Jules Kounde bidding war to start at £56m, Sancho personal terms 'mostly agreed', Man Utd 'lead Varane transfer race'

JADON SANCHO is on the cusp of agreeing personal terms with Man Utd, reports suggest

We've also the very latest on Raphael Varane and Saul Niquez as Old Trafford chiefs plot moves for the pair.

While Mason Greenwood will not be appearing at Euro 2020 after pulling out of the squad through injury.

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  • Kostas Lianos

    SAN-THING'S COOKING

    Manchester United have 'mostly agreed' personal terms with Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

    Sancho's representatives are 'expecting' a £77million transfer to get over the line in the summer.

    According to Sport1, Dortmund have dropped their previous £108m asking price.

    However, a formal transfer bid is yet to be lodged by United

  • Kealan Hughes

    MORNING MAN UTD FANS

    Manchester United stars Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, Dean Henderson and Luke Shaw have been included in Gareth Southgate’s final England squad for Euro 2020.

    Maguire has been selected despite his ankle ligament injury that kept him out of United’s Europa League final defeat.

    Shaw is being tipped for a starting spot ahead of Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell.

    Henderson is likely to be first choice backup behind Jordan Pickford and Rashford has some serious competition in attack with Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all vying for his spot in the starting XI.

    Yesterday, Maguire revealed he woke up every morning hoping his ankle pain had gone but still hopes to be fit for the Euros.

    Speaking yesterday, Maguire, 28, was asked about his first thoughts as he sat on the turf waiting for medical attention at Villa Park after Anwar El Ghazi crunched him.

    He said: “The fear that I had was missing everything. I knew it was quite a bad injury. When I got the results of the scan, I knew it would be unlikely I would make the Europa League final — but we also never ruled it out.

    “I would jump out of bed and put weight on my ankle, which I probably should not have done, and test it to see if the pain was still there. Every morning, I woke up wishing the pain would be gone.

    “Unfortunately, it was not to be. I knew for me to start the Europa League final was very unlikely but I hoped to play some part. However it was out of reach and just not possible. Ahead of the final, I could still not run on the ankle.

    “But it is now improving and getting better, so I am just looking forward to the Euros.”

    Southgate also revealed Jesse Lingard will start against Austria on Wednesday despite axing him from his squad.

    Speaking at a press conference following the team announcement, the 50-year-old said: “Jesse did really well to get himself back in the race because back in January he was a millions miles away from being considered for an England squad.

    “I said in March that he’d had a fabulous few weeks but he was slightly fortunate because we were without three or four wide players at that time.

    “He was excellent for West Ham and he plays so well for us – we have total trust in the way he plays.

    “He’s reliable, he’s a great member of the group. He will play tomorrow because we’ve got [Jadon] Sancho ill, we’ve obviously got a lot of players not available and he’ll start to help the balance of the team.

    “He deserves that opportunity to go and show me that I’m wrong straight away. The lads that are with us are on the standby list and we need to keep them match ready.”

  • William Pugh

    HARRY'S CRY – EXCLUSIVE

    Harry Maguire woke up every morning hoping his ankle pain had gone but still hopes to be fit for the Euros.

    Speaking yesterday, Maguire, 28, was asked about his first thoughts as he sat on the turf waiting for medical attention at Villa Park after Anwar El Ghazi crunched him.

    He said: “The fear that I had was missing everything. I knew it was quite a bad injury. When I got the results of the scan, I knew it would be unlikely I would made the Europa League final — but we also never ruled it out.

    “I would jump out of bed and put weight on my ankle, which I probably should not have done, and test it to see if the pain was still there. Every morning, I woke up wishing the pain would be gone.

    “Unfortunately, it was not to be. I knew for me to start the Europa League final was very unlikely but I hoped to play some part. However it was out of reach and just not possible. Ahead of the final, I could still not run on the ankle.

    “But it is now improving and getting better, so I am just looking forward to the Euros.”

  • William Pugh

    KHAL FOR KANE

    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon al Mubarak has given Pep Guardiola the green light to go out and bid for Manchester United target Harry Kane.

    The Premier League champions said an emotional farewell to all-time leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero at the weekend. And their Abu Dhabi owners have vowed to land a top name who can fill the boots of the deadly Argentine forward.

    That will come as a blow to Tottenham’s hopes of holding onto England captain Kane – who has made it clear he wants out this summer. Khaldoon said: “We’re losing a very important legend in Sergio, they are very hard shoes to fill. I’m confident we will find the right player to fill those shoes.

    “There are other areas that need investment, not too many. but it’s not about numbers – it’s about quality. It’s a phenomenal squad – you don’t win the Premier League and get to the Champions League final without an incredible squad.

    “We have that but will bring quality into the squad in a couple of key positions.”

    City were previously linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Romelu Lukaku of Inter. But Kane’s wish to leave Spurs has put City on red alert and it now seems Pep will have the financial muscle for such a deal.

