7.45am Man Utd news LIVE: Pogba and Lingard to be sold for Sancho funds, Ramsey and Pjanic exchanges offered – The Sun
MANCHESTER UNITED are gearing up for a big summer in the transfer market.
But they may have to sell some big names to afford Jadon Sancho following Ed Woodward's comments.
Follow all the latest Old Trafford news and transfer gossip below…
MORNING, UNITED FANS
Juventus are willing to offer United big-name player exchanges for Paul Pogba – just as Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces the need for a summer clear-out to bring in new signings.
Aaron Ramsey, Miralem Pjanic and Adrien Rabiot are reportedly the bait as Pogba's old club Juve hope to beat Real madrid to the French World Cup winner – IF United cash in.
Old Trafford chief executive EdWoodward warned on Friday the coronavirus pandemic will curb transfer budgets.
But Solskjaer still wants Borussia Dortmund's England attacker Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, although a move for Tottenham's £200million-rated England skipper Harry Kane has been ruled out.
So that means some or all of Pogba, Chris Smalling Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira could be sold to fund huge transfers.
James Maddison has faded off the radar a bit, but it seems Leicester are still wary of United's interest as they are being linked with Red Bull Salzburg's Dominik Szoboszlai.
The Hungary midfielder, 19, is also said to have been targeted by Chelsea and Arsenal.
Meanwhile, United midfielder Scott McTominay has named Old Trafford legend Cristiano Ronaldo as the perfect role model on and off the pitch.
McTominay told the UTD podcast: “For me, looking up to somebody like that, the physique he’s got, the way that he applies himself.
“I have just seen a picture of him two days agoreading and revising different things that he’s trying to learn in his life off the pitch. People are just far too comfortable too quickly in their life.”
OLE FACES CLEAR-OUT
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be forced into a major clear out to boost his end of season transfer kitty.
And that might include cashing in on Paul Pogba if a sizeable offer comes in for the French World Cup winner.
United chief executive Ed Woodward warned on Friday that the coronavirus pandemic is going to severely restrict transfer budgets.
Solskjaer remains interested in signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish – although a move for Harry Kane has been ruled out.
However the Old Trafford boss may need to sell the likes of Pogba and Chris Smalling if he wants to make significant changes to his squad.
Others who could be sold to generate funds include Marcos Rojo, Jesse Lingard and Andreas Pereira – all of whom should command interest.
Before the pandemic cast a big shadow, Solskjaer had big plans to rejuvenate United’s attacking options in the close season.
As well as a winger, the Norwegian had a centre forward and an attacking midfielder on his wish-list – with both Grealish and James Maddison strongly linked. United were also keeping a close eye on former target Matthijs de Ligt – who has struggled to settle at Juventus.
FIVE SUBS PER TEAM CAN COME ON
Premier League clubs are set to get the chance to make FIVE substitutes when the season can be resumed.
Fears over player burn-out and injuries with remaining games crammed into a matter of five weeks or less will lead to the “temporary” Law change.
SunSport revealed earlier this month how top flight bosses were keen on the idea to help prevent injuries.
And now a Fifa proposal to introduce the short-term measure has been made – with the four Home Nations having to decide if it should be approved worldwide.
If it is approved, then it would be down to the 20 Prem clubs to decide if they wanted to adopt the change for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign.
Football’s Law-making body the International FA Board has been asked to consider the Law change as a matter of urgency.
Under the proposals, the current rules stating a maximum of three substitutes in a 90-minute competitive match would be amended to allow two extra replacements.
But teams would still only have three exchange “windows” per match – either during breaks of play or at half-time – meaning they could not make five individual player swaps but only five in total.
SunSport understands that Fifa has huge concerns at the repercussions for players of the expected tight timetable when matches are given the green ligh
Uefa has already set an August 2 deadline for the end of domestic campaigns in Europe, allowing for the Champions League and Europa League to be played out between August 7 and 29.
Prem players could still be weeks away from being allowed to train, with the Government’s lockdown in place until at least May 7.
The Sun revealed that Downing Street sees the return of football as a huge morale-booster for the country and a sign of normality coming back.
FOXES EYE MADDISON REPLACEMENT
Leicester are eyeing Chelsea and Arsenal target Dominik Szoboszlai as a potential replacement for Manchester United-linked James Maddison.
Juventus and Inter Milan are also keen on Red Bull Salzburg's Hungary mifielder, 19.
Maddison, 23, has been strongly tipped for a summer exit, with United favourites.
And Szoboszlai is regarded as one of Europe’s brightest young stars after an impressive season in Austria.
His agent Matyas Esterhazy said: “There are some great options and England is definitely a very good one for the future.
“But the main thing now is to survive the crisis and finish the season, hopefully as champions.”
JUVE A CHANCE OF A POG SWAP
Juventus will offer United Aaron Ramsey, Miralem Pjanic or Adrien Rabiot as part of a swap deal for Paul Pogba, according to reports.
The Serie A champions are desperate to land the Frenchman and hope to offload some of their surplus stars in the process.
Juve will try use the trio as bait according to Italian outlet TuttoSport.
But Real Madrid are also keen on the French World Cup winner.
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