MANCHESTER UNITED sealed third in the Premier League after a sensational run in their final games.
Off the field, it's set to be a frantic transfer window as the Red Devils are reportedly looking at FOUR high profile names, while we've got the very latest on their pursuit of Jack Grealish and Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.
Follow all the latest United transfer gossip and news below…
MORNING, UNITED FANS
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has convinced United's board they can challenge for the title next season – even if he “only” has £140m to spend this summer
United have denied bidding £89million for Jadon Sancho – but still want Borussia Dortmund's England attacker.
Solskjaer is also after a midfielder and full-back, with Leicester’s Chelsea target Ben Chilwell on the radar.
The Old Trafford boss said: “The club know what I feel we need and we will try and pursue it and see where we end up.
“The Champions League means better opposition next year, bigger games, and we need to step it up because every week in the Champions League you have to play your best team.”
But Aston Villa skipper Jack Greaish faces being priced out of a move.
After staying up on the final day, Villa will demand £80m for their star man and England hopeful.
And keeper Dean Henderson, such a loan hit with Sheffield United, is reportedly stalling on a new and improved contract at Old Trafford amid interest from Chelsea.
The 23-year-old still fears he would be behind David De Gea in the pecking order next season.
FOXES FEAR CHIL OUT
Leicester's failure to secure Champions League football is set to cost them the chance to persuade Ben Chilwell his future remains at the club.
Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in the England star.
The Foxes had hoped to be able to offer top-level European football as a carrot to convince him to stay at the King Power.
But their late-season collapse saw a top-four finish slip through their fingers with 23-year-old Chilwell’s two suitors making the cut instead.
There would be more money on offer if Chilwell did push for a move but that is not the only factor in making his mind up.
He also wants to cement his place as England’s first-choice left-back with the Euros looming — and Champions League football helps his cause.
BRUNO BACKS LINGARD
Bruno Fernandes says Jesse Lingard's stoppage-time goal in the 2-0 win at Leicester was deserved payback on all his critics this season.
It was England midfielder Lingard's only goal or assist this term amid inconsistent form.
But January buy Fernandes, who scored eight goals in 14 Prem matches, told MUTV: “Of course it's a mistake from the keeper also but if Jesse doesn't go there the goal doesn't come so it's for this we work.
“For me Jesse deserved this goal because for what he works all week, for all the comments everyone is saying about him and other players because they don't play too much or they don't play good enough.
“I think this is the reason Jesse scored because we're training hard, training hard to help all the team.”
UTD BACK DE GEA
Surely, with all the transfer speculation following David De Gea's erratic season, this post from United is no coincidence….
A clear sign of rallying round the Spaniard after his shaky end to the Premier League term.
FERGIE 'FORGIVES' KLOPP'S 3.30AM TITLE CALL
Sir Alex Ferguson says he forgives Jurgen Klopp for waking him up at 3.30am to tell him Liverpool had won the Premier League.
Manchester United legend Fergie, 78, paid a glowing tribute to Klopp after the Anfield boss won the Sir Alex Ferguson Trophy for the LMA Manager of the Year.
Fergie vowed to knock Liverpool “off their f***ing perch” when he took over at United – and 30 years later Klopp's heroes are back on top.
Presenting the award tonight, Fergie said: “Jurgen, fantastic. I speak about Leeds United, 16 years in Championship.
“Liverpool, 30 years since winning that league. Incredible.
“You really thoroughly deserve it. The performance level of the team was outstanding.
“Your personality went right through the whole club. A marvellous performance.
“I'll forgive you for waking me up at half past 3 in the morning to tell you'd won the league! Thank you…”
HEND OF THE BRIDGE?
Dean Henderson is reportedly stalling on a new Manchester United contract amid interest from Chelsea.
The Mirror claims Frank Lampard is ready to pounce for the £55million-rated Sheffield United loanee, who is seeking assurances on his Red Devils future from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It’s reckoned Henderson, 23, is wanted back at Old Trafford next season following some poor performances from David De Gea.
United are said to be offering a new and improved contract as they look to secure the England hopeful’s long-term future.
However, Henderson wants confirmation that he will be the club’s No 1 next term = whereas Solskjaer still sees De Gea as his go-to goalie.
So that could open the door for Chelsea, who are looking to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga.
WRONG GEA FOR TITLE
United can't win the Prmeier League unless they replace David De Gea with a world-class keeper, says Old Trafford legend Roy Keane.
The Spaniard kept his 13th clean sheet of an error-strewn league season in the 2-0 win over Leicester on Sunday to secure Champions League football at Old Trafford next year.
