Man Utd news LIVE: Vlahovic REJECTS new deal, Lindelof LATEST, Trippier for Martial exchange, training ground REOPENS

MANCHESTER UNITED have reopened their training ground after a Covid-19 outbreak saw their clash with Brentford postponed.

Four players tested positive on Sunday and it remains to be seen when the top-flight clash will be replayed.

Meanwhile, United have received a boost in their pursuit of Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic, with the forward rejecting a record contract offer from the club.

The Viola’s chief exec Joe Barone said: “We’ve offered Vlahovic the highest contract ever in the history of Fiorentina, several times.

"Both Dusan and his agent made us realise that they do not want to accept. Our bid is still on the table”

We've also the very latest on the health scare suffered by Victor Lindelof, while reports suggest Atletico Madrid could swap Keiran Trippier for Anthony Martial.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    RON AND CO BACK AT UTD TRAINING

    Manchester United players returned to Carrington days after their Covid outbreak which saw their game against Brentford be postponed.

    Amongst the returning stars was defender Victor Lindelof, who in recent days has had his heart monitored after suffering from chest pains in the 1-0 win over Norwich.

    The 27-year-old had to be replaced after he dropped down in discomfort and had his hand on his chest.

    United medics rushed onto the pitch during the second half and helped the Swede leave the pitch.

    Lindelof’s wife Maja Nilsson Lindelof confirmed: “It was a scary match to watch and Victor was very upset afterwards. 

    “He did a lot of tests and has a heart monitor on for two days to make sure everything is OK.

    “It was a long time before I got hold of someone on the team who updated me. 

    “Everything seems to be okay as luck would have it and we are waiting for answers to the last tests that will end tomorrow. 

    “So we just spent the day at home yesterday and rested.”

    Four players and some staff who were involved at Norwich tested positive for Covid and were sent home to self isolate.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NO-GO JOAO

    Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has dismissed rumours suggesting Joao Felix is leaving the club.

    That poses as a transfer blow for both Arsenal and Manchester United, who have been linked with Felix.

    Cerezo told Mundo Deportivo: “He is a magnificent player.

    “I think he does not want to go. For us he is non-transferable. We bet on him as in his day we bet with Sergio Aguero”

  • Ian Tuckey

    VLAHOVIC LINKED TO UTD AND ARSENAL

    Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham have received a major transfer boost after January target Dusan Vlahovic rejected a record Fiorentina contract offer.

    Vlahovic has registered a staggering total of 17 goals and two assists in 18 matches across all competitions.

    The Viola’s chief exec Joe Barone told Repubblica: “We’ve offered Vlahovic the highest contract ever in the history of Fiorentina, several times.

    “Both Dusan and his agent made us realise that they do not want to accept. Our bid is still on the table”

  • Ian Tuckey

    ON GUARD FOR HAG

    Ajax manager and Manchester United target Erik ten Hag is reportedly set to be represented by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s brother.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim that Pere Guardiola is set to link up with Dutch agency SEG.

    The Dutchman is being tipped to take over at United next summer once interim manager Ralf Rangnick takes up a consultancy role.

    However, City gaffer Pep has hinted that he may leave in June 2023 when his contract expires.

    With Pere and Ten Hag set to be ‘under the same roof’, the Citizens could take the advantage if their manager leaves

  • Kostas Lianos

    LINDELOF STATEMENT

    Manchester United issued the following statement regarding Victor Lindelof’s health scare.

    United have confirmed it is not linked to the COVID-19 outbreak within the club.

    United said in a statement: “Victor is currently undergoing a series of precautionary investigations however he has recovered well from the episode he experienced in the match against Norwich.

    “All indications are that this is not linked to any Covid outbreak within the club”

  • Kostas Lianos

    PAY CAV

    Manchester United star Edinson Cavani is ready to take a pay cut to leave in January.

    That is according to AS, who claims Cavani is so keen to join Barcelona he will leave for less.

