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Tuesday, July 31
Squad number leaked!
Diogo Dalot’s Manchester United shirt number appears to have been leaked by goalkeeper Joel Pereira.
The defender is yet to feature for the Red Devils in pre-season so far having undergone knee surgery shortly after arriving at Old Trafford.
However, Dalot is expected to return to full fitness in September having just resumed training with his new club.
Fellow new signing Fred has revealed he will wear the No 17 shirt this term but there’s been no official confirmation about Dalot’s number.
But it seems shot-stopper Pereira has revealed Dalot will wear No 20.
In a snap uploaded to his Instagram story, Pereira showed Dalot wearing the No 20 shirt with the caption: “Soon on the pitch. Baller.”
Manchester United signed Lee Grant from Stoke for £1.5m
Lee Grant: Jose nothing but positive
Lee Grant insists Jose Mourinho has been nothing but ‘positive’ after their pre-season defeat to Liverpool.
Mourinho said in his post-match press conference that he wasn’t worried as he was without a number of his key players.
But goalkeeper Grant, one of three new arrivals at Old Trafford, says Mourinho has sent positive vibes throughout the United camp.
“What we’re getting from inside the camp has been nothing but positive,” Grant told Sky Sports. “He’s come in even after the Liverpool game and spoken very highly of what we’ve have given as a team and as a unit.
“The messages we are getting from the manager are positive ones and that is important for us going forward. His attitude and demeanour around the place is great and that is helpful for us especially when we are under-manned and we are working our hardest.”
Man Utd should not sign Harry Maguire, according to Raphael Honigstein
Harry Maguire warning
Jose Mourinho has been warned against signing Harry Maguire this summer by transfer expert Raphael Honigstein.
Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the Leicester star after he enjoyed an impressive World Cup for England.
Maguire has been priced up at around £70m by the Foxes.
But Honigstein has warned the Portuguese coach against signing Maguire this summer.
“A lot of money for someone who I don’t think looks comfortable on the ball,” he told ESPN FC. “Yes he can play but he’s not John Stones.
“You can say Jose might not want his centre-backs to be quite as much on the ball. But I think in today’s game it’s difficult if your guy with the ball doesn’t know how to play from the back.”
Manchester United defender Chris Smalling’s odds slashed to sign for Wolves
Chris Smalling to Wolves?!
Chris Smalling could be heading to newly promoted Wolves, according to the bookies.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his desire to bring in a new centre-back this summer.
The Red Devils are reportedly in talks with Leicester over a big-money move for Harry Maguire, which would likely see a defender leave Old Trafford.
And according to bookmakers Betfair, Smalling could be the one to be offloaded despite reports suggesting it would be Marcos Rojo.
Betfair have slashed Smalling’s odds to join Wolves from 33/1 to evens.
Chelsea and Man Utd have been rivalled by Real Madrid for Milinkovic-Savic’s signature
It’s a Savic blow…
Chelsea and Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is not for sale, according to Lazio president Claudio Lotito.
The Serb has been heavily linked with a move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs after an impressive season in Serie A.
Chelsea and Manchester United are two of the sides who have an expressed an interest in Milinkovic-Savic this summer.
But Lazio are not willing to sell their star man at any price before next month’s transfer deadline.
“I did not put on sale Milinkovic, as in all things, absurd offers will be evaluated, in the exclusive interest of the club,” Lotito told RMC Sport. “However, I have not ever perceived an emolument, unlike many other colleagues of mine.”
Charlie Adam rates Jurgen Klopp’s signings over Jose Mourinho’s
Done Deal: Ribalta leaves
Javier Ribalta has been confirmed as Zenit St Petersburg’s sporting director after a year as Manchester United’s chief scout.
The 37-year-old moved to Old Trafford last summer after impressing with his work during a five-year stint at Juventus.
Ribalta worked alongside chief scouts Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout at United, but he has now moved onto Russia to join giants Zenit.
“I’ve been working in football for many years and spent a long time at Juventus and have worked with other Italian clubs, Novara and Torino,” Ribalta said.
“I also spent last year at Manchester United, after many years at Juventus I decided to go there for a challenge. When this proposal from Zenit came I have no doubts, because Zenit is really a very big name and a very large club.”
Charlie Adam aims dig at Red Devils
Manchester United are nowhere near good enough to challenge for the Premier League title, says former Liverpool man Charlie Adam.
Asked on BBC Radio 5Live how many more new signings Mourinho needs, Adam replied: “Five, easily.
