New fixtures just announced today.
JM meets Pep not too soon, Sept 10 (BPL) and foxes Sept 24
Full season here
New fixtures just announced today.
JM meets Pep not too soon, Sept 10 (BPL) and foxes Sept 24
Full season here
Zlatan Ibrahimovic to have Manchester United
medical after personal terms agreed
By Andy Burton, Sky Sports News HQ
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action against Republic of Ireland in Paris
Not OT stuff, but rivals across the Mersey side. Ah Tiongs bankrolling?
Liverpool takeover: State-backed Chinese group
want to buy club from Fenway for £700m
Exclusive: SinoFortone have ploughed £5.2bn into UK projects in the last year
Let us see if Jose can behave or not first then see what he can do for MU.
Mourinho is Determined to Bring £25m World Champion at Old Trafford
Reports of Manchester United chasing Henrikh Mkitaryan have emerged this week,
and it seems Jose Mourinho has singled out the Bundesliga for potential targets as more reports
emerge of United’s interest in Wolfsburg’s Julian Draxler.
Bild (via the Manchester Evening News) say that Manchester United are interested in signing the highly rated German international,
who is currently on duty with the his national team at Euro 2016.
He only moved to the Volkswagen Arena from Schalke 04 last summer for a reported club-record fee of €35 million (£25.5 million),
per the Guardian, signing a five‑year deal, thus United would have to spend big to snap him up.
United have been busy so far this summer, having already signed defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal and with the rumoured imminent
arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic it seems Jose Mourinho’s plans to assemble a squad capable of challenging for the top honours and a place
in next season’s Champions League are well under way.
Draxler would provide some much needed creativity in the Manchester United attack, something former manager Louis van Gaal singled
out as one of his team’s failings last season.
The loss of form of Memphis Depay last season as well the sale of Angel Di Maria to PSG saw United become extremely light in terms of attacking creativity,
with Anthony Martial and Juan Mata often playing out of position as Van Gaal looked to ignite some creative flair in his side.
Highly sceptical that Armenian will be allowed to leave after losing so many players.
Better to look at that Swiss youngster, which will be a more sensible option.
Need one more centre back n right back if darmian is leaving.
THREE clubs willing to pay Neymar release clause, claims agent
Manchester United have been linked with a move for Barcelona's Brazilian forward.
Three of the world's biggest clubs are willing to buy Neymar out of his Barcelona contract, according to his agent.
The Brazilian has a clause in his contract that allows the 24-year-old to talk to clubs who meet his £157m price tag.
And his agent, Wagner Ribeiro, claims there are thee clubs - reportedly Manchester United , Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid - who are ready to splash out.
Neymar, who moved to Barcelona from Santos in 2013, has two years remaining on his contract at the Nou Camp but there has been speculation in Spain that talks over a new deal have stalled.
Ribeiro said: "There are three big clubs in the world that want to sign Neymar and pay a clause of €200m to Barcelona.
"I cannot say more than this because it is sensistive. I can only guarantee that Neymar is happy at Barcelona."
Manchester United transfer rumours:
Bordeaux's Adam Ounasis a done deal?
Icon, not unexpected exit. Every success Giggsy
Ryan Giggs: Manchester United legend
leaving after 29 years at club
Ryan Giggs has ended his 29-year stay at Manchester United by agreeing a settlement with the Old Trafford club.
United are expected to release an official statement in the coming days.
Giggs, 42, had a year remaining on his contract as assistant manager but new boss Jose Mourinho intends to fill that role with long-time friend Rui Faria.
Unable to reach agreement over another role at the Premier League club, Giggs, who made a record 963 appearances for United, has decided to move on.
Cardiff-born Giggs has his Uefa Pro Licence, a mandatory qualification for managing in the Premier League, and has never made any secret of his desire to move into management.
Linked with Swansea last season, he felt he was ready to manage United, having served his apprenticeship under David Moyes and then Louis van Gaal.
But he was known to be less than impressed with how Van Gaal's exit was handled by United, when news of the Dutchman's sacking emerged moments after the club's FA Cup final success.
Giggs was also disappointed to be overlooked in favour of former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Mourinho, whose appointment was confirmed in May.
Giggs joined the United academy on his 14th birthday, turning professional aged 17 in November 1990 and making his first-team debut against Everton on 2 March, 1991.
He won a record 13 league titles, two European Cups, four FA Cups and four League Cups to become the most decorated British player of all time.
He became a player-coach following the arrival of Moyes as manager in 2013, taking control of the first team for the final four games of the season after the Scot's dismissal.
Giggs was then appointed as assistant-manager by Van Gaal in 2014.
Giggs represented one of the final links to the Ferguson era - and given his service and achievements at United, the club risk a potential PR disaster in letting him leave.
