Man Utd takeover news LIVE: Osimhen race, United eye De Gea replacement, Sir Jim Ratcliffe preferred bidder EXCLUSIVE | The Sun
11th May 2023

MANCHESTER UNITED have fallen behind Premier League rivals Chelsea in the race for Victor Osimhen's signature, according to reports.

Elswhere, the Red Devils are reportedly interested in replacing David de Gea with Anderlecht keeper Bart Verbruggen this summer.

Meanwhile, United owners the Glazers are finally ready to sell – and SunSport can exclusively reveal that British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is their preferred bidder.

And that would mean an imminent exodus of the rest of the Old Trafford top brass including chief executive Richard Arnold – but not the two Glazer siblings.


Keep up to date with all the latest news from Old Trafford…

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Scholes-like Mac Allister ideal for Liverpool'

    Former Man Utd attacker Louis Saha believes Alexis Mac Allister is a modern version of Old Trafford legend Paul Scholes – and "would be a good signing for Liverpool".

    Saha told Paddy Power:“He’s a quality player and he’s very smart.

    "He plays with a nice tempo and can control the rhythm of any side. He’s got the composure that every team wants. 

    “He reminds me a bit of Paul Scholes back in the day in the way he plays.

    "In the decisive moment, he makes very clever moves. The only area he’s lacking compared to Paul Scholes is in his goals.

    I really like him and he’s definitely shown he can adapt to any team.

    “Liverpool need a refresher in midfield so it’s a move that makes sense for both.” 

  • Ian Tuckey

    Eriksen 'would rather not win comeback of the year'

    Ex-Man Utd defender believes Christian Eriksen would rather forget about almost dying than be honoured for his comeback.

    Eriksen has become an Old Trafford regular after a complete recovery from collapsing with a cardiac arrest against Finland in Denmark's Euro 2020 opener.

    But Parker believes Eriksen's response to winning the "Comeback of the Year" award shows what a special person he is.

    The former England ace told SpilXperten: “I think it is the thought that matters and the thought was definitely there from the people because they are so pleased to see him back at his highest level.

    "The way he has responded has been beyond everything I have ever seen.

    “But seeing how he is like a person, I think he just wants to get on now and not always has thrown at him that he almost died. He doesn´t need it implanted in him anymore.

    “He doesn´t need to be reminded of it all the time and with that trophy he got there, he will be reminded about it every day. I think it's a kind of trophy that he wants to put away because he doesn't want to be reminded of what happened.

    “He might appreciate the thought behind it and the pat on the back he got, but I think – if he could choose by himself – he would rather not have won that trophy.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Derby release ex-United starlet

    A former Manchester United defender has been released by League One Derby County after the club missed out on promotion.

    James Chester joined the Red Devils’ academy aged eight and quickly rose through the ranks into the first-team squad.

    After winning the 2007 FA Youth Cup, he then made his senior debut in the League Cup. He replaced Gary Neville off the bench to help United defeat Derby 4-2 in a match that Cristiano Ronaldo scored in.

    Loan spells at Peterborough, Plymouth and Carlisle followed before he was sold to Hull City in 2011, where he helped The Tigers reach and scored in their 2014 FA Cup Final defeat to Arsenal.

    A switch to West Brom followed before he then headed to rivals Aston Villa and Stoke City before he eventually ended up at Derby last summer after being released by Stoke.

    Now the centre-half, who helped Wales reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016, is looking for another new club.

    The Rams missed out on the League One play-offs by a point this season and have released a number of players as a result along with the 34-year-old Chester.

    Meanwhile, another former United starlet is also on the look-out for a new employer.

    Full-back Regan Poole, who appeared for the Red Devils in the Europa League before leaving to join MK Dons in 2019 has rejected a new deal at Lincoln City.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils eye Verbruggen

    Man Utd are looking to boost their goalkeeping options with a move for Bart Verbruggen.

    The Anderlecht goalie has emerged as one of Europe’s top young stoppers.

    And the MEN claims Erik ten Hag could make a bid as he looks for someone to challenge David de Gea next term.

