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MANCHESTER UNITED are lining up a loan move for Gareth Bale after growing impatient with Dortmund over Jadon Sancho, SunSport can reveal.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also interested in signing the new Nemanja Matic – Valencia's Uros Racic – in a £28m deal.

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  • EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United are ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal after losing patience over Jadon Sancho, writes Neil Custis.

    United want to take the Real Madrid star on loan for a season initially but with the option to renegotiate that for a further year.

    Bale, 31, has two years left on his current £650,000-a-week Real Madrid contract.

    He would have to take a wage cut with United and Real may even have to pay part of it.

    The news has left Sancho sweating as he was convinced his switch from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford would go through this summer or in the New Year window.

  • GOOD MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    United are ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal after losing patience over Jadon Sancho.

    They want to take the Real Madrid star on loan for a season initially but with the option to renegotiate that for a further year.

    Bale, 31, has two years left on his current £650,000-a-week Real Madrid contract.

    He would have to take a wage cut with United and Real may even have to pay part of it. Real could demand an upfront transfer fee of £18.5million rather than a loan.

    But United are now seriously looking into all options.

    The news has left Sancho sweating as he was convinced his switch from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford would go through this summer or in the New Year window.

    United had agreed personal terms with the England international. They have also recently resolved the issue of the agents cut of the deal which had been a major stumbling block.

    But they will still not match the £108m valuation the Bundesliga side have put on the player.

  • RAC ATTACK

    Man Utd are weighing up a £28m transfer for Valencia’s Uros Racic – who is dubbed the ‘new Nemanja Matic’

    Racic is a box-to-box player – around 6ft 4ins and powerfully built.

    He is renowned for his workrate and defensive power but also has good footwork and can shoot with either foot.

    Aged just 22, he has failed to settle in Valencia after joining the La Liga outfit from Red Star.

    He had loan spells last season with Famalicao in Portugal and Spanish outfit Tenerife.

    United have been keeping tabs on Racic, whose idol is their midfield superstar Paul Pogba.

    Should he arrive at United he will provide further competition to compatriot Nemanja Matic in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s crowded midfield.

  • TRAINING DAY

    Victor Lindelof pictured training ahead of United's Premier League opener on Saturday.

    The Red Devils play Crystal Palace.

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  • UNDER-23s

    It ended goalless for United's U-23 side against Leicester.

    The first team play Crystal Palace in their Premier League opener on Saturday.

  • RAC CITY

    Man Utd are weighing up a move for Valencia’s Uros Racic.

    The Serbian central midfielder has a £92million release clause in his contract.

    But with Valencia struggling with a financial crisis, a fee of around £28m might be enough to secure Racic’s services.

    Racic is a box-to-box player – around 6ft 4ins and powerfully built.

    He is renowned for his workrate and defensive power but also has good footwork and can shoot with either foot.

    Aged just 22, he has failed to settle in Valencia after joining the La Liga outfit from Red Star.

  • UNDER-23s

    It's goalless between United and Leicester U-23s.

  • SWEAT OUT

    The news Man Utd are looking at bringing in Gareth Bale on loan has left Sancho sweating.

    Sancho was convinced his switch from Borussia Dortmund to Old Trafford would go through this summer or in the New Year window.

    United had agreed personal terms with the England international.

    They have also recently resolved the issue of the agents cut of the deal which had been a major stumbling block.

    But they will still not match the £108m valuation the Bundesliga side have put on the player.

    United believe that is way too high for a 20-year-old in the current financial climate with all football clubs hit hard by the Covid-19 lockdown.

  • NO GO DIOGO

    Diogo Dalot reportedly wants to call time on his career at Old Trafford.

    But transfer guru Duncan Castles reckons Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unwilling to let the wantaway full-back leave the club.

    And the starlet made a total of 11 appearances for Solskjaer’s side last term after his season was blighted by groin injury troubles.

    Dalot, who made a £19million switch to United from Portugal’s top-flight giants Porto, has yet to secure a regular slot in Solskjaer’s starting line-up.

