PSG are reportedly keen on signing Erling Haaland, as they became increasingly resigned to Kylian Mbappe joining Real Madrid.

However a transfer will not be easy to pull off due to their poor relationship with Borussia Dortmund.

Meanwhile Juventus are said to have already got to work on replacing Cristiano Ronaldo, with moves for Moise Kean and Eden Hazard mooted.

And the transfer of Jules Kounde to Chelsea has edged closer with the Frenchman out of Sevilla's squad this weekend.

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  • Kealan Hughes

    AM GUNNAR GO

    Amad Diallo will leave Manchester United on loan for the season after Cristiano Ronaldo's arrival, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed.

    Reports last week suggested Atalanta want to take the teenager back on a temporary basis, and Sheffield United have also emerged as surprise candidates for his signature.

    But Solskjaer refused to confirm the location until the deal has been rubber-stamped.

    Speaking ahead of his side's trip to Wolves on Sunday, the Norwegian told MUTV: “Yes I do [expect him to go out on loan]. It’s not 100 per cent signed but we’ve agreed.

    “I don’t have to say which team it is yet, but we’ve found a place that Amad feels excited about and we feel excited about.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    IDOLISING JOSE

    Tammy Abraham says his ambitions at Roma are matched by manager Jose Mourinho, but says the Portuguese was not the sole factor behind him moving to the Italian side from Chelsea.

    Abraham said of his new boss: "He is a big impact on why I'm here but going up I used to watch Roma so I've known about Roma for a long time.

    "Rudiger has told me so many good things about Roma, and obviously Jose the manager he's very successful, he's very ambitious and passionate.

    "I'm the same. It's nice to have someone of such a high calibre being manager of such a great team."

  • Kealan Hughes

    CASTING DOUBT

    Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has doubted the impact Cristiano Ronaldo will have at Manchester United the second time around.

    He told talkSPORT: "Every successful team has players where everyone is working to get the ball back.

    The top teams don’t have any passengers and if you’re taking Ronaldo at this time, he ain’t going to give you the hard yards.

    “I have got a doubt about it. Juventus took him to win the Champions League, but he’s not going to be the difference in the big games.

    “He’ll score goals, he will, because he’s got a brain and he’s been so athletic throughout his career.

    “But in the bigger games against the better centre-halves… imagine putting him against Virgil van Dijk.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    ED-DING OFF?

    Sky Sports News' Kaveh Solhekol reports Everton have sounded out a deal for Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard.

    The striker is out of contract next summer and Celtic could be willing to let him leave now in order to cash in.

    Southampton and Brighton have shown interest in Edouard, who was also subject to a bid from Bordeaux yesterday.

  • Kealan Hughes

    THE KEY MEN IN RONALDO DEAL

    Ed Woodward is said to have operated swiftly to secure one of his four historic ‘fantasy signings’ after a message from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    The Manchester United executive used the positive relationship he forged with Juventus counterpart Andrea Agnelli to help negotiate the deal.

    Jorge Mendes was also typically key, with Miguel Delaney of The Independent reporting that ‘some in Italy believe that Mendes has basically just “created a market”, as well as a sense of urgency’ by using Manchester City’s interest to coax out United.

    He quotes a source as saying the deal is “a gift from the Glazers to the fans,” a claim which is corroborated by Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News:

    He wrote: "The attraction for United’s owners, the Glazer family, was Ronaldo would be the seismic signing to get supporters back onside amid mounting dissatisfaction with the state of the squad. The Super League treachery also still rankled for fans."

  • Kealan Hughes

    MBAPPE DREAM ON HOLD

    Real Madrid may now have to wait until the January transfer window to make another approach for striker Kylian Mbappe, despite positive talks with Paris Saint-Germain over a move for the forward.

    Real and PSG held progressive talks on Thursday following their second bid of £145.6m (€170m), but Sky Sports News has been told a deal is not close yet.

    Mbappe has told PSG, who turned down Real's opening offer of £137m on Wednesday, it is his dream to play for the Spanish side.

    According to Sky Sports News' sources in France, Real Madrid are beginning to get the feeling that it might be better to wait until January because PSG are not being practical in their negotiations.

