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‘He’s back on it’ – Neville claims Man Utd ‘could never sell’ Rashford after England brace

‘He’s back on it’ – Neville claims Man Utd ‘could never sell’ Rashford after England brace

Gary Neville claims that Man Utd “could never sell” Marcus Rashford with the England international showing at the World Cup what “a massive talent” he is.

Rashford struggled to get anywhere near top form last season as the Red Devils struggled to sixth place in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and then interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

It was a difficult season for most of the Man Utd squad but Rashford received more criticism than some over his continued campaign to end child food poverty.

Rashford was told by some supporters and media that he would be better off focusing on football rather than his extra-curricular passions.

But Rashford has bounced back for Man Utd this season and he’s carried on his form at the World Cup for England, scoring a brace as the Three Lions beat Wales 3-0 on Tuesday night.

Neville told Sky Sports: “He’s been like that for a good six months at Manchester United now. He’s back on it.

“That period of his life through lockdown when he achieved so much off the pitch, it’s hard to focus on football.

“I think he’s simplified his life, he’s still achieving great things off the pitch but in a more measured manner, it doesn’t seem as full-on, and on the pitch, we’re now starting to see him.

“There were people in the last 12 to 18 months that said Rashford needed to be sold at Manchester United. That was never bought into by me. Manchester United could never sell Rashford.

“He’s a massive talent, he can improve and he will continue to improve and it’s great to see him in an England shirt.”

Rashford and Phil Foden came into the team against Wales for Bukayo Saka and Raheem Sterling with Gareth Southgate

“I was worried a little bit in the first half when he missed that chance and I wondered whether that would play on his mind,” Neville said.

“But I was delighted he got the two goals in the second half and I think he’s actually pushed himself into a position whereby he’s the one I think will start on Sunday, he’s the one guaranteed to start in that wide position with Kane in the middle.

“It’s that other side where I’m not sure.”

There was a massive clamour for Foden to start against Wales after England produced a flat performance in a 0-0 draw against the USA last week.

And Neville thought the Manchester City midfielder did well, the former Man Utd defender added: “I thought he did really well because there was pressure on him, there was massive focus from everyone on him.

“I would keep those two in, but I love Sterling, I love Saka as well so I couldn’t really complain if any of them were in.

“Sterling has been a brilliant performer for Gareth so it’s really difficult to see, we could see two out of those three with one in behind.

“I thought Rashford and Foden were the two outstanding players [vs Wales] that looked most dangerous.”

READ MORE: England 3-0 Wales: 16 Conclusions as the handbrake is released, Rashford shines and Bale vanishes

 

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Joe Cole claims Arsenal, Man Utd target is worth £80m as pundit predicts January transfer

Joe Cole claims Arsenal, Man Utd target is worth £80m as pundit predicts January transfer

Joe Cole thinks reported Arsenal and Manchester United target Cody Gakpo is worth £80m and he expects him to leave PSV Eindhoven in January.

Gakpo was targeted by the likes of Man Utd, Leeds United and Southampton in the summer and at the time he was available for around £25m.

The Dutchman ended up staying at PSV and it will now cost clubs a lot more than £25m if they want to sign him in January.

This comes amid his sensational start to the 2022/23 campaign. He has nine goals and 12 assists in 14 Eredivisie appearances.

The forward has taken that form into the World Cup and he scored in all three of the Netherlands’ group stage games.

It is now claimed that he could cost clubs around £51m and it is expected that he will move to the Premier League in January.

Man Utd remain interested in him and it was claimed recently that they have already ‘reached an agreement’ to secure his services.

Arsenal and Liverpool are also said to be admirers of the in-form attacker, though.

After he got on the scoresheet against Qatar on Tuesday, Cole suggested that Gakpo is being “fearless” at the World Cup.

“He has [put his name out there],” Cole told ITV after the Netherlands’ 2-0 victory over Qatar.

“I know there have been scouts watching him, he has come to the tournament and he is fearless. Great movement for the goal and fantastic finishing. He is going to be on everyone’s wish list.”

When asked by ex-Netherlands and Man City star Nigel de Jong if he would pay £80m to sign Gakpo, Cole added: “I would, 100 per cent.

“Because he’s young, we know there is value in youth, if he doesn’t quite work out you are going to cut your losses elsewhere but he looks like the real deal.

“I know it’s Qatar, I know it’s not one of the strongest nations but against Ecuador, he scored, against Senegal he scored, he is affects the game and players who affect the game, that is where the value is.

“I really like him, I have liked what I have seen at PSV and I am pretty sure there will be some offers on the door at PSV in January.”

Ex-Netherlands and Liverpool star Ryan Babel has claimed that Arsenal would be an “incredible team” for Gakpo.

“He has shown enough quality that he is ready for the next step, whether it’s in January or next summer,” Babel said.

“As a Liverpool fan, I would tell him to go to Liverpool if they make an approach!

“Arsenal would also be an incredible team for him, with the current manager and the project that they’re building.

“He has to follow his heart.”

READ MORE: Gakpo shows why Arsenal and Liverpool should be devastated at Man Utd agreement

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Man Utd defender labelled ‘the best signing’; likened to ex-Arsenal man who ‘never lost the ball’

Man Utd defender labelled ‘the best signing’; likened to ex-Arsenal man who ‘never lost the ball’

Man Utd summer signing Lisandro Martinez has been praised by Patrice Evra following his promising start to life in the Premier League.

The Red Devils paid around £57m to sign the Argentina international from Ajax in the summer.

Martinez was a key player under Erik ten Hag in the Netherlands and he was quickly identified as a priority target in the summer.

United eventually got their man and this sparked talk that Martinez would struggle in the Premier League given that he’s a tad short.

Jamie Carragher has been outspoken in recent months as he doubted whether Martinez could shine as a centre-back in England.

But Martinez has done well to silence his doubters this season as he has been one of United’s standout players.

He has formed a great partnership with Raphael Varane and he has helped United to progress steadily this season under Ten Hag.

Evra has now been full of praise for Martinez, who is among United’s “best signings for years”.

The former United defender has also likened Martinez to ex-Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker.

He thinks the Man Utd star is far more progressive with his passing than Mertesacker was in the Premier League.

“This is one of the best signings we’ve had for years at Manchester United. It’s because of his fighting spirit. That’s what United fans want to see – those players have to bleed for the shirt,” Evra said via Rio Ferdinand’s Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“People were talking about his height and I was laughing. Some people said I was too small when I arrived in the Premier League as well. When you play with that heart and passion, size doesn’t matter.

“When he gets the ball, he is so clean and composed. Mexico were pressing everywhere [during Argentina’s 2-0 win] but every time he got the ball he was calm and playing forward. That’s what I love.

“He doesn’t play those one-metre balls to the next player. This is easy.

“When I see those [Martinez’s] stats – I remember Per Mertesacker at Arsenal, the stats said he never lost the ball – but he was passing it one metre, I can do that every day.

“But Martinez puts the ball through the lines like Michael Carrick. That’s what he does and I love that. What a player, what a player.

“All the other aspects of his game are great. I remember speaking to Edwin van der Sar and other people at Ajax about him and they all said he was aggressive and tenacious but also great on the ball and can pass. Top defenders now need to have both sides of the game.”

READ MORE: Gakpo shows why Arsenal and Liverpool should be devastated at Man Utd agreement

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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‘Incredible’ Arsenal urged to sign £52m Man Utd-linked forward to enhance Arteta’s ‘project’

‘Incredible’ Arsenal urged to sign £52m Man Utd-linked forward to enhance Arteta’s ‘project’

Arsenal would be an “incredible team” for PSV Eindhoven forward Cody Gakpo to join, according to former Netherlands international Ryan Babel.

Gakpo is bound to be on the move in 2023.

He is currently with the Netherlands at the World Cup in Qatar and has two goals in as many games as his side sit top of Group A with a game left.

In 24 matches across all competitions at club level this season, the 23-year-old has an impressive 13 goals and 17 assists,

The PSV talisman was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League last summer.

Southampton, Leeds United and Everton all made an attempt to sign him.