  • William Pugh

    HA HA HARA

    Jamie O'Hara seemed somewhat unhappy with Gareth Southgate's confirmation that Manchester United's Jesse Lingard may play against Austria tomorrow.

    The former Tottenham man tweeted in a bluster before his TalkSPORT colleague Max Rushden attempted to calm him down with a fairly rational, logical and sensible reply.

  • William Pugh

    JES WATCH IT

    England boss Gareth Southgate has revealed Jesse Lingard will start against Austria on Wednesday despite axing him from his Euro 2020 squad.

    Speaking at a press conference following the team announcement, the 50-year-old said: "Jesse did really well to get himself back in the race because back in January he was a millions miles away from being considered for an England squad.

    "I said in March that he’d had a fabulous few weeks but he was slightly fortunate because we were without three or four wide players at that time.

    "He was excellent for West Ham and he plays so well for us – we have total trust in the way he plays.

    "He’s reliable, he’s a great member of the group. He will play tomorrow because we’ve got [Jadon] Sancho ill, we’ve obviously got a lot of players not available and he’ll start to help the balance of the team.

    "He deserves that opportunity to go and show me that I’m wrong straight away. The lads that are with us are the standby list and we need to keep them match ready.”

  • William Pugh

    MEET THE THREE LIONS!

    This is England's final 26-man squad for this summer's Euros.

  • William Pugh

    HURT PRIDE

    Gareth Southgate has named his final 26-man Euro 2020 squad with some big names being left out.

    From the provisional 33-man squad, the likes of Jesse Lingard, Ben White, James Ward-Prowse and Ollie Watkins have been omitted.

    Meanwhile Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood was forced to withdraw from the squad due to an underlying injury.

    A number of England stars were unlucky to not have even been named in the provisional squad, with Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Aaron Wan-Bissaka all missing out.

    And SunSport has produced a best XI of players who have been snubbed, with the starting team boasting 118 caps between them.

     

  • William Pugh

    UNLUCKY LIN

    Gareth Southgate says Jesse Lingard done incredibly well to get back in contention for an England spot and he wants the West Ham loanee match ready in case he gets called back into the sqaud.

    The Three Lions boss said: "Jesse has done incredibly well to get back in the race. Back in January he was a million miles from being selectable for an England squad.

    "I said in March he'd had a fabulous few weeks but you'd have to say he was a little fortunate because we were without around four wide players at that time.

    "He had a good spell with West Ham and he's played so well for us with England, we have total trust in the way he plays, he's reliable, he's a great member of the group.

    "He will play tomorrow because we've got Jadon Sancho ill and we've obviously got a lot of players not available and for the balance of the team he'll start.

    "So he deserves that opportunity to go and show me that I'm wrong. But also the lads that are with us, they're the standby players and we've got to keep them match ready in case they come back into that squad."

  • William Pugh

    LONDON'S FALLING – EXCLUSIVE

    William Gallas believes Manchester United target Harry Kane should leave Tottenham this summer.

    The Frenchman, 43, told SunSport: "To be honest, Harry needs to leave Tottenham.

    "He has to because they did not give him the opportunity to play in the Champions League next season.

    “Harry is a world-class striker and top world-class strikers have to play in the Champions League.

    “I know Harry wants to play in that competition and win trophies. When you have the talent like him you have to win trophies. For me, he has to leave.

    “He played many years for Tottenham and did a great job but sometimes you have to be selfish. Fans of the club have to wish him all the best.”

    Credit: PA
  • William Pugh

    LUKE AWAY

    England boss Gareth Southgate will be sweating over Luke Shaw's fitness ahead of Euro 2020 after the defender was spotted with a cast around his left wrist.

    The Manchester United star – who has been named in the Three Lions' squad for the tournament – is expected to be the first-choice left-back under Southgate.

    But the 25-year-old looks to be a serious doubt to feature in Wednesday night's friendly against Austria after being snapped sporting a slight injury.

    Shaw was caught by cameras with a cast on his left wrist while out with his girlfriend Anouska Santos in Altrincham town centre on Tuesday afternoon.

    And to add insult to injury, the former Southampton ace was greeted to a parking ticket when he returned to his Rolls-Royce Cullinan.

    Ben Chilwell could now start for England against Austria, with Southgate hoping Shaw will be fit to face Romania on Sunday. It will be England's final fixture before they compete against Croatia in their first Euro 2020 group stage clash on June 13.

  • William Pugh

    FOUR DEVILS FOR THREE LIONS

    Manchester United stars Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, Dean Henderson and Luke Shaw have been included in Gareth Southgate's final England squad for Euro 2020.

    Maguire has been selected despite his ankle ligament injury that kept him out of United's Europa League final defeat.

    Shaw is being tipped for a starting spot ahead of Chelsea's Ben Chilwell.

    Henderson is likely to be first choice backup behind Jordan Pickford and Rashford has some serious competition in attack with Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish all vying for his spot in the starting XI.

  • William Pugh

    SEVEN LIONS AXED!

