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7am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Haaland and Sancho still top targets, Ed Woodward ‘SPOKE AGAINST £14.95 PPV’ – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunner Solskjaer is reeling after it was revealed he was forced to turn to players he didn't want after the club failed to sign any of his top targets.

But outside the transfer market, Ed Woodward may have made himself a more popular figure with fans after speaking against the Premier League's new £14.95 streaming service for games not scheduled for TV.

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Edinson Cavani has no fear of wearing the iconic No 7 shirt as he bids to join the club’s greats — unlike Alexis Sanchez.

    The Uruguayan completed his free transfer on deadline day and will follow in the footsteps of Old Trafford legends George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But Cavani, 33, takes over the shirt from flop and fellow South American Sanchez, who had a miserable time before moving to Inter Milan.

    Cavani said: “It’s a fantastic challenge and responsibility, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world.

    “I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by the players you mentioned.

    “It’s a great number. But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more an off-the-field thing.

    “Once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.

    “When you get the chance to pull on the No 7 shirt at  Manchester United — worn by some top, top players who have been legends in this country and at this club — it really is a nice responsibility to have.

    “I enjoy challenges and hope I can do it great justice — to leave it in as high regard as the great players who have worn it before me.”

    Meanwhile, Paul Pogba's hopes of engineering a move to Real Madrid will end in disappointment as they eye three new Galacticos, according to reports.

    The La Liga giants are saving their cash ready to make big money moves for Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga.

    Pogba, 27, has made it no secret of his admiration to join the Bernabeu club in the past.

    Only on Thursday did he reignite transfer talk by saying: “Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?”

    But AS write how Pogba will be left disappointed.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED FOR THE HILLS

    Edinson Cavani has revealed he spoke to Ander Herrera before sealing a move to United.

    He told the club's website: “Yes, I spoke with Ander a lot, as well as other team-mates, like Angel Di Maria, who I was also with at Paris.

    “It was genuinely getting to the last minute and I called Ander to have a chat. I have a lot of admiration for Ander, for the kind of person he is and I had the feeling that his words were going to help me out, by telling me a bit about what it was like at United.

    “And so, yes, it’s true that after I’d finished talking with Ander, we came to an agreement here with the club. I hadn’t known Ander for too long, but we formed and enjoyed a close friendship during that time at PSG, and today we are still very good mates.”

  • sstreet

    DEVIL IN THE DETAIL

    The Premier League has decided to play matches not currently scheduled for TV on Sky Sports and BT Sport pay-per-view for £14.95 in a move condemned by large number of supporters.

    But those fans may have a surprise ally after Ed Woodward reportedly spoke against the proposals.

    According to The Athletic, the Man Utd CEO was the most forceful opponent of the plans.

    Woodward was said to have had concerns over fairness with large numbers of supporters fearing for their jobs amid the pandemic.

    He also asked that clubs at least offer the pay-per-view matches free to season ticket holders.

    However, his complains fell on deaf ears as the other clubs, with the exception of Leicester City, pushed the proposals through.

  • Joe Brophy

    ED STRONG

    Edinson Cavani has no fear of wearing the iconic No 7 shirt at Manchester United as he bids to jointhe club’s greats — unlike Alexis Sanchez.

    The Uruguayan completed his free transfer on deadline day and will follow in the footsteps of Old Trafford legends George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    But Cavani, 33, takes over the shirt from flop and fellow South American Sanchez, who had a miserable time before moving to Inter Milan.

    Cavani said: “It’s a fantastic challenge and responsibility, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world.

    “I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by the players you mentioned.

    “It’s a great number. But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more an off-the-field thing.

    “Once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.

    “When you get the chance to pull on the No 7 shirt atManchester United — worn by some top, top players who have been legends in this country and at this club — it really is a nice responsibility to have.

    “I enjoy challenges and hopeI can do it great justice — to leave it in as high regard as thegreat players who have worn it before me.”

  • Joe Brophy

    ED IN THE CLOUDS

    Edinson Cavani has shared his excitement at finally becoming a Manchester United player.

    He told the club's website: “I feel very happy to have come to this club. I feel very motivated and I’m really keen to get started training with my team-mates.

    “But the best thing about it is that the club have shown their confidence in me by wanting to bring me in. I was really keen to come here.

    “I’m very motivated by the idea of joining this great club and so, well, here we are today…”

  • Joe Brophy

    LEAGUE OF ITS OWN

    Edinson Cavani has shared his excitement at finally playing in the Premier League.

    He told the club's official website: “Yes, absolutely, it’s my chance to come to the Premier League, which is a very attractive league to play in, and it’s right up there with the best leagues anywhere in the world.

    “For me that’s a real honour, an honour and a new challenge, which really excites me a lot, and I cannot wait to be able to start to feel what it’s like to play in the Premier League.

