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Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo ‘asks for Real Madrid return’, Van de Beek to Palace, Guimaraes battle

The US Sun
The US Sun
 2022-01-26

ANTHONY MARTIAL has joined Sevilla on loan.

And according to some reports, Cristiano Ronaldo would like to join him in Spain.

Press in the country claim that Ronaldo has asked Jorge Mendes to speak to Florentino Perez about a possible return to Real Madrid.

Meanwhile Crystal Palace are said to be keen on taking Donny van de Beek on loan.

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Ronaldo wants Real return

Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has instructed agent Jorge Mendes to engineer his return to Real Madrid.

According to Nacional, Ronaldo isn't happy at United who he doubts will secure a top-four finish this season.

And the possibility of not playing Champions League football next term has exacerbated the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's desire to leave Old Trafford.

It has also been alleged that the forward misses Madrid and wants Mendes to convey his desire to return to Los Blancos to the club's president Florentino Perez.

Real fans are said to have no problems with the Portugal captain coming back to the club and will ecstatically welcome him with open arms

Good morning Man United fans

Manchester United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo is interested in a return to his old club Real Madrid.

An El Nacional report says the Portugal forward has asked his agent Jorge Mendes to find him another club.

It adds: "He longs for his days in the capital of Spain, and they have proposed his signing to Florentino Perez .

"There is no doubt that the fans would be delighted to see Ronaldo wearing white again."

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace want to take United outcast Donny van de Beek on loan, according to Sky Sports.

The Dutch midfielder is still not getting game time under United's caretaker gaffer Ralf Rangnick and was also surplus to requirements for former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

And the Red Devils are tracking Lyon's £21.5million-rated midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.

Apparently Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Spurs are also interested in the Brazil star.

But the Manchester giants will face competition from Spurs and Liverpool for the signature of Porto star Luis Diaz.

SunSport has exclusively revealed that United plan to hijack Liverpool’s move, with Tottenham also now joining the race for his signature.

But Anthony Martial's torment at Old Trafford looks like it is coming to an end.

His loan move from Manchester United to Sevilla was nearing completion last night.

The 26-year-old was pictured arriving in France, sporting a facemask with the Sevilla club badge on, ahead of the move.

The Ligue 1 side are reportedly paying a loan fee of around £6million but there is no option or obligation to make the transfer permanent in the summer.

Gerrard’s reply to Neville advance

A new Sky Sports Transfer Special show features Gary Neville talking about how he tried to convince Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to move to Manchester United.

Back when they were not a football pundit and Aston Villa’s manager, of course.

Apparently the short conversation took place while they were on England duty together.

Neville said: “”To be fair, Stevie’s answer was, ‘My family and me would never be able to go back to Liverpool ever again.’

“It was a very short conversation. He was very loyal to Liverpool fans.”

Rashford comment on Wiley photo

Marcus Rashford has been criticised for posing for a photo with controversial rapper Wiley.

Manchester United forward Rashford and team-mate Jesse Lingard were pictured in Dubai with the star, who was banned from Twitter last year for anti-Semitism.

Rashord tweeted: "I would like to reinforce that I do not and will not condone discriminative language or behaviour of any kind aimed at the Jewish community or any other community."

Ronaldo 'wants Real Madrid return'

El Nacional says Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo is interested in a return to his former club Real Madrid.

Their report says the Portugal forward has asked his agent Jorge Mendes to find him another club.

It adds: "He longs for his days in the capital of Spain, and they have proposed his signing Florentino Perez .

"There is no doubt that the fans would be delighted to see Ronaldo wearing white again."

Could Martial return to United?

Anthony Martial's loan move from Manchester United to Sevilla looks all but done.

The 26-year-old was pictured arriving in France, sporting a facemask with the Sevilla club badge on, ahead of the move.

The Ligue 1 side are reportedly paying a loan fee of around £6million but there is no option or obligation to make the transfer permanent in the summer.

So if the forward does well in his homeland could the next permanent Red Devils boss want him back?

Did Zlat end Martial's hopes?

SunSports' Martin Blackburn has written a nice piece on how the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Old Trafford in 2016 had a damaging effect on Anthony Martial's Manchester United career.

Blackburn explains how former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho made it very clear he wanted rid of the French striker during a pre season trip to the States in 2018.

You can read the full piece by clicking here.

  • United in battle for Diaz
  • Manchester United face competition from Spurs and Liverpool for the signature of Porto star Luis Diaz.
  • SunSport has exclusively revealed United plan to hijack Liverpool's move, with Tottenham also now joining the race for his signature.
  • Eagles in swoop for Donny?
  • Crystal Palace want to take Manchester United outcast Donny van de Beek on loan, according to Sky Sports.
  • The Dutch midfielder is still not getting game time under United's caretaker gaffer Ralf Rangnick and was also surplus to requirements for former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. But then you knew that already, right?