    Gareth Southgate was forced to cut seven players from his original 33-man group to leave him with his final 23-man squad.

    And here are the stars he had to disappoint…

    Aaron Ramsdale (Sheff Utd), Ben Godfrey (Everton), Jesse Lingard (West Ham on loan from Man Utd), Ollie Watkins (Aston Villa), Ben White (Brighton), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) and Mason Greenwood (Man Utd – injured).

  • William Pugh

    ENGLAND'S EUROS SQUAD CONFIRMED!

    Gareth Southgate has included FOUR right-backs in his England squad for this summer's Euros.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kyle Walker, Reece James and Kieran Trippier are all IN.

    But there is no room for Aaron Ramsdale, Ben Godfrey, Jesse Lingard, Ollie Watkins, Ben White, James Ward-Prowse or Mason Greenwood – who pulled out injured.

  • William Pugh

    STEP ON THE GAZ

    Former Manchester United star Gary Pallister says England players dropped by Gareth Southgate this afternoon MUST use it as a positive.

    The Three Lions boss announces his 26-man group at 5pm and former Red Devil Pallister knows there will be players left disappointed like he was in the past.

    Speaking exclusively to SunSport, Pallister, 55, said: "It’s very difficult for players. There was Gazza who obviously he had that meltdown when Glenn [Hoddle] cut him from the squad.

    "It’s difficult. But it can only make you stronger. You have got to take from that that you haven’t made the cut and you want to make sure the next time it comes around you do make the cut.

    "You can either use it as a negative or a positive.

    "You can sit and wallow in the disappointment of it or you can say ‘right I will use this as a gee me up for the next time to get into a squad and I will make sure I’m not left out’. It is difficult but it is how you use that event in your life."

  • William Pugh

    TOP DOGS

    Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes has made the final eight-man shortlist for the Premier League's Player of the Season award.

    Prem winners Kevin De Bruyne and Ruben Dias also make the cut.

    As do West Ham star Tomas Soucek and Aston Villa's England ace Jack Grealish.

  • William Pugh

    THE ONE FER ME

    Bruno Fernandes' stunning goal at home to Everton in February has been shortlisted for the Premier League's Goal of the Season award.

    Edinson Cavani also makes the final nine for his delightful chip against Fulham last month.

    And United loanee Jesse Lingard also makes the cut for his breathtaking solo effort for West Ham at Wolves in April.

  • William Pugh

    YOUNG GUNS

    Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has made the final shortlist for the Premier League's Young player of the Season award.

    Phil Foden, Ruben Dias, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Illan Meslier, Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka have also made the cut.

  • Marc Mayo

    OLE UP

    The Premier League have nominated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the five-man shortlist for Manager of the Year.

    Marcelo Bielsa, David Moyes, Brendan Rodgers and Pep Guardiola also make the cut.

  • Marc Mayo

    WRIGHT OR WRONG?

    Wayne Bridge has claimed Shaun Wright-Phillips and Aaron Lennon were HARDER to play against than Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The former Chelsea ace marked Ronaldo during his early years with Manchester United – but felt he often had his number.

    Bridge told BettingExpert: “I didn’t mind playing against Ronaldo. You always had to be switched on. 

    “He loved a step-over and was very skilful. He could sometimes make you look stupid, he was also very quick.

    “He wasn’t as quick as me over the first few yards, I always felt that I could stick with him and I always felt I did okay against him. 

    “It was always at the back of my mind that he was going to try and nutmeg me here or twist me about four times until I fall over.”

  • Marc Mayo

    FLASH THE CASH

    Sevilla have told Manchester United and Barcelona that they must stump up the funds to sign Jules Kounde – rather than formulate a player exchange deal.

    The Frenchman has opened the door to a move this summer after trying his luck at Euro 2020.

    And Mundo Deportivo claim that bidding will start at £56million despite his £70m release clause.

    Credit: AFP
  • Marc Mayo

    DECISION DAY

    Manchester United’s England stars will discover their Euro 2020 fate today.

    Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson and Harry Maguire are all waiting to hear whether they have made the cut.

    Gareth Southgate must cut his provisional 33-man squad down to 26 with the announcement due at 5pm.

    Mason Greenwood has already pulled out due to injury, confirmed this morning.

  • Marc Mayo

    ANOTHER NOMINATION

    Bruno Fernandes was nominated for the Premier League official Player of the Season earlier…

    And he is in the running for Goal of the Season too!

    The Portuguese playmaker's wicked effort against Everton is joined by Edinson Cavani's long-range lob on the nine-goal shortlist.

  • Marc Mayo

    ANOTHER NOMINATION

    Bruno Fernandes was nominated for the Premier League official Player of the Season earlier…

    And he is in the running for Goal of the Season too!

    The Portuguese playmaker's wicked effort against Everton is joined by Edinson Cavani's long-range lob on the nine-goal shortlist.

  • Marc Mayo

    MEMORY LANE

    It was a pretty decent debut season for Edinson Cavani, all things considered.

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