11pm Man Utd news LIVE: £60m Chilwell transfer EXCLUSIVE, Sancho ‘agrees five-year United deal’, Dembele £54m wanted – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED continued their excellent form with a 3-0 win at Aston Villa after Bruno Fernandes won a controversial penalty.

And off the field things seem to be going their way too with claims Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho has 'agreed in principle' a five-year contract with the Red Devils worth an initial £140,000 a week.

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  • GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS

    Manchester United will battle it out with Chelsea for Ben Chilwell.

    SunSport can exclusively reveal that the Red Devils are making inroads in their bid for the £60million-rated defender.

    Meanwhile, Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir await Manchester United once the Red Devils bypass LASK in the Europa League last-16.

    A very tricky semi-final awaits the winners of that tie with Wolves, Sevilla and Roma on the same side of the draw to United.

    Should they see through their 5-0 lead over the Austrians, they will play their quarter-final on August 10, at 8pm in RheinEnergieStadion.

    Istanbul lead Copenhagen 1-0 after their first leg.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacted to the draw by focusing on the second leg with LASK, due to be played on August 5 at Old Trafford.

    The boss told his club’s website: “Well, I don’t want to look too far because I just think we should focus on the next game.

    “We’re in a position now where we’re just focusing on the league but of course, when you look at the ties that can come.

    “We could play Wolves, we could meet Ashley [Young] and Romelu [Lukaku, both of Inter Milan] so there’s definitely games to be looking forward to and we just have to keep on our run.

    “Hopefully we can go through to the quarter-finals but again, as we said, it’s about finishing off the LASK tie first.”

    Elsewhere, Gary Neville has claimed that Premier League VAR officials are “frightened” to overrule decisions made by the on-site referee.

    He tweeted: “On VAR. Send the Ref to the screens for goodness sake! The 'we know better' than Europe way is failing badly. The officials off-site are frightened to death to overrule on-site colleagues.”

    Manchester United made the most of what was, in all respects, a very lucky penalty decision last night as Bruno Fernandes clattered into Ezri Konza and was awarded a spot-kick – that VAR agreed with.

    The league has since admitted the outcome should have been no penalty.

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Manchester United will battle it out with Chelsea and Man City for £60million Ben Chilwell.

    The Leicester left-back has emerged as a major transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer as the Red Devils boss builds a side to challenge for the title next season.

    And the move will cast doubt over the future of Chilwell’s England team-mate Luke Shaw.

    Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was convinced he had Chilwell lined up as part of his spending spree that has seen £80m pair Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech arrive.

  • LECH IT GO

    Kelechi Iheanacho believes the race for European football is wide open despite Manchester United’s resurgence.

    The Red Devils sit just a point behind the striker’s Leicester team after differing restarts.

    Next up for the Foxes is a trip to Bournemouth on Sunday night before United face Southampton.

    Iheanacho told Sky Sports: “The race is on. Anyone can get into the top four, anyone can get into the top six.”

    “Bruno [Fernandes] is a top player. They've got Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba back in the team now.

    “They're flying. But that's not what we need to worry about. We just need to focus on our games.”

  • SOR-LY NOT?

    Alexander Sorloth, Crystal Palace flop on loan at Trabzonspor, is a very wanted man – apparently.

    Turkish outlet Fanatik name a whole host of top clubs who they reckon are chasing the centre-forward.

    Napoli, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Lille, Chelsea and Juventus are all said to be monitoring Sorloth after he bagged 29 goals and 9 assists in 44 games this season.

  • CATCH-UP

    A potential Europa League quarter-final tie with Istanbul Basaksehir would be of great interest to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Turkish league leaders would be next up for United if both teams qualify from their last-16 ties, with Istanbul facing Copenhagen.

    For Solskjaer, such a match-up would have a personal element.

    He told the club website: “It’s exciting for me because if it’s Istanbul then they’ve got an ex-player of mine, Fredrik Gulbrandsen that I managed at Molde for a few years.

    “I’ve seen them coming through lately and they’re improving as a team and obviously Copenhagen is managed by my mate Stale Solbakken, so that’s exciting.”

  • LEARN FROM THE BEST

    Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is excited to face Manchester United on Monday night.

    The Saints travel to Old Trafford with Hasenhuttl seeing the clash as a chance to educate his young side.

    He said: “[United] have at the moment an unbelievable run and this is exactly what we like the most.

    “Because then we can see how good we are and we can go into this challenge and be competitive against such an opponent.

    “This is exactly the challenge we need. If we want to get better, we need challenges against such teams. We can learn a lot.”

  • NOT THE ANT-IDOTE

    Jamie Carragher has doubted Anthony Martial’s ability to lead Manchester United to a Premier League title.

    Many have been impressed with the Frenchman’s move to playing down the middle this season but the Liverpool legend sees him as the weak link in comparison to the champions’ frontline.