    Real Madrid can sign a pre-contract agreement with Mbappe on January 1, 2022, and he can move there on a free transfer next summer.

  • Kealan Hughes

    BLUES CHASE JULES

    In Chelsea news, transfer target Jules Kounde has not travelled with the Sevilla squad for their game at Elche this evening.

    The centre back is in Paris, with Sevilla holding out for more than £43million from Chelsea for the player.

    The La Liga club already turned down a £47m offer from a Premier League club for Kounde last summer.

    Sevilla also need to line up a replacement central defender before they let Kounde go.

  • William Pugh

    RONAL-DOUGH

    Cristiano Ronaldo has become Manchester United's highest earner after making a £21million move from Juventus.

    The Portuguese superstar will rake in a staggering £480,000-a-week at Old Trafford.

    David De Gea drops to second on the list but his £375k weekly salary is likely to make that pill a little easier to swallow. Before this summer, Paul Pogba was behind De Gea on £290k-a-week.

    But Ronaldo's fellow new signings Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane – who are expected to start against Wolves on Sunday – now occupy third and fourth spot.

    They earn £350k and £340k-a-week respectively having joined from Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid.

    Ronaldo wanted £510k-a-week to join Man City but has taken less to link up with his old club United. The former Sporting Lisbon ace has signed a two-year deal.

  • William Pugh

    SIUUU

    One Manchester United fan could not resist busting out Cristiano Ronaldo's iconic celebration on TV after the Portuguese re-joined the Red Devils.

    The 36-year-old's 'Siuu' celebration has become synonymous with the ex-Juventus superstar and fans across the world have been mimicking it for years.

    And after United paid £21million to re-sign one of the greatest players of all time, the temptation to do it front of the nation proved too much for one Reds supporter to resist.

    A Sky Sports News reporter was updating viewers on the transfer during a piece to camera outside Old Trafford on Friday afternoon. A man dressed in a white T-shirt and grey jogging bottoms creeps into the edge of the shot, beams and raises his arms into the air.

    And as the reporter continues to talk, the jubilant fan starts laying down some 'Siuuus'. He leaps into the air and thrusts his arms down to his side.

    The man repeats the move twice more before giving a cheeky grin to the camera as United fans around the world rejoiced thanks to Ronnie's return.

  • William Pugh

    EDS HAVE GONE

    Edinson Cavani is staying at Manchester United despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning return.

    That is according to his brother and agent Walter Guglielmone who has reportedly rubbished suggestions the Uruguayan will leave Old Trafford.

    Cavani only signed a one-year extension in May. He got a £50,000-a-week pay hike which now sees him pocket £250k-a-week. But the 34-year-old is likely to see far less game time with Ronnie to compete with.

    And it didn’t take long for exit rumours to emerge after 36-year-old Ronaldo’s arrival from Juventus – only this time it was Brazilian club Corinthians linked.

    South American journalist Andre Hernan tweeted: “Walter Guglielmone, brother of Cavani, assured me that no one from Corinthians or intermediaries sought him out for anything.

    “He reiterates that Cavani still has one year of contract in England.”

    Credit: Getty
  • William Pugh

    TRANSFER ROUND-UP

    Cristiano Ronaldo's sudden return to Manchester United could be the last huge deal this summer – as Real Madrid might delay their Kylian Mbappe swoop until January.

    Juventus superstar Ronaldo began the week vaguely linked to PSG, spent most of it strongly tipped for Manchester City, and ended it back at Old Trafford as the 5/1 fourth favourite for the Golden Boot.

    United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinted at yesterday afternoon's drama by openly saying in the morning he would welcome a reunion with 'the greatest player of all time, if you ask me'.

    Now Ron, 36, will rejoin in a £25million-a-year deal – that's £480k-a-week plus add-ons.

    Personal terms need to be tied up, plus a visa, and medical sorted – leaving Ronaldo eyeing his second United debut at home to Newcastle on September 11.

    Solskjaer said: "I didn't think Cristiano was going to leave Juventus. But if ever he is going to move he knows we are here.