“They need a new left-back, a centre-half, a holding a midfielder. They need to get the best out of Alexis Sanchez somehow. Do they need to get another behind Romelu Lukaku?”
Adam was more positive about Liverpool’s prospects, especially with Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri arriving this summer.
“Liverpool are one or two players from the title,” Adam added. “Jurgen Klopp has added quality to the squad, I still think they could do with another centre-half.
“Alisson is going to be worth six to eight points over the season. It adds a total belief and confidence.”
Transfer News: Manchester United can make one last play for Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale update
Manchester United can make one last play for Gareth Bale.
That’s according to the Manchester Evening News, who suggest manager Jose Mourinho could use tonight’s pre-season clash to lure to Wales international to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils go head-to-head with Real Madrid in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the International Champions Cup.
The MEN refer to last summer’s meeting between these two sides when Mourinho cheekily said: “I can’t buy you because you do not talk up!”
It remains to be seen whether Mourinho will stoke the fire, but circumstances are different with Julen Lopetegui at the helm.
He’s expected to give Bale more first-team action after the departure of Gareth Bale.
Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho wants the club to back him in the transfer market
Negative Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho may be displaying a totally different outlook behind closed doors ahead of the new Premier League season, according to Sky Sports pundit Clinton Morrison.
The Portuguese coach has bemoaned missing a host of his players due to the World Cup and lambasted club officials for not backing him in the transfer market.
But Morrison believes the Manchester United boss may be fooling the media with his negative attitude this summer.
“He [Mourinho] might be so frustrated with the media but in the changing room he might be saying something totally different to his players,” he told Sky Sports News.
“As Lee Grant said, and I know Granty, he would be telling the truth, it looks like from the outside it is not a happy camp but from the inside it might be a very happy camp.
“He’s been very frustrated, Jose Mourinho. Over the last few years, it has gotten worse and worse. He looks like he hardly wants to speak to the media.”
Jose Mourinho would rather sign Colombia international Yerry Mina over Harry Maguire
Terry Mina or Harry Maguire?
Yahoo Sport claim Jose Mourinho would rather sign Colombia international Yerry Mina, 23, over England’s World Cup hero Harry Maguire.
They say United see the Barcelona ace as a more economic alternative to Maguire, with Leicester demanding around £75m for the former Hull defender.
Toby Alderweireld is also on Mourinho’s summer wishlist, however, United and Tottenham are way apart in their valuation of the Belgium international, 29.
Yahoo add that United are keen to offload at least one centre-back to make room for Mina.
Marcos Rojo seems the most likely to leave Old Trafford, with Everton and Wolves eyeing late moves for the Argentina international.
Wolfsburg are interested in signing Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw
Luke Shaw to Wolfsburg
Wolfsburg are interested in signing Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw.
The former Southampton full-back has entered the final year of his contract at Old Trafford and will be free to talk to foreign clubs in January.
The Daily Mail claim Wolfsburg want to lure Shaw, 23, to the Bundesliga.
And they’ve been given a glimmer of hope after Shaw announced that he would not sign a new contract until he feels that he’s earned it.
Manchester United Transfer News: Jose Mourinho still wants to sign Chelsea star Willian
Willian is set to report back to Chelsea tomorrow as speculation over his future continues.
Willian has yet to return to pre-season following the World Cup but reports have suggested he was expected to be back already.
The Times claim he was expected back in London last Friday but is still yet to appear at Cobham.
And now Sky Sports are saying that he will return tomorrow when he is expected to hold talks with the club over his future.
Willian has been linked with both Manchester United and Barcelona, but the Spanish champions have since snapped up Malcom after seeing two bids knocked back.
United are still in the hunt for a winger but yesterday Willian claimed he was happy at Chelsea.
Yerry Mina odds-on to join
Manchester United are odds-on to sign Barcelona centre-back Yerry Mina this summer, the bookies claim.
Jose Mourinho is keen to splash the cash before the transfer window shuts on August 9.
And according to the bookies, Colombia international Mina, who impressed at the World Cup in Russia this summer, is likely to head to Old Trafford before the window slams shut.
Betway’s Alan Alger said: “Harry Maguire had appeared to be Jose Mourinho’s number one defensive transfer target, but with a move now looking unlikely at 7/4, his attentions seem to have turned to Barcelona defender Yerry Mina.
“The Colombian impressed many at the World Cup scoring three times and he’s now odds-on at 8/11 to be Manchester United’s fourth summer recruit. Everton are thought to be in the market for a centre back and they come next in the betting at 5/4.”