Another Bruno for United?

Manchester United are tracking Lyon's £21.5million-rated midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to Sky Sports.

And apparently Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal and Spurs are also interested in the Brazil star.

Man Don the move?

Crystal Palace and Valencia are interested in signing Man United outcast Donny van de Beek on loan, according to reports.

The Dutchman is once again out of favour at Old Trafford and has played just seven minutes of Premier League football since Ralf Rangnick's arrival.

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Donny van de Beek has been linked with Crystal Palace

Club chiefs remain desperate to see their £39million signing come good in a United shirt.

But Van de Beek himself is desperate for regular game time.

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Palace and Valencia have both asked to take the attacking midfielder on loan for the remainder of the season.

Despite having hardly picked him, Rangnick is reportedly 'reluctant' to let Van de Beek go this month.

However Palace will 'push' to get a deal over the line.

And Van de Beek is just eager to play.

Martial law

Anthony Martial has landed in Spain to finalise his loan move to Sevilla.

The Man United striker, 26, has been keen to leave Old Trafford since holding talks with boss Ralf Rangnick about his future earlier this month.

And according to the Daily Mail, Sevilla have offered United the £5million loan fee they're looking for.

Martial has also accepted a wage cut to ensure the move happens.

The Frenchman is now in Seville and will now undergo a medical to complete the loan move.

But his stay on the continent is set to be temporary - there is currently no option for Sevilla to sign him permanently.

Ron's role in United transfer

Brazilian twins Rafael and Fabio da Silva have revealed that Ronaldo played a big part in them joining Man United back in 2007.

Rafael told the United podcast: "He called my phone, and I'll never forget that.

“My phone had all the zeros [on the screen, to indicate an international call] and I was saying ‘Who is this? I've never received a call like this.’ I answered, and I knew him because I'd trained with him before.

“He just said: ‘Ah, [Portuguese greeting]!’ I ran to my bus saying: ‘It's Ronaldo, it's Ronaldo! He's calling us to speak!’

“He just said: ‘It's raining here, it's raining here in Manchester, like you know.’ He said: ‘I call to say to you guys: sign for Manchester United. I know you are going to like it,’ et cetera.

“I could not believe [it]. It was amazing.”

Cantona wishes he kicked fan harder

Man United legend Eric Cantona has no regrets over fly-kicking a fan which resulted in him being banned for nine months in 1995.

In fact, the French icon wishes he had kicked the supporter even HARDER.

While speaking about the incident on the 'United Way' film, Cantona revealed: "I have been insulted thousands of times and have never reacted, but sometimes you are fragile.

"I have one regret, I would have loved to have kicked him even harder. I was banned for nine months. They wanted me to be an example."

Palace want De Beek

Crystal Palace are eager to sign Man United outcast Donny van de Beek on loan.

The Eagles have approached United to see if they can do business for the Dutch ace, according to Fabrizio Romano.

However, Romano also states that De Beek is also wanted by Valencia on loan.

However, both Palace and the La Liga side look set to face disappointment as United aren't willing to let De Beek leave this season, Romano also claims.

Ronaldo desires Madrid return

Cristiano Ronaldo has instructed agent Jorge Mendes to engineer his return to Real Madrid, reports suggest.

Ronaldo isn't happy at United who he doubts will secure a top-four finish this season, according to Nacional.

And the possibility of not playing Champions League football has exacerbated Ronaldo's desire to leave Old Trafford, Nacional claim.

Nacional also allege that the Portuguese superstar misses Madrid and wants Mendes to convey his desire to return to Los Blancos to the club's president Florentino Perez.

Real fans are said to have no problems with Ronaldo coming back to the club and will ecstatically welcome him with open arms.

Liverpool dealt Diaz blow

Liverpool’s chances of signing Porto star Luis Diaz this month have taken a massive blow.

And Manchester United may now steal a chase – alongside some of Europe’s biggest sides.

Diaz, 24, has a release clause of £67m yet Liverpool were confident they could lure him away for significantly less.

But SunSport understands that following Porto’s decision to let two key players leave the club already this month, they will not budge unless the release clause is met.

Yet Liverpool are unwilling to take that risk this month, and would rather wait until the summer to assess their options before splashing out on Diaz.

However, their decision to wait could be their downfall with rivals Man United keeping a close eye on one of Europe’s biggest talents.

Bailly wanted by AC Milan

AC Milan have reportedly set their sights on Man United defender Eric Bailly.