However, there is also interest from Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal, and given his incredible form for club and country this year, he will probably join a club of that calibre.

Gakpo’s compatriot Ryan Babel has said the player’s price could rise throughout the World Cup and is hoping to see him join his former club Liverpool.

However, Babel thinks Arsenal would be an “incredible” move for Gakpo.

Babel told The Athletic: “We’re seeing a lot of interest in Gakpo around Europe and a lot of rumours about what he does next.

“He’s 23 and I’m curious to see if PSV can hold onto him until the end of the season.

“They are third in the Eredivisie but three points off the top. If they want to win the league they will need to keep him as he’s assisting, he’s scoring, and he’s always involved with his team’s attacks.

“You see him linked to clubs in England, such as Manchester United. Everyone has the right price so let’s see how he develops in the tournament.

“He has shown enough quality that he is ready for the next step, whether it’s in January or next summer.

“As a Liverpool fan, I would tell him to go to Liverpool if they make an approach!

“Arsenal would also be an incredible team for him, with the current manager and the project that they’re building.

“He has to follow his heart.”

Babel continued: “When you are a young Dutch player, it is flattering to be linked to big clubs in England, but going from the Dutch league to the Premier League is a big step.

“Not every player is able to adapt and able to survive in the Premier League. There are a lot of players who are written as the next star, then they go to the Premier League and they can’t cope.

“Dutch mentality is different to English mentality, and you have to learn a new set of rules.

“In terms of pace, physicality, and the different game styles both you and the opponent will play week-to-week. Also the travelling, the preparation, it’s a lot to deal with.”

French outlet Foot Mercato recently stated that Gakpo’s €45million (£38.9m) summer valuation has gone up to €60m (£51.8m) ahead of the winter window.

Gakpo is a natural winger but has played through the middle for the Netherlands in Qatar.

Should he show he can hold his own as a No. 9, Manchester United could go for him with Cristiano Ronaldo now a free agent.

Erik ten Hag is expected to buy a new striker in January following Ronaldo’s exit, with his initial plan being to sign one at the end of the season.

READ MORE: Ten ridiculous World Cup records we absolutely guarantee will never be broken

Source: All The News – Football365

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Transfer gossip: Man Utd rival Liverpool for World Cup star as Arsenal eye Spain, USA forwards

Transfer gossip: Man Utd rival Liverpool for World Cup star as Arsenal eye Spain, USA forwards

Man Utd and Liverpool will go head to head for a Premier League midfielder, while the Red Devils may be interested to hear of a rift between a World Cup keeper and his manager…

 

UNITED TO ENTER CAICEDO RACE
It seems that Manchester United and Liverpool have very similar lists when it comes to midfield targets. Jude Bellingham appears to be the priority for both sides next summer, while the two clubs also have a Plan B in common.

Apparently, United are intent on moving for Moises Caicedo next summer. That’s the word according to Sky Germany, with Liverpool also keen on the Brighton star.

‘Many other top clubs’ are also sniffing around Caicedo, who has been on United’s radar for a long time. They were frontrunners to sign the Ecuadorian before Brighton swooped, with the Red Devils deciding to leave it after the deal became ‘a clusterf***’ with representatives crawling out of the woodwork looking for their cut.

 

MARTINEZ COULD SEEK VILLA EXIT
United could also be in the market for a goalkeeper, with doubts over whether they will exercise their option to extend David De Gea’s huge deal for a further 12 months. So they may be interested to learn of an apparent rift between Emiliano Martinez and Unai Emery.

Football Insider says the Argentina keeper had a ‘fall out’ with the manager during their time together at Arsenal. Martinez got away from the Emirates when he joined Villa, only for Emery to follow when he replaced Steven Gerrard a few weeks ago. And it seems the pair haven’t yet cleared the air.

United have been linked with a move for Martinez, with Everton’s Jordan Pickford and Porto’s Diogo Costa also said to be on their list of possible replacements for De Gea.

 

ARSENAL EYE WORLD CUP ATTACKERS
Arsenal are being linked with a couple of World Cup forwards this grey and murky Tuesday morning…

The Gunners are said to be one of three teams ‘monitoring developments’ around Christian Pulisic. The USA star has never established himself in the Chelsea first XI and the Daily Mail says the Blues are now ready to sell in January, with an asking price of around £35million. Manchester United were known to be interested in Pulisic during the summer, while Newcastle are also said to be keen.

Arsenal’s name has also been chucked in the mix regarding Nico Williams. The Athletic Bilbao attacker is currently with the Spain squad, with Goal suggesting the Gunners, as well as Liverpool, Chelsea and PSG, as potential suitors. Williams has a release clause worth around £43million.

Read more: Five England Clamours for the VITAL World Cup clash with Wales – and a bonus one for later

Source: Football Transfer Gossip – Football365

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Carrick explains why he ‘needed’ to exit Man Utd; he’s ‘ready’ for ‘different’ challenge with Middlesbrough

Carrick explains why he ‘needed’ to exit Man Utd; he’s ‘ready’ for ‘different’ challenge with Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough head coach Michael Carrick has explained why he thinks he “needed” to depart Manchester United to progress his managerial career.

Carrick spent 12 years with Man Utd as a player between 2006 and 2018. He played 464 times during this spell and he won the Premier League title five times.

After retiring, the Englishman quickly turned to coaching and he was given a spot as part of Jose Mourinho’s staff at Man Utd.

The 41-year-old went onto work with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and he had a spell as caretaker manager before Ralf Rangnick’s ill-fated spell at United got going in December 2021.

Carrick took the admirable decision to immediately step down following Rangnick’s arrival. He did this with the view of becoming a full-time manager in his own right.

He has got his wish as last month he was appointed as Chris Wilder’s replacement at Championship side Middlesbrough.

The new Boro boss has got off to a positive start at the Riverside Stadium. In his first five games in charge, he has three wins, one draw and one defeat.

Carrick has now admitted that his exit from Man Utd was “needed”.

“I think it was needed, to be honest,” Carrick told TeessideLive.

“Manchester United was my life and had been for some time. I respect the club greatly and love the place. I have friends there and my son plays there still.

“So I won’t ever lose that affinity. I was at the away game two weeks ago with my son. That was a huge part of my life and that is football. You get attached to certain football clubs.”

He added: “When I’m in somewhere, I’m all in. But I got comfortable in that role at United and you’ve got to come out of that comfort zone sometimes to test yourself and make your own way. That’s why I’m here [at Middlesbrough].

“This is where I started all those years ago, so there is kind of a feeling of real belonging here – and I don’t say that as a throwaway line, that’s how it feels. I’ve felt really at home in these last few days.”

Carrick later suggested that he is “ready” for what is ahead of him at Middlesbrough.

“I think the biggest thing is that I felt comfortable in the role, ultimately,” Carrick explained. “Having that responsibility felt comfortable. Sometimes you don’t know how you’re going to feel but it just felt like a natural fit for me.

“Everyone was saying it must have been quite stressful but, actually, I always felt quite calm. So that was a real positive for me.

“I’m not getting carried away though. I know it was only three games and the situation I was in is a different responsibility from the one I am coming into now.

“But at the same time, it gave me the confidence in knowing that I am ready. With the team around me at this club, I feel really positive about what’s ahead.”

READ MORE: Who will buy Manchester United? The potential bidders for the Red Devils…

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Brazil duo Tite and Neymar claim Man Utd star is ‘the best midfielder in the world’

Brazil duo Tite and Neymar claim Man Utd star is ‘the best midfielder in the world’

Brazil head coach Tite and injured star Neymar have argued that Manchester United summer signing Casemiro is “the best midfielder in the world”.

The United centre-midfielder’s stunning strike in the 83rd minute secured Brazil their 1-0 victory over Switzerland.

This result means they are through to the World Cup knockout stages with a game to spare. This prompted Neymar to tweet after the game: “Casemiro has been the best midfielder in the world for a long time.”

Asked at his post-match press conference if he agreed, Tite said: “As a habit, I always respect opinions and I usually don’t comment on opinions, but I will allow myself to do so today. I agree.”