    "We've always had a good communication, Bruno [Fernandes] has been talking to him as well. He knows how we feel about him."

    Jadon Sancho hailed Ronaldo's return 'SCARY' and Fernandes joked he was the 'agent Bruno' who secured his Portugal team-mate's arrival.

    Pep Guardiola's City had pulled out of a move for Ron shortly after lunchtime – after missing out on his GOAT rival Lionel Messi earlier this month.

    Real are tipped to put a £145m move for frontman Mbappe on hold for half a season as talks with PSG splutter on.

    And Watford completed the signing of Spurs midfielder Moussa Sissoko for around £5m.

  • Ian Tuckey

    MOUNT: LUKAKU'S ALREADY PART OF THE FURNITURE

    Romelu Lukaku has slotted in quickly at Chelsea because he shares his new team-mates’ insatiable hunger for success.

    Mason Mount is already forging an understanding with the £97.5million Belgian centre-forward.

    Chelsea head up to Liverpool for a pop at one of their main Premier League title rivals this evening.

    And midfielder Mount says the club’s record buy is like one of the family after just two league games — both victories.

    Mount said: “We are all on the same path. He never stops working hard in  training, or in the gym. 

    “With his vision, his goals, it doesn’t take long to understand each other’s game. It doesn’t feel like a new guy’s come in.

    “We know he has been here before but that was a long time ago. Even so, like us, he wants to win big things with Chelsea.

    “It doesn’t just happen. We have been working on drills around the box, trying to understand each other’s movement. It hasn’t taken long."

  • Ian Tuckey

    UTD STOCK VALUE RON THE UP

    Manchester United's stock market value rocketed by £212million today after Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational comeback.

    The announcement of the star's return this afternoon sent the share price soaring by 9.8 per cent at one point before it fell back slightly.

    While the share price opened the day at $17.38 (£12.62) the news of the striker's transfer spiked it at $19.09, (£13.87) meaning the club's market value rose by $293m (£212m).

    And although the price fell after the sudden spike, it is still up by more than 6 per cent.

    The club announced an agreement with Juventus to seal the transfer, subject to personal terms, a visa, and the completion of the medical after Premier League champions Manchester City pulled out of the running on Friday.

    SunSport understands United have handed the five-time Ballon d'Or winner a two-year contract at the Theatre of Dream.

    A medical in Lisbon was quickly planned as he flew into the Portuguese capital on his private jet.

  • Ian Tuckey

    THE SPECIAL RON

    Here's how Cristiano Ronaldo measured up in his glorious first spell at Manchester United, from 2003-9.

    And surely not even the outgoing Juventus superstar, at the age of 36, will expect to come close to that Super Six-year spell.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    GEORGINA JOY AT RON MOVE?

    Cristiano Ronaldo's girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez seems happy with his Manchester United return.

    United have confirmed they reached an agreement with Juventus to re-sign Ronaldo after the star forward informed Bianconeri manager Massimiliano Allegri that he is leaving.

    The Red Devils appear to have paid a fee in the region of £21million for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, which caps a stunning summer transfer window that has seen the Manchester giants landing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Tom Heaton.

    And Rodriguez appears to be ecstatic by this development as she took to social media to express her joy.

    The Spanish-Argentine model posted a story on Instagram in which she shared United's announcement and filled it with heart emojis.

    The 27-year-old then shared Ronaldo's farewell to Juventus where he spent three years following his arrival from Real Madrid.

    She captioned it with the following statement: "Thanks for all, family."

  • Ian Tuckey

    REAL READY TO KYL TIME BEFORE MBAPPE DEAL

    Cristiano Ronaldo sealed his Manchester United return in double-quick return – but the OPPOSITE seems to be the case with Kylian Mbappe's proposed switch from PSG to Real Madrid.

    The talk tonight is that Real are ready to delay a move until the NEXT transfer window after talks over a £145million deal spluttered.

    Sky Sports' Kaveh Solhekol suggested the Spanish giants are "beginning to get feeling it might be better to wait until January because PSG are not being practical".

    Credit: AFP
  • Ian Tuckey

    ROM SALUTED BY JOHN O'SHAME!

