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MANCHESTER UNITED are set to join the race to sign Robert Lewandowski, SunSport can reveal.

But United will only pursue a deal seriously if Lewandowski's move to Barcelona falls though.

United are also reportedly 'favourites' to sign Real Madrid's Marco Asensio this summer.

Meanwhile, the club have received a boost in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.

It is claimed that the Dutchman has given the club "private assurances" he is keen to join.

The main stumbling block to a move is said to be Barcelona demanding a £68m fee.

And De Jong may not be the only midfielder incoming, with United reportedly ready to pursue their "long held" interest in Christian Eriksen now he is available on a free transfer.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United monitor wonderkid

    Man United Liverpool, Leicester and Everton are among the Premier League clubs monitoring Udinese wonderkid Simone Pafundi, DAN KING WRITES.

    The diminutive attacking midfielder became the first player born in 2006 to play in Serie A when he made his senior debut last month.

    Pafundi, 16, was also called up by Italy boss Roberto Mancini to join the country’s best young talent at a training camp with the senior team.

    Brexit means British clubs cannot swoop for Pafundi – or other top youngsters from Europe – until they are 18.

  • Matt Penn

    Good morning Man Utd fans

    Man Utd will join the race for Robert Lewandowski – if his dream move to Barcelona falls flat.
    Lewandowski has his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp, and the striker wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer despite still having a year on his contract.
    Yet unless Barca can shift some of their high earners, the Polish skipper’s chances of signing look doomed, even though the fee would be a maximum of £20million.
    United are keeping a close eye on the situation, and there is growing talk of a similar deal to the one which took Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford last year.
    Forgotten keeper Tom Heaton is a shock target for Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder.
    Wilder wants a new No 1 and is keen to take Heaton, 36, on loan if United will let him go rather than make him stay at Old Trafford as cover.
    The former Aston Villa and Burnley stopper would welcome game time and a challenge after falling to third choice.
    Cristiano Ronaldo’s rape lawsuit has been dismissed.
    The striker, 37, had been harmed by accuser Kathryn Mayorga’s lawyer, a US judge ruled.
    The footballer had been accused of raping the woman in Las Vegas, US, in 2009.
    He paid her $375,000 (£304,500) in hush money but the lawsuit sought a further payout, which could have been millions.
    US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey kicked the case out of court with no option to file it again over the way the documents were obtained.

  • Jon Boon

    Diallo set for another loan

    Promising youngster Amad Diallo is set for another loan away from Old Trafford.

    The £37.2million signing spent from January onwards in Scotland at Rangers, where he managed three goals in 13 games.

    And it appears, if reports are to be believed, he will be sent out again.

    The United Journal claims he has been in talks with Erik ten Hag about his playing time, with nothing yet to be decided.

  • Jon Boon

    Heaton targeted by Boro

    Man Utd forgotten keeper Tom Heaton is a shock target for Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder.

    Wilder wants a new No 1 and is keen to take Heaton, 36, on loan if United will let him go rather than make him stay at Old Trafford as cover.

    The former Aston Villa and Burnley stopper would welcome game time and a challenge after falling to third choice.

    Wilder had been dreaming of a reunion with United’s Dean Henderson after they spent two successful seasons together at Sheffield United between 2018-2020.

    But Hendo is still holding out for a Premier League move — either as a loan or a buy.

    Championship side Boro were prepared to pay £40,000 a week towards Henderson’s salary but United wanted more.

  • Jon Boon

    Dumfries battle on

    Man Utd and Chelsea are locked in a battle for Denzel Dumfries.

    Inter Milan are reportedly willing to listen to offers for the Dutch right-back this summer.

    United are in the market for a new full-back, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka reportedly listed for transfer.

    While Chelsea have lost defenders including Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and are swearing on the futures of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso.

  • Jon Boon

    Utd need four signings

    Man Utd legend Gary Neville has identified FOUR key positions manager Erik ten Hag can improve this summer.

    Neville says United need to first their midfield before turning their attention towards bolstering their attacking ranks and then defence.

     Neville told United's website: "Central midfield is an absolute necessity. An absolute necessity.

    "Manchester United need midfield players. They also need a centre-forward.

    "I know Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to stay and he's an absolutely brilliant performer, but they need a centre-forward. Centre-forward is a must."

