8.30am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Lautaro Martinez interest, Pogba STAYING – Raiola, Sancho wants £300,000-A-WEEK – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are looking at transfer targets including Lautaro Martinez as Jadon Sancho's move hits a stumbling block over his £300,000-a-week wage demands and Dortmund's £108m valuation.

But there is better news for the Red Devils regarding Paul Pogba, with Mino Raiola confirming he expects the World Cup winner to stay at Old Trafford.

Get all the latest transfer updates and gossip from Old Trafford here…

  • LET'S GET LAUT

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keeping an eye on Inter's Lautaro Martinez, according to reports.

    The Mirror states that Man City are set to battle Barcelona and Real Madrid for the £100m Argentine.

    But it adds that Man Utd boss Solskjaer remains a keen admirer of the Inter star who has had great success partnering Romelu Lukaku up front in Milan.

  • MORE ON MAGUIRE

    Maguire, 27, and his pals had also been furious a day ­earlier after bar staff refused to tackle Brits who taunted him.

    After his arrest, he spent the rest of the night in a detention room at Mykonos police station, where he charmed cops by chatting with them about footie.

    They brought the United ­captain snacks until he was taken on a ferry to neighbouring Syros at 2pm on Friday. He spent the night in a cell there.

    The £190,000-a-week footballer was then bailed and told he could leave the country after he denied a string of charges for assault, verbal abuse and bribery on Saturday.

    He is thought to have returned to the UK on Sunday.

    Maguire does not have to attend his trial in Syros on Tuesday where the maximum sentence could be three years in jail.

  • HARRY'S DEFENCE

    Harry Maguire was arrested after trying to help his sister who had been stabbed in the arm by a “gangster-style” Albanian businessman.

    Sources last night said the Manchester United ace was with partner Fern Hawkins in a bar in Mykonos on Thursday when his sister Daisy was approached by a group of Albanian men.

    One of the men — described by sources as “gangster types” — started chatting up Daisy.

    And when she turned him down, she was jabbed in the arm with a sharp metal straw, drawing blood and causing her to faint. Harry then stepped in before a fight broke out.

    A source said: “Harry saw what was happening and remonstrated with them and things got heated.

    “He decided to try to get out of there and wanted to hail a taxi. But he ended up arguing with some undercover police officers and ended up at the local police station.”

  • MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has stated that the Manchester United midfielder will be remaining at Old Trafford this summer.

    Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said: “Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United. Pogba is a key player for Man Utd, they have an important project and he's 100 per cent included.

    “Man Utd will not accept any bid this summer to sell Pogba. We're going to speak about a new contract soon, no stress.”

    In other news, United are reportedly ready to abandon their pursuit of Jadon Sancho until next summer.

    It had long been claimed that the Red Devils were unwilling to meet Dortmund's £108m asking price for the winger but now the Mirror state that his wage demands are becoming an issue.

    Sancho is said to want £300,000-a-week, a contract United are not currently willing to provide.

    The club hierarchy were delighted to shift £1m-a-week in wages by offloading Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera, Romelua Lukaku and Ashley Young and are in no mood to alter their wage structure for another marquee signing.

    Meanwhile, several Premier League sides are reportedly circling for Chris Smalling after the defender's Roma renaissance.

    As SunSport revealed, the £20million price tag placed on Smalling's head by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has proved a large obstacle for the Giallorossi.

    But Fulham, Newcastle, Everton and West Ham are now all named as interested parties.

    And finally, United are turning their attention to David Brooks after cooling their interest in a deal for Juventus' Douglas Costa.

    The Red Devils have grown frustrated in their pursuit of Jadon Sancho from Dortmund and the Manchester Evening News reports a move for Brooks is now on the agenda.

  • 'GO FOR IT'

    Patrice Evra has revealed the integral role he and Cristiano Ronaldo played in bringing Bruno Fernandes to Manchester United.

    He told the Guardian: “United can’t challenge Liverpool or Man City. Not yet. There’s been massive damage but we’re moving in the right direction.

    “When they wanted to sign Bruno Fernandes, Ole texted me. I asked for advice from Cristiano Ronaldo.

    “Cristiano says, ‘Bruno’s a good guy and very professional’. I say, ‘Ole, I’ve spoken with Cristiano. Let’s go for it’.

    “”And Fernandes had a massive impact. Without him I don’t think we would have qualified for the Champions League.”

  • FEET UP CHALLENGE

    Here is how the off season stacks up for the 'Big Six' clubs ahead of a busy Premier League season.

    United have the joint-shortest break along with Liverpool, with Manchester City a day more, while Arsenal have the shortest rest period.

    Chelsea and Spurs, by comparison, are laughing all the way to the beach bar.

  • WAIT A MIN-UTE

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic's AC Milan future is not yet guaranteed, according to Mino Raiola.

    The agent is “optimistic” of the Swede's expired contract at the San Siro being renewed after lengthy negotiations.

