MAN UTD are increasing their preparations for the return of the Premier League on June 17.
The full TV fixture list could be announced today with United's trip to Tottenham on Friday June 19 leading the return, but reports suggest the reveal could be delayed.
We've the very latest on the long-running saga with Jadon Sancho after the forward netted a hat-trick for Dortmund while Saul Niguez has revealed his long-awaited 'new club'.
Follow all the very latest news from Old Trafford below…
THE REAL DEAL
Chelsea and Manchester United are set to be joined by Real Madrid in the race for Jadon Sancho, according to reports in Spain.
The British pair have long been linked with the Borussia Dortmund superstar, with the Red Devils believed to be occupying the driving seat.
But according to AS, Real Madrid are also keen on signing the 20-year-old… although want to do so next summer.
This would mean Sancho remaining at BVB for another year… and the German giants potentially relenting on sticking to their valuation of over £100million.
Saul Niguez's much-anticipated “new club” announcement was NOT a reveal that he'd be heading to Old Trafford.
In fact, the Atletico Madrid star announced a new academy project sponsored by Nike.
The 25-year-old used his social media channels to announce the launch of “Club Costa City”, who will be based in Elche.
Formed alongside the Spanish international's brother, the new club will bring together 30 teams and around 500 players from a range of age categories in the city.
PREM CORONA SCARE
One Premier League player has tested POSITIVE for coronavirus from one club, but they remain anonymous.
The league said in a statement: “The Premier League can today confirm that on Monday 1 June and Tuesday 2 June, 1197 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, one has tested positive from one club.
“Players or Club staff who test positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days.
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency.
“No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”
Birmingham City want “guaranteed cash” if United are to land Jude Bellingham, according to reports.
ESPN claim that the Blues know they need cold hard cash after the coronavirus crisis and need a large slice of the transfer fee up front.
United had been proposing a structured deal that allows them to make a series of payments over years with incentives.
But Birmingham know there are several parties interested and Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Arsenal are also in the hunt.
Bellingham had a tour of the Carrington training complex before the coronavirus lockdown, where he met Sir Alex Ferguson as well as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for a tour and talks.
PREM FIXTURES UPDATE
The Premier League have not announced the dates and kick-off times of their fixtures because the broadcasters are scrambling to get their ducks in a row.
Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon have all paid for rights and are set to broadcast live games, even thought the BBC only has a highlights package.
But the four media bodies have to announce the fixtures at the same time.
That means we won't hear about firm dates and kick-off times until potentially NEXT WEEK.
Luckily we already know Manchester City are playing Arsenal on June 17, as well as Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
For fans who have waited nearly three months to watch their team in some form or another, that doesn't leave much time to decide which beer, crisps and pizza to buy for their Premier League viewing.
NO ACTION AGAINST SANCHO
The DFB has revealed that there will be NO action against Jadon Sancho, his Dortmund team-mate Achraf Hakimi, Schalke's Weston McKennie and Monchengladbach's Marcus Thuram for their protesting slogans in support of murdered George Floyd.
The German FA said: “Of course, the DFB control committee always has the requirements of the FIFA football rules and the DFB regulations in mind.
“In the specific case, however, these are targeted anti-racism campaigns by the players, which are committed to values for which the DFB also stands and always stands for.
“Therefore, no proceedings will be initiated, even with comparable anti-racism campaigns, in the next few weeks.”
Berbatov is excited at the thought of Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba playing together though.
The Bulgarian said: “It will be the first time we get to see Fernandes and Pogba play together and it will be interesting to see if they can hit it off, they will have had the chance to get to know each other in training but that is totally different to a game.
“It could be a great partnership and I am sure that Pogba’s return is a massive boost and will give huge confidence to the whole team.
“One player doesn’t define a team, but when you have good, quality, confident players putting all their effort in to help the team then you are going to succeed.”
WILL POG START?
Dimitar Berbatov reckons Paul Pogba could start on the bench as the Red Devils get set to return to football at Tottenham.