Without Neymar, Brazil were frustrated for long periods at Stadium 974 before Casemiro rounded off good work by Vinicius Junior and substitute Rodrygo to score the game’s only goal and send them into their final group fixture against Cameroon on Friday in a commanding position.

Asked about the Paris St Germain star’s absence, Tito said: “Obviously Neymar has a different skill-set. He is a player who in a magical moment can dribble past you and all of a sudden, you say, ‘What happened here?’. He has that skill.

“Other players are getting there to get to the level he is at and I hope they get there. Yes, we do miss Neymar, we do miss him. He has a big creative power, he’s very effective so we miss him, yes.

“But there are other players who can take their opportunity.”

Casemiro, who joined United from Real Madrid this summer, played down his decisive intervention and insisted Brazil were better-placed to mount a serious challenge for glory than they were four years ago, when they were beaten by Belgium in the last eight.

He said: “Four years have gone by, there are new players. This year we have a wider range of options, we have more players to choose from.

“Without even changing the team, we have a possibility of changing the way we play. If we substitute players, we have even more options.

“Therefore, there is no doubt whatsoever that the options are much greater than those in 2018.”

Switzerland boss Murat Yakin admitted his side had lacked the “courage” they needed to take the game to the South Americans, but swiftly turned his attention to Friday’s showdown with Serbia.

The sides met in Russia four years ago, when Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri, who are both of Albanian-Kosovan heritage, found themselves the subject of disciplinary action after making nationalist gestures during their side’s 2-1 win.

Yakin said: “We have to focus on football, just on football. For both teams, this is a decisive game and it will be an interesting and exciting game.

“We want to focus on football. Everything else, I really don’t care about.”

READ MORE: Casemiro offers relief as Brazil show symptoms of Neymardepencia

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Evra fires dig at former Arsenal star as he likens Man Utd defender to Carrick

Evra fires dig at former Arsenal star as he likens Man Utd defender to Carrick

Ex-Premier League defender Patrice Evra thinks Lisandro Martinez passes the ball like former Man Utd midfielder Michael Carrick.

The Red Devils signed Martinez in the summer transfer window from Ajax in a deal worth £56.7m after a couple of months of speculation.

Martinez had his doubters when he first arrived with many pundits, especially Graeme Souness, doubting his ability to cope in the Premier League because of his 5ft 9in stature.

However, Martinez has quickly emerged as a fan favourite with the Argentina international one of United’s most impressive performers this campaign.

The Man Utd defender is currently at the World Cup with Argentina and Evra has likened him to Carrick while managing to have a slight dig at former Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker.

“This is one of the best signings we’ve had for years at Manchester United,” Evra said on the Vibe with Five YouTube channel.

“It’s because of his fighting spirit. That’s what United fans want to see – those players have to bleed for the shirt.

“People were talking about his height and I was laughing. Some people said I was too small when I arrived in the Premier League as well. When you play with that heart and passion, size doesn’t matter.

“When he gets the ball, he is so clean and composed. Mexico were pressing everywhere [in the World Cup Group C game] but every time he got the ball he was calm and playing forward. That’s what I love.

“He doesn’t play those one-metre balls to the next player. This is easy. When I see those stats – I remember Mertesacker at Arsenal, the stats said he never lost the ball – but he was passing it one metre, I can do that every day.

“But Martinez puts the ball through the lines like Michael Carrick. That’s what he does and I love that. What a player, what a player.”

And Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinand, who was also on Vibe with Five, reckons other “aspects” of Martinez’s game more than makes up for his lack of height.

“All the other aspects of his game are great,” Ferdinand said.

“I remember speaking to Edwin van der Sar and other people at Ajax about him and they all said he was aggressive and tenacious but also great on the ball and can pass. Top defenders now need to have both sides of the game.”

READ MORE: Transfer gossip: Man Utd to borrow Chelsea bit-part man as Spurs eye Uruguayan

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Transfer gossip: Man Utd to borrow Chelsea bit-part man as Spurs eye Uruguayan

Transfer gossip: Man Utd to borrow Chelsea bit-part man as Spurs eye Uruguayan

Manchester United are going to try for a third time to sign Christian Pulisic while Spurs look towards Uruguay again…

 

PULISIC THE MAN FOR MAN UTD?
Manchester United, Newcastle and Arsenal have all been ‘made aware of’ the availability of Christian Pulisic in January but it is Manchester United – who need some attacking incomings after the exit of one Cristiano Ronaldo – who have shown interest in the US international, according to ESPN.

‘Sources have told ESPN that United are not planning to make substantial moves in January, although the club’s decision to cancel Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract has left manager Erik ten Hag needing a proven forward to replace the former Real Madrid and Juventus player.’

That is slightly at odds with reports that Cody Gakpo will arrive in January, with ESPN claiming that United will be looking at a loan deal rather than a permanent transfer. Pulisic is desperate to leave Chelsea after starting just three Premier League games and one Champions League game this season. Indeed, the only Blues game which has seen Pulisic play 90 minutes was a Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City.

It’s fair to say that he will jump at the chance to sign for United, who have shown interest in signing him twice before.

Here’s some Fabrizio Romano on the subject: “Pulisic was already on Man United’s list in the summer, but Chelsea didn’t want to loan him out at that time. His future depends on the proposals, at the moment the situation is still quiet; Arsenal’s priority remains Mudryk for January but it’s still early.”

 

SPURS EYEING ANOTHER URUGUAYAN
Rodrigo Bentancur was quite the signing and Tottenham are reportedly eyeing a repeat of that move, with Antonio Conte keen on seeing Manuel Ugarte in action, according to O Jogo. The 21-year-old plays for Sporting Lisbon, twice facing Spurs in the Champions League and emerging unbeaten.

Spurs might be in luck on Monday as Uruguay are set to make changes for their second group game of the World Cup after opening the tournament with a pretty poor 0-0 draw with South Korea. Ugarte is tipped to come into the team to replace Matias Vecino, with the South Americans realising that they need more energy in their midfield.

 

NO MESSI DECISION YET
Inter Miami are said to ‘expect’ to sign Lionel Messi when his PSG contract expires, but Fabrizio Romano says that no deal is done yet. Here’s his tweet in full:

‘Leo Messi has not decided his future yet. His camp guarantees that Leo is only focused on the World Cup and there’s no agreement with any club. Inter Miami want Messi and will push; but also PSG will offer Leo a new deal soon. Messi’s decision will be made in 2023.’

READ NEXT: Lionel Messi rises above the dross to breathe life into Argentina…

Source: Football Transfer Gossip – Football365

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Rashford claims standard of England training ‘wasn’t as high’ prior to Southgate’s arrival

Rashford claims standard of England training ‘wasn’t as high’ prior to Southgate’s arrival

Marcus Rashford has claimed that the standard of England training has increased since Gareth Southgate’s arrival in 2016.

Southgate has come under some scrutiny following England’s disappointing goalless draw with the USA.

There can be no doubt that Southgate has had an overall positive impact on the England squad though and Rashford shares the same view.

“Everyone is ready and I’m raring to go,” said Rashford (via Sky Sports).

“Training has been good for the lads who haven’t been getting as many minutes. For this squad, I feel like it’s never really been an issue ever since Gareth has been the manager.

“Maybe before it was a bit of an issue in terms of quality of training, and people’s dedication to training, but since Gareth has been manager it’s been intense. Everyone is ready to step in when needed.”

Rashford has been used as an impact substitute in each of England’s opening matches.

The Manchester United forward was on target against Iran and scored England’s fifth goal of the game in a 6-2 victory.

The 25-year-old has made 48 appearances for England and has scored 13 goals in that time. He made his international debut under Roy Hodgson and briefly played for Sam Allardyce.

Rashford adds: “I was only there for a short period of time but the standard of training wasn’t as high.

“For players, it’s black and white if you’re not training well, you can’t expect to play well.

“You can’t expect to go into games and just win because you think you have better players than the other teams. You have to put the work in and earn the right to win football matches.

“For me, it’s two different sides of a coin and it’s as simple as that.