    A fresh £104,000-a-week deal is said to be on the table for Ibrahimovic, 38 after he bagged 11 goals in 20 games to rejuvenate Milan after his January arrival.

    But, despite reports of an agreement nearing completion, Raiola has challenged Milan's hedge fund owners Elliott to demonstrate why the striker should sign on the dotted line.

    He told Sky Sports Italia: “He won’t be there tomorrow, for the moment. We are still talking, but there is no agreement yet.

    “It’s not about money, but of conviction and style. It takes two to make a marriage work and if Ibrahimovic didn’t want to remain with the Rossoneri, then there wouldn’t be a negotiation.

  • FUL MARKS

  • MAGUIRE LATEST

    The PFA have offered their support to Harry Maguire after he was arrested in Greece.

    According to the Telegraph, Maguire is “convinced he has a robust defence” after spending two nights in a prison cell.

    His case is now likely to be downgraded to a misdemeanour, meaning he will not spend any time in prison after alleged assault and “attempted bribery.”

    A Hellenic Police statement said: “Three foreigners, aged 27, 28, and 29, were arrested in Mykonos by police officers of the Mykonos Police Department (for) disobedience, bodily harm, insult and attempted bribery of an employee,”

  • NO SMALL CHANGE

    Several Premier League sides are reportedly circling for Chris Smalling after the defender's Roma renaissance.

    An impressive loan spell at the Stadio Olimpico has reignited the defender's career, with the Italians also hoping for more of the Manchester United man.

    As SunSport revealed, the £20million price tag placed on Smalling's head by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has proved a large obstacle for the Giallorossi.

    But Fulham, Newcastle, Everton and West Ham are now all named as interested parties.

    Website 90min reckon the English sides have a better chance of forking out the required fee for the 30-year-old.

    West Ham and Everton are seeking a rise up the table after disappointing campaigns last time out while Steve Bruce's Newcastle are adjusting to life after the Saudi-funded takeover of the club collapsed.

  • SUITORS CAN POG OFF

    Manchester United are 'not accepting any bid' for Paul Pogba, according to reports.

    The Red Devils see him as a key part of their future plans and are considering a contract extension with the Frenchman who wanted away as recently as last summer.

    Mino Raiola told Sky Sports Italia: “Pogba is key player for Man Utd, they’ve an important project and he’s 100 per cent included.

    “Man Utd will not accept any bid on this summer to sell Pogba.

    “We’re going to speak about a new contract soon, no stress.”

  • HAVE A LOOK AT 'VAR

    Manchester United are set to loan out keeper Matej Kovar, 20.

    The Czech Republic youngster arrived from Slovacko in 2018 for £45,000.

    While he is yet to see any first-team action, he has impressed at the academy.

    He only needs to look at the success story of Dean Henderson to see what the potential pathway is to fist-team Premier League football.

    Swindon look like the most likely destination for Kovar.

  • SETTING THE TONE

    Anthony Martial has revealed he and Marcus Rashford have healthy competition with each other, but are pushing themselves on to better things.

    The Frenchman told ManUtd.com: “With Marcus, I think that we’ve been playing together for five seasons now and so, yes, we have that good understanding.

    “It’s a real positive for us that we have this great connection.

    “We just try to help each other out.

    “For example, there are some games where maybe a shot is on and then I decide to wait and see, and I give him the ball because I want him to score.

    And he does the same thing for me, so you see, we’re not just focused on scoring all the time.

    “We’re always going to do everything we can for the team to win which means that, if he is better placed than me or I’m in a better position than him, we’ll always give each other the ball in order to score.”

  • GAMES MEAN GOALS

    Anthony Martial has hailed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for giving him more game time and reaping the rewards.

    The Frenchman told ManUtd.com: “It’s down to the fact that I’ve enjoyed more game time. I’ve played in practically every game and so I think it’s all about consistency.

    “In previous seasons I haven’t been able to feature as regularly; I’d be on the bench quite a bit and other times I’d be starting, which was quite difficult.

    “Whereas right now I know that the coach has faith in me and I’m confident of starting the next match.

    “So, I’m giving everything I can in order to pay back that trust he has shown.

    “[I'm hungry for all goals] because for me, a goal is a goal. So simply by managing to score more of a simple kind of goal, I know that I’ll score a lot more in total.”

  • HAPPY EVRA AFTER?

    Patrice Evra has revealed the regret felt after making a shocking debut for Manchester United.

    Sir Alex Ferguson hooked the left-back at half-time of his first start against Manchester City in January 2006, a game the Red Devils lost 3-1.

    The 39-year-old told The Guardian: “My first introduction to the real Sir Alex was my debut against Manchester City.

    “At half-time he gave the hairdryer for one minute to every player. It was a long 15 minutes.

    “At the end he said to me in five seconds, ‘Patrice, sit down. You will learn how to play in England’.

    “That night my agent said, ‘We made the biggest mistake coming here. I’m sorry’. I was upset but I was burning.”

