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Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Saul Niguez could join if Pogba leaves, Varane deal CONFIRMED, Brentford draw reaction

MANCHESTER UNITED have confirmed that a deal to sign Raphael Varane has been agreed with Real Madrid.

The Real Madrid star is set to undergo a medical at Old Trafford ahead of a move.

Meanwhile Man Utd are looking at a number of midfield targets should Paul Pogba choose to leave, with Saul Niguez believed to be among the most likely to join.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    BETTER CALL SAUL

    Liverpool are readying a £41million bid for Saul Niguez, according to reports.

    Reports in Spain suggest the Reds are confident that fee will be enough to prise Saul away from Atletico Madrid, despite him having a release clause of £129million.

    It comes as a blow to the Red Devils, who are also said to be keen on bringing the 26-year-old to England.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to press on with more deals after securing the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to turn the Red Devils into genuine title contenders, but it seems as if the signing of Saul Niguez is slipping away unless the United act fast.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PHIL JONES LATEST

    And this is what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said about Phil Jones, who hasn't featured in the Premier League for United since January 2020:

    "He is due to start training over the weekend when we’ve got everyone in on Monday, which is a big plus for him.

    "I've had similar troubles in my career. He’s such a professional, good lad, and it’s great to see him ready to train again and hopefully he can first of all train with us and then hopefully get game time soon.

    "If he can play in the Under-23s to start with, or we can arrange something behind closed doors for him, because I know exactly the feeling [of] being out for so long. You just want to feel your way in.

    "He’s always served the club, but it was time for him to look after himself and his own health, but now he’s ready to train with us."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CENTRE BACK SITUATION

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke on the Red Devils' centre-back situation after the 2-2 draw with Brentford last night:

    He said: "Of course, with Raphael coming in, I can see Axel going out [on loan], because I have Varane, Maguire, Lindelof and Eric Bailly and Phil Jones is coming back in."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RASH DECISION

    Manchester United are set to decide whether Marcus Rashford will go under the knife and risk being sidelined for months, GARY STONEHOUSE reports.

    The striker had a scan earlier this month to determine the severity of the muscle tear in his shoulder he has been managing since last November.

    Rashford, 23, took pain-killing injections to ensure he was available for the Euros.

    But after the problem failed to improve, he could now be set for surgery that could rule him out for at least the opening two months of the Premier League campaign.

    FULL STORY

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEVER SAY NEVES

    Manchester United are eager to sign Ruben Neves from Wolves, according to the Independent.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to press on with more deals after securing the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane to turn the Red Devils into genuine title contenders.

    And with uncertainty surrounding the future of Paul Pogba United are said to be eager to press forward with a move to sign Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves.

    The 24-year-old has played 109 times in the Premier League and is proven at the highest level, with United said to be big fans.

    The news comes as a blow to Arsenal who are also keen on Neves as they seek to bolster their midfield options.

    With Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira widely linked with moves away from North London the Gunners are desperate to add a midfielder to their ranks ahead of the 2021/22 season.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'HE'S A PROVEN WINNER'

    Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted to have finally secured the signing of Raphael Varane.

    He said: "Of course, I’m very happy that we’ve managed to get the deal with Real Madrid.

    "He’s a proven winner and a player we've followed for many, many years.

    "I know Sir Alex was very, very close to signing him and this time around we’ve got him at the other end of his career.

    "He’s proved over his whole career what a good person he is, first of all. [He's a] professional and he's won all there is to win."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HIGHLIGHTS

    And if you want the full highlights from the 2-2 draw, well here they are.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STUNNER

    Check out this stunner from Andreas Pereira last night in Manchester United's 2-2 pre-season friendly draw against Premier League newboys Brentford.

    What a hit that is.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    How are you feeling after last night's 2-2 friendly draw against Brentford?

    In transfer news, United are still linked with a deal to sign England international Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid.

    With Diogo Dalot reportedly nearing towards a return to AC Milan and Axel Tuanzebe possibly heading out on loan, United are keen to add reinforcements in defence.

    And Saul Niguez has also been linked with a switch from Atletico to Old Trafford as he nears the exit door in Madrid.

    We'll keep you up to date with all the latest Red Devils news throughout the day, including when Varane could possibly be pictured in a Manchester United shirt for the first time.

  • William Pugh

    SUPPORT FOR SIMONE

    Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has taken to Twitter in support of Simone Biles who withdrew from yesterday’s Gymnastics team final and the individual all-around.

    Biles has chosen not to compete and will instead be taking the Games day by day and prioritise her mental health.

  • William Pugh

    FT: MAN UTD 2-2 BRENTFORD

    Man Utd got off to a fast start in the second half and they were controlling possession.

    And a wonder strike from Andreas restored Man Utd's lead.

    The Brazilian set himself well and Volleyed Pinnock's headed clearance off the underside of the crossbar and into the back of the net.

    Man Utd looked like they were cruising towards victory until Mbuemo stepped onto the pitch.

    The Frenchman lost Dalot and bent his shot into the far corner, beating Heaton.

  • William Pugh

    MAN UTD 2-2 BRENTFORD

    1. A long ball is played down the right channel.

    Mbuemo gets the beating of Dalot with a magnificent first touch.