    The same report suggests Barca are looking to sign the striker on a six-month loan.

    The Uruguay international’s contract with the Red Devils runs out in June

  • Kostas Lianos

    HAALAND LATEST

    Barcelona ‘have met with Mino Raiola’ and discussed a potential signing of Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland, who’s also linked with Manchester United.

    That is according to the Daily Mail, who report Barca president Joan Laporta held a meeting with Raiola in order to discuss transfer targets, including Haaland.

    Despite the Blaugrana’s financial issues, there is still an interest in the Norway international as well as United superstar Paul Pogba.

    It is also claimed that the meeting with the Italian super agent was ‘not casual’

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  • Kostas Lianos

    TRANSFER LING

    Manchester United are not expecting Jesse Lingard to leave in the January transfer window.

    Lingard’s deal with United runs out in June and is free to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with overseas clubs next month.

    The forward has been linked with a permanent return to West Ham but is currently planning on seeing out the season with the Red Devils, according to Manchester Evening News.

    The Manchester giants would prefer to obtain a fee for the England international next month as they are otherwise at risk of the player leaving for nothing at the end of the season

  • Kostas Lianos

    FELIX BLOW

    Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has dismissed rumours suggesting Joao Felix is leaving the club.

    That poses as a transfer blow for both Arsenal and Manchester United, who have been linked with Felix.

    Cerezo told Mundo Deportivo: “He is a magnificent player.

    “I think he does not want to go. For us he is non-transferable. We bet on him as in his day we bet with Sergio Aguero”

  • Kostas Lianos

    TRIPP WIRE

    Atletico Madrid could offer Kieran Trippier to Manchester United in exchange for wantaway star Anthony Martial.

    According to Eurosport, Atletico will ask United what player they would like in return for Martial.

    And Trippier could be the Red Devils’ preferred choice ahead of the January transfer window.

    The Manchester giants have held a long-term interest in the right-back and even tried to sign him in the summer after his successful Euro 2020 campaign with England

  • Kostas Lianos

    HEADING SOUTH

    Manchester United legend Nani could be on his way to Brazil after speaking with Fluminense over a free transfer move.

    The 35-year-old has left Orlando City after seeing out his contract with the MLS outfit.

    Despite rumours of retirement, it seems the winger is not done yet and could swap North America for South with a move to Brazil’s Serie A.

    The ex-Portugal international spent eight years at United notching 40 goals in 230 appearances

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  • Kostas Lianos

    RUD NOT TO

    Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick could be an important factor in Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger potentially moving to Old Trafford.

    United were linked with a move for the defender earlier this week, with Rudiger’s contract expiring in June.

    And the Red Devils could hold the upper hand in luring the defender away from Stamford Bridge.

    That is because Rangnick knows the Germany international’s agent and half-brother Sahr Senesie.

    And according to transfer guru Christian Falk, Senesie is willing to talk with Rangnick and United

  • Kostas Lianos

    BRENTFORD VS MAN UTD

    Manchester United were scheduled to face Brentford yesterday at the Brentford Community Stadium.

    But the Premier League game was postponed after four United players returned a positive COVID-19 test.

    As yet, there is no confirmed date for the match to take place as both sides are heading into a packed festive fixture list and it could be a few weeks before this game can be squeezed in.

    But it’s likely that the Premier League will want to get it played before the Red Devils resume their Champions League schedule in February

  • Kostas Lianos

    PERFECT TEN

    Ajax manager and Manchester United target Erik ten Hag is reportedly set to be represented by Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s brother.

    That is according to The Athletic, who claim that Pere Guardiola is set to link up with Dutch agency SEG.

    The Dutchman is being tipped to take over at United next summer once interim manager Ralf Rangnick takes up a consultancy role.

    However, City gaffer Pep has hinted that he may leave in June 2023 when his contract expires.

