a major target.

    United's executive co-chairman Joel Glazer said: “We will invest in our academy and the transfer market to support the manager in an effort to meet the club’s goals.”

    He made it clear boss Solskjaer has a big transfer kitty – with Borussia Dortmund's England attacker Sancho fancied because of his versatility across the front line

    Glazer also revealed significant plans to upgrade Old Trafford, as well as their training ground.

    And after angering fans with his European Super League bid, he insisted: “Fans are the lifeblood of Manchester United.

    “I am committed to ensuring they are given an enhanced voice, through the creation of a Fan Advisory Board and Fan Share Scheme.

    “The club has been in discussions with the Manchester United Supporters Trust for a number of months and has sought legal advice on options.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAGUIRE REVEALS INJURY AGONY

    Maguire, 28, said: “Myself and the United team had a really bad start. We did not get a good pre-season and started the season really slowly but we soon improved.

    “At the time of the injury, I had been playing the best football of my career.

    “I had been really happy with my game for a few months. I was playing with a lot of confidence and belief.

    “My fitness levels before the injury were really good. I was playing week in, week out and that had put me in a really good place in terms of my defending and when I had possession.

    “I have to remember that feeling when I was playing well and must work hard to be fit and be ready to go again and continue where I left off.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    MAGUIRE: I WAS IN FORM OF MY LIFE

    Harry Maguire says missing Manchester United’s run-in was even tougher to take because he was in the form of his life.

    The Old Trafford skipper is fighting to be fit for England at the Euros but is certain to miss the opener against Croatia on June 13.

    Maguire was sidelined for United’s last five games – including the Europa League final loss to Villarreal – with ankle ligament damage.

    It was a nightmare end to a campaign which started in turmoil following his arrest on the Greek island of Mykonos after a clash with police.

    He has appealed his 21-month prison sentence, which is suspended for three years, but the retrial is unlikely to happen until 2022.

    The defender suffered a difficult start to the season with United and England and was sent off in the Three Lions’ 1-0 Nations League defeat to Denmark at Wembley in October.

    But he quickly regained top form to become a key man for United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FULL PREM RELEASE LIST

    Big names could be on their way out this summer – after Premier League clubs revealed their released list.

    Here’s our FULL GUIDE.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPURS MOVE CLOSER TO CONTE DEAL

    Tottenham have been handed a boost in their efforts to land Antonio Conte with Fabio Paratici close to joining the club as sporting director.

    The Guardian claim that Paratici, who worked for 11 years at Juventus, will take the role at Spurs who will return to a two-tier management structure.

    The report adds that the move for the 48-year-old does not hinge on whether Conte agrees to take over as manager in north London.

    But Tottenham are hoping to reunite the pair after they formed a formidable partnership together in Italy.

    Paratici left Juventus this summer having played a key role in their nine straight Serie A title wins.

    Conte worked with Paratici when he managed the Old Lady for three years – winning the league title in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

    SunSport previously reported that the 51-year-old is set to become the joint-second highest paid boss in the Premier League, if he joins Spurs.

    The former Chelsea boss is in talks with the North Londoners, having left Inter Milan at the end of the season.

    But he is said to still be considering whether the budget to strengthen is sufficient with Tottenham in dire need of a rebuild.

  • Ian Tuckey

    FOXES 'CLOSE ON SOUMARE'

    Leicester are reportedly completing the signing of Lille's France Under-21 midfielder Boubacary Soumare for around £20million.

    The Foxes are thought to have been tracking the 22-year-old for months.

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD RELEASE 8 PLAYERS

    Manchester United are releasing EIGHT players – including Sergio Romero.

    Yet the Red Devils confirmed talks have taken place with Juan Mata and Lee Grant over potentially extending their stays at Old Trafford.

    First-team goalkeepers Joel Pereira and Romero have both left the club with the latter linked with former United boss Jose Mourinho at Roma.

    Six members of the academy – Jacob Carney, Mark Helm, Iestyn Hughes, Arnau Puigmal, Max Taylor and Aliou Traore – have also departed.

    But veteran midfielder Mata is one of three United players the club remain in discussions over a new contract with.

    The 33-year-old Spaniard arrived at Old Trafford from Chelsea in a £37.1million deal back in January 2014.

    The World Cup winner’s contract comes to an end this month with talks between Mata and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer having taken place.

    However, a lack of regular football this term may have persuaded the ex-Valencia and Blues playmaker to walk away and find a new challenge, with his old club one of those keen to sign him.

    As well as Mata, United are also in discussions with senior goalkeeper Grant, 38, and young stopper Paul Woolston.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CITY'S SUPER SIX

    Manchester City have an incredible SIX players in the PFA Team of the Year for 2020-21 – but none of them are forwards.

    Pep Guardiola's side stormed to the Premier League title, winning their third crown in four years.

    But the Etihad chief is fully aware he needs to sign an elite striker this season – and the PFA XI conclusively proves that.

    The Team of the Year is packed with City stars, including FOUR of the back-five, including the goalkeeper.