  • WHOOPI CUSHION

    Wayne Rooney kept himself calm before the 2008 Champions League final – by watching the film Sister Act alone in his hotel room.

    The former England captain was nervous ahead of Manchester United's all-England final against Chelsea in Moscow.

    Rooney eased the tension by whacking the Whoopi Goldberg classic in and watching it to get his mind off the biggest game of his career.

    It was the first time ever two English sides had contested the final.

    He told The Sunday Times: “Sister Act! That’s how I prepared for the biggest game of my career. Watching Sister Act alone in a Russian hotel room.”

  • UNITED FIXTURES

    Here are the Red Devils' opening games, as well as their clashes against the other 'big six' clubs.

    Should be a tasty season!

  • THE SAN GOES DOWN

    Manchester United are ready to abandon their pursuit of Jadon Sancho until next summer, according to reports.

    It had long been claimed that the Red Devils were unwilling to meet Dortmund's £108m asking price for the winger but now the Mirror state that his wage demands are becoming an issue.

    Sancho is said to want £300,000-a-week, a contract United are not currently willing to provide.

    The club hierarchy were delighted to shift £1m-a-week in wages by offloading Alexis Sanchez, Ander Herrera, Romelua Lukaku and Ashley Young and are in no mood to alter their wage structure for another marquee signing.

  • DIG YOUR CLAUSE IN

    Barcelona’s board will demand clubs pay Lionel Messi's £631million release clause should he hand in a transfer request, according to reports.

    The Argentine's future remains in serious doubt after a torrid season on and off the pitch for the Nou Camp side.

    But with one year left to run on his contract and Barcelona determined to keep their star man, it may not be easy for Messi to get out even if he wants to.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, the Barca board will simply turn around and tell Messi, 33, a club would need to match his mammoth release clause to sign him – otherwise he is not for sale.

    And that is pretty much impossible with no club likely to stump up more than three times the world-record transfer fee Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017.

  • 'DON & DUSTED?

    Manchester United are ready to pull the plug on their £110million pursuit of Jadon Sancho – to avoid breaking their wage structure, according to reports.

    Old Trafford chiefs are ready to call time on their year-long chase for the Borussia Dortmund star, having been bitten on the bum by the Alexis Sanchez £505,000-a-week fiasco.

    Sancho's representatives are demanding £300,000-a-week for the 20-year-old England international.

    And that means Dortmund are likely to keep their prodigy for another year at least.

    United are already thought to pay keeper David De Gea £375,000-a-week.

    They do not want another player on over £300,000-a-week.

  • SIGHT FOR SUAR EYEZ

    Barcelona are considering an £18million plus Luis Suarez bid for Ajax star Donny van de Beek.

    The Holland midfielder, 23, has been one of Manchester United’s targets for months.

    But United are more interested in signing Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho than the blonde star.

    Ajax are looking for around £50m for Van de Beek, but Barca hope to tempt them with a cash-plus-player offer after Ronald Koeman took over at the Nou Camp.

    Suarez played for Ajax between 2007 and 2011, where he scored 96 goals in 138 games for the Amsterdam club.

  • SMUDGE LOVES HIS ART

    Former United striker Alan Smith says he’s still playing for Notts County at the age of 39, simply out of pure love for the game.

    The ex-Leeds, Old Trafford and MK Dons forward and midfielder's career took a stark turn when he was injured in a horrific career-threatening incident at Anfield in 2006.

    He told Training Ground Guru: “Old team-mates of mine say to me: ‘What are you doing still playing? Why do you still bother?’

    “I still love it, it’s as simple as that. I’m at Notts County because I want to be and I’ll carry on playing for as long as I possibly can.

    “I still have the same enthusiasm and drive I had as a teenager, when I was trying to break into Leeds’ first team. It’s never diminished.”

  • BECK TO FRONT

    With his hair a mess and holding a flag the wrong way around it wasn't quite the debonair David Beckham we are used to seeing.

    But you can forgive him this one time – after his Inter Miami side recorded their first win in FIVE months.

    Becks took to Instagram at 3am UK-time after the side won in the MLS – even though he could only watch it on the TV!

    He said: “Couldn’t be there for our historic first win in our stadium but I was there in spirit ⚽️ congratulations to @alonsodt our staff , players and of course our fans that also couldn’t be there… Winning feels good right @intermiamicf ⚽️ it’s 3am , hairs a mess , flags the wrong way around but don’t care cause we win.”

    Miami won their Florida derby against Orlando City to end their dire run.

    A double from Julian Carranza and a third after the break from Rodolfo Pizarro gave them a 3-2 home win.

  • TOUGH GIGG

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Nemanja Vidic are the surprise names who do not feature among Ryan Giggs' top Manchester United teammates.

    When taking into account the number of games played alongside the Welsh wizard at Old Trafford, the star pair are ousted by the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mikael Silvestre.

  • SOL SEARCHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United's captain for the day, breaking his three year competitive goal drought is the club's Goal of the Day.

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