    And Castles says the Red Devils boss sees the youngster as his third pick for right-back behind his trusted first two choices Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams.

  • BALE FORCE

    Man Utd are ready to offer Gareth Bale a short-term deal after losing patience over Jadon Sancho.

    United want to take the Real Madrid star on loan for a season initially but with the option to renegotiate that for a further year.

    Bale, 31, has two years left on his current £650,000-a-week Real Madrid contract.

    He would have to take a wage cut with United and Real may even have to pay part of it.

    Real could demand an upfront transfer fee of £18.5million rather than a loan.

    But United are now seriously looking into all options.

  • BALE HIM OUT

    Man Utd and Tottenham have been told they can land Gareth Bale for just £18.5million, according to reports.

    Real Madrid are desperate to get the Welshman, who currently pockets a staggering £600,000-a-week, off their wage book.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are leading the way and Real remain confident they'll make a late move.

    They add that Bale would prefer a move to Manchester should Solskjaer come calling.

    The Norwegian boss is in the market for a new winger this summer but his No1 priority remains Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

  • REG-ULAR ORDER

    Man Utd are 'very close' to making their first formal bid for Real Madrid left-back Sergio Reguilon.

    According to thepeoplesperson, talks between the two clubs have intensified over the last day.

    Real loaned the 23-year-old to Sevilla last season, but he is not returning there this season.

    Los Blancos have quoted £23million for United to land the left-back.

  • NOT IN THE PICTURE

    Man Utd gave another huge hint Chris Smalling is off to Roma permanently as he sat out their new-season photoshoots – while reportedly training alone.

    The former England centre-back, 30, a Serie A loan star last season, is tipped to move before United's Premier League opener at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    The final hurdle appears to be Roma trying to negotiate down United's valuation of £15-20milion.

    Smalling missed training last Tuesday and Wednesday as he discussed his future.

    Then from Thursday he is said to have trained away from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team squad and done gymwork.

  • SAN STORM

    Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre has revealed Jadon Sancho will be staying at the club to deal Manchester United a major blow in their quest to sign him.

    According to the BBC, the Bundesliga outfit do not believe the winger will be leaving this window, despite personal terms said to have been agreed with United.

    And Favre has now stated that Sancho is going nowhere as he spoke of his joy that he will be remaining a part of his squad.

    He told Keystone-SDA via the Daily Mail: “We need him, no question. Everyone was happy that he stayed.

    “We don't need to talk long about its qualities – they are enormous

    “He scores and sets up a lot of goals and can often make all the difference.

    “But there are some details that Sancho needs to improve. That is quite normal for a 20-year-old.”

  • GONE PER-SHAPED

    Man Utd are threatening to walk away from a deal to land Jadon Sancho and target Ivan Perisic instead, according to reports.

    Borussia Dortmund are refusing to budge on their £108million asking price despite claims Sancho is keen to make the switch to Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils are reluctant to fork out such a fee amidst the ongoing financial crisis in football due to the pandemic.

    With just three weeks to go until the transfer deadline, United are not willing to risk putting all their eggs in one basket.

    And the Telegraph write how they have started to pursue other targets, with Perisic an option.

  • DOMINATION

    Gary Neville claims Manchester United and Chelsea have no chance of winning the title as long as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola remain in the Premier League.

    Hetold The Mirror: “The one thing I can guarantee you is that United will win again.

    “That might not be this year or next year, but it will be amazing when they win again, and the longer it builds up, the greater the actual feeling is when you do it.

    “It will be, maybe, when Klopp and Guardiola leave Liverpool and City – hopefully in the next couple of years!

    “That will be the chance, as they’re two outstanding managers who have built really good teams, but they’ll leave in the next one, two or three years.

    “That will be the point when United can come back in and capitalise – I’m sure Chelsea are thinking that way as well.”

  • SERG SOLUTION

    Man Utdare “nearing” a £23million swoop on Sergio Reguilon – but they are fighting Real Madrid over a buy-back clause, according to reports.