“There’s been a clear change and a clear improvement. We’ve done much better in the major tournaments but even in the games that we’ve played throughout the year with England, we’ve played better and had better results. It’s not often I come away with England and feel we’re going to lose games.

“The togetherness is really high and it’s something Gareth has put a lot of emphasis on. We work for each other and leave it out on the pitch.”

Next up for England is a tasty-looking clash against Wales to finish off the group stages.

READ MORE: De Bruyne the biggest culprit as ‘too old’ Belgium are actually just a bit sh*t

Source: All The News – Football365

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Ferdinand hints at Beckham Man Utd takeover with ‘consortium’ plan in place

Ferdinand hints at Beckham Man Utd takeover with ‘consortium’ plan in place

Rio Ferdinand has hinted at David Beckham’s plans to take over at Manchester United as part of a consortium bid.

Recent reports revealed that the Glazers are officially open to selling Man Utd after years of protests by fans.

The American owners first invested in United in 2003 and they then became the club’s majority stakeholders in 2005.

It has also been reported that Beckham is willing to team up with potential bidders and purchase Man Utd.

Ferdinand gave some behind-the-scenes insight and revealed what he and Beckham recently spoke about.

“Becks will come with a consortium,” said Ferdinand on Vibe with Five.

“I saw Becks last night at the [England vs USA] game, I went to the England game and we were sat next to each other. He smelt beautiful, looked beautiful. He looked a million dollars, as he normally does. He didn’t look 10 billon dollars’ worth.

“But when you mention someone like Becks’ name, he’s obviously a part-owner of Inter Miami, but he doesn’t come [alone]. It’s not his money.

“It’s not him in terms of putting his hand in his pocket. He comes with a consortium. He comes with people who do have deep pockets who have the ability to go and execute on a deal like that.

“So that’s the way he’ll be approaching it, and rightly so. I just think it’s going to come down to a number. If you’ve got the number, and you can produce, that’s what it’s going to be about.”

Beckham made over 350 appearances for Man Utd as a player and a return to the club could be on the cards.

It is claimed that the club could be sold for as much as £7bn and potentially even more if a bidding war ensues.

Ferdinand adds: “I think when you look at it, the clubs that are successful over big periods of time have players that have worn the shirt, understand the traditions, understand the history, understand the ethos of the football club and continue that.

“Ajax with Edwin van der Sar, Bayern Munich have [Karl-Heinz] Rummenigge in there among others, Real Madrid, Barca – they all do it.

“They’ve all got players who have been in and around the football club at some point in their life and they’re back in there working at the club because they understand it. And it’s a key part.

“And then they have business people around them, to facilitate and run things and control the business element of the football club. And then those people learn on the job, but with a football background. And I think that’s an area that the new owners that potentially come in have to really look at.”

READ MORE: Neville admits ‘regrets’ on not speaking up on Glazers Man Utd ownership sooner

Source: All The News – Football365

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‘Agreement reached’ to sign top Arsenal, Liverpool target worth £39m

‘Agreement reached’ to sign top Arsenal, Liverpool target worth £39m

Man Utd have reportedly reached an agreement to sign PSV and Netherlands forward Cody Gakpo.

Gakpo has been on fire for PSV since the beginning of last season.

As a result, he is being linked with a host of top European clubs, such as Man Utd, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Leeds United made an attempt to sign him on deadline day last summer, but the Dutch transfer window had closed, so PSV were not entertaining a sale.

Southampton and Everton were also interested, but with 30 goal contributions in 24 matches for the Dutch outfit this season, plus two goals at the World Cup, you’d expect Gakpo to be aiming higher.

Cristiano Ronaldo recently left Man Utd, opening up a space for a new forward to join the club.

The Red Devils were expected to sign a new striker in the upcoming summer transfer window, but may act in January.

While Gakpo is not a natural No. 9, several are linked with a move to Old Trafford.

There is reported interest in Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Lille’s Jonathan David and RB Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko.

Erik ten Hag has often called upon Marcus Rashford through the middle this season while relying on Anthony Martial.

Gakpo predominantly plays off the left, where Rashford can also be utilised, as well as Jadon Sancho, who has been bitterly disappointing since joining Man Utd from Borussia Dortmund last year.

The 23-year-old Dutchman would be a terrific addition, though there may be some reservations at Old Trafford given how good Memphis Depay looked before joining from PSV in 2015.

Memphis was possibly higher rated than Gakpo is now, yet he ended up being a massive flop in the Premier League before enjoying a terrific spell with French outfit Lyon.

Currently at Barcelona – but out of contract next summer – Memphis is one of many being linked with a move to Man Utd.

However, it looks like the club’s bid to sign Gakpo – who is valued at £38.7million by Transfermarkt – has greatly accelerated.

According to Football Insider, Man Utd have ‘reached an agreement in principle’ with the player.

The report claims the Red Devils had a £25m summer bid to sign Gakpo turned down by PSV.

CBS Sports correspondent Ben Jacobs recently confirmed that Man Utd’s Premier League rivals Arsenal and Liverpool have Gakpo ‘on their radar’.

Ten Hag and co might struggle to convince the Eredivisie club to sell in the January transfer window, and may be forced to wait until the summer.

The Dutch manager left Ajax to join Man Utd at the end of last season.

He delved into the Eredivisie market in his first summer transfer window in charge.

The Red Devils signed Antony and Lisandro Martinez from Ajax for a combined £130m.

Former Dutch footballer and managers Hans Kraay Jr recently described Gakpo as “gone” from PSV.

“Gakpo is gone,” Kraay Jr told ESPN. “PSV are not going to keep him, and cannot keep him anymore.

“Gakpo will soon be playing in the Premier League. The chance that it will be Manchester United is now a lot higher again, because Cristiano Ronaldo has left.

“They have even more money available. At Liverpool, assistant Pepijn Lijnders is charmed by him, so he is chasing Jürgen Klopp. Yes, Gakpo is gone.”

READ NOW: Transfer gossip: Mudryk to Arsenal back on after U-turn; Rafa for Ronaldo at Man Utd

Source: All The News – Football365

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Mudryk to Arsenal back on after U-turn; Rafa for Ronaldo at Man Utd

Mudryk to Arsenal back on after U-turn; Rafa for Ronaldo at Man Utd

Arsenal haven’t been priced out of a move for their top target, while Man Utd hunt for a Ronaldo replacement and FSG look to splash some Liverpool cash.

 

MUDRYK TO ARSENAL BACK ON
Mykhaylo Mudryk was “very upset” at the thought of being priced out of a move to Arsenal, and reports suggest Shakhtar Donetsk have since lowered their transfer demands significantly.

Mudryk said his dream move to Arsenal had been “wounded” after Shakhtar insisted they wanted £90m, and whether as a result of the winger throwing his toys out of the pram, or because that initial sum was way wide of the mark, they’ve now dropped their asking price to just £40m plus add-ons, according to Mirror.

The Gunners ‘have the framework of a deal in place’ and seeing as they are said to have offered £30m in the summer, they should be fine with spending an extra £10m or so.

Mudryk came through the academy ranks with the Ukrainian side before making his senior debut in the 2018-19 campaign. He’s impressed since but caught the eye particularly through his displays in the Champions League group stage this season, in which he scored three goals and got two assists.

 

RAFA FOR RONALDO
Erik ten Hag wants Manchester United to replace Cristiano Ronaldo in January as they push for Champions League football and ESPN have revealed a couple of names on the Dutch manager’s shortlist.

The first, Cody Gakpo, was a target in the summer and has been in fine form club and country this term, notching 13 goals and 17 assists for PSV Eindhoven, and scoring a goal in each of the Netherlands’ two group games at the World Cup so far.

Gakpo is thought to be valued by PSV at around £43m but that could rise if he continues to impress in Qatar.

Another player who may use the winter World Cup as a springboard for his career is Rafael Leao (not that he needs it), who came off the bench to score in Portugal’s 3-2 win over Ghana.