    With Pere and Ten Hag set to be ‘under the same roof’, the Citizens could take the advantage if their manager leaves

  • Kostas Lianos

    POGBA REPLACEMENTS

    As reported earlier, Manchester United are keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham and Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong in their search for Paul Pogba’s replacement.

    Pogba’s contract with United runs out in June and it seems unlikely he will put pen to paper on a new deal.

    But interim boss Ralf Rangnick will have to compete with the likes of Bayern Munich for Bellingham.

    And De Jong appears to have indicated he would rather stay at the Nou Camp than leave their reboot project

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  • Kostas Lianos

    BAY-OUT CLAUSE

    Bayern Munich could wreck Manchester United’s transfer plans as the German champions are targeting Erling Haaland, Federico Chiesa and Dusan Vlahovic.

    That is according to Bild, who claim Bayern are looking to bolster their ranks with some top names.

    Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland has also been linked with Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool.

    Juventus’ Chiesa has drawn interest from Chelsea, while Fiorentina’s Vlahovic is targeted by Arsenal and Tottenham

  • Kostas Lianos

    POG REPLACEMENT

    Manchester United are looking at potential replacements options for Paul Pogba as his contract situation shows little sign of resolving itself.

    Pogba has just six months left to run on his current United deal and has been linked with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Barcelona and former club Juventus.

    And the Telegraph now claims the Red Devils are preparing to enter the January transfer window for his replacement.

    The Manchester giants have recently been linked with blockbuster moves for Borussia Dortmund ace Jude Bellingham and Barcelona star Frenkie De Jong

  • Kostas Lianos

    DUS OFF

    Manchester United have received a major transfer boost after January target Dusan Vlahovic rejected a record Fiorentina contract offer.

    But Vlahovic is also wanted by Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham.

    The Viola’s chief exec Joe Barone told Repubblica: “We’ve offered Vlahovic the highest contract ever in the history of Fiorentina, several times.

    “Both Dusan and his agent made us realise that they do not want to accept. Our bid is still on the table”

  • Kostas Lianos

    TESTING TIMES

    Manchester United ace Victor Lindelof has been fitted with a heart monitor after suffering chest pains against Norwich.

    Lindelof had to be replaced after he dropped down in discomfort and had his hand on his chest at Carrow Road.

    Now his wife, Maja Nilsson Lindelof, has revealed how the Sweden international is having his heart monitored in the aftermath.

    Nilsson Lindelof wrote on her blog: “It was a scary match to watch and Victor was very upset afterwards.

    “He did a lot of tests and has a heart monitor on for two days to make sure everything is OK.

    “It was a long time before I got hold of someone on the team who updated me. 

    “Everything seems to be okay as luck would have it and we are waiting for answers to the last tests that will end tomorrow. 

    “So we just spent the day at home yesterday and rested”

  • Kostas Lianos

    RED RAIDERS

    Manchester United are surprise entrants in the transfer war to sign Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger.

    That is according to Sky Sport Germany, who claim United are set to swoop in for Rudiger who’s out of contract next summer and currently stalling on signing a new deal.

    But other reports suggest the 28-year-old is leaning towards Real Madrid after holding ‘positive talks’ with Los Blancos.

    The Blues are understood to have tabled a new deal worth around £140,000 a week to keep the Germany international at Stamford Bridge

  • Kostas Lianos

    BACK IN TRAINING

    After yesterday’s match with Brentford was called off due to Manchester United’s Covid-19 outbreak, the club will reopen their training ground to the first team today in order to check their players’ fitness.

    SunSport understands that there are four players and some staff who were involved in the 1-0 win at Norwich and later tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday.

    They were all sent home to self isolate and will not be able to come back to Carrington until next Tuesday.

    The Red Devils will now decide as to whether to appeal to the Premier League to have Saturday’s home game against Brighton postponed based on the new test results.

    If any more players are found to be positive then that match will be in jeopardy.

