5.45pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Van de Beek SIGNS, Dayot Upamecano LATEST, Thiago Alcantara talk – The Sun

DONNY van de Beek's is officially a Manchester United player after being unveiled by the club today.

And the Red Devils could add another midfielder as they have held talks with Thiago Alcantara's entourage in the hope of beating Liverpool to the signature of the Bayern Munich star.

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  • MARCUS HAILS DONNY ARRIVAL

    England striker Marcus Rashford was hot off the mark to hail Donny van de Beek arriving as his latest Manchester United team-mate.

    With the ex-Ajax star set to add stability alongside Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes in the middle at Old Trafford, Rashford tweeted within moments of United confirming the deal.

  • DONNY'S 5-YEAR DEAL

    Dutch superstar Donny van de Beek completed his £39million transfer to United from Ajax.

    The star underwent medical tests in Holland earlier this week and after they showed no issues he has now penned a five-year contract with the option for an additional 12 months at Old Trafford.

    United will pay Ajax £34.5m up front with a potential further £4.5m in add-ons.

    Van De Beek said: “I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history.

    “I would like to thank everyone at Ajax, I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club.

    “I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.”

  • UTD COMPLETE £39m VAN DE BEEK DEAL

    Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is a United player.

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  • UTD FACE UPHILL FIGHT TO LAND THIAGO

    Bayern Munich hero Thiago Alcantara is ready to snub Manchester United for Liverpool, reports say.

    But the Champions LeagUe and Bundesliga winners are sticking to their £27million asking price.

    Mohamed Bouhafsi claims Thiago, 29, has told Bayern he intends to leave this summer.

    And Liverpool remain favourites for the 37-cap Spain star, despite United now also being keen.

    That means Thiago could replace Liverpool's barcelona target Georginio Wijnaldum.

  • MEC YOUR MIND UP TIME

    United are still eyeing RB Leipzig's in-demand defender Dayot Upamecano this summer.

    Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to find serious competition for Victor Lindelof's role alongside Harry Maguire.

    And France Under-21 star Upamecano remains on the radar, especially after Arsenal won the race for Lille's Gabriel Magalhaes.

  • UTD CAN DREAM OF TRANSFER KOU

    United were handed a transfer boost with the news Napoli reportedly rejected Manchester City’s £53million offer for Kalidou Koulibaly.

    Corriere dello Sport reports the Italian side did not consider City’s bid sufficient for their highly-rated central defender and will hold out for around £71m.

    And the report states Pep Guardiola‘s side are not prepared to dig further into their pockets for the 29-year-old.

    The Citizens may be limited on the cash they can splash on Koulibaly with a sensational £623m contract for Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the works.

    But it is great news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks for a long-term partner for headline-grabbing Harry Maguire.

    However, United will face competition from Champions League runners-up Paris Saint-Germain who are also poised to swoop.

  • KOP TO REV UP FIGHT FOR THIAGO

    Bayern Munich are “convinced” they will receive a new bid from Liverpool for Thiago Alcantara, claims Fabrizio Romano.

    Jurgen Klopp is pushing for the transfer to happen after finding out that Manchester United have had contact with his agent.

    Giorginio Wijnaldum’s transfer to Barcelona is up in the air as the Nou Camp deal with the fall-out from Lionel Messi.

    The Catalan giants have not submitted an official bid to Liverpool, but that would set the chain in motion.

    United have not had any contact with Bayern over the midfielder they nearly signed in 2013 – and Liverpool remain in pole position.

    Liverpool are still working to get Thiago Alcantara. Bayern are now convinced they’re gonna receive a new bid from lfc soon. Klopp pushing again for Thiago. Manchester United only had contacts with his agent at the moment – nothing advanced between clubs. 🔴 liverpool thiago
    — Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 2, 2020

  • SHEDDING FRED

    Roma are reportedly eyeing an audacious double swoop for Manchester United duo Chris Smalling and Fred.

    Italian outlet TeleRadioStereo claim that the Serie A side are closing in on a deal for England star Smalling.

    The report adds that Roma and the Red Devils are also in talks for a potential deal involving Fred.

    Brazilian midfielder Fred fell out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after United signed Bruno Fernandes in January.

