MANCHESTER UNITED are ready for a busy summer on and off the pitch as the Premier League aims to kick on with Project Restart.
But there are concerns that their transfer pursuit of Jadon Sancho is pushing Angel Gomes closer towards Chelsea, while a move for Raul Jimenez is also reportedly being considered.
Follow all the latest updates and transfer news below…
Jurgen Klopp's hopes of landing Timo Werner received a surprise boost as RB Leipzig tweeted: “Liverpool fans, You love Timo Werner. So do we. Let’s support him together!”
But Manchester United and Chelsea target Werner failed to score in Leipzig's 1-1 draw with Freiburg as the Bundesliga returned after the coronavirus pandemic.
But RB excited Anfield supporters on social media with their post asking them to back the Germany striker, 24.
They even rammed home the message by adding the hashtag YoullNeverWalkHimHome, albeit an offbeat offshoot of Liverpool's “You’ll Never Walk Alone” chant.
All this strengthens the Reds' position as favourites to sign the 29-cap star, who is thought to have a £52million release clause.
KISS OF STRIFE
Former Man Utd target Marcus Thuram could be punished after appearing to kiss his team-mate while celebrating a goal.
German top flight rules have banned players from celebrating with their team-mates during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Borussia Monchengladbach star looked to peck his fellow player on the cheek after scoring his side's second against Frankfurt.
Any contact outside of challenges is banned – and subs have even been made to sit two metres apart.
Thuram, 22, the son of France legend Lilian, could now be punished by Bundesliga bosses, possibly in the form of a fine, if he is deemed to have broken the rules.
Fans were left stunned by Scott McTominay's physique as the Manchester United midfielder showed off his shredded abs.
Anyone fearing that players will be unable to maintain their fitness during football's shutdown can be pointed towards the Scot's busy work-rate.
A picture uploaded to Instagram showed McTominay and a friend posing after a workout, with the United star's ripped abs on full display.
It was captioned: “Big week complete.”
Many fans replied with how impressed they were with the 23-year-old's work, although there was one cheeky dissenting voice.
Bruno Fernandes commented: “Scottttyyyyy training with the ball is really important, don't forget that!”
THE LAST WORD
RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is ready to stay in Germany for another year in order to seal a “dream” move to Liverpool.
In a slap in the face to Reds' rivals Manchester United and Chelsea, the striker has said he would stay at the Bundesliga club, which would then give him the choice of his next move: Anfield.
he Premier League champions-elect have been battling for the Germany international for much of this season.
He could replace either Mo Salah or Sadio Mane if huge offers come in for the players.
The Athletic claim he will stay and then get closer to the end of his Leipzig contract, when a much cheaper release clause kicks in.
It is due to finish in 2023 and in a year's time, his value will have decreased.
Werner, who has hit 27 goals in 34 games for Leipzig this season, has a release clause valued at £53m this summer.
But that figure drops to £35m in 2021 and just £22m in 2022, the website claims.
KAN'T SEE IT
Manchester United will not sign Harry Kane as he will likely move abroad, according to Paul Ince.
The Red Devils have been linked with the Tottenham striker for months but the ex-United midfield Guvnor thinks he will look further afield in pursuit of a “new challenge”.
He told Paddy Power: “I cannot see Kane to Man Utd happening. I can see him going, yes, and wanting to leave Tottenham, but not to join United.
“What people are forgetting is that United have got Marcus Rashford up front.
“He’s always wanted to play up front, but what you need to remember is he can also play off the left-hand side, as we’ve seen from plenty of his goals this season.
“Plus, between him and Anthony Martial, Kane coming in would also bring some competition to the side.
“There’s always been a sense of competition at United, and it would be nice to see that back again, players fighting for their places.
“So if you’re looking at Rashford left, Kane centre and Jadon Sancho on the right, it sounds pretty nice doesn’t it?
“But it probably sounds like a dream for a reason, it is a dream.”
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Dani Ceballos reckons his Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale will set the Premier League on fire if he returns to England.
The on-loan Arsenal midfielder is convinced the Welshman – a target for Manchester United – is better suited to the Prem rather than life in LaLiga.
He told Spanish newspaper Marca: “The Premier League is a league that suits him quite well, but he's an important player for Real Madrid.