The AC Milan star has been heavily linked with a move to Chelsea but is also said to be on Ten Hag’s wishlist, though will likely cost significantly more than Gakpo, with reports suggesting the Serie A side won’t accept less than £87m for their flying forward.

 

LIVERPOOL ‘SUPERSTAR SIGNING’
With two of their rivals for Champions League qualification looking to strengthen in January, what’s going on at Liverpool?

It was reported that the FSG chequebook may well be closed as they look to sell the club but Football Insider claim the American owners are willing to fund an ‘A-list acquisition’ if Jurgen Klopp and his transfer team can ‘source the right player’.

It’s not entirely clear which position they are looking to bolster but central midfield seems like a good bet, and England pair Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice are both mentioned.

Liverpool sources claim FSG will spend ‘huge’ money on a ‘superstar signing’ in January if a deal can be done.

 

Source: Football Transfer Gossip – Football365

#Mudryk #Arsenal #Uturn #Rafa #Ronaldo #Man #Utd

Xavi confirms FC Barcelona ‘are speaking’ to Chelsea, Man Utd target with ‘brutal ability’

Xavi confirms FC Barcelona ‘are speaking’ to Chelsea, Man Utd target with ‘brutal ability’

Xavi has confirmed that FC Barcelona are hoping to sign Palmeiras teenager Endrick ahead of the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.

The 16-year-old has already played several times at senior level for Brazilian side Palmeiras. He has grabbed nine goals and one assist in 14 appearances this season.

He has also made a great impact at youth level for Brazil as he has scored five goals in just five caps for their U17 side.

Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus was full of praise for Endrick when he asked about the wonderkid.

“I’ve been following Endrick a lot,” Jesus told ESPN. “During the time I was training at the academy when I was coming back from injury, Ze Roberto introduced us. Then I saw him on the field…

“Wow, he’s a star. Phenomenon! He’s 16 now, right? When I was 15, I was in the academy but he’s in the seniors.”

Clubs around Europe are queueing up in the hope of signing Endrick in 2024 when he turns 18. This is when the €60m release clause in his contract becomes active.

Man Utd have been linked with Endrick but Barcelona boss Xavi has now spoken openly about their interest in the teenager.

The Spanish giants “hope” to sign Endrick after Xavi “explained the project” to the player and his father.

“We have been speaking with his father and also directly with the player. I explained the project we have in Barcelona,” Xaxi told ESPN.

“We want talent and he is a talent, capable of making a difference. He has the goal, he has the dribble, he has a brutal ability to make a difference.

“He is a player from the present, who is already playing in the Brazilian league, and also from the future.

“It’s the type of player we need. He already knows about the project we have at Barcelona and we are talking. He hopes he becomes our player.

“It depends on him. It always depends on the player. Usually, a player will end up playing where he wants to play. So it’s a very personal decision by Endrick.”

Man Utd and FC Barcelona may be left disappointed though as transfer guru Fabrizio Romano claimed earlier this week that Chelsea, Real Madrid and PSG are leading the race to sign Endrick.

“There’s still no agreement between Palmeiras and any other club, or on the player’s side,” Romano wrote for Caught Offside.

“It’s still open and it’s the player who will decide, so more than bids to Palmeiras, it’s about convincing the player.

“The race remains the same: Chelsea, Real Madrid, PSG. All the clubs are still in the race, 100%.”

READ MORE: Kane and Mount among six England stars who benefited from Championship loan spells

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Man Utd told ‘sensational’ Serie A defender will cost £100m despite reported £43m release clause

Man Utd told ‘sensational’ Serie A defender will cost £100m despite reported £43m release clause

Man Utd have been told that Napoli defender Kim Min-jae will now cost clubs £100m despite him having a £43m release clause in his contract.

Min-jae has risen to prominence over the past year as he was previously plying his trade in South Korea and China.

He moved to Europe before the 2021/22 campaign as Turkish side Fenerbache signed him from Beijing Guoan.

The 26-year-old took no time to adapt to life at Fenerbache as he was named in the Super Lig Team of the Season last term.

Napoli splashed out around £15m to sign Min-jae in the summer as he was identified as a replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly, who joined Chelsea.

The Serie A outfit did some brilliant business in the summer as they also brought in Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Frank Anguissa in inexpensive deals.

Napoli are on track to produce something special this season as they are top of Serie A. They also finished ahead of Liverpool in the group stages of the Champions League and they are being backed as a surprise package in the competition.

Min-jae has hit the ground running in Italy and he is already being linked with a major move elsewhere.

The centre-back has been linked with Man Utd as far back as September, with the English side seemingly regretting not signing him in the summer.

They are now alone in chasing Min-jae however as Tottenham Hotspur are also admirers of him.

He is part of South Korea’s World Cup squad and he helped his side keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw against Uruguay on Thursday night in their tournament opener.

Speaking during BBC’s coverage of the game, ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy claimed to have some insider knowledge of Min-jae’s valuation.

“I think his performances recently have been so good,” Murphy said.

“The clubs interested now. I was talking to someone this morning who was saying Manchester United are interested and they are talking £100m.

“That’s how quickly you can grow in this game, because they have been absolutely sensational Napoli to start to the season, him included.”

Ex-Premier League defender Ashley Williams added: “He’s had a really good season for Napoli, we saw how good he was when he played against Liverpool in the Champions League.

“He’s big, imposing, and he’s going to have his hands full at the other end trying to deal with [Luis] Suarez and [Darwin] Nunez.

“He’s someone that they can count upon, you see the size of him, and he’ll try to impress in this game.”

Murphy may need to reconsider his sources though, as Min-jae’s current contract that expires in 2025 includes a £43m release clause.

But Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport did recently report that Napoli are hopeful of extending his contract until 2028 and this fresh deal would not include a release clause.

READ MORE: Who will buy Manchester United? The potential bidders for the Red Devils…

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Transfer gossip: Man Utd to move for Harry Kane after World Cup, Brazil offer for Cristiano Ronaldo

Transfer gossip: Man Utd to move for Harry Kane after World Cup, Brazil offer for Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United are intent on wasting their time by making an offer for Harry Kane in January, while Chelsea are eyeing another Red Devils target…

 

MAN UTD TO MOVE FOR KANE
We start this morning with an absolute non-starter of a rumour around Manchester United’s search for a centre-forward…

With Cristiano Ronaldo now consigned to the club’s history, Erik ten Hag is short on strikers. The dilemma: move in January for a quick fix; or wait until the summer for one of their primary targets?

Fichajes reckons United can have it all. They say the Red Devils want Harry Kane to replace Ronaldo and they intend to make a move early in New Year.

Tottenham will have to address Kane’s contract, which is currently due to expire in 2024. But the prospect of Daniel Levy selling his biggest star mid-way through the season when he has absolutely no need to seems, well, a tad unlikely. Next.

 

RONALDO BOUND FOR BRAZIL?
Well, what of Ronaldo? The Portugal star caught the eye last night by scoring in his fifth World Cup finals and more interest in acquiring his services is starting to gather.

Al-Hilal are exploring a deal to bring Ronaldo to the Saudi Pro League, says Sky Sports, which comes a few months after the 37-year-old turned his nose up at a mega money move to the Middle East last summer.

Ronaldo could also head to Brazil. According to Veja, Flamengo are preparing to make the attacker an offer that would see him join the Copa Libertadores champions after the World Cup.

 

CHELSEA EYE PORTO STOPPER
As well as signing a centre-forward, United also have to address their goalkeeping situation, with a decision looming over David De Gea’s contract and whether they exercise the option they have to extend his huge deal for a further 12 months.

United have been exploring other options, which include Diogo Costa. But they aren’t the only Premier League side looking at the Porto stopper.

Tottenham have been linked with the Portugal international, while Chelsea are also sniffing.

Spanish outlet Relevo reckons the Blues are willing to pay the £65million release clause in Costa’s recently-signed contract extension at Porto.

POTTER WANTS TROSSARD REUNION
Chelsea are also said to be readying an offer for Brighton attacker Leandro Trossard.

The Belgium international contract status is a little unclear, with his current terms due to expire next summer but it is believed the Seagulls have the option to extend that deal for a further 12 months.