    Verbruggen has also been linked with Liverpool, while Burnley are keen after his ex-boss Vincent Kompany failed with a bid summer.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Saha urges Maguire to move on

    Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has suggested Harry Maguire should leave Old Trafford this summer.

    Saha praised Maguire for his conduct, but told PaddyPower: "We have to wait to see who will start next season alongside Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane.

    "The captain of the club [Harry Maguire] has acted very professionally and did not make any noise or complaints.

    "But based on his quality, he has to find another club because this season has been awful for him.

    "Looking at the midfield area, there is a lot of creativity as well but it’s important to see a very strong pack. They need the balance in defence and midfield."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Lopetegui previews Saturday's clash

    Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui has spoken to the media ahead of Saturday's trip to Old Trafford.

    He has promised his side are looking to "compete" with the Red Devils, who have lost two on the bounce.

    Lopetegui said: "We have ambitions to go there, to play well and be able to compete with them.

    "We have to do the same [as last week] and put 100 per cent into every match."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    Powell without a club

    Ex-Manchester United striker man Nick Powell is without a club after being released by Stoke.

    Back in 2012 he joined the Red Devils in a deal worth up to £6million.

    But he has now been released by the Potters after his contract expired at the end of the season.

    Powell has played 119 games for the club since signing in 2019.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    No small fry for Chris

    Former Man Utd star Chris Smalling is set to extend his deal with Roma.

    The centre-back's contract expired this summer.

    But Fabrizio Romano claims Smalling will sign a new deal until 2025.

    The defender is loving life in Italy and has been in top form under ex-United boss Jose Mourinho.

  • Anthony Chapman

    United discover Kim release clause

    Man Utd will have to pay £52million to sign Kim Min-jae from Napoli.

    Reports in Italy claim United are desperate to land the South Korean defender.

    But they will have to cough up a tasty fee for his services.

    Napoli are also reluctant to sell and may look to hand Kim a new deal following their Serie A title win.

  • Anthony Chapman

    De Gea a possible goner

    Louis Saha believes David de Gea's mistakes are hurting Man Utd's ambitions to challenge at the top.

    He told Paddy Power: "The David de Gea situation is a difficult one because on one hand, he saves his team and he’s able to earn them points but what we want is consistency every game.

    “If you want to win the title, you need consistency and not three or four mistakes that costs the team a game.

    "If you have a goalkeeper making mistakes, but still score three goals, you don’t really take notice, but De Gea’s mistakes have caused a lot of damage."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Poch wants new Mount deal

    Mauricio Pochettino wants to keep Mason Mount out of rivals’ clutches.

    That’s by handing the Chelsea star a new contract.

    Man Utd and Arsenal have both been linked with the England ace, whose deal expires in 2024.

    But the Mail claims Poch is a huge fan of Mount and wants to make him a key player.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Blues lead United for Osimhen

    Chelsea are leading Manchester United in the race to sign Victor Osimhen.

    Il Mattino claims the Blues have moved to the front of the queue as Napoli are interested in both Christian Pulisic and Romelu Lukaku.

    However, only United are willing to pay Osimhen’s reported £139million price tag.

    But that hasn’t put off rivals from the Prem, with Newcastle and bizarrely EVERTON expressing an interest too.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Show me the Muani money

    Man Utd target Randall Kolo Muani will cost at least £80million this summer.

    The Eintracht Frankfurt star is a target for the Red Devils and Bayern Munich.

    CEO Axel Hallmann said: "Kolo Muani? When I look at the international market, I imagine a different number than €90m (£78m) – more than this. 

    "He has a long-term deal. My absolutely ideal scenario would be that he stays with Eintracht."

  • Anthony Chapman

    Exclusive — Ratcliffe preferred United bidder

    The Glazers are finally ready to sell Manchester United — with Sir Jim Ratcliffe the preferred bidder.

    With the Glazers’ chosen deal-makers, the US-based Raine Group, expected to confirm the “winning” bid within days, SunSport understands that Ratcliffe is the preferred partner ahead of Sheikh Jassim.

    And that would mean an imminent exodus of the rest of the Old Trafford top brass including chief executive Richard Arnold – but not the two Glazer siblings.