“Let's not forget everything he has given the club.
“Whoever does not trust him has to put on the Champions League finals.
“He has given enough to the club.”
DEVIL IN DISGUISE
Bundesliga football returned with “Supreme Leader” Owen Hargreaves appearing as a pundit on a big screen from his house.
The German league is back underway behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic, and former Manchester United midfielder Hargreaves was on punditry duty for BT Sport.
But the ex-England international was likened to a “dictator” by freaked out fans as he was seen in the middle of the other two presenters.
Another said: “Football is back, being led by Supreme Leader Hargreaves.”
PAUL TO PLAY FOR
Manchester United star Fred has revealed that he wants Paul Pogba to stay at the club.
He told Esporte Interativo: “Pogba is a great player.
“The people who are here on a daily basis with him know that. Everyone who watched the World Cup and watched his football knows that he’s a great player. And for sure we want him to stay. Because he will add us a lot.
“He’s a guy who has an immense quality, he’s a strong player for the Premier League. He knows how to play the Premier League. So I’m sure I want him to stay because I’m sure he will help us a lot.
“We’re in the same position, but the more quality players on the team, the better. You will not build a team with 11 players. You need a strong squad. So I really hope that he stays, and if he stays, I’m sure he will be a very strong reinforcement for us next season.”
Live football is back with a bang as Borussia Dortmund take on fierce rivals Schalke in the Bundesliga.
Jadon Sancho and Co have not played since their Champions League exit to PSG in March and know a win is needed here to keep the pressure on league leaders Bayern Munich.
You can keep up with all the drama in our SunSport Live Blog HERE.
WICK BURNT OUT
Former Manchester United star Luke Chadwick admits cruel jokes about his appearance on BBC show They Think It's All Over killed his confidence.
Speaking to The Athletic, Chadwick, who is now a coach at Cambridge United, revealed the torment he went through.
The 39-year-old said: “When they started bringing it [my appearance] up, they were bringing me to the attention of millions of people.
“I remember the first time and someone texting me to say, 'Nice appearance on They Think It's All Over'.
“I was so shocked because I was quite naive back then, even if I was playing occasionally for Manchester United.
“I watched it the next week and I could see people laughing at these jokes about me. It was obviously funny to other people but, to me, it didn't feel like that.”
GAR AND GET IT
Manchester United are reportedly set to loan out academy midfielder James Garner at the end of the season.
The Merseyside-born teenager has been among Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's homegrown talents making their way in the first-team, alongside the likes of Brandon Williams and Mason Greenwood.
However, with only a handful of appearances in cup competitions, a spell away from the club to gain experience is thought to be the best option.
According to MEN, a loan stint is inevitable with first-team coach Michael Carrick a big fan of the youngster.
Former Manchester United star Viv Anderson has incredibly recalled the £1-PER-YEAR boot deal he agreed as a player.
Manchester United fans hoping to watch Jadon Sancho this afternoon are set to be disappointedby reports the winger has picked up an injury.
The 20-year-old is reportedly set to start Borussia Dortmund clash against Schalke on the bench after picking up a calf injury.
The Bundesliga will become the first major European league to return this afternoon following the coronavirus crisis.
Yet the Athletic claim that Dortmund will be without Sancho for their crunch return against rivals Schalke, with the 20-year-old set to be named on the bench.
Rio Ferdinand has reiterated his desire for Manchester United to sign Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
Asked if the Red Devils should sign the England star, Rio said: “I hope they do, man.”
“He’s got that imagination, that carefree spirit – almost like that playground footballer vibe that I love. And he’s bringing it all to the big stage.”
GOT YOU, BEEB
The BBC could get the nod to show Premier League games for FREE.
Sky and BT Sport will show 47 of the remaining 92 games left to play once the coronavirus shutdown ends.
These broadcasters will also get the opportunity to show the majority of the other matches live.
But proposals have emerged that could see the BBC's Match of the Day show up to five matches between June 19 and the scheduled end of Project Restart in July, claim The Times.
Government and broadcasting industry insiders have confirmed that the option of giving matches to the BBC is “very much on the table”, the newspaper reveals.
Crucially, matches where it is feared that rival fans could congregate and clash might be picked for free-to-air TV.