    Neville continued: "I think there'll need to be a wide player, just to beef up the squad, and I think full-backs are absolutely critical in the modern game.

    "[There are] four full-backs there, it'll be interesting to see which two, three or four of those are liked."

  • Jon Boon

    Antony move on

    Man Utd are desperately trying to sign Ajax winger Antony.

    Erik ten Hag coached the Brazilian when he was coach of the Amsterdam giants.

    He scored 12 goals and 10 assists during the campaign.

    And Goal claim that United are going to firm up their interest with a bid for the wideman in the region of £51million.

  • Jon Boon

    Lewandowski chase

    Man Utd will join the race for Robert Lewandowski – if his dream move to Barcelona falls flat.

    Lewandowski has his heart set on a move to the Nou Camp, and the striker wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer despite still having a year on his contract.

    Yet unless Barca can shift some of their high earners, the Polish skipper's chances of signing look doomed, even though the fee would be a maximum of £20million.

    United are keeping a close eye on the situation, and there is growing talk of a similar deal to the one which took Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford last year.

    Lewandowski, 33, is four years younger and is still at the peak of his goalscoring powers, with a staggering 57 in 55 games last season.

  • Jon Boon

    Ronaldo cleared

    Cristiano Ronaldo's rape lawsuit has been dismissed.

    The Manchester United striker, 37, had been harmed by accuser Kathryn Mayorga's lawyer, a US judge ruled.

    The footballer had been accused of raping the woman in Las Vegas, US, in 2009.

    He paid her $375,000 (£304,500) in hush money but the lawsuit sought a further payout, which could have been millions.

    US District Judge Jennifer Dorsey kicked the case out of court with no option to file it again over the way the documents were obtained.

    Judge Dorsey said the "harsh sanctions are merited".

  • Jon Boon

    Phelan leaving

    Mike Phelan is set to depart Manchester United's coaching staff this summer, according to reports.

    The 59-year-old has had numerous spells in various capacities at Old Trafford, most recently re-joining as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's assistant in 2019.

    Following the Norwegian's sacking last year, Phelan remained on Ralf Rangnick's staff, albeit in a less hands on capacity.

    But according to The Athletic, he will not remain under Erik ten Hag.

    The Dutchman will be assisted by Mitchell van der Gaag, while another of Sir Alex Ferguson's former No2s Steve McClaren will return as first team coach.

  • Jon Boon

    De Jong move 'close'

    Man Utd are closing in on Barcelona ace Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are determined to reunite the former Ajax ace with his old boss Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.

    United have already had a £60million bid turned down for the Dutch midfielder.

    But Barcelona could opt to sell to raise money for other targets.

    According to Spanish paper Sport, Barca want around £70m for the 25-year-old's services.

    The midfielder was previously thought to be determined to stay and fight for his place at Barca.

    But United writer Tom McDermott also claims that he has agreed terms after talks with Ten Hag and United old boy Daley Blind.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United handed transfer boost

    Man United have recieved a huge boost in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong.

    Barcelona president Joan Laporta has admitted that the club are willing to sell big stars if needed to help their transfer situation.

    He said: "If our economic situation requires the sale of an important player, we are ready for that."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United plot Inter swoop

    Man United are reportedly plotting a raid for Inter Milan defensive pair Stefan De Vrij and Alessandro Bastoni.

    United have asked Inter Sporting Director Piero Ausilio about the availability of the two stars, according to Gazzetta dello sport.

    But the Red Devils' interest hasn't materialised into a solid transfer bid for either of them yet, the report adds.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Nunez Liverpool transfer nears completion

    Liverpool target Darwin Nunez is reportedly set to miss Uruguay’s fixture tonight in order to get his move over the line.

    The striker has been on Liverpool’s radar for a number of weeks, with them stepping up their interest in recent days over a deal that could be worth as much as £80million.

    Now Uruguayan publication El Pais have reported the national team are aware of the situation, confirming Nunez will not be present for the match on Saturday.

    Uruguay are getting ready to host Panama in an international friendly.

    However the Benfica striker will not be present, as the Reds look to get the big-money move completed.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Pogba stalls on future

    Paul Pogba is waiting to see if Zinedine Zidane becomes PSG's manager before deciding on his future.

