MANCHESTER UNITED have finished 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…
“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.
Before the last set of fixtures were played yesterday, 28 top-flight games were made available outside the subscription model.
That included four live games that were screened by BBC.
Those matches released averaged 1.9million viewers, which is up 36 per cent on the number that watched Sky Sports in that same period.
Today’s report states a broadcasting executive told them: “Momentum is building for a serious conversation about the way we negotiated future rights deals with the Premier League.
“Give free-to-view fans a taste of what the subscribers get is likely to give them an appetite to want more.”
Premier League matches may be shown on free-to-air TV in coming seasons after its success in lockdown.
Armchair fans could be set to enjoy even more action as pay TV executives consider future “hybrid” rights agreements.
Sky’s viewing figures were boosted by over a third for matches also aired beyond its subscription service, according to The Telegraph.
And they state “broadcasting insiders believe there is now a compelling business model for future shares with free channels”.
Their report also states “several broadcast executives believe ‘momentum is building’” after unprecedented co-operation between freeview and subscription channels over recent months…
Nemanja Matic has boarded a private jet and headed off on holiday with his family.
The Serb has been in excellent form since lockdown as United secured a Champions League spot for next season.
“The FA were quite good in a sense, in that they filed a report and I got my say on it.
“[Racism] wasn't something that was openly spoken about.
“I did feel fairly comfortable with the other black players because they were going through the same thing, so you can talk about experiences.
“But when you're talking about a group of you, it probably wasn't something that was openly talked about because it wasn't something the community was talking about.
“So, no, we didn't feel comfortable.”
Emile Heskey has opened up about his racism hell while playing for England in the past – but insists football is going in the “right direction”.
The former Liverpool star opened up on his battle with vile racists while on international duty during his career on Good Morning Britain.
The 62-cap former England international told GMB: “When I was playing for the national team we went to Slovakia, I think, and Croatia.
“We got [racism] there.
“Growing up in that era, it was the norm anyway so you kind of just dealt with it…
Manchester United snatched a Champions League spot on the final day of the Premier League season with a 2-0 win over Leicester on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will now kickstart his summer transfer plans knowing his side will be flush with cash after securing a top-four berth.
And the Man Utd boss has cryptically revealed the “club knows” where he wants to improve.
United have been linked with the likes of Jadon Sancho, Jan Oblak, Adrien Rabiot, James Maddison, Jack Grealish and Declan Rice, amongst many others.
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 Portuguse 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.
KABAK TO BASICS
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.
Hodgson said: “It's a dilemma for the club and a dilemma for him if he is so set on leaving.
“If he feels he just does not want to be with us any more, that would be sad.
“We still like him very much; we can't make him like us.
“This is a situation that only he and the club can sort out. I don't have an answer.”
WIL-LING TO LEAVE
Wilfried Zaha is set to spark a transfer scramble after Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson admitted he wants out this summer.
Manchester United and Arsenal have both been linked with the Ivory Coast international after pursuing him last summer.
The Premier League duo were both priced out of a move with Palace slapping a £70million asking price on the 27-year-old tricky winger.
But with the end of his contract now a year closer and just four league goals, Palace are open to offers in the region of £40m…
Man Utd want to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund this summer and are convinced the player is keen to join them.
That is according to ESPN, who say United have a budget between £100m-£150m to play with.
The England international still has two years on his Dortmund contract with the Bundesliga club under no pressure to sell.
They want £120m for the 20-year-old, but the Red Devils don't want to go as high as £100m for a player in a post-coronavirus transfer window.
MORNING, MAN UTD FANS
Aston Villa and West Ham are determined to keep hold of Jack Grealish and Declan Rice – but United greats are still urging boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to splash out despite finishing third.
United are ready for an £80million Champions League bonanza after Bruno Fernandes' penalty and Jesse Lingard's stoppage-time goal sunk Leicester 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.
Fernandes' cool finish was United's 14th spot-kick this season – a Premier League record – and Lingard's tap-in was his first top-flight goal or assist since January 2019.
But Villa chief Dean Smith said of United target Grealish: “It will all be sorted over the next month. I’m certainly hopeful (he’ll stay). He’s contracted for another three or four years.”
And Hammers' boss Moyes was equally bullish about his versatile England star Rice.
The ex-Old Trafford chief said: “He’s not going anywhere unless you get one of those steel vans that have the cash in it. You better bring one of them!”
Meanwhile, United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane told Sky Sports Solskjaer should spend big this summer.
Neville: “They need more players in their squad. They need to improve the first XI.”
And Keane argued: “I think they need another centre-half. You want options all over the park. They probably need another striker.
“It's about getting quality players but the right characters.”
SIGN MORE BRUNOS
Roy Keane believes United need more characters like Bruno Fernandes to push on from finishing third.
He told Sky Sports: “I think they need another centre-half. You want options all over the park. They probably need another striker.
“It's about getting quality players but the right characters.
“You talk about Fernandes, he comes across as a pro, a really nice person.”
OLE'S MEN NO LONGER 'BASIC'
Gary Neville told Sky Sports after United finished third: “I think it's a big day for Ole, it gives him some peace and demonstrates progress.
“They can play a different way now, they were very basic in his first six months.
“They need more players in their squad. They need to improve the first XI. That's not a detriment to the first XI from today (winning 2-0 at Leicester).
“It's about making sure they get in players who want to play for the club. United have never really done that.
“Ole seems to have brought that back in the past 12 months and it's working, it's better.”
UTD MUST STILL SPLASH OUT
United legends Gary Neville and Roy Keane have urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to spend big this summer.
The Red Devils pocketed an extra £80million by securing Champions League football next season.
A nervy 2-0 victory over Leicester ensured the Red Devils finished in third, making a return to Europe's biggest competition.
United have been heavily linked with a £108m move for Jadon Sancho while £70m-rated Jack Grealish and Barcelona wonderkid Ansu Fati are also on the shortlist.
SHEARER: TIGHT TITLE FIGHT NEXT TERM
SunSport's Alan Shearer says United, City and Chelsea will ALL be serious rivals to Liverpool's Premier League crown next season.
He said: “Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team can get back to where their fans believe they belong depends on who they get in.
“They obviously need strengthening. They need three or four if they want to challenge for the league.
“It is the same with Chelsea. They can win the FA Cup on Saturday against Arsenal. What a great first season for Frank Lampard that would be. That is without being able to spend and losing their best player in Eden Hazard.
“Lampard has rotated their youngsters very well. It could be a brilliant campaign for Chelsea and in the next one, with Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech already signed, they will surely accumulate far more than just two thirds of the points Liverpool amass, like they have this time.
“It will be a lot closer. I don’t think anyone will dominate like Liverpool have done this season.”
JACK WOULD COST AN 'AWFUL LOT'
Villa boss Dean Smith said of his creative midfielder Jack Grealish: “I’ve said many times before we have billionaire owners – if people want to come in and get the best player, it’ll cost an awful lot of money.
“Jack’s an Aston Villa fan, he will be immensely proud that he scored the goal that managed to keep us in the Premier League.
“I’ll sit down with the sporting director, the CEO and the owners on Monday. Let’s enjoy this. It’s a magnificent achievement.”
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