Regardless, Football Insider says Graham Potter is intent on a reunion with Trossard in the New Year with talks scheduled to take place upon the 27-year-old’s return from the World Cup.

Read more: Ronaldo claims headlines but Portugal success depends on pretty much everyone else

 

Source: Football Transfer Gossip – Football365

#Transfer #gossip #Man #Utd #move #Harry #Kane #World #Cup #Brazil #offer #Cristiano #Ronaldo

Bruno Fernandes tells the media to ‘keep criticising’ ex-Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo

Bruno Fernandes tells the media to ‘keep criticising’ ex-Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo

Bruno Fernandes has pleaded with the media to “keep criticising” ex-Man Utd star Cristiano Ronaldo as he plays his best football when he is under scrutiny.

Ronaldo mutually agreed to leave Man Utd earlier this week following his controversial interview with Piers Morgan, and he is playing at the World Cup as a free agent.

The 37-year-old seized centre stage as he won his side a penalty in the second half. He stepped up to take the spot-kick himself and he converted to make it 1-0.

Andre Ayew equalised for Ghana but quickfire goals from Joao Felix and Rafael Leao helped Portugal kick off their Qatar campaign with a 3-2 win.

For many players, entering such an important tournament with criticism ringing in their ears after a messy divorce from their club could destroy them, but Fernandes believes the opposite is true of Ronaldo.

“I think he likes to work under that criticism from everyone, so I pray all of you to keep doing that because he gets the best of himself when you guys do that,” Fernandes said.

“I still share the space with him in the national team and the main thing for me is that Portugal does the best we can in the tournament because if we do it, Cristiano will be happy, I will be happy and everyone in Portugal will be happy for us.”

Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva has no idea where Ronaldo’s club career will take him next, but agreed when asked if the veteran was capable of staying in one Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues.

“Yes I think so. But it depends on what he wants. I don’t know what he wants for his life. He has to speak with his family and decide for himself, right?

“I support his decision (to leave United) in terms of, it’s his decision. He’s my team-mate in Portugal – if he’s happy, we’re happy.

“We are happy to know that we can still count on him – not just the goal but he worked a lot for the team.”

Ronaldo briefly touched on his United exit when speaking after his side’s victory.

“It was an important step and we won,” he said. “It was a week that finished this chapter, it is closed.

“We wanted to start of with the good foot. We won, I could help my team – and all the rest does not matter.”

READ MORE: Ronaldo claims headlines but Portugal success depends on pretty much everyone else

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Maguire admits to England ‘fear’ and compares himself to ex-Man Utd forward Ronaldo

Maguire admits to England ‘fear’ and compares himself to ex-Man Utd forward Ronaldo

Manchester United defender Harry Maguire has admitted that he “feared” not being included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup.

The 29-year-old earned himself a place in the team of the tournament for Euro 2020 after recovering from an ankle injury.

But Maguire’s career has gone downhill since then as his form for Manchester United has declined.

Dropped after Erik ten Hag lost his first two matches in charge, the centre-back has only made seven more club appearances – a period that also saw him laid low by injury.

Those struggles led to questions over Maguire’s place in the World Cup squad and the defender admits there was a part of him, however small, that was concerned he would not make Gareth Southgate’s selection.

“Obviously being picked for your country is a huge privilege,” he said ahead of winning his 50th cap in Friday’s World Cup group game against the United States.

“It’s the pinnacle of anybody’s footballing career to play at major tournaments for your country, World Cups especially. It’s the biggest tournament in the world.

“Obviously you have fear of (not) being in a squad, but I had great belief over what I have done over the 49 caps I’ve played for England that I’ve earned the trust to be in the squad and be available for the team and the selection.”

Maguire was thrust straight into the starting line-up for Monday’s World Cup opener against Iran, whose fans had brought a few signs goading the oft-abused defender.

There can be few players that receive more relentless criticism than the world’s most expensive defender, but he appears adept at brushing it aside.

Asked whether he doubts himself given the harsh background noise, Maguire said: “No, I have great belief in myself.

“I go out on the training pitch, I work as hard as possible. I give my all, I give my best and that gives you good preparation to go into a game and perform to the best level.

“I went into the Euros on the back of an eight to 10 week injury, so I wasn’t too worried about the lack of game time.

“Obviously I want to be playing every week for my club. It’s something that I’m going to fight to get back into the team.

“So, it’s not what and where I wanted to be but of course I feel fresh.

“I’ve worked hard, I’ve worked doing extras on the training pitch to make sure I’m ready when I get the opportunity to play.

“I knew the World Cup was coming up, so I always put on the extra shifts in training, like I said, and kept myself ticking over.”

Maguire is away with England at a fascinating time for United, with the Glazer family announcing on Tuesday they were willing to sell just hours after Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract was mutually terminated.

The skipper says he has found it easy to focus on national team matters despite there being “a lot of talk going off around the club”, and interestingly used his now former team-mate as an example for coping with flak.

“Of course as a footballer nobody likes being criticised, but I think it’s part and parcel of the game,” said Maguire, who feels fine after being substituted against Iran as he was feeling unwell.

“I’ve played with Cristiano Ronaldo for the last couple of years and he’s one of the greatest players ever to kick a football and he gets criticised day in, day out.

“So, if it’s going to happen to him and the position I’m in, I think it’s part and parcel of the game, especially the position that I’m in playing for Manchester United and the captain of Manchester United.

“With Cristiano playing and me being around him over the last couple of years, he’s the greatest player, for me, to ever kick a football and he gets criticised daily so it’s going to happen to each and every one of us.

“So, it’s part and parcel of the game. It’s something that you’ve got to go into training, do your best and that’s what I always tell myself. Just go in and do your best and that’s only what you can do.”

READ MORE: Who will buy Manchester United? The potential bidders for the Red Devils…

 

Source: All The News – Football365

#Maguire #admits #England #fear #compares #exMan #Utd #Ronaldo

Transfer gossip: More clubs snub Ronaldo as Man Utd move for Holland star

Transfer gossip: More clubs snub Ronaldo as Man Utd move for Holland star

It’s the summer all over again for Cristiano Ronaldo, who could be replaced at Manchester United by a forward who’s already flopped in the No.7 shirt…

SAUDIS ONLY TAKERS SO FAR FOR RONALDO
Cristiano Ronaldo starts his World Cup campaign with Portugal later today as a free-agent. The 37-year-old needs to put himself in the shop window, it would seem…

After it was announced by Manchester United on Tuesday evening that the megastar had been cut loose, Ronaldo might have expected a clamour at his door. Instead, clubs are only queueing up to register their non-interest.

Newcastle, tempted as though their Saudi owners perhaps were, won’t be making Ronaldo an offer, with Football Insider saying he does not fit the Magpies’ transfer policy. It’s hard to think of a club where he would.

Nor are Chelsea keen. Todd Boehly wanted to bring the former Real Madrid star to Stamford Bridge last summer but Thomas Tuchel said no. Even with the German gone, though, The Sun says the Boehly won’t be tempted again.

Once again, it seems the only firm interest is from Saudi Arabia. In the summer, Ronaldo turned down silly money to move to Saudi’s Pro League, with the forward keen to play again in the Champions League. The Telegraph says the Saudis will try again now Ronaldo has no ties.

 

UNITED MOVING FOR MEMPHIS
United are considering how they go about replacing Ronaldo, with Erik ten Hag shorn of a problem but short of strikers.

The Daily Mail says the Red Devils are contemplating whether to take the Odion Ighalo approach once more by signing a forward on loan for the rest of the season.

Sport suggests United have already set in motion a move for Memphis Depay. The Holland striker could be available on a free in January, with Barcelona willing to tear up the remainder of his contract if it saves them half a season’s worth of wages. Of course, Depay has already had one stint at Old Trafford and, let’s be honest, he was bloody awful.

 

PREM TRIO EYE FRANCE STAR
Ten Hag was keen to sign Adrien Rabiot last summer but no deal could be agreed with the Juventus midfielder. As Rabiot approaches free agency, three other Premier League big hitters are planning on trying their luck with the France international.