    The 27-year-old’s game time is likely to get further reduced following the arrival of Ajax ace Donny van de Beek.

    Galatasaray are among the club’s hoping to swoop for Fred but now Roma are ready to reunite Fred with former Shakhtar manager Paulo Fonseca.

  • 'FEELING MUCH BETTER'

    Paul Pogba's wife has thanked friends for looking after them as she and husband Paul quarantine after testing positive for coronavirus.

    She posted: “Home taking some vitamin D, we are feeling much better now… thank you @dolcegabbana & @alessandro_pera for always taking care of us.”

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  • SHIP SHAPE

    Manchester United star Jesse Lingard is in ripped condition ahead of the new football season.

    The 27-year-old uploaded a series of clips to his Instagram Stories showing off his gym session.

    And while Lingard continues to get in tip-top condition for the season – it might be for the benefit of a new club.

    The midfielder has been linked with a move to Newcastle and Italian giants Roma this summer.

    Lingard struggled for game time post-lockdown, featuring just twice from the bench in the Premier League.

    But the England international did manage to end his long goal drought, netting his first top-flight goal since December 2018 in the last-day 2-0 victory over Leicester City.

  • TUNED OUT

    The FSA has called on the Premier League to give fans a chance to watch their teams, saying in a statement:

    “Last week the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) had discussions with the Premier League which indicated that 160 of the season’s 380 games would not be broadcast live to UK audiences during 2020/21. They still insist this will be the case.

    “It means regular match-goers will not always be able to watch their team as fans are not expected to be readmitted to stadiums until October.

    “Eleven games during September will therefore be played behind-closed-doors with no regular match-goers in the UK able to watch those games through legal means.

    “As a matter of urgency top-flight supporters urge the Premier League to resolve this issue. Do not stop fans from watching their teams during a global pandemic.

    “It would be a disastrous decision by the Premier League and they must listen to supporters.”

  • NO DONALDO

    Donny van de Beek is set to dodge Manchester United’s cursed No7 shirt.

    The midfielder is expected to complete a £40million move from Ajax and is reportedly going to wear No34.

    The unusual shirt choice is a touching tribute to tragic Ajax pal Abdelhak Nouri.

    Nouri was wearing the 34 top when he collapsed with a cardiac arrest during a game in 2017.

    He suffered severe brain damage but has woken from his coma and is now communicating with family.

    Van de Beek’s favoured No6 is occupied by Paul Pogba at Old Trafford and many thought he would don the No7 vacated by Alexis Sanchez.

  • DOWNER FOR UPA

    Fabrizio Romano claims he does not think RB Leipzig even NEED to sell Dayot Upamecano.

    The centre-back is reportedly a target for Manchester United after they landed Donny van de Beek.

    Chris Smalling is set to leave Old Trafford with Roma closing in on a permanent deal for the centre-back.

    But Romano warned that selling Timo Werner to Chelsea put enough coins in the coffers for Leipzig.

    He tweeted: “For sure Man Utd like Upamecano, but Leipzig don’t need to sell him on this summer after Werner deal so I don’t expect any move by Man Utd for Upamecano this month!”

  • RED RAGE REVEALED

    Bruno Fernandes has revealed what really went down when he and Victor Lindelof had a blazing row during their defeat to Sevilla.

    Fernandes said: “He is one of the people with whom I have the best relationship in the club, also because he speaks Portuguese, and as everyone saw he speaks well.

    “Those were obviously the first words he learned in Portugal, it is always what we teach them.

    “But it was a game situation that none took to heart. It ended and we went directly to our countries, he to Sweden and I to Portugal.

    “At the farewell we hugged, we leaned our heads and didn't even need to talk to each other.

    “We stayed there for those two seconds hugging and we realised what we wanted to say to each other.”

  • ALCANTARA’S A ‘GO-GO

    Bayern Munich are “convinced” they will receive a new bid from Liverpool for Thiago Alcantara, claims Fabrizio Romano.

    Jurgen Klopp is pushing for the transfer to happen after finding out that Manchester United have had contact with his agent.

    Giorginio Wijnaldum’s transfer to Barcelona is up in the air as the Nou Camp deal with the fall-out from Lionel Messi.