    Former Manchester United defender John O'Shea has mocked himself over Cristiano Ronaldo's return – by posting a picture ofthe whizkid tearing him apart to seal his first Old Trafford move in 2003.

    Ron tormented United from out wide in a friendly for Sporting Lisbon – leaving United boss Alex Ferguson and his players famously spellbound.

    And O'Shea re-used the excuse that Fergie's men were exhausted from a USA tour by posting a snap of Ron running at him, alongside the words: "Just as well I was jet-lagged".

    Recalling the match in his 2013 autobiography, Ferguson said:  "John shrugged his shoulders. A look of plain bewilderment was creeping across his face. 

    "The other players in the dugout were saying; 'Bloody hell, boss, he's some player, him'.

    "I told Peter (Kenyon), 'We're not leaving this ground until we've got that boy signed.' 'Is he that good?' Kenyon asked.

    "John O'Shea's ended up with a migraine!" I said. "Get him signed."

    O'Shea himself has explained: "Some lads on the bench were having a good laugh, thinking that's the last thing you need when jet-lagged — a young lad wanting to run at you time and time again, going left, going right, twisting turning, shooting every time he got within distance of the goal.

    "But in a roundabout way, I take it as a compliment that the boss wanted to sign Ronaldo so quickly after the game, because of how he had performed against me that night."

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLD TEAM-MATES 'PERSUADED RON TO SNUB CITY'

    Cristiano Ronaldo was on course to complete a sensational move to Manchester City before his old Manchester United team-mates convinced him otherwise.

    The Red Devils have agreed a stunning deal to re-sign the five-time Ballon d'Or winner from Italian champions Juventus, with a medical and visa being the only formalities remaining.

    Ronaldo, 36, looked set to join City before United's neighbours decided against getting into a bidding war with their Premier League rivals.

    And according to ESPN, the Portuguese 'was only convinced to consider a return to Old Trafford following contact from a number of former teammates.'

    Former United defender Patrice Evra appeared to verify the claim by sharing a screengrab of his recent WhatsApp conversation with the Portugal international.

    After receiving a voice note from the Frenchman, Ronaldo replied: "You the man. I'm gonna play in our club."

    Ronaldo broke his silence on his imminent departure from Turin on Friday afternoon, penning an emotional message to Juventus fans on Instagram.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    SISSOKO SEALS HORNETS MOVE

    Watford have announced the signing of Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko .

    The Frenchman  joined for a fee of around £5million, according to The Athletic.

    Ironically enough, the midfielder is in line to make his debut this Sunday against former club Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    Watford welcomed the France international with a humorous post on social media that showed him having a Whatsapp conversation with former Tottenham team-mate Danny Rose.

    Rose and the 32-year-old are set to reunite at Vicarage Road after the latter put pen to paper on a two-year deal.

    Watford announced: "The Hornets are delighted to announce the signing of vastly experienced France international Moussa Sissoko from Tottenham Hotspur.

    "Sissoko, who has 70 international caps and 259 Premier League appearances to his name, has agreed a two-year contract with Watford and is available for Sunday’s meeting with former club Spurs."

  • Ian Tuckey

    NEV: RON WILL PLAY REGULARLY – AS NO 9

    Manchester United Gary Neville told Sky Sports of Cristiano Ronaldo's return: "He'll play regularly, he'll play as a No9.

    "He'll play as a centre forward, I'm sure they'll put legs in and around him, he will score goals.

    "And Cristiano Ronaldo will be coming to win trophies, win personal accolades, set the Premier League on fire – it is a different Cristiano Ronaldo, everyone expected that.

    "But he is a No9, he's a centre forward, he's someone who to be fair still has those bursts of speed over short spaces that will cause problems, he makes great runs inside the box, he has anticipation of where the ball's going to drop.

    "So in terms of what he gives to Manchester United, it just gives them something that at this moment in time they need.

    "I said the other day I thought Manchester United should be in for Harry Kane if he's available, they should be in for Haaland, these types of players.

    "For Manchester United to get above Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, they're going to have to do something big.