The former Old Trafford striker told Betfair: “United have had a huge boost in Paul Pogba returning to fitness. It is great news for the team.
“The dangerous thing is that he hasn’t played for so long, so hopefully he has prepared well and he will be ready to play at 100 per cent again.
“Is he going to start? I’m not too sure.
“Coming back from a long injury may impact him starting, it will be interesting to see if Solskjaer puts him straight into the battle.
“I’m sure if the manager asks Pogba how he feels and if he is ready, then Paul will say ‘of course I am ready.”
Ryan Giggs has been awarded Athletic Bilbao’s prestigious one-club man award.
Recipients include Celtic’s Billy McNeil, Barcelona’s Carles Puyol and AC Milan star Paolo Maldini.
Athletic said in a statement: “Giggs, who has played 963 matches as a Red Devil, has been twice at the old San Mamés.
“The first time was with Wales, scoring a goal, and the second was with the United in the unforgettable Europa League play-offs, where Marcelo Bielsa’s team eliminated the British team.
“Giggs experienced the elegance of our fans in that match with a unanimous ovation when he was substituted in the 68th minute.”
SEE YOU LATER
Brandon Williams reckons it is “impossible” to get near Paul Pogba and Daniel James in training.
The English full-back told BT Sport: “You’re not getting near him, his arms are so strong he’s so tall.
“You won’t see the ball all you see is the guy in front of you and he’ll be gone.
“He’ll turn you and shoot and just do whatever he does because he’s got all the skills.”
The players are upping the intensity in training ahead of the return of the Premier League.
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'ELEGANCE OF ZIDANE'
Bayer Leverkusen assistant Marcel Daum reckons Kai Havertz reminds him of Zinedine Zidane.
He told talkSPORT: “Everyone is asking about Kai Havertz. For me, he has the elegance of Zidane.
“If you see his movement, he's very elegant, he's always calm, he has great passing ability.
“What a lot of people don't see, because we watch him every day, is that he's pretty fast. That's a big bonus.
“He's a great player; he's scoring goals, he's great in the air and he's pretty fast. It's up to him how far he can go.
“I can't say he will be the best German player ever, but he has the talent and there are no limits. He's displaying signs of Zidane.”
VALUE FOR MONEY
SunSport has collated the most-expensive players in football after the coronavirus crisis.
Football has been hit severely, with some clubs paying their players in full, while others have reduced their wages.
Here is how transfer values will look after the crisis.
The 'new Lionel Messi' Thiago Almada is on Manchester United's three-man wishlist if they cannot complete the £105million signing of Jadon Sancho.
Bournemouth's David Brooks and Schalke winger Rabbi Matondo are also on their wanted list, should they miss out on Sancho, according to the Manchester Evening News.
Real Madrid are the latest club to pursue Borussia Dortmund and England star Sancho, 20.
But Argentina starlet Almada is the jewel in the crown for United if they cannot get Sancho.
He plays for Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield in Bueno Aires and is wanted by several top clubs.
The 19-year-old can play up front or on the wing, which would give United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more options.
Time is running out for Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool to sign striking superstar Timo Werner for under £50million, according to reports.
The Premier League giants only have 12 days before Werner's £49m release clause at RB Leipzig expires.
Sky Sports report that clubs have until Monday June 15 to guarantee a price for the highly-rated Werner.
Previously, clubs were not too concerned about the release clause expiring as they assumed the coronavirus crisis would drive transfer fees down.
However, the confirmation of Inter Milan's sale of Mauro Icardi to Paris Saint-Germain for £54m has thrown a spanner in the works.
At 24, Werner is three years younger than Argentine ace Icardi and Leipzig are therefore unlikely to accept less for their star asset once his clause expires.
PREM STREAMING ON AMAZON
Amazon is set to stream live Premier League games, WITHOUT the need for a Prime membership.
The online shopping giant-turn-video-service will broadcast 33 games for free in the UK.
Great news for footie fans!