However, transfer negotiations between United and Milan have hit a brick wall as the Red Devils want the Serie A side to pay Bailly's wages, according to Foot Mercato.

But the Italian giants are reluctant to do so, leaving any potential transfer hanging in the balance unless the squabbling parties can come to an agreement before next week's transfer window deadline.

Prem stars recruit ex-SAS soldiers

Prem footballers are hiring former SAS soldiers to protect their families at home while they play, according to reports.

And clubs in the North-West have created a discussion group to share information amid organised crime fears.

A spate of attacks on footballers' homes have rocked the region in recent weeks with Victor Lindelof and Joao Cancelo targeted.

Now athletes are responding by paying specialists to provide security 'presence' - including ex-military personnel as well as private external firms and club security staff.

An official told the Daily Mail: "It's not a new issue.

"But it is something that has intensified recently.

"A lot more of the players are bringing in trained dogs but in some cases they want a physical, human presence in the house and so they are turning to a lot of firms who use guys who are ex-special forces."

Winter break

Following a busy Christmas, Premier League clubs are finally getting a break from stresses of competitive football.

Not only was the festive period jam-packed, but clubs suffered Covid-19 outbreaks, with teams being stretched beyond their limits.

Players are becoming more worn and tired, while managers continue to utilise their squads in the best way they can.

But now Premier League sides can rest easy, as they embark on a mini break to recuperate ahead of the rest of the season.

The only losers in this situation are the fans, who are already counting the days down for football's return.

Forlan predicts Pellistri United success

Man United legend Diego Forlan has backed fellow Uruguayan Facundo Pellistri to succeed when he returns to Old Trafford from his loan spell with Alaves.

Forlan said to club media: "I think he’s adapting really well. When they [United] talked to me about him, I told them everything – he has great potential as a player, good skills, is quick but still young.

"You know it’s not easy to arrive at a great club like Manchester United.

I think being on loan at Alaves was good and now he had an opportunity to go back again.

It’s a good opportunity for him, he’s still growing a little bit. In the future, he can have the opportunity to play for the first team at Manchester United."

Moukoko potentially on the move

Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Youssoufa Moukoko could soon be on the move.

That’s according to his agent Patrick Williams, who states Moukoko may not extend his current Dortmund deal.

Moukoko is contracted to the German club until the summer of 2023 but with several clubs interested in the 17-year-old it is possible he might make a move.

Williams told Bild: “It’s not a foregone conclusion that Youssoufa will sign a contract extension with BVB.

“Of course, many clubs are interested in Youssoufa, that’s no secret.

“His contract expires in the summer of 2023, which is getting closer, and the top clubs have that on their minds.

“He hardly gets the playing time he needs at the current stage of his career at Dortmund. So of course we’re thinking about what’s best for the future.”

Several Premier League clubs including Man United have been linked with a possible move for Moukoko.

Man City ‘so close’ to Haaland transfer

Man City legend Shaun Goater claims the champions are ‘so close’ to signing Norwegian hotshot Erling Haaland.

The former Bermuda international, 51, has been back working as a youth coach at his old club since the autumn.

He is also an ex-City team-mate of Haaland’s dad, Alf-Inge – and the pair spent over three years together at Maine Road.

Pep Guardiola has Haaland Jr on his summer shopping list – although Real Madrid are currently believed to be in pole position to sign him.

However, Goater was asked on social media if he could help get the Borussia Dortmund striker to the Etihad.

And he replied on Twitter: “We are so close. I’m doing my best.”

Neville speaks on attempted Gerrard recruitment

Gary Neville has admitted that he tried to tempt Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to join Man United during their playing days.

Neville revealed that while the pair were on Englad duty, he would tell Gerrard to come and play for United when Liverpool were going through a rough patch in 2004.

But die-hard Red Gerrard was having none of it and told Neville he’d consider a switch to old Trafford if the United defender joined Liverpool.

Neville spoke about his tapping up Gerrard attempt on Monday Night Football last night where he said: “I went on a tapping-up mission at Euro 2004 when I knew Chelsea were trying to take advantage of Liverpool being in turmoil.

“‘Come play for United,’ I said one day to Steven when we were in the hotel. ‘The fans will take to you in no time.’ He just laughed, and said: ‘I’ll do it if you go to Anfield.'”

Sevilla won't pay Martial loan fee

Sevilla WON'T pay Man United £5million to sign Martial on loan, reports suggest.

Martial's switch to Sevilla seems to be nearing completion and it was claimed that the La Liga side would be paying United £5m to secure the loan transfer.

However, that will not be the case, according to Inside Futbol who claim Sevilla have no intention of departing with the sum - although they will pay the winger's wages for the remainder of the season.

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