    “I’ve been lucky enough to have played against a lot of English sides, but now it’s my turn to experience playing and competing every weekend and in every match in the English Premier League.”

  • Joe Brophy

    TRANSFER TALK

    A reminder of the club's much-debated transfer activity…

  • Joe Brophy

    LEIC IS MORE

    Leicester were the ONLY club to vote against proposals to charge fans an extra £14.95 to watch Premier League games in the coming weeks.

    Premier League sides – who have just spent £1.24BILLION in the transfer market – have agreed to put 15 matches behind an extra paywall.

    Leicester fans welcomed news of their club turning down the offer but, like many others, were left fuming with the decision.

    Twitter user Amar wrote: “Absolute farce the price for them but at least you stood up for us, shame other clubs didn’t join.”

    While Ella commented: “As the only voters against it I think Leicester's games should be free.”

    And another fan tweeted: “Absolute joke.”

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX TO BOX

    Football fans are set for a different kind of live match experience if they decide to shell out £14.95 to watch a single Premier League game on TV.

    The controversial announcement was made on Friday, allowing punters to still view every game while they remain banned from grounds.

    But for matches not being screened by either Sky or BT, fans will have to dig into their pockets and shell out nearly £15 on a pay-per-view basis via Sky Sports and BT Sport Box Office.

    And the new format will also take a different style on the screen too.

    Games on will begin broadcasting just ten minutes before kick-off.

    And there will be NO pundits for analysis before, during or after.

    However, there will still be the usual full Sky Sports nine-camera coverage, giving fans every view needed for an enjoyable experience.

    And all games will have commentary too.

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX SETS

    Premier League games to be shown on Box Office for £14.95 have been revealed.

    Top flight bosses announced today that a total of nine games from now to the end of October will be on Sky Sports and BT Sport PPV channels.

    And the first one to be shown for a fee will be Chelsea's clash against Southampton at 3pm on Saturday, October 17 on BT Sport Box Office.

  • Joe Brophy

    DIALL IT UP

    Amad Diallo will become one of Manchester United's most expensive teenagers after a deal was agreed to sign the starlet.

  • Joe Brophy

    DOR SHUT

    Borussia Dortmund were reportedly left baffled after Manchester United made a late £1million offer for Nico Schulz.

    The German giants forked out £22million to sign the defender from Hoffenheim in the summer of 2019.

    But United allegedly tried to lure him away from Germany with a cheeky deadline day bid.

    ESPN claim Dortmund were 'baffled' after the Red Devils offered a loan fee of just under £1million.

    The overambitious move for Schulz has led Dortmund to 'question the credentials of United's recruitment and scouting team'.

    United were willing to pay the 27-year-old's wages for the 2020-21 campaign but Dortmund did not entertain the offer for the 11-cap Germany international.

  • Joe Brophy

    DEAF EYES

    Paul Pogba's hopes of engineering a move to Real Madrid will end in disappointment as they eye three new Galacticos, according to reports.

    The La Liga giants are saving their cash ready to make big money moves for Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga.

    Pogba, 27, has made it no secret of his admiration to join the Bernabeu club in the past.

    Only on Thursday did he reignite transfer talk by saying: “Yes, all footballers would like to play for Real Madrid. Maybe it is a dream. It is a dream for me, why not one day?”

    But AS write how Pogba will be left disappointed.

  • sstreet

    HAAL OF FAME

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still wants to sign both Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland and believes the deals can happen, according to reports.

    ESPN claim the Haaland deal fell through because Ed Woodward failed to agree to Mino Raiola's demands of a £20m agent fee and a £75m release clause starting in 2022.

    However, the fact Dortmund did agree to that clause could give Man Utd extra hope of signing Solskjaer's fellow Norwegian in 18 months.

    The report adds that players who did sign such as Donny van de Beek and Edinson Cavani were never on the Red Devils' manager's list of potential targets.

  • Joe Brophy

    WHAT THE PELL

    Diego Forlan reportedly convinced Facundo Pellistri to snub Lyon in favour of Manchester United.

    Pellistri was one of four signings made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on transfer deadline day.

    ESPN claim that former Red Devils star Forlan played a key role in the 18-year-old's move.

    Lyon had prepared a £6.3m bid for Pellistri after their initial offer was rejected by Penarol.

    Reports claimed Pellestri was close to signing a five-year deal with the French side.

    But then Forlan – who was sacked by Penarol last month – stepped in to nudge his countryman in the direction of Old Trafford.

    It is understood that Forlan held talks with Solskjaer and United chief Ed Woodward.

    And he is said to have “convinced” the youngster to pick the Red Devils over Lyon.

  • Joe Brophy

    BOX OFFICE

    Football fans are up in arms over the Premier League's decision to charge £14.95 to watch games.