But even then he got away with some questionable handling from a scuffed Kelechi Iheanacho shot as Jamie Vardy looked to pounce.
And Keane, never one to mince his words, is adamant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to recruit a better No1 to challenge with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.
The former United skipper told Sky Sports: “I’ve never been a big fan of his. He makes far too many mistakes, big mistakes that cost United big points.
“We talk about recruitment, it’s a difficult part of the game. That’s just my opinion. If Manchester United want to challenge for league titles, they need a better goalkeeper.
CITY SET TO BEAT UTD TO TORRES
Manchester City are reportedly close to signing Ferran Torres for £27million.
Goal claims the Valencia winger, 20, has agreed a five-year deal to replace Leroy Sane at the Ethad.
Pep Guardiola sold the German to Bayern Munich when he rejected a new contract.
And the decision has now paved the way for Torres to become City’s latest attacking addition.
It was claimed the Champions League hopefuls would have to splash out nearly £40m.
But Torres has entered the final year of his Valencia contract and the LaLiga side do not want to risk losing him on a free transfer next year.
The impending deal means City have seen off competition from rivals Manchester United and new Premier League champions Liverpool.
UTD FACE BATTLE OF WILL
United are at risk of missing out on the signing of 15-year-old defender Willy Kambwala, according to reports.
Old Trafford transfer chiefs are believed to have made an offer of just under £1million for the highly-rated teen earlier this month.
Kambwala plays in central defence for Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux – who rejected the offer.
United are reported to have been interested in France Under-16s star Kambwala for “several weeks”.
But respected French journalist Loic Tanzi claims Sochaux have absolutely no intention of letting their star man go.
He claims the club have offered him a “project with a professional signing in the coming weeks”.
KOP JOIN UTD AND ARSENAL IN OZAN HUNT
Liverpool have joined Manchester United and Arsenal in the transfer hunt for highly-rated young defender Ozan Kabak, according to reports.
The recently crowned Premier League champions are already turning their attention to strengthening for next season.
Dejan Lovren looks set to leave Anfield and if he goes, Kabak could be the man to replace him.
Bild report Klopp has set his sights on the 20-year-old centre-back with talks already beginning.
With his contract running until 2024, current club Schalke are in a commanding position over the fee.
It’s reported that they will want at least £32m for the Turkey international.
United and Chelsea will receive an extended break before the start of the next Premier League season.
Both the Red Devils and the Blues secured Champions League football next season on the Premier League's final day.
They could be rewarded with an extended lay-off thanks to new top-flight proposals.
Sky Sports suggest the Premier League are likely to give all clubs currently involved in European competitions a guaranteed 30 days off.
This would come into force from the day after their last European fixture and is designed to give players a chance to recover.
League runners-up Man City and Wolves are also set to benefit from the time off.
GO FOR A NOU START
Barcelona are reportedly eyeing a shock summer move for Manchester United outcast Diogo Dalot.
ESPN claims the Portuguese full-back, 21, could be heading to the Nou Camp in a surprise switch after making just four Premier League appearances this season.
Dalot joined United from Porto for £19million in 2018 and was tipped to become a future Old Trafford star.
However, he has only played 34 times in all competitions during his three years in England.
And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not appear to have Dalot in his future plans, with the likes of Brandon Williams and Timothy Fosu-Mensah pushing past the defender in United’s pecking order.
However, Dalot could be handed an extraordinary reprieve by Barcelona.
The Spaniards have lost their LaLiga crown to Real Madrid and are looking to add to their squad.
POGBA DROPS STAYING HINT
Paul Pogba has hinted he is staying at Manchester United as he relishes qualifying for the Champions League.
The Real Madrid target has transformed his fortunes post-lockdown, with SunSport exclusively revealing ten days ago he is close to agreeing a new five-year contract.
And after a 2-0 win at Leicester secured third spot, the French World Cup winner posted jubilantly: “Let’s gooooooo Champions League baby.”
Pogba, 27, has bounced back from injuries to unite well with £55million January signing Bruno Fernandes in central midfield.
Meanwhile, interest from Real and especially old club Juventus appears to have cooled as the coronavirus crisis hits clubs' finances.
UNITED FACE £2.7M SPORTING DEMAND
Manchester United have been hit with a £2.7million bill by Sporting Lisbon as part of the deal for Bruno Fernandes.
The Red Devils secured a 2-0 win at Leicester yesterday to earn their place in next season’s Champions League thanks to a penalty from the Portuguese star and Jesse Lingard.
United will not begrudge having to pay a little more for their new talisman.
As part of the package that brought him to Old Trafford, United agreed to pay an additional £2.7m if they qualified for the Champions League this season, according to The Record.