    He wrote in the Telegraph: “Liverpool possess an attacking trio that is difficult to improve. Can we say the same of United?

    “I think they need another world-class player at the top end of the pitch.

    “Martial’s goal record has improved but I am yet to be convinced he is the man to fire them to a title challenge.”

  • REUNION

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would look forward to a meeting with Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku if Manchester United face Inter Milan in the Europa League.

    The Nerazzurri are not on United’s side of the draw, made earlier today, so a meeting would take place in the final.

    And the boss told his club’s website: “Well, I don’t want to look too far because I just think we should focus on the next game.

    “We’re in a position now where we’re just focusing on the league but of course, when you look at the ties that can come.

    “We could play Wolves, we could meet Ashley [Young] and Romelu [Lukaku] so there’s definitely games to be looking forward to and we just have to keep on our run.

    “Hopefully we can go through to the quarter-finals but again, as we said, it’s about finishing off the LASK tie first.”

  • RUN OF THE PHIL

    West Ham boss David Moyes does NOT want to sign Phil Jones this summer.

    That is according to Football Insider, who believe the Scot is against signing Jones as his wage demands exceed the Hammers’ scope for the summer market.

    There are also questions over Jones’ desire to reignite his career after going off the boil in Manchester.

    And Moyes is said to want players with an upward trajectory in their career, rather than those perceived to be heading down from bigger clubs.

  • THE DEVILS YOU KNOW

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be interested in signing a trio of new players this summer.

    It's claimed that the Red Devils will go after a winger, striker and centre-back… and United fans should be salivating at the prospect.

    With the likes of Jadon Sancho, Kalidou Koulibaly and Raul Jimenez all having been linked, United could look like real title contenders next season.

    But with existing stars Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, to name just a few, looking the part already – how could Solskjaer fit all of his star names into the team?

    SunSport tactics guru Etienne Fermie sends in his best setup for the United’s 2020/21 edition.

  • VARCICAL

    Gary Neville has claimed that Premier League VAR officials are “frightened” to overrule decisions made by the on-site referee.

    In most leagues implementing video technology, it is customary for the on-field official to consult a pitch-side monitor for big decisions.

    He tweeted: “On VAR. Send the Ref to the screens for goodness sake!

    “The 'we know better' than Europe way is failing badly. The officials off-site are frightened to death to overrule on-site colleagues.”

    Manchester United made the most of what was, in all respects, a very lucky penalty decision last night as Bruno Fernandes clattered into Ezri Konza and was awarded a spot-kick – that VAR agreed with.

  • BREAKING

    Manchester United, Chelsea, Leicester, Sheffield United, Wolves and Arsenal will all be united in watching the news ticker on Monday.

    That is because the Court of Arbitration for Sport will be announcing their decision of Manchester City’s appeal of their two-year suspension from the Champions League.

    The Citizens deny any wrongdoing after Uefa punished the club for Financial Fair Play breaches.

    And, should they lose their appeal, fifth place will suddenly be good enough to reach next season’s Champions League…

  • EXCLUSIVE

    Bad news for Manchester United in their pursuit of Kalidou Koulibaly, courtesy of SunSport’s Daniel Cutts…

    Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi and Oleksandr Zinchenko could be used in a sensational swap deal with Napoli for Kalidou Koulibaly.

    The City defenders have been bit-part players in Pep Guardiola’s starting XI at times this campaign as their title challenge faltered.

    The former Premier League champions are interested in bringing in a centre-back, and scouts have kept an eye on the 29-year-old Senegal ace.

    It is understood Napoli have already been in contact with City over the availability of both Otamendi and Zinchenko.

    And that could pave the way for them to be used as part of a £65million-plus swoop for Koulibaly, regarded as one of the best defenders in Europe.

  • CALLING THE FEDS

    Newcastle United are set to rival Manchester United for Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa, according to reports.

    The 22-year-old has impressed at the Serie A giants since breaking into their first team back in 2016.

    His impressive performances have earned him a regular place in Roberto Mancini's Italy squad – as well as admiring glances from Old Trafford.

    But according to La Nazione, Newcastle are considering a club-record £53.7million move for La Viola's No25.

    The move, however, is likely to hinge on whether the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund's controversial £300m takeover from Mike Ashley is ratified by the Premier League.

  • OPEN THE GATES

    Gareth Southgate will be keeping tabs on Mason Greenwood, Phil Foden and Bukayo Saka in the FA Cup semi-finals when he attends his first matches since lockdown.

    The England boss has been given the all clear by the FA to attend the semi-final clashes between Manchester United and Chelsea, and Man City and Arsenal.

    Southgate has been watching his England aces from the comfort of his North Yorkshire home.

    But according to The Daily Mail, he is set to venture to Wembley next weekend to evaluate the players up close, as preparations heat up for September's UEFA Nations League games Iceland and Denmark.