Manchester United star Paul Pogba has a dilemma on his hands with THREE top European sides chasing his signature, according to reports.
It was previously revealed the French ace was “open” to a move to Paris-Saint Germain but is also wanted by Juventus and Real Madrid.
Le10Sport claim Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane has even called Pogba's super agent Mino Raiola to reaffirm his side's interest in the player.
Pogba's contract runs until 2021 and Zidane took the proactive step of ringing Raiola as reports emerged that Juventus and PSG were stepping up their interest.
Pogba could return to former club Juve with rumours he is keen on a fresh start after failing to justify his £89million price tag at the Red Devils.
Thomas Tuchel's PSG are thought to interest Pogba as a potential destination but it is understood Madrid are now leading the race after Zidane's decisive action.
NEW CLUB FOR SAUL
Saul has announced that he and Nike are creating a new club in his home city of Elche in a shiny new promotional video from the sportswear manufacturer.
Unfortunately there is no announcement he is joining United.
See, told you it would be earth shattering.
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UNITED FANS WAITING FOR SAUL
Any time now on this EARTH SHATTERING announcement.
Utd fans are like…
BEND IT LIKE BRUNO
Enjoy this marvellous free-kick from Bruno Fernandes.
Can't. Stop. Watching.
United are putting finding a new striker on hold in order to sign Jadon Sancho, according to reports.
The Red Devils have tied Odion Ighalo down till January, while Mason Greenwood’s rise to prominence has been one of the under-the-radar success stories of the season already.
Sancho, 20, was magnificent as he scored a hat-trick in Dortmund’s 6-1 win at Paderborn on Sunday.
Pundits, fans and former players want Sancho at Old Trafford and now Real Madrid are reportedly ready to join the chase, even though they have previously targeted Kylian Mbappe.
But according to the Standard, Sancho is Solskjaer’s ‘dream’ target, giving them some of the best attacking options in the Premier League, if they do nail him down.
SAUL FOR NOTHING?
Atletico Madrid star Saul Niguez is enjoying teasing United fans with his “announcement” due at 11.30am Spanish time.
Needless to say that was a few minutes ago and there is still nothing new on his social media.
No doubt he'll have a new sponsor to plug, rather than anything significant.
GOAD ME ALL YOU WANT
United target Jack Grealish admits he will find it hard in fan-free zones when the Premier League return – as he thrives off the abuse from boo boys just like Cristiano Ronaldo used to.
He told the Express and Star: “I love all that. I love when people are on my back and targeting me.
“I always remember when I was a kid – and I am not saying I am anywhere near his level – but Cristiano Ronaldo used to come to Villa and the fans used to absolutely cane him.
“He used to thrive off it and that is what I try to do. I try to thrive off the hatred from the fans.”
BRIDGE THAT GAP
The Premier League’s most-successful player Ryan Giggs has hailed Liverpool’s contribution to his Wales squad, with the likes of Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn and Neco Williams all on the Anfield books, albeit not in the first team.
Giggs said: “I think what we have seen this year is a fantastic team, managed by a great coach in Jurgen Klopp.
“It pains me to say as a United fan, but they are doing fantastic this season.
“Obviously they'll go on in whatever way and they'll win the league and they'll deserve it.
“They're a great team to watch and there are certain things I've taken out of the way Liverpool play and taken it onto some of the things I've wanted to do with Wales.
“It pains me to say, hopefully United will bridge that gap and catch up with them.”
EVERYONE WOULD WANT HIM
United target Harry Kane leaving Tottenham to win trophies is a “possibility”, claimed Harry Redknapp.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the 73-year-old said: “I'd like to see him stay, but they do need to win something.
“It's been a long time and you can only see them winning a cup competition.
“It's a difficult one, I'm sure [Kane] loves the club, he's come through the youth system and it's his team.
“But he's also ambitious and I would think if it doesn't happen this year he could possibly look to move on.
“And everybody in the world would want him. He's a top, top player and a great guy.”
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