    Ederson is joined by Joao Cancelo, John Stones and Ruben Dias in defence – with Manchester United ace Luke Shaw the only non-City star in the back-line.

    The midfield is an all-Manchester affair too, with Kevin de Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan partnering Bruno Fernandes in an attacking trio.

    But in attack, there are no City – or United – players on show.

    Liverpool star Mohamed Salah teams up with Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in an exciting front three.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Fernandes vs DE GEA

    Bruno Fernandes and David De Gea go head-to-head soon tonight as Portugal face Spain in a Euro 2020 warm-up.

    The 6.30pm kick-off is live on Sky Sports from Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.

    Manchester United target Nuno Mendes may also feature for the visitors

  • Ian Tuckey

    GLAZER VOWS MAN UTD WILL SPLASH OUT

    Manchester United owner Joel Glazer has promised supporters Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be backed in the transfer window.

    The 50-year-old made his first Fan's Forum appearance in 15 years on Friday where he outlined his vision for the future of the Red Devils.

    United supporters have longed for Glazer and his family to sell their stake in the club, and their anger towards the American's reached boiling point over their intentions to join the European Super League.

    Joel Glazer, right, has promised Manchester United fans that signings will be made this summer

    Furious supporters stormed inside Old Trafford in protest against the Glazers last month, which forced the clash against Liverpool to be rescheduled.

    And in an attempt to appease the United fanbase, Joel Glazer has vowed to splash the cash in the summer, as well as creating a Fan Advisory Board and a Fan Share Scheme.

    He said: "Our goal is to win every competition we compete in, and we will continue to invest in our Academy and in the transfer market to support the manager in an effort to meet the club’s goals.  

    “As a club we have devoted a lot of time and resources over the last several years updating and further developing our vast global scouting network to adapt to the modern football environment.

    "This is a project that should provide a foundation for long-term success in the years to come. 

    “In addition, as you all know, we have also been focused on growing and developing our women’s team in line with the traditions and values of the club, and we are committed to continuing that process."

  • Ian Tuckey

    LIVERPOOL 'HEAD UTD IN RAPH RACE'

    Liverpool have stolen a march on Manchester United in the race to sign Raphinha, reports say.

    The Reds are in pole position to land the Brazilian winger after his impressive debut season at Leeds.

    According to the Express, Liverpool are ahead of their rivals Man Utd and Manchester City in the race.

    But the report also states that Leeds have no intention of letting the 24-year-old go.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KANE URGED TO MAKE SPAIN MOVE

    Gary Lineker has admitted he would like to see Harry Kane follow in his footsteps and sign for Barcelona.

    A host of English clubs are chasing the Tottenham man but fellow ex-Spurs striker Lineker would be interested to see him move abroad.

    He told Goal: “I would love to see him at Barcelona but they are going for Aguero and are short on cash at the moment. 

    “I think it is between Manchester City, Manchester United and maybe PSG.

    “They have [Mauricio] Pochettino and he would win things, guaranteed.

    “I think it is more likely that one of the Manchester clubs can afford him outside of Chelsea. I don’t think he would go to Chelsea and do that to the Tottenham fans but who knows?”

  • Marc Mayo

    TARGET MAN

    Manchester United are hopeful of finally signing Jadon Sancho this summer, reports say.

    The Red Devils are 'pressing ahead' with a deal for the 21-year-old Dortmund rising star.

    The Athletic report that talks are underway again between United and the German side. 

    And the Old Trafford side hope they can sign him for less than the £108million asking price last summer.

    The Red Devils were desperate to land Sancho last summer. But Dortmund's previous asking price proved to be more than United were willing to pay.

    Bundesliga side Dortmund are reportedly holding out for £80m plus another £20m in add-ons.

  • Marc Mayo

    BLISTERING

    A hell of a goal for Anthony Elanga on his Sweden Under-21s debut last night.

  • Marc Mayo

    NOT LONG TO WAIT

    There is less than a fortnight to go until next season’s Premier League fixtures are announced…

    Mark Wednesday, June 16 on your diaries for the 9am release.

    And the opening weekend is just over two months away and set for August 14.

  • Marc Mayo

    SAUL LATEST

    More on Saul Niguez’s future as Chelsea are interested in signing the Atletico Madrid star, according to reports.

    Saul, 26, is reportedly eager for a new challenge having spent his whole career at Atletico, and he does not feel as important to Diego Simeone after making just 22 league starts this term.

    The midfielder has a release clause of £128million but the Spanish champions are willing to let him go for a lot less, according to journalist Matteo Moretto.

    Matteo reports Chelsea and PSG's ‘attentive’ interest in Saul, but believes nothing is advanced at this stage.

    The journalist adds that Bayern Munich are also interested in the Spaniard, as we told you earlier.

  • Marc Mayo

    UNITED STARS IN ACTION

    Bruno Fernandes and David De Gea will go head-to-head tonight as Portugal face Spain in a Euro 2020 warm-up.

    The 6.30pm kick-off is live on Sky Sports from Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.

    Manchester United target Nuno Mendes may also feature for the visitors.

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