According to Calciomercato, Arsenal and Chelsea are both willing to give Ma Rabiot the deal she’s seeking for her son. Since United walked away from negotiations, the former PSG star has been in outstanding form for Juve, strengthening his representative’s bargaining position.

Tottenham too are also looking to elbow their way towards the front of the line. Juve are keen to agree a renewal with Rabiot, but the Old Lady fears being blown out of the water by Premier League offers.

Read more: The Glazers at Manchester United: A thorny relationship stretching back almost 20 years

 

 

Source: Football Transfer Gossip – Football365

#Transfer #gossip #clubs #snub #Ronaldo #Man #Utd #move #Holland #star

Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe ‘will bid’ for Man United but is ‘wary of overpaying’

Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe ‘will bid’ for Man United but is ‘wary of overpaying’

One of Britain’s richest men and Manchester United fan Sir Jim Ratcliffe will make a bid to buy the Premier League club, according to a report.

The Glazer family confirmed on Tuesday they will “evaluate all options” as they are officially open to selling the Red Devils.

They first invested in the club back in 2003 and became their majority stakeholders two years later.

It is safe to say the United fan base is not too fond of the Glazers and will be absolutely delighted to see the back of them.

While United have spent a lot of money in past transfer windows, the cash has not necessarily come out of the Glazers’ pockets.

And their involvement in the controversial European Super League further strained their relationship with the supporters.

As said prior, fans will be delighted to see the club’s owners say they are willing to walk away from the club.

According to The Telegraph, British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is planning a bid to take over his boyhood club.

Ratcliffe currently owns French club OGC Nice and put his hat in the ring to buy Chelsea before Todd Boehly bought the Blues from Roman Abramovich.

The 70-year-old has contacted the Glazer family in the past over a takeover.

In August, a spokesperson for the billionaire confirmed his interest, but Ratcliffe said in October he was not willing to wait around with the Glazers not keen on a sale.

Ratcliffe will make a bid for United, though he is ‘wary of overpaying’ with sources indicating the Glazers want at least £5billion.

The Raine Group are managing the club’s sale and also led Chelsea’s sale earlier this year, which means Ratcliffe has previously dealt with them.

There is some ‘concern’ Raine will be asking for a price beyond the Red Devils’ ‘natural value’ and Ratcliffe has always said he will spend his money logically, and not through passion.

It is ‘anticipated’ that some of the parties who had an interest in Chelsea will make a move for United.

The Red Devils are another big Premier League club put up for sale this season.

Arch-rivals Liverpool are also up for sale after Fenway Sports Group confirmed they were looking for new, significant, investment.

The report says the Glazers would be ‘reluctant to relinquish control of the club without a full sale’.

The Glazer family have been exploring the idea of a sale since the summer and it is added that their stance could put a ‘spike’ in Liverpool’s process to sell.

There is some bad news for United fans as Qatar Sports Investments have ‘categorically ruled out any interest’.

United are arguably the biggest club in world football, meaning a sale could actually be worth around £8-9bn.

READ NOW: The Glazers at Manchester United: A thorny relationship stretching back almost 20 years

Source: All The News – Football365

#Billionaire #Sir #Jim #Ratcliffe #bid #Man #United #wary #overpaying

Transfer gossip: Ronaldo to Newcastle as French striker targeted as Man Utd replacement

Transfer gossip: Ronaldo to Newcastle as French striker targeted as Man Utd replacement

Ronaldo has left Manchester United and he seemingly has a choice between two Saudi-owned clubs while Manchester United target a French striker…

 

WHERE NEXT FOR RONALDO?
Well, according to Marca, through the brilliance of Google translate: ‘Cristiano’s future depends on continuing in England or going to Saudi football, an exit that he is considering very seriously.

‘The Portuguese is torn between Newcastle and Al-Nassr, clubs with the same owner, Mohammed Bin Salman, heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia. Newcastle already tempted him last summer and he would arrive as a free agent in the next winter market that opens on January 2.’

So there’s a choice there between two Saudi-owned projects, because no bugger else will pay all those wages. Not even Chelsea. What will we choose? What would you choose?

 

WHAT NOW FOR MAN UTD?
Well it’s fair to say that they need more attacking options in January and one new name has been mentioned by Rudy Galetti.

That name is Marcus Thuram, the French striker who has scored a very impressive 10 goals in 15 Bundesliga games for Borussia Mönchengladbach this season and is at the World Cup as pointless back-up to the brilliant Olivier Giroud.

Thuram’s contract expires next summer so he is available for a small price in January (reports suggest less than £10m), with Inter Milan and Juventus leading the race to sign him. But now there is talk of interest from Bayern Munich and Manchester United.

Alternatively, United could go back for Cody Gakpo. The Dutchman scored in his nation’s opening World Cup match v Senegal and has claimed 13 goals and 17 assists for PSV this season. But Gakpo is rather more of a left winger and that is the one position United probably don’t need to strengthen.

 

JOAO FELIX FOR PSG
The Portuguese has previously been linked with Manchester United, but it looks very much like PSG will sign the young forward who has fallen out of favour at Atletico Madrid.

Having failed to sign both Bernardo Silva and Robert Lewandowski in recent windows, Le10Sport claim that the French champions are keen to move in the January market for a big-name attacking player, and rather handily the Spanish club needs to sell after crashing out of the Champions at the group stage.

Source: Football Transfer Gossip – Football365

#Transfer #gossip #Ronaldo #Newcastle #French #striker #targeted #Man #Utd #replacement

‘Mission accomplished… a***d’ – Scholes illustrates limited swearing range in Ronaldo dig

‘Mission accomplished… a***d’ – Scholes illustrates limited swearing range in Ronaldo dig

Paul Scholes took to Instagram to slam Cristiano Ronaldo having heard the news of the striker’s departure from Manchester United, before deleting the post after everyone had seen it.

Ronaldo left United by mutual consent as both parties decided to rip up the final seven months of his contract in the wake of the Portugal international’s explosive interview with Piers Morgan, in which he criticised the club, manager Erik ten Hag and his teammates.

United announced that Ronaldo had left with immediate effect on Tuesday and Scholes illustrated the limited range of his swearing vocabulary in response.

Scholes took to his Instgram story to write: ‘Mission accomplished… a***d!’

Trying to work out what the word is? ‘Arsed’ apparently, which doesn’t really make sense and is a f***ing sh*t c*nt of a swear word, if it even is swear word worthy of being asterisked.

The United statement released on Tuesday evening read: ‘Cristiano Ronaldo is to leave Manchester United by mutual agreement, with immediate effect.

‘The club thanks him for his immense contribution across two spells at Old Trafford, scoring 145 goals in 346 appearances, and wishes him and his family well for the future.

‘Everyone at Manchester United remains focused on continuing the team’s progress under Erik ten Hag and working together to deliver success on the pitch.’

Ronaldo released his own statement following the news, writing: ‘Following conversations with Manchester United, we have mutually agreed to end our contract early.

‘I love Manchester United and I love the fans, that will never ever change. However, it feels like the right time for me to seek a new challenge.

‘I wish the team every success for the remainder of the season and for the future.’

Another one of Ronaldo’s former teammates, one of his minions, Rio Ferdinand, had a more diplomatic take on the situation than Scholes.

He told the BBC: “I think both parties will be delighted now. He obviously did that interview with the mindset that he wanted to get out of the football club.

“[He] wasn’t happy, made it very clear, but I also think Erik ten Hag has got what he wanted as well in this situation. Both parties are happy, move on, next chapter for Cristiano Ronaldo.”

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Kompany jokingly rules out Burnley-Ronaldo transfer as the ex-Man Utd star ‘can’t run’, plus more reaction

Kompany jokingly rules out Burnley-Ronaldo transfer as the ex-Man Utd star ‘can’t run’, plus more reaction

Man City legend Vincent Kompany has aimed a light-hearted dig at Cristiano Ronaldo after it was confirmed that the forward has left Man Utd.

