Man Utd in Van de Beek SWAP for Rabiot, Haaland transfer LATEST, Martial injury, Camavinga decision – latest updates

MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly willing to sanction a swap deal which would see Donny van de Beek head to Juventus in exchange for Adrien Rabiot.

Meanwhile, we have all the latest on Eriling Haaland and Anthony Martial's injury.

Stay up to date with our blog, below, for all the latest from Old Trafford…

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  • William Pugh

    TEDEN MENGI

    United’s pursuit of a long-term centre-back partner – or successor – for Harry Maguire could well be right under their noses in the shape of 18-year-old Mengi.

    The local lad joined the academy aged seven, made his debut last August against LASK and has progressed through the ranks in the England youth set-up too.

    With just that solo first-team appearance, United legend Wayne Rooney took him to Derby in February where he has established himself as a starter for the battling Rams.

    The Red Devils clearly have high hopes for the young defender, handing him a fresh contract until 2024 in March – with the option of a further year.

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  • William Pugh

    TEMP COVER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may not have to look too far to improve his squad next season.

    Rumours continue to swirl around the big-money arrivals of Erling Haaland, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

    But United’s current crop of loanees could provide some of the answers to Solskjaer’s conundrums.

    And the best news for Ed Woodward would mean he doesn’t have to spend a penny to sign them.

    Diogo Dalot is expected to make his AC Milan switch permanent while the 2020-21 campaign may come slightly early for youngsters Di’Shon Bernard and Aliou Trarore.

    We assess five players currently away from Old Trafford on temporary deals who could look to break into the senior side next season…

  • William Pugh

    ERLI FLIGHT

    Barcelona could be set to steal a march in the race for Man Utd target Erling Haaland after the player’s representatives began talks with the club.

    On Thursday morning, the striker’s dad and advisor Alf-Inge Haaland and agent Mino Raiola were spotted at Barcelona airport.

    According to Spanish outlet Sport, the pair were then whisked away in a car driven by club president Joan Laporta’s right-hand man.

    The newly-elected Barcelona chief hinted at a move for the Borussia Dortmund striker before winning the post last month. The club is dealing with a difficult financial situation while also attempting to renew Lionel Messi’s contract, which expires in June.

    But reports suggest Raiola and Laporta hold a strong working relationship, potentially standing them in good stead to win the race for Haaland.

    SunSport revealed this week that a deal to sign the 20-year-old could cost as much as £300million. That includes a £150m transfer fee and a five-year contract featuring £600,000-a-week wages.

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  • William Pugh

    LUKE-ING GOOD FOR UNITED

    Alex Telles says competition for the left-back spot at Manchester United can only be a good thing.

    He said: "When you've got a situation like that, then the team can only benefit from it.

    “And it's Man Utd that wins from that [situation].

    “In terms of the two of us, we both motivate each other and push each other further forward and we help each other.

    "That's really, really important throughout the team, independent of the positions we play.”

  • William Pugh

    ONE IN DON OUT

    Manchester United are reportedly willing to swap Donny van de Beek for Juventus' Adrien Rabiot.

    The Dutch midfielder has struggled playing second fiddle to Bruno Fernandes after arriving at Old Trafford for an initial £35million last summer.

    And Italian paper Tuttosport claims United are prepared to cut their losses on the former Ajax man in an attempt to lure Rabiot to the club.

    The report states United are determined to land French ace Rabiot at the end of the season. It is claimed that boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on working with the former PSG man.

    Solskjaer has repeatedly defended his sparing use of Van de Beek but the 23-year-old appears to be way down his pecking order in the middle of the park.

    Van de Beek has made just two Premier League starts all season with most of his game time coming in the cup competitions.

  • William Pugh

    HE'S GOOD I TELL YOU!

    Manchester United star Alex Telles says Luke Shaw's sparkling form has pushed the whole team to succeed.

    Telles was backed to replace the Englishman in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team but the former Southampton man has produced the best football of his career to keep the ex-Porto star out the side.

    But Telles is pleased for his team-mate and said: "I've always said that, when you've got players of the highest quality in the team, then the thing that ends up benefiting is Manchester United; the team.

    “Since I've arrived here, I've worked as hard as I can and I've done everything I can to show that I deserve to be here, and I think I've done that.