  • BOOK 'EM IN

    Manchester United are the red-hot favourites to win this year's Europa League.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are 2/1 to secure the silverware after their route to the final was revealed.

    Ladbrokes have ranked Bayer Leverkusen as the second most likely team to win at 13/2 odds.

    Meanwhile, Wolves are in third with 13/1 ahead of their second leg against Olympiacos.

    Italian giants Inter Milan are ranked at 6/1 while Sevilla could be worth a pop at 8/1.

  • COUT OF ORDER

    Barcelona are reportedly confident that Philippe Coutinho will make a return to England this summer.

    Catalan outlet Esport3 claim that the Brazilian's agent Kia Joorabchian is working on a Premier League transfer amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham, while Man Utd and Chelsea have also been linked.

    The report adds that Bayern Munich, who had Coutinho on loan this term, have not yet been ruled out as a permanent option.

    The 28-year-old, who pockets around £240,000-a-week, has already agreed a reported 50 per cent pay cut to stay at the Bavarians until August.

    The Bundesliga champions still have the option of landing the playmaker on a permanent deal for £108million at the end of the season.

    But with Bayern likely to turn their attentions elsewhere, Coutinho has been linked with a move back to the Premier League.

  • IRN BRU

  • LOOK OUS TALKING

    Arsenal and Man Utd target Ousmane Dembele is reportedly available for £53.7million.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are keen to get him off their books.

    It has been stated that the Red Devils have identified the French winger as an alternative to Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho.

    He is seen as a cheaper option, but there remains concerns over his fitness.

  • SEEING RED

    Man Utd legend Roy Keane launched a brutal assessment of Tottenham following their 0-0 draw against Bournemouth.

    The Sky Sports pundit accused Jose Mourinho's side for constantly disappointing after they dropped points to the relegation-threatened hosts.

    Keane told Sky Sports: “Tottenham were poor tonight. Bournemouth showed a bit more fight.

    “They went to Sheffield [United], didn’t show any fight, made changes at half time.

    “That’s in Tottenham’s DNA, they will constantly disappoint you. The table doesn’t lie, ninth, that’s where they deserve to be.”

  • TOP SPOT

    Man Utd equalled a Premier League record following Bruno Fernandes' controversial penalty against Aston Villa.

    The Portuguese midfielder swept home a first-half spot-kick after he was deemed to have been brought down by Ezri Konsa.

    The penalty was United's 13th of the season – equalling the Premier League record for spot-kicks awarded in a single campaign.

    The Red Devils have now drawn level with the Crystal Palace team of 2004/05 and Leicester City's title-winning side from 2015/16.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men still have four matches remaining this season to break the record.

  • TURKISH DELIGHT

    Man Utd are set to face either Istanbul Basaksehir or Copenhagen in the Europa League quarter-finals.

    And shuld they progress into the last four, they could be up against fellow Premier League outfit Wolves.

    However they could still face Olympiakos, Roma or Sevilla in the last four.

  • A HELPING HAND

    The Premier League will introduce a new, amended handball rule next season – which would have seen some high-profile disallowed goals this term stand.

    Recent efforts from Harry Kane and Riyad Mahrez are among those to have been chalked off by VAR this season.

    Both were disallowed because of the ball striking an arm in the build-up – but the International Football Association Board (IFAB) have agreed to relax the handball law next term.

    Currently, if the ball has struck an arm in the lead-up to a goal, it is to be disallowed by the on-field referee.

    But next time out, goals will only be ruled out if the handball occurs “immediately” before the effort goes in.

    This wording suggests that the essence of the rule is that a player cannot score directly with their arm – with intent inconsequetial.

    Under the new law, Kane's effort against Sheffield United and Mahrez's late fifth against Liverpool would have been allowed to stand.

  • LEVY IT WITH ME

    Former Man Utd target Eric Dier has demanded Spurs double his £60,000-a-week pay packet in order to stay at the club, according to reports.

    The England defender is ready to hold showdown talks with Tottenham chiefs as he approaches the final year of his contract.

    Dier, 26, wants to stay at the club having forged a working relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

    Mourinho is also keen on Dier staying having become an important figure in the Portuguese's plans moving forward.

    But the Daily Mail report how Dier has stunned Spurs chief Daniel Levy by asking for a new pay packet in the region of £120,000-a-week.

  • UNITED FRONT

    Manchester United are set to learn who they will face in the Europa League quarter-final and semi-final imminently.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men already have one foot in the last eight of the competition thanks to their 5-0 Round of 16 first leg win away at LASK.

    Wolves are also in the pot, but they must get past Olympiacos after they were held to a 1-1 draw in Greece.

    Rangers are another British side looking to see their fate, but they look destined to crash out before the quarter-finals.

    Steven Gerrard's men lost 3-1 to Bayern Leverkusen at Ibrox as the Bundesliga outfit proved too strong for the Scottish side.

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