    Pogba is reportedly on the brink of joining Juventus after leaving Man United on a free transfer.

    But the Frenchman is said to be stalling as reports claim Zidane is set to replace Mauricio Pochettino as the Ligue 1 side's boss, according to RMC sport.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neville on Ten Hag

    But Gary Neville isn't sure what Erik ten Hag what needs to get the job done at United.

    That's because Ten Hag hasn't yet made it clear what his plans are for the squad.

    Neville added: "I think, to be honest with you, I don’t know which area needs strengthening fully until we know which players the new manager likes."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United transfers discussed

    Man United need to sign central midfielders and a striker to support Cristiano Ronaldo, according to Gary Neville.

    He told United's media: "

    "We know the areas they absolutely need to actually strengthen.

    "Central midfield is an absolute necessity. An absolute necessity. Manchester United need midfield players.

    “They also need a centre-forward. I know Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to stay and he’s an absolutely brilliant performer, but they need a centre-forward. Centre-forward is a must.

    “I think there’ll need to be a wide player, just to beef up the squad, and I think full-backs are absolutely critical in the modern game.

    “[There are] four full-backs there, it’ll be interesting to see which two, three or four of those are liked.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United starlet contract offer

    Man United are set to hand starlet Alejandro Garnacho a new contract.

    The Red Devils view him as a huge talent for the future.

    And they plan to tie him down with a five-year contract, according to Fabrizio Romano.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Arsenal given transfer tip

    Arsenal have been urged to make a swoop for Manchester United target Christopher Nkunku by Darren Bent.

    Bent told talkSPORT: “And Christopher Nkunku. [He would cost] a lot. There’s talk about him going back to Paris Saint-Germain.

    ‘”But I’d love him. I think he fits the bill, he can play centre-forward, he can play off the left, he can play off the right.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    Pogba 'set for Juve return'

    Paul Pogba is on the verge of sealing a return to Juventus in a deal worth £68m, reports claim.

    The Frenchman will head to Turin for four years and net £8.5m every season which will include £6.8m in bonuses, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

    And the bulk of the transfer fee will be compiled of Pogba's contract, agent fees, signing-on fees, plus bonuses.

  • Justin Lawrence

    De Jong gets transfer advice

    Frenkie de Jong has been urged to join Man United by Dutch compatriot Rafael van der Vaart.

    He told Ziggo Sport: “If I were Frenkie, I would go to Manchester United.

    “It would, of course, be the most ideal. There you have a coach who knows exactly what you can and can’t do.

    “There are players at Barça who can do the same and maybe be better than him or have performed more.

    “As long as those others are also out there, he is out of place at Barcelona. At United he could play more like with the Dutch team. There he is the only one of his kind.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    De Jong favoured shirt number available

    Man United will give Frenkie de Jong his preferred shirt number if he moves to the club, reports claim.

    De Jong has an affinity to the No.21 shirt due to sentimental reasons.

    And the shirt has become available after its previous wearer Edinson Cavani's exit from United was confirmed.

    Cavani's departure means there will be no objection to De Jong bearing his favoured digits on his back, the Evening Standard reported.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Anthony to 'join' Man United

    Ajax winger Anthony is set to follow Erik ten Hag from the Dutch club to Man United, reports claim.

    United and Ajax are close to agreeing a £51m transfer fee for the Brazilian, according to Goal.

    And the player's representatives have jetted to Manchester to get the deal completed, the report states.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Neves on Barcelona’s wishlist

    Barcelona have reportedly placed Ruben Neves at the top of their transfer wishlist this summer.

    The Catalan giants are pre-empting a move for Neves in the coming weeks, according to Sport.

    Barca have also informed Neves’ agent Jorge Mendes of their plans to swoon on the player who Man United have been tracking.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United clearout underway

    Man United have announced that ELEVEN players will leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of this month.

    Edinson Cavani and Lee Grant join Jesse Lingard, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic, who were already confirmed to be leaving.

    The Red Devils have also announced that FIVE academy players are also set to depart.

    D’Mani Mellor, Reece Devine and Connor Stanley have already found new clubs.

    Paul McShane will continue his coaching role with the club's Professional Development Phase after calling time on his playing career.

    Meanwhile, Paul Woolston has been forced to retire due to a serious hip injury.

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