    “At the same time, I'm really happy for Luke Shaw, who has made great progress and has been playing really well.

    "He trains really well and he's done excellently in the matches as well.”

  • William Pugh

    NEW LANDS

    Erling Haaland would be by far the Premier League's top earner should he get his £600,000-a-week wage demands.

    The Norwegian superstar is being targeted by plenty of European powerhouses for a summer transfer this summer. That includes English trio Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea.

    With Sergio Aguero leaving the Etihad at the end of the season, Pep Guardiola is in desperate need of a new No9.

    And as revealed by SunSport, City would need to fork out £600,000 per week on his wages – on top of a transfer fee of around £150million.

    Only Paris Saint-Germain would be able to compete on that level of spending.

    But should a Premier League club land Haaland and meet those wages, he would become the highest-paid player in the history of English football, eclipsing Alexis Sanchez.

  • William Pugh

    QUESTION FER YA

    Bruno Fernandes is conducting a Q and A on Twitter but left fans hanging after not answering a single one.

    The Portuguese could be filtering out the best inquiries but supporters were not happy.

  • William Pugh

    RICE ONE SON!

    Man Utd target Declan Rice was man-of-the-match as England beat Poland 2-1 at Wembley last night.

    And the Hammers ace spoke of what an honour it was to win the award.

  • William Pugh

    HARRY ALONG

    Manchester United were issued a hands-off warning by Tottenham over Harry Kane, according to reports.

    And Tottenham insist their star man is not for sale this summer.

    According to the Manchester Evening News, Tottenham will not even consider letting Kane, 27, join another Premier League team.

    The fact ex-United boss Jose Mourinho is now at Spurs is also unlikely to help any Old Trafford bid.

    The report adds senior figures at White Hart Lane believe there is 'no chance' of the striker moving to either of the Manchester clubs – with both also eyeing Erling Haaland in a mega transfer from Borussia Dortmund.

    And it would take 'crazy money' to convince chairman Daniel Levy to sell – thought to be well in excess of £100million. But Spurs reckon it is unlikely a club will be ready to spend that much on a player who will be 28 before the start of next season amid the financial effects of the pandemic.

  • William Pugh

    WING AND A PRAYER

    Dan James has opened up on the heart-to-heart with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that revived his career.

    The Wales star, 23, continued his red-hot form with the winner over Czech Republic in Tuesday’s vital World Cup qualifier. James has also been flying for Manchester United and is a first-team regular, starting eight of the last ten games under boss Solskjaer.

    But the wideman admits the upturn in his career only came after he knocked on Ole’s door in November. James, who moved from Swansea in June 2019 in a deal worth up to £18million, said: “I wasn’t playing much and I thought, ‘Do I accept this and just be in the background?’.

    “I wanted to be at United — I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I spoke to the gaffer before the Istanbul Champions League game and told him I was ready to play. He said, ‘I can see the way you’re training — and you look back to being you again’.

    “Sometimes it’s hard to go to the gaffer. I speak to him every day but going to see him one-to-one, being confident and saying I’m ready to play means you have to go out of your comfort zone.

    “Coming out of that meeting, I think he loved I did that. He played me, I came on and scored.”

  • William Pugh

    PRAISE MOUNTING

    Roy Keane has hit out at Mason Mount's critics by labelling them 'idiots.'

    The Chelsea midfielder starred once again in England's 2-1 win over Poland on Wednesday night.

    And Keane believes it's time to stop the debate over Mount's quality as he continues to earn his corn on the pitch.

    Speaking on ITV before England's win, he said: "Well that is pretty important, that your manager likes you. Doesn't matter what people outside the game think, there are a lot of idiots out there.

    "Ultimately, I think the players pick the team and he has performed well enough for every manager to say 'listen you are going to be in my starting line up'. Outstanding player. He wants to be an all round midfielder.

    "I never hear anything negative about him off the pitch, he seems a brilliant young kid, he has gone out on loan he has done it the hard way. He is a fantastic player."

  • William Pugh

    CAPTAIN FANTASTIC

    Manchester United heaped praise on their skipper Harry Maguire for his late winner for England at Wembley last night.

    The centre-back thumped home a half volley against Poland to give the Three Lions a 2-1 win.