    Brighton themselves have had a small Covid outbreak in their camp which has also threatened their game against Wolves on Wednesday

  • Joshua Mbu

    MORNING, UNITED FANS

    United’s training ground is reopening today after their Covid outbreak – while Edinson Cavani, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are in the transfer spotlight.

    Last night’s Premier League clash at Brentford fell victim to United’s positive coronavirus cases.

    Meanwhile, 34-year-old striker Cavani is being linked with Juventus and Barcelona.

    And Atletico Madrid are tipped to offer United a player exchange deal for Martial.

    The France frontman’s agent suggested earlier this month the 26-year-old will look to leave in January. 

    It’s also claimed the Red Devils would prefer to sell West Ham target Lingard in next month’s transfer window, rather than lose him for free later.

    But the Manchester Evening News say the England midfielder is keen to stay until his contract ends in the summer.

    Interim boss Ralf Rangnick has promised to give fringe players like midfielders Lingard and Donny van de Beek more chances.

    And it’s also in the summer when Rangnick’s future will become clearer.

    Finally, Ajax chief Erik ten Hag – strongly tipped to be United’s next permanent manager – will reportedly be represented by Pep Guardiola’s BROTHER Pere.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OX SET TO BE PREM’S FOURTH-YOUNGEST KEEPER

    EXCLUSIVE: Matthew Cox is in line to become the youngest goalkeeper to play in the Premier League this season, writes PHIL CADDEN.

    SunSport understands the Brentford teenager, 18, was due to start against Manchester United with first-choice Alvaro Fernandez unavailable.

    But Tuesday’s game in West London was postponed due to an outbreak of Covid among Ralf Rangnick’s squad.

    Alvaro is unlikely to be able to return against Southampton on Saturday, allowing Cox to make his top-flight debut.

    Currently, the youngest Prem keeper this season has been 21-year-old Illan Meslier at Leeds.

    If Bees boss Thomas Frank does continue to put his faith in Cox at St Mary’s, he will also become the fourth youngest Prem keeper of all-time behind Neil Finn, Richard Wright and Scott Carson.

    Highly-rated Cox joined Brentford from Wimbledon last summer on a three-year contract.

    The teen stopper has also been capped by England at youth level.

    Current No1 David Raya is out until at least February with a knee injury.

    And Cox now has a chance to impress with No2 Fernandez also missing.

  • Ian Tuckey

    PREM CLUBS CANCEL XMAS PARTIES

    EXCLUSIVE: Premier League clubs have been cancelling their Christmas parties.

    The majority of them were due to be held last week with the exception of the teams playing European football.

    Instead, Prem players are generally going out in groups of three and four.

    In the EFL, some clubs have carried on staging their parties while others have scrapped them.

    Some players have lied to their clubs by insisting the parties have been scrapped — and carried on boozing in any case.

    Winter Wonderland in London’s Hyde Park is a favourite location.

    Charlton’s Ben Watson wins the award for the best fancy dress. He went as fellow redhead Steve Sidwell in full Chelsea kit.

    Another Addicks player dressed as Kim Jong-un.

  • Ian Tuckey

    BACK IN TRAINING TOMORROW

    After tonight’s match at Brentford was called off due to United’s Covid outbreak, the Red Devilswill reopen their training ground to the first team tomorrow and check all their players.

    SunSport understands that there are four players and some staff who were involved in the 1-0 win at Norwich City that tested positive for Covid on Sunday.

    They were sent home to self isolate and will not be able to return to Carrington until next Tuesday.

    The club will now decide as to whether to appeal to the Premier League to have Saturday’s home game against Brighton called off based on the new test results.

    If any more players are found to be positive then that game will be in jeopardy.

    Brighton themselves have had a small Covid outbreak in their camp which has also threatened their game against Wolves on Wednesday night.

    United had their game postponed after they appealed to the Premier League, claiming they had not been able to train properly and would only travel to Brentford on the day of the game.

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