    Talks are ongoing between the two clubs over the defender moving to Old Trafford but this is reportedly the major stumbling block.

    Marca report that the Manchester club want to buy him outright with no strings attached from Real Madrid.

    But the La Liga champions are hoping to have a buyback option after one or two seasons in case the full-back blossoms in the Premier League.

    Reguilon has impressed after a tremendous season on loan at Sevilla and has been closely linked with the Red Devils all season.

    Madrid are reportedly open to him moving away due to Marcelo and Ferland Mendy being ahead of him in the pecking order.

  • ULI'S UNHAPPY

    Thiago did a U-turn over staying at Bayern Munich, according to reports.

    Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness suggested the midfielder has agreed a contract with either Manchester United or Liverpool.

    The 68-year-old said: “We offered him a great contract but in the last minute he changed his mind.

    “He probably has an agreement on personal terms with Liverpool or Man Utd, or with both.”

  • DON 'EM GOOD AND PROPER

    United fans are loving this bit of skill from Donny van de Beek in their pre-season friendly at Aston Villa.

    A lovely little turn in a tight space, that.

  • RIP BUTCH

    Today would have been former United and Chelsea midfielder Ray Wilkins' 64th birthday.

    Nobody in football has a bad word to say about Mr Nice Guy.

    Not least this caller to talkSPORT after Ray died in 2018, who told this extraordinary story about his generosity..

    Here's to you, Butch.

  • UNITED UNDONE

    Ollie Watkins scored a bullet header to stun Manchester United in their pre-season defeat – and footage of the stunning header has emerged on the web for the first time.

    Villa's record £28million signing connected with Trezeguet's 16th-minute cross perfectly.

    And while the man himself opted for a low-key celebration, United players looked gutted to have conceded a pretty simply goal before the season proper.

    Dean Smith's side went onto win the behind-closed-doors friendly 1-0.

  • STAYING PUT

    Borussia Dortmund are “increasingly confident” of keeping Jadon Sancho this season, according to reports.

    The German club have played hardball with Manchester United over a transfer fee for the England international, 20.

    Sancho has been valued at £108million, and according to BBC Sport, the club are confident of keeping the former Manchester City winger.

    Dortmund have a cup match at Duisburg tonight and there have been rumours that Sancho will be left out of the game.

    Ivan Perisic and Gareth Bale are both being considered as alternatives for Sancho.

  • HAD ME IN CREASES

    Marcus Rashford has hailed fast bowling pal Jofra Archer, after he nutmegged England captain Eoin Morgan during last night's ODI against Australia.

    The hilarious footage was shared by the seam bowler after he kicked the white cricket ball through his skipper's pins.

    Morgan, 34, turned his head towards the sky immediately after the ball went through his legs.

    Archer said on Twitter: “Best part of the night for me… close em skip, what you recon @MarcusRashford?”

    Rashford replied: “My brother… so great to see you happy doing what you’re doing. And you’re DOING it.”

  • MORE ANDROS ON BALE

    “And then after all that, he's still not playing, he's still getting abuse…

    “So I fully don't blame him for the way he's acting now.

    “I would like to see Gareth Bale back in the Premier League.

    “I think he's only 30, 31 so he's still got many years to offer, and he is a world class talent so it'd be great to see him getting back to what he does best.”

  • I BACK BALE

    Andros Townsend has backed United target Gareth Bale in his club vs player battle at Real Madrid.

    The Crystal Palace winger told the ITV Football Football Show podcast: “I think Gareth Bale is a special case.

    “Normally I wouldn't agree with the antics of Gareth Bale – what he was doing in the stands, or playing golf, or potentially trying to annoy his employers.

    “But what Gareth Bale has done for that football club – the goals in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, the two goals against Liverpool, effectively winning them that Champions League – he deserves a statue!

    “But instead he's abused by the fans, by the media, by the club.

    “And after that, I think he agreed a move to China, and at the eleventh hour he got a call, no, you're not going, we want you back here.”

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