    Gary Neville slammed the top flight for its 'really bad move' while others proclaimed 'football is dead' after the announcement.

    Another person wrote: “£14.95 to watch it on ‘box office’. Glad to see where the clubs priorities lie. They should be doing everything to get fans back in grounds. And doing everything to keep fans involved & engaged until they can. Football is dead.”

    A fellow user fumed: “If you’re a Newcastle United fan: season ticket already paid for. Pubs closed in the north east so can't watch football there. £14.95 per game on PL PPV.

    “Scandalous lack of consideration for fans already going through it.”

  • Kiro Evans

    ON THE BIG SCREEN

    United fans will be some of the first guinea pigs as the league embarks on a new – and seemingly unpopular – pay-per-view system.

    Their game against Newcastle is one of three that will cost £14.95 this weekend:

    Newcastle vs Man Utd – Sat Oct 17 – 8pm

    Leicester vs Aston Villa – Sun Oct 18 – 7.15pm

    West Brom vs Burnley – Mon Oct 19 – 5.30pm

  • Kiro Evans

    MATIC MANAGER?

    Anyone else think Nemanja Matic is looking like an experienced, battle-hardened manager about to take his team into a relegation six-pointer?

    View this post on Instagram

    💬 Nemanja #Matic can't wait to link up with his new team-mates! 🙌 #MUFC

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  • Kiro Evans

    NEV NOT HAPPY

    Gary Neville has given his reaction to the controversial news that broke this afternoon which confirmed the Premier League were shifting to a pay-per-view model when football returns.

    READ THE FULL STORY HERE

  • Kiro Evans

    AMA-ZING CALL

    Manchester United reportedly landed Amad Traore after an emotional and persuasive FaceTime call with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Red Devils agreed a deal with Atalanta to sign the winger in January in a move that infuriated Italian side Parma.

    Traore, 18, will move to Old Trafford subject to a work permit and the agreement of personal terms.

    The Ivorian reportedly had a medical in Bergamo yesterday ahead of the £37.7million move – which includes a 15 per cent sell on fee for Atalanta.

    And he was convinced to make the switch by the video call with Solskjaer, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

  • Kiro Evans

    STILL HOPE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly still hopeful about signing the likes of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland – despite Man United's previous bungled attempts.

    The two players remain top of his wishlist while he had to settle for second-choice signings in a disappointing transfer window.

    But ESPN report that, while Solskjaer has bene diplomatic in public, he has grown frustrated at the lack of action and still wants the club to prioritise Sancho and Haaland.

    The Red Devils boss met Haaland last December and United weren't too far away from getting the player in January, but withdrew due to agents fees.

  • Kiro Evans

    ONE YEAR ON

    Can you believe it's been a year since Coleen Rooney, Wayne's wife, sent Twitter into meltdown with her incredible accusations against … Rebekah Vardy?

  • Kiro Evans

    TV BOOST FOR FANS

    PREM clubs are today poised to agree to non-televised matches being available to all fans, Martin Lipton writes.

    But supporters will have to pay to watch with the matches only available through a special subscription service.

    Ever since the Prem’s restart in June, all matches have been available through one of the Prem’s four broadcast partners – Sky, BT, Amazon prime and the BBC.

    With fans locked out, the clubs felt they had no option to ensure supporters were able to watch their teams in action.

    But there are concerns that the two main broadcasters’ patience over the loss of their prized exclusivity is not boundless and that there could be a knock-on impact with the companies demanding a further rebate.

    Prem clubs already face having to pay back £330m over the next two seasons as a result of the pandemic and a further cut in income would be a savage blow.

  • Kiro Evans

    WE WANTED HIM FAC

    Penarol wanted to retain the services of Man United's new signing Facundo Pellistri, reports say.

    The Uruguayan club were keen to get their teen sensation back on loan until January but United weren't having it, according to Sports Mole

    The winger signed for around £9million on deadline day and Penarol vice-president Rodolfo Cantino had to back down when it became clear the 18-year-old could be spending some time in the United first team.

    He said: “We tried in every way but they argued that they wanted the player now. It's normal, when an European club buy a player, they travel immediately.

    “Pellistri goes straight to the first team. Going to play. In the negotiation they asked me if I could guarantee them if he was in the bubble because they need him. Then it will be a matter of the manager if he uses him.”

  • Kiro Evans

    BORUSSIA BAFFLEMENT

    Dortmund were left “baffled” by Manchester United's negotiating techniques, reports say.

    The two clubs were locked in talks over Jadon Sancho for most of the summer, with the England international eventually staying put after much speculation.

    What really confused the Germans was United's last-ditch loan bid for wing-back Nico Schulz, according to ESPN.

    The player's last start for Dortmund was in December 2019, and the Red Devils random attempt to get him at the end of the window left BVB chiefs questioning the credentials of their transfer team.

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