  • William Pugh

    KNEE BOTHER

    France boss Didier Deschamps has handed Manchester United a boost over Anthony Martial's injury.

    The forward missed the 1-0 win over Bosnia last night after picking up a knock on his knee in the previous outing. Martial, 25, started in the 2-0 victory over Kazakhstan but limped off in the 59th minute.

    Deschamps revealed how he was hoping to have Martial back in his squad to face Bosnia but he failed a late fitness test. He will now be a doubt for United's clash against Brighton on Sunday.

    But the French boss is adamant his injury isn't serious putting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's fears at ease. He said: "Anthony has a small issue on his knee. Nothing is decided yet.

    “He won’t be taking part in the training session a bit later. Anything serious has been dismissed. We’ve run some tests, but there’s still the pain, and having travelled as long as we have, that hasn’t helped.”

    Martial will return to Manchester today and will be assessed by club physios.

  • Richard Forrester

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS,

    Dan James has opened up on the heart-to-heart with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that revived his career.

    He said: “I wasn’t playing much and I thought, ‘Do I accept this and just be in the background?’.

    “I wanted to be at United — I didn’t want to be anywhere else.

    “I spoke to the gaffer before the Istanbul Champions League game and told him I was ready to play.

    “He said, ‘I can see the way you’re training — and you look back to being you again’.

    “Sometimes it’s hard to go to the gaffer. I speak to him every day but going to see him one-to-one, being confident and saying I’m ready to play means you have to go out of your comfort zone.

    “Coming out of that meeting,  I think he loved I did that. He played me, I came on and scored.”

    Meanwhile, on the transfer front, Real Madrid have joined United in the chase for Sevilla star Jules Kounde, according to reports.

    Zinedine Zidane’s side are keen on signing a new defender this summer, given the possible exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

    And, with David Alaba potentially moving elsewhere despite months of negotiations, Kounde, 22, would appear to fit the bill as an excellent alternative to the Austrian.

    SunSport told you earlier this month that the Red Devils had been boosted by Sevilla’s decision to lower their asking price to around £50million.

    And according to AS, Madrid now also fancy a bit of that.

    And finally, Eduardo Camavinga isn’t ‘closing the door’ on moves to United – despite favouring a Real Madrid switch.

    The Frenchman is set to be hot property during the next transfer window, with his contract at Rennes expiring in June 2022.

    Camavinga, 18, is besotted with the idea of playing under compatriot Zinedine Zidane, and is determined to make the switch in the summer.

    But according to AS, the move could fall down should Zidane not be at Real Madrid next season.

    And if Zizou, 48, were to depart, Man United, Chelsea or even Paris Saint-Germain could re-enter the race for Camavinga.

  • Joe Brophy

    WING AND A PRAYER

    Dan James has opened up on the heart-to-heart with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that revived his career.

    He said: “I wasn’t playing much and I thought, ‘Do I accept this and just be in the background?’.

    “I wanted to be at United — I didn’t want to be anywhere else.

    “I spoke to the gaffer before the Istanbul Champions League game and told him I was ready to play.

    “He said, ‘I can see the way you’re training — and you look back to being you again’.

    “Sometimes it’s hard to go to the gaffer. I speak to him every day but going to see him one-to-one, being confident and saying I’m ready to play means you have to go out of your comfort zone.

    “Coming out of that meeting,  I think he loved I did that. He played me, I came on and scored.”

  • Joe Brophy

    SOUTHGATE SPEAKS

    England boss Gareth Southgate gave his assessment to ITV: "We were very good in the first half and in control of the game.

    "Obviously to concede a goal like we did can hit the team, but they stuck at it, recovered their composure, and it was an important set-play winner."

    On Stones, he said: "John Stones has managed to compose himself for the rest of the game and had a part in the winning goal.

    "You can fold in those moments and he didn’t. He’s been having a really good season.

    "Everybody’s got a lot to play for, for the Euros. We did a lot of good things this week but there is still a step to go.

    "Fatigue was starting to tell but the players stuck at it and they deserved the win.”

  • Joe Brophy

    MATCH WINNER MAGUIRE

    Match winner Harry Maguire spoke to ITV after the game: "Of course it’s a big win.

    "We’re playing to play at a World Cup. We started the game well but in the second half didn’t start well at all. The first 15-20 minutes they were the better team and put us under pressure.