The Welshman was largely responsible for promoting exciting 18-year-old England striker Marcus Rashford to the first team last season and is the embodiment of the United traditions of a commitment to youth and attacking football.
However, he was part of a static management team criticised by fans, pundits and former players for a dull style of play which ultimately cost Dutchman Van Gaal his job.
Led by executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, United are now a different club to the trophy-winning juggernaut of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
With a revised transfer policy of world-class marquee signings and the abrupt termination of Moyes and Van Gaal's contracts, along with the appointment of Mourinho, winning has been prioritised ahead of longevity and long-term planning.
Despite one senior member of the club's hierarchy saying last year that Giggs "triple-ticked" many essential components needed for the manager's job, he remains unproven at the highest level.
Giggs has made no secret of wanting to manage United in the future and it was thought the club had a long-term plan with the same aim.
He is unlikely to be short of offers from chairmen ready to give the Welshman his first permanent managerial role, having passed all the relevant Uefa coaching qualifications and served his apprenticeship at one of the biggest clubs in the world.
Wales manager Chris Coleman has previously said Giggs could benefit from the "spark" of stepping out of his "comfort zone" at United, backing him to "cut his teeth somewhere else and prove he has what it takes to go back there".
Similarly, United goalkeeping great and former team-mate Peter Schmeichel said Giggs should "learn the trade" of management at another club.
Helping Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola
settle into Manchester
Just forget about pogba n Neymar - they ain't coming with no champions league to begin with. Mourniho charm aint that OP
United will probably end up with just a handful of players. The one that got away was Pjanic. Both Pjanic and Pogba are very similar type of players. Juve bought him cheap and it is likely they will offload Pogba in the coming weeks.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan's Manchester United
transfer edges closer as Old Trafford giants
table improved offer
United's pursuit of Mkhitaryan signals a shift to lower-profile, more attainable transfer targets
Manchester United have made an increased £28million move for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Old Trafford giants have upped the ante in their attempts to land the Borussia Dortmund midfielder with a significantly improved second offer.
And there is increasing confidence a deal for Mkhitaryan will be agreed, according to sources close to the negotiations.
New boss Jose Mourinho has earmarked the 27-year-old Armenian as one of his next big-money targets.
And United’s determination to land Mkhitaryan for Mourinho is reflected in the size of their follow-up bid and quick response to having their initial £19m offer knocked back.
Having gone three years without the title and after missing out on Champions League qualification for the second time in three seasons, the Red Devils are in a hurry to get back to the top and determined to make sure they are ready to hit the ground running next season under Mourinho.
Read more: Januzaj sends message to Mourinho with impressive training video
They also want to show they have learnt from the lessons of the last three summers when they have wasted precious time on ultimately failed pursuits of unobtainable players.
United are now focusing on more realistic transfer targets and want to move quickly to bring them in.
After the under-the-radar £30m capture of defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal, they are now pushing hard to land Mkhitaryan — who has also attracted interest from Arsenal and Chelsea.
United tested the water with a low opening offer, which was dismissed by the Bundesliga club.
But having established Dortmund’s £31m valuation of Mkhitaryan in the process of those opening discussions, they have now gone back in with a new proposal that is much closer to the Germans’ price-tag.
The attacking midfielder, who scored 23 goals and set up another 32 last season, has just a year left on his current contract and has refused to sign a new one.
Read more: New Man United home kit appears to be on sale BEFORE release
Dortmund insist they would rather keep Mkhitaryan for the last year of his contract than sell this summer, having already lost key men
Ilkay Gundogan to Manchester City and Mats Hummels to Bayern Munich respectively.
But United have given them something to think about with an offer of an initial £28m plus add-ons that, in total, is understood to come in just below their asking price.
Mourinho has received plenty of encouragement to continue his pursuit of Mkhitaryan by the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.
He has said: “Manchester are Micki’s dream club, he wants to join them by any means. It would be a sin to stop talking.
“We [Raiola and Dortmund] have both taken very different views and fight for them like lions.
Read more: Zlatan's international retirement paves way for Man United move
“[Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim] Watzke walks 180 degrees into one direction and I 180 degrees into the other.
But even though it does not look like it right now, I still hope for a sensible solution.
“Such an offer to join Manchester United might only come once in a lifetime for a player. Nobody can guarantee us that the door will still be open for Micki next season.”
Can't believe that Hungary has 'oversized ' keeper between the sticks. Shocking!!!
Ooh ah Cantona
Henrikh in the sights, where does that leave Jesse lingard ? Janujac? Both will feel sibeh sian. But yes, we need speed much more speed. Skeptical that agent is using Man U like Ramos.- bbefore long, he will sign extension.
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