    "And this could give them a temporary shot in the arm that would potentially get them right up there this year."

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON SO 'DIFFERENT' FROM FIRST SPELL

    Gary Neville has told Manchester United fans to expect a 'different' Cristiano Ronaldo after the forward dramatically rejoined the club.

    Up until midday today, the football world was expecting Ronaldo to join United's fierce rivals Manchester City.

    Ronaldo informed Juventus that he wanted to leave on Thursday Credit: GETTY IMAGES

    But the tide turned after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's press conference where he opened the door for a return and confirmed that Bruno Fernandes had been speaking to his fellow countryman.

    City then seemingly dropped out of the race and United were frontrunners.

    Ronaldo hopped on a flight from Turin to Lisbon and within an hour of him touching down in his home country, his fairytale return to United was confirmed.

    Some United fans filmed themselves burning old Ronaldo Man Utd shirts when a move to City looked inevitable.

    But luckily he'll be playing in their brand spanking new home shirt this season so they'll have to dig deep into their pocket for a new one.

    Neville, who has been calling for his former club to go big in the summer window, was over the moon with the news of Ronaldo's return.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON CHASING 150 UTD GOALS?

    Cristiano Ronaldo bagged 11 goals in 292 matches in his six-year first stint at Old Trafford.

    So he will surely expect to sail past 300 appearances… but can the 36-year-old reach the 150 mark for goals?

    He notched 23, 46 and then 26 in his last three seasons with United (as shown in our tables from Opta) over 155 matches in all – until joining Real Madrid in 2009.

    And it would be a sensational achievement for the Portugal legend to net 32 times for Ole Gunnnar Solskjaer's men this campaign.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JUVE A PLACE IN MY HEART

    Cristiano Ronaldo penned an emotional goodbye message to Juventus ahead of his return to Manchester United.

    On Friday, it was announced that United have agreed a deal to re-sign the five-time Ballon d'Or winner from the Italian champions.

    Ronaldo's impending return to Old Trafford brings about the end of a three-year stay in Turin, which he reflected on in an Instagram statement.

    Alongside a highlight video of his time at the Allianz Stadium Ronaldo wrote: "Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe.

    "I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.

    "The 'tiffosi bianconeri' always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition.

    "In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.

    "I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tiffosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart."

  • Ian Tuckey

    REAL 'WANT HAZARD AS RON REPLACEMENT'

    Juventus are targeting Real Madrid star Eden Hazard to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who returned to Manchester United, according to reports.

    United have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Juve to re-sign Ronaldo, who is heading back to Old Trafford 12 years after he left for Real.

    According to Marca, Hazard is the Bianconeri's top target to fill in the major void left behind by the five-time Ballon d'Or winner ahead of transfer deadline day.

    The former Chelsea star has started in both of Los Blancos' first two games in LaLiga following an injury-laden three-year stint in the Spanish capital.

    But the winger is worried that his game time could be affected by the imminent arrival of Kylian Mbappe at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    Reports suggest Real are on the verge of agreeing a staggering £154million deal with Paris Saint-Germain for Mbappe.

    Hazard wants to stay in Madrid but if the PSG superstar does move to Spain then that could see the Belgium international falling down the pecking order.

    But Juventus would only be interested in a deal that wouldn't financially hamstring them.

  • Ian Tuckey

    TOON SET TO BE RON'S SECOND UTD DEBUT

    Cristiano Ronaldo is set to make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle after he completed a sensational return.

    The Portuguese legend – who left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009 – has re-joined United after a whirlwind 24 hours.

    Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri only today confirmed Ronaldo wanted to leave after three years, having joined from Madrid.

    And after Premier League champions City pulled out of the race, it gave United a clear sight to re-sign the club legend.

    They soon made contact with the player and Juve and quickly agreed a transfer fee and personal terms.

    Ronaldo, 36, with his agent Jorge Mendes flew into Lisbon where he was due to undergo a medical.

    According to Sky Sports News, the forward is most likely to be given an emotional welcome back to Old Trafford on September 11.

    United host Newcastle in the league, a team Ronaldo has NEVER lost to in ten matches, which includes nine wins.

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