    "It’s nice to get the victory, nine points after a tough camp, three games in a short space of time, and we’ve got a lot of players injured as well. John Stones has been brilliant this year.

    "We’re defenders and when we make mistakes we are scrutinised.

    "He made up for it with a great header at the far post. Defenders make mistakes.

    "We’re not perfect! John has made a little blip tonight but he’ll come back strong.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ENGLAND 2 POLAND 1

    Magic Maguire spared John Stones' blushes to help the Three Lions secure all three points tonight…

  • Joe Brophy

    DRAGON HIDE

    Dan James has backed Robert Page to lead Wales at Euro 2020 – if Ryan Giggs remains on special leave.

    And when asked if Page is the right man for the Euros if Giggs remains absent, matchwinner James said: "Yes, definitely. He's been unbelievable as you have seen.

    "Whether he's the manager or not, he's been such a big part of before when the gaffer has been here.

    "But he's taken on the role so well. Nothing has changed really. He has just been doing the job that he was doing before. He gets the points across to us so well.

    "Him, Albert (Stuivenburg) and all the staff behind him have been unbelievable."

  • Joe Brophy

    SWAYNE ROONEY

    Exclusive by Joe Kasper: Sir Alex Ferguson claims former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney could not handle booze.

    And the retired manager, 79, told pal Alastair Campbell he was powerless to stop the player from having affairs.

    Sir Alex met former Labour spin-doctor Alastair in 2010 — days after it was revealed married Rooney slept with a £1,000-a-night prostitute.

    Alastair wrote in newly released diaries: “We chatted about Rooney. He sounded a bit down about him. The papers had been full of Rooney and prostitutes. I said, ‘What are you going to do about him?’

    He replied, ‘What can I do? He is also the last guy who should take a drink’.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ‘POINT OF INTEREST’

    Poland did not take the knee before their England clash after their FA president said the gesture was their ‘last topic of interest’.

    And while Paulo Sousa’s side opted out, the Three Lions did take the knee ahead of the World Cup qualifier at Wembley.

    As reported by Sport in Poland, the Polish FA president Zbigniew Boniek said on Monday: “I do not know if we will kneel with the English.

    “So far, this topic has not appeared at the training camp.

    “There were so many more important, more dangerous, that this is the last topic that interests us.”

  • Joe Brophy

    JULES IN THEIR CROWN

    Real Madrid have joined Manchester United in the chase for Sevilla star Jules Kounde, according to reports.

    Zinedine Zidane’s side are keen on signing a new defender this summer, given the possible exits of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

    And, with David Alaba potentially moving elsewhere despite months of negotiations, Kounde, 22, would appear to fit the bill as an excellent alternative to the Austrian.

    SunSport told you earlier this month that the Red Devils had been boosted by Sevilla’s decision to lower their asking price to around £50million.

    And according to AS, Madrid now also fancy a bit of that.

  • Joe Brophy

    AGUE-ROO

    Wayne Rooney believes outgoing Sergio Aguero will be sorely missed by Manchester City – and the Premier League too if he quits England.

    He told Sky Sports: "An outstanding player. He's been an absolute revelation in the Premier League, one of the best strikers in the world.

    "His goal ratio is incredible and I'm sure he will be missed at Manchester City and I'm sure the Premier League will miss a player of his quality.

    "So from my point of view I'd just like to congratulate him on his career over here.

    "Whether he stays in England or not obviously I don't know, but he's certainly had a fantastic career at Manchester City."

  • Joe Brophy

    KNEE BOTHER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has sensationally revealed that Erling Haaland ‘struggled with bad knees’ during their time together at Molde.

    He said in a fan Q&A via Sky Sports: “He came as a 16-year-old, of course, you never know with injuries.

    “He struggled really badly with bad knees when he came, but I could see someone with a personality.

    “I remember him brushing off and putting our centre-back and centre-midfielder, two big, massive lads, he put them on the floor and asked them to get up.

    “He’s a born winner, he’s got a great personality. He’s proving to everyone how good a player he is.

    “We played against Zenit in the Europa League play-off and the ref came to me after and said, ‘He’ll play in the Champions League soon’. We did know.

    “He’s a top personality. I played with [his dad[ Alf, he’s a bit old school in that respect. He’s a winner.”

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