    The Frenchman breaks into the penalty area and bends his shot into the far corner, beating Heaton!

    Game on!

  • William Pugh

    MAN UTD 2-1 BRENTFORD

    49. Lingard drives with the ball down the left-hand side before cutting the ball inside onto his right foot and getting a shot off on goal.

    Raya denies Lingard, the ball bounces up and Pinnock heads the ball out of the box.

    Andreas sets himself and sends a blistering volley crashing off the underside of the bar and into the back of the net!

    OH. MY. WORD!

  • William Pugh

    MAN UTD 1 – 1 BRENTFORD

    HALF-TME!

    Anthony Elanga opened the scoring to give United the lead at Old Trafford after 12 minutes of their pre-season friendly against Brentford.

    Shandon Baptiste equalised for the Bees eight minutes later and the score stayed the same until the break.

    For LIVE, kick-by-kick action, follow SunSport's match blog here.

  • William Pugh

    MARTIAL ART

    Anthony Martial is back training with Manchester United after recovering from a devastating knee injury.

    Martial’s last appearance for the Red Devils was their FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Leicester in March. He was then crocked on international duty with France the following week.

    And Martial, 25, missed the rest of United’s season, including their Europa League final defeat to Villarreal.

    However, Martial is making strong progress as he aims to play a part in United’s opening Premier League game against Leeds.

    He is now training on his own in a bid to build up fitness. And boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to have Martial back training with teammates as soon as possible.

    That’s despite the forward being linked with a shock swap deal involving Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FANS BACK

    The Red Devils emerging from the tunnel at Old Trafford once again to the cheers of the home fans.

    Kick off for the pre-season friendly against Brentford is just over ten minutes away!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BRENTFORD STARTING XI

    And here's how Premier League newboys Brentford line-up at Old Trafford for tonight's pre-season friendly.

    Raya, Roerslev, Goode, Pinnock, Thompson, Janelt, Baptiste, Haygarth, Canos, Fosu, Toney

  • Giacomo Pisa

    COUNTDOWN TO KICK OFF

    Just over an hour to go now until the Red Devils are in action against Brentford in a pre-season friendly.

    Around 30,000 fans are expected to be in attendance at Old Trafford in what is the most fans the ground has held since before the Coronavirus pandemic.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STARTING XI

    Here's the starting line-up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named for tonight's pre-season friendly against Brentford at Old Trafford:

    22 Heaton, 8 Mata, 11 Greenwood, 14 Lingard, 15 Pereira, 29 Wan-Bissaka, 31 Matic, 33 Williams, 36 Elanga, 38 Tuanzebe, 43 Mengi.

    Kick off for that one is at 8pm.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SUPER SANCH

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is delighted to have finally brought Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford after a £73million move from Borussia Dortmund.

    But with Sancho still on holiday after reaching the final of Euro 2020 with England, the 21-year-old is yet to link up with his United teammates.

    Speaking ahead of the Red Devils' friendly against Brentford tonight, Solskjaer said:

    "I'm absolutely thrilled that we have managed to conclude a deal for Jadon Sancho, who we regard as one of the most exciting young attackers in the game."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HEY BIG SPENDERS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is poised to make Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane his latest signing at Manchester United, JOE BROPHY reports.

    The Norwegian has splurged over £421million on thirteen players since he was appointed permanent manager at Old Trafford back in March 2019.

    Yet despite the club now becoming a regular feature in the Champions League again, Solskjaer still has no trophy to show for the money spent.

    FULL STORY

  • Giacomo Pisa

    'THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING'

    Lucas Vasquez has taken to social media to bid farewell to ex-Real Madrid teammate Raphael Varane.

    After playing alongside each other for the last six years, the 30-year-old Los Blancos wide man said:

     "It has been a great pleasure to play with you during these years, thank you for everything we have achieved together and what we have experienced.

    "We will miss you amigo, I wish you the best in your new phase."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ERIC UNSURE

    Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly is said to be unsettled following the arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

    Bailly only penned a new Old Trafford deal in April after assurances over his playing time, but Varane’s arrival seems to have cast that into doubt.

    The 27-year-old is “unsure” on his future according to ESPN, with Bailly currently on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

    The defender is set for showdown talks on his return to Manchester and if an agreement cannot be reached, a transfer may be on the cards.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TROPHY CABINET

    Will the arrivals of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for a combined £110million+ help fire the Red Devils to silverware next season.

    It's been four trophy-less years at Old Trafford but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Co. will be boosted by the arrival of two statement signings.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SQUAD NEWS

    Here's the Manchester United squad for tonight's pre-season friendly against Brentford, according to the Manchester Evening Post.

    Goalkeepers: Heaton, Kovar, Grant

    Defenders: Dalot, Williams, Wan-Bissaka, Mengi, Tuanzebe, Fish

    Midfielders: Mata, Pereira, Garner, Levitt, Hannibal, Galbraith, Van de Beek, Matic

    Forwards: Greenwood, Pellistri, Lingard, James, Shoretire, Elanga, Hugill

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