And if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side reach it again for the next two years then they will need to also pay an additional £1.8m – or £900k should they achieve it just once more.
That means they could eventually end up paying a total of £59.5m for the star.
TASTE OF VIC-TORY
Victor Lindelof urged his teammates not to rest on their laurels after they qualified for the Champions League.
He told United's official website: “When you play for this club, you should always play in the Champions League as a minimum.
“Now we’re back and it’s time for us to start winning trophies as well because we have to do that.
WWe have one trophy left to win this season and that should always be the mentality, to win trophies.
“Our goal was to be back in the Champions League and now we have another one: to win the Europa League.”
Ex-Manchester United starlet Angel Gomes has been thrown a career lifeline by French club Lille, according to reports.
French outlet RMC Sport claim Ligue 1 Lille have begun talks with London-born Gomes’ advisors.
The England Under-20 midfielder left Old Trafford last month after talks over a new contract broke down.
Gomes, 19, had been with United since joining their academy at the age of six.
He made ten senior appearances, including half a dozen this term for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side.
But despite leaving the Red Devils, Gomes could still get some European action next season as Lille will play in the Europa League.
“I expect them to be there or thereabouts, but the way they’ve played, the way Frank comes across – he comes across really well.
“There’s no nonsense about him. He’s made big decisions.
“He’s brought a lot of young players in, good players, good quality… but they’ve needed an opportunity, they took it.
“They finished in the top four and obviously if they can win an FA Cup, great achievement.
“But as Frank is reminding everybody, he’s not getting too carried away getting in the top four, but it’s a huge step forward for Chelsea again.”
TO BE FRANK
Roy Keane believes “no nonsense” Frank Lampard had a better season than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Manchester United legend gave the nod to Lamps despite Chelsea finishing below the Red Devils in the table.
Keane explained Lampard having to deal with a transfer ban and the loss of Eden Hazard meant he did better given the circumstances.
Keane – who scowled at Aston Villa’s celebrations after staying up – told Sky Sports: “Frank’s done a better job, I have to say…
Inter are stumbling over the cost of the deal and will ask Sanchez to more than half his wages to stay at the San Siro.
And Football Italia write how they will also offer Perisic as part of the deal.
United were on the brink of signing the Croatian in 2017 before the deal collapsed at the final hurdle.
Perisic is deemed surplus to requirements at Inter having spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich.
The German side have opted against signing him permanently despite him featuring 22 times in the Bundesliga.
Inter Milan will look to land Alexis Sanchez on a permanent deal by sending Ivan Perisic in the opposite direction, according to reports.
Antonio Conte wants to make the Chilean's loan move a permanent one after hitting a rich vein of form towards the end of the season.
Despite his slow start to life in Italy due to an ankle injury, the 31-year-old has scored three and assisted six in his last eight appearances.
United are keen to offload Sanchez this summer and get his whopping £500,000-a-week wages off their expenses.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is adamant he'll only let the flop leave permanently with the club currently still contributing £300,000-a-week to his salary…
T-AKE A CHANCE
A dramatic end to the Premier League season saw Bournemouth and Watford relegated alongside Norwich City.
And the Championship-bound trio will face a tough task to keep hold of their star players ahead of next season.
Man Utd have been linked with bringing Cherries centre-back Nathan Ake to the club to play alongside Harry Maguire.
And SunSport have pulled together a star-studded XI of players that have been relegated who could be snapped up soon.
Manchester United and Arsenal target Gabriel Magalhaes has been given “an exit pass” by Lille, according to reports.
The Brazilian’s performances in France have drawn admiring glances from around Europe, with Everton and Napoli also having been linked.
Gabriel, 22, is expected to leave Lille in the coming weeks, with the Ligue 1 club’s owner Gerard Lopez admitting as much.
He told L’Equipe: “With Gabriel, we are talking and we’ve given him an exit pass. He will choose his club this week.”
Manchester United took to Twitter to celebrate five years since Sergio Romero joined the club.
The Argentine has played backup for almost all of his time at Old Trafford but is well liked by the fans.
NO SAN-K YOU
Manchester United have had an £89million bid for Jadon Sanco REJECTED by Borussia Dortmund.
The Red Devils secured Champions League football with a 2-0 win over Leicester yesterday and are not hanging around as they look to splash the extra guaranteed cash.
Reports in Germany from Bild, extraordinarily claim the German side have batted away an offer that comes close to 100million euros.
Former Man City youth product Sancho has been consistently linked with a move to the red side of Manchester for months but the Red Devils will have to try again if they want to bring him to Old Trafford.
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