    The Catalan giants have not submitted an official bid to Liverpool, but that would set the chain in motion.

    United have not had any contact with Bayern over the midfielder they nearly signed in 2013 – and Liverpool remain in pole position.

  • 'DOU OR DIE

    Manchester United were handed a transfer boost with the news Napoli reportedly rejected Manchester City’s £53million offer for Kalidou Koulibaly.

    Corriere dello Sport reports the Italian side did not consider City’s bid sufficient for their highly-rated central defender and will hold out for around £71m.

    And the report states Pep Guardiola‘s side are not prepared to dig further into their pockets for the 29-year-old.

    The Citizens may be limited on the cash they can splash on Koulibaly with a sensational £623m contract for Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the works.

    But it is great news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he looks for a long-term partner for headline-grabbing Harry Maguire.

    However, United will face competition from Champions League runners-up Paris Saint-Germain who are also poised to swoop.

  • GLOVE YOUR COUNTRY

    Dean Henderson has been training with Nick Pope and Jordan Pickford in the England squad.

    As SunSport reported this morning, World Cup hero Pickford could be dropped for the upcoming games against Iceland and Denmark after an error-prone end to the season with Everton.

  • SHOOTOUT

    Here is how United scored and missed their penalties last season.

    It's 15 without a miss for the Red Devils going into next term.

  • IDOL PAUL

    United and Real Madrid target Eduardo Camavinga has revealed that he uses Paul Pogba as his model inspiration.

    The 17-year-old has been called up for Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the first time.

    He can break Rene Gerard’s 82-year-old record as the youngest Bleus international in history if he plays against either Sweden or France.

    The teen sensation told French reporters: “I’m inspired by Paul Pogba.

    “He's a very good player with great qualities.”

  • GREEN BEHIND THE EARS

    Mason Greenwood looks to be enjoying England training ahead of their games against Denmark and Iceland.

    Will the 18-year-old grab his first Three Lions goal?

  • GREENWOOD VS RASHFORD

    Here is how the two Manchester United and England forward compare stats-wise.

  • ‘I HAVE TIME’

    United transfer target Dayot Upamecano is not in a rush to make a big transfer move just yet, he has told interested clubs.

    Upamecano said: “I have extended my contract with Leipzig.

    “I am targeted by several clubs, I speak with clubs, but I have time.

    “We will see what happens in the future.

    “The secret of my success? Keep my feet on the ground, no pressure, and my determination.

    “I’ve had this determination since I was a kid. I want to keep working hard to reach the highest level possible.”

  • ICYMI – EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United will not give up on Jadon Sancho until the England star publicly admits he wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund, reports NEIL CUSTIS.

    Sancho, 20, has remained tight-lipped about his future while Dortmund chiefs have insisted he will spend this season in Germany.

    United had put all their efforts into landing Sancho this summer with an offer of £70million up front rising to £110m.

    Personal wage demands had been sorted and the player was ready to make the move back to Manchester where he started his career at The Etihad with City.

    But the Bundesliga side wanted more money up front and United were not prepared to pay it.

    Now the only way a deal will go through is if Sancho pushes for it.

  • GOOD MORNING UTD FANS

    Donny van de Beek has all but sealed his £40million arrival from Ajax but United will keep targeting Jadon Sancho unless he publicly states he wants to stay at Borussia Dortmund.

    England attacker Sancho has remained quiet – while Dortmund insist he will spend at least another season in Germany.

    But Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not ruled out recruiting the 20-year-old this summer, having already offered £70million up front, plus £40m later.

    Meanwhile, United legend Robin van Persie warned incoming fellow Dutchman and Ajax midfielder Van de Beek he will have to “mentally adjust” as he is joining a “beast of a club”.

    Solskjaer has also been linked with Liverpool target Thiago, 29, who shone as Bayern Munich beat PSG 1-0 in the Champions League final.

    And in fact the Times suggest United want THREE more signings after Van de Beek – a centre-back, right-winger and striker.

    But current frontman Mason Greenwood can't believe how quickly he's gone from the United fringes to the England squad – aged 18.

    The academy product said: “The games have come so quick. My whole family was excited for me and it's a dream come true. It's happened quick.”

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