RON'S RETIREMENT HOME
Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly building a new mansion in one of Portugal’s most prestigious residential areas.
Work has just started on the mansion respected Portuguese daily Correio da Manha says will be the latest addition to the football star’s property empire.
It says the 35-year-old plans to use the house as an investment, although popular magazine TV 7 Dias claimed he planned to use it as a family home after his retirement.
A source described as a future neighbour told the magazine: “The land was fenced off recently and it was purchased by Ronaldo.
“This is where he’s coming to live with his family when he finishes his career.
“Everyone round here knows it and of course we’re happy. Ronaldo is Ronaldo.”
HAAVE TO SIGN HIM
Manchester United remain on red alert over Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.
Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo claim that Real Madrid are still keen to sign the 19-year-old this summer.
Los Blancos are set to watch Haaland on Saturday when Borussia Dortmund return to Bundesliga action.
Manchester United target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has no plans to force away from Lazio this summer.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim the Serbian has performed a U-turn over his decision to leave the Serie A side since Simone Inzaghi took charge.
The 25-year-old is now set to be offered a new £3.5million-a-year deal as a reward .
WILL I NEVER
Manchester United have been handed a blow by the news that Leicester will reportedly resist any summer approach for Wilfred Ndidi.
Allnigeriasoccer.com claim that both the Red Devils and Paris Saint-Germain remain interested in the midfielder but there have been no official approaches.
Manchester United are reportedly plotting a double swoop for the Bellingham brothers this summer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is allegedly prepared to offer 16-year-old Jude the chance to play first-team football next season.
And 90Min claim the Red Devils are also interested in landing his younger brother Jobe.
The youngster plays for the Birmingham City academy and has represented England at youth level.
Jobe, who recently celebrated his 15th birthday, has already represented the club's Under-18 squad.
ZLAT'S ALL THAT
Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof has hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the best player he has ever played with.
He told the club's website: “I’ve played with some really good players but, if I have to pick one, I’ll go for Zlatan.
“I think he’s a great player and I got the chance to play with him in the national team and also in United. He’s the best player.”
ALL'S NOT WELL
Aaron Cresswell has hit out at Project Restart – claiming the players are not being given a say on how to get back to football.
The West Ham defender tweeted: “I think it’s been made pretty clear players opinions don’t count for much along with the head medical officer of fifa?
“It’s been 10 weeks since we last played to try get a poll to see we’re (sic) players stand?”
MORNING UNITED FANS
FInally, we have the return of top European football today as the Bundesliga resumes behind-closed-doors.
And the standout clash is Saturday afternoon’s meeting between title-chasing Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, the game considered to be Germany’s biggest local derby.
Now the Premier League will be praying the day proves a success — to show how the English game can get going again too.
One of Manchester United’s top transfer targets Jadon Sancho will be in action later – but Paul Lambert believes the Dortmund star Sancho should think twice before leaving for United or any other club.
Former midfielder Lambert won the Champions League with Dortmund in 1997 when they beat Juventus 3-1 and the Scotsman marked Zinedine Zidane out of the game.
The Ipswich manager, who now plays for Dortmund’s Legends team and watches all of their games on TV, said: “Sancho is already at one of the biggest clubs in the world, which gets over 80,000 for every league game.
“So, potentially, the lad has a big decision to make. Dortmund is a special club and you only realise it once you leave.
“United are one of the biggest clubs in the world but is the atmosphere at Old Trafford as good as the Westfalenstadion? The answer is no.
“He will have to ask himself will he fit in with the right players if he leaves? Will he keep making progress?
“Dortmund will be in the Champions League but we are not yet sure about United and whether they will be.
“If he comes home, it should be for football or family reasons, not money.”
Meanwhile, United midfielder Jesse Lingard is living with former academy team-mate Larnell Cole.
Speaking to ESPN about life in quarantine, he said: “Larny has been with me since day one of lockdown.
“He lives on his own and my brother is in Greece and I would have been on my own as well, so it was the perfect time to get him in.
“We didn’t know how long it was going to be for, but he’s still here!”
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GO AND GET JIM
Duncan Castles has backed up claims from Portuguese daily Record that Man Utd are very keen to sign Raul Jimenez.
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