The Red Devils confirmed on Tuesday evening that they had reached a mutual agreement with Ronaldo to terminate his contract. 

This followed the 37-year-old’s controversial interview with Piers Morgan in which he criticised Erik ten Hag and the Glazer family.

Several pundits have reacted to this news. Rio Ferdinand is of the belief that Ronaldo still deserves to be remembered fondly by fans.

“I don’t think this affects or detracts from Cristiano Ronaldo’s legacy at the football club – what he’s achieved, his legendary status, I believe doesn’t change,” Ferdinand told his Youtube channel.

“The measure of what he was when he was in the red shirt, playing football, and the amount of successful moments and trophies that he brought to the club when he was here, becoming the best player in the world when he was at Manchester United – these things you cannot erase from history.”

But Ferdinand stressed that he believed Ronaldo knew exactly what he was doing when he agreed to the interview – and that the result is a good one for both the player and United boss Ten Hag.

“I think both parties are delighted with it,” added Ferdinand. “I think the action Cristiano Ronaldo took over the last couple of weeks with the the interview meant that this was the outcome he wanted and was aiming for.

“I think he got what he wanted, but I think Erik Ten Hag has got what he wanted. The way things have gone at the club this season, I believe Erik Ten Hag deep down felt the team were better off without Cristiano Ronaldo.”

Another ex-team-mate Wayne Rooney said Ronaldo’s “attack” on the club left United with no option.

“It’s sad to see it end this way but I think once everyone’s seen the interview and how he attacked the club I think there was no option so I’m not surprised, no,” Rooney told Indian broadcaster Viacom18 Sports’ VISA Match Centre Live.

“It’s a shame because he’s been a fantastic servant for Manchester United and I wish him all the best which whichever club he goes to next.

“I’m sure there’ll be teams looking to sign him. Certainly, if he has a good (World Cup) tournament, there’ll be a lot of teams looking to try and sign him.”

Former England captain Alan Shearer suggested Ronaldo had “got his wish” and will await his next destination with interest.

“He’s got his wish – it’s what he did the interview for,” Shearer told the BBC. “It was inevitable it was going to happen after that. It will be interesting to see if a Champions League (team) comes in for him.”

Burnley boss Vincent Kompany added on the BBC’s World Cup coverage: “I think in the end everybody loses except for perhaps the Manchester United manager – it is a problem that’s resolved and they will move on from this.”

BBC presenter Gary Linekar then cheekily asked if Kompany would take Ronaldo at Burnley.

The Man City legend then quipped: “We need players who can run.”

READ MORE: World Cup… Messi and that Man Utd pr*ck feature in a Qatar geriatric XI

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Glazer family ‘explore selling’ Man Utd with ‘full-blown auction’ an option

Glazer family ‘explore selling’ Man Utd with ‘full-blown auction’ an option

The Glazer family are reportedly ‘exploring selling’ Manchester United and the owner’s stance is set to be ‘formally announced’ in the coming days.

The Glazers first invested in United in 2003 and they became the club’s majority stakeholders in 2005.

The value of the club at that time is understood to have been around £790m.

Their relationship with the club’s supporters has declined in recent years. A lot of investment has gone into signing new players, but very little has been done to modernise Old Trafford or the club’s training ground.

The Glazer family were also heavily involved in the planned formation of the European Super League.

The introduction of this competition was called off following significant opposition from fans, the media and ex-players.

The United owner’s involvement with the ESL led to more frequent fan protests with the majority of the club’s supporters keen to see an end to the Glazer regime.

They may be about to get their wish as Sky News are reporting that the Glazer family are ‘preparing to formally announce its intention to examine potential sources of outside investment’.

It is suggested that one option for them is to push for a ‘full-blown auction’.

Sky News have been informed that investment bankers have been asked to ‘advise the owners on the process’.

The possibilities the Glazers have is a ‘full or partial sale, or a strategic partnership with third parties’.

The report adds that a statement from the Glazer family ‘could come imminently’ as they intend to ‘confirm their intentions’.

The report later states: ‘United’s valuation in a sale would inevitably exceed the roughly $2.15bn market capitalisation implied by its share price during Tuesday’s trading session on the New York Stock Exchange.

‘Reports in recent months have speculated that any transaction would need to value the club at anywhere between £5bn and £9bn to persuade the owners to sell.’

Sir Jim Ratcliffe will naturally be discussed as a potential buyer. Back in August, it was confirmed by his spokesperson that he is interested in buying Man Utd from the Glazers.

“If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership,” Ratcliffe’s spokesperson told The Times.

“This is not about the money that has been spent or not spent. Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it feels like the time is right for a reset.”

It is a busy news day at United as hours before this report emerged, it was confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract has been terminated by mutual consent. 

This comes after the 37-year-old burned his bridges at Man Utd after firing shots at Erik ten Hag, the Glazers, Ralf Rangnick, Gary Neville and Wayne Rooney during an interview with Piers Morgan.

READ MORE: Transfer gossip… Kylian Mbappe and Vinicius Jr to link up in Man Utd’s attack?

 

Source: All The News – Football365

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Spurs snub Chelsea, ex-Arsenal keepers to focus on Prem trio

Spurs snub Chelsea, ex-Arsenal keepers to focus on Prem trio

Tottenham have rejected the chance to sign two international goalkeepers while Real Madrid have snubbed Cristiano Ronaldo’s offer…

 

TOTTENHAM TRACKING FOUR WORLD CUP KEEPERS
Tottenham are working on a succession plan for Hugo Lloris. To replace the World Cup-winning goalkeeper, they are apparently tracking four stoppers currently in Qatar…

According to 90min, three of the names towards the top of their list are Jordan Pickford, David Raya and Robert Sanchez.

Pickford’s name was brought up in discussions between Spurs and Everton regarding Anthony Gordon last summer. Like Brentford’s David Raya, Pickford’s contract is up in 2024. The third potential candidate is Raya’s Spain team-mate Robert Sanchez, though Spurs recognise he wouldn’t come cheap since the Brighton keeper’s deal currently runs until 2025.

Spurs are said to be monitoring Diogo Costa too, though Manchester United have also been linked with the Portugal keeper who has recently extended his contract at Porto.

The path to Wojciech Szczesny and Edouard Mendy may be clearer since Tottenham have been offered the Juventus and Chelsea keepers but neither the Poland nor Senegal internationals are currently of interest to Spurs.

READ MORE: Ten players sharing the World Cup shop window with Bellingham in the opening week

 

NEWCASTLE LINKED WITH JUVE STRIKER
Dusan Vlahovic hasn’t been at Juventus a year yet speculation persists around the Serbia star, especially regarding interest from Premier League clubs.

Arsenal’s fondness for Vlahovic hasn’t faded despite being custard pied by the centre-forward back in January when he joined Juve from Fiorentina.

Now there is some chatter around ‘concrete interest’ from Newcastle. Though Calciomercato’s report comes with the caveat that the Magpies would have to qualify for the Champions League before making a move. There is also speculation that Newcastle could offer Alexander Isak in part-exchange, which seems fanciful at best. The Sweden forward has been at St James’ Park for less time than Vlahovic has been leading Juve’s line.

 

REAL NOT INTERESTED IN RONALDO REUNION
Cristiano Ronaldo put himself in front of the media again yesterday to double down on the message from his interview with Piers Morgan. The jist being: I do what I want, when I want, because I’m Cristiano f***ing Ronaldo.

Shockingly, that kind of mindset isn’t prompting clubs to queue up outside Old Trafford ready to give Ronaldo the move he craves in January. Or whenever Manchester United terminate his contract. Any day now, we’d expect.

There were some whispers that a return to Real Madrid might be on the cards, especially in the wake of Karim Benzema’s injury problems. Not so, says Sky Germany. Despite Ronaldo offering to sign only until the end of the season, Carlo Ancelotti would prefer to continue with what he has, rather than rock the boat by bringing the 37-year-old back to the Bernabeu.

Read more: England 6-2 Iran: 16 Conclusions on Bellingham, Saka, Southgate, Maguire and much more

 

Source: Football Transfer Gossip – Football365

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