    Old Trafford insiders have indicated the Glazers would prefer to sell majority control to Ratcliffe’s Ineos Sport rather than flogging the whole club to Sheikh Jassim.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Bart of war for United

    Man Utd are looking to boost their goalkeeping options with a move for Bart Verbruggen.

    The Anderlecht goalie has emerged as one of Europe's top young stoppers.

    And the MEN claims Erik ten Hag could make a bid as he looks for someone to challenge David de Gea next term.

    Verbruggen has also been linked with Liverpool, while Burnley are keen after his ex-boss Vincent Kompany failed with a bid summer.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Bellingham to Real 'almost done'

    Jude Bellingham to Real Madrid is "at the final stage."

    That's after the England midfielder agreed terms on a contract until 2029.

    Nicolo Schira claims Real have definitely won the race for Bellingham ahead of Man City, Man Utd and Liverpool.

    And all that's left is for the Spaniards to negotiate a transfer fee with Borussia Dortmund.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Star Rashford 'must be dropped'

    Paul Parker has urged Erik ten Hag to drop Marcus Rashford following the hitman's drop in form.

    He told BonusCodeBets: “It’s time to talk about whether Marcus Rashford deserves to be in the starting lineup. We can no longer avoid that conversation. His goals have dried up and scoring goals is his biggest strength.

    “Is he really looking like a player who is going to score a goal? I think we have to say no. Is he creating anything? No. Is he really affecting other teams? I think the answer is no to be perfectly honest.

    “The problem is that United can’t continue to rely on a player that doesn’t perform or makes his teammates look better.”

  • Anthony Chapman

    Diallo gets FA Cup nod

    Amad Diallo has been invited to be part of Man Utd’s FA Cup final group.

    That’s as Erik ten Hag prepares to involve him in pre-season.

    The winger has impressed on loan at Sunderland and has helped his side to the Championship play-offs.

    MEN claims Ten Hag is keen to run the rule over Diallo and could keep him at United next season.

  • Anthony Chapman

    United plans hit by Jose

    Jose Mourinho is ready to disrupt Man Utd’s transfer plans.

    That’s by moving for Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat should he get the PSG job.

    United remain keen on the Moroccan midfielder after trying to land him in January.

    But Mourinho has already talked to Amrabat’s agent and has made the anchorman his top target should he leave Roma.

  • Anthony Chapman

    Rice ‘up’ in Erik’s estimations

    Declan Rice’s performance in West Ham’s win over Man Utd is sure to have alerted Erik ten Hag, says Glen Johnson.

    He told Betfred: “After that performance, I believe Declan Rice would have gone well up in Erik ten Hag’s estimations, but I’m sure Erik would have had a great opinion of Declan beforehand anyway.

    “The fact that top teams want him pushes the price up, his age pushes the price up and the fact that he’s English is always going to make him more expensive for Premier League clubs. 

    “He’s one of the best around in his position, so when you think about all those factors, then he has to be worth what’s being quoted for him.” 

  • Anthony Chapman

    New look for Red Devils?

    Sir Jim Ratcliffe is favourite to replace the Glazers as the head of Manchester United this summer.

    And he is sure to bankroll a major transfer upheaval for a highly-anticipated transfer charge.

    Defence, midfield and attack are all on the agenda for Erik ten Hag… as well as a new goalie.

    Is this how United will line up next season?

  • Tony Robertson

    Good morning Man Utd fans

    Manchester United are weighing up a potential recording-breaking bid for Benfica star Goncalo Ramos and plan to partner him up with Tottenham superstar Harry Kane.

    Kane is United's main target this summer as manager Erik ten Hag looks to bolster his attack.

    While according to The Mirror, Ramos is seen as an exciting prospect for the future and has scored 25 goals across all competitions for the Lisbon giants this season.

    And it is thought Ten Hag would like to pair the two at Old Trafford next term.

    Meanwhile, United bidder Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani is keen to hire club legends at Old Trafford if he takes over from the Glazers in the summer.

    That includes Gary Neville and Paul Scholes, who would be undertaking various important roles at United.

    That is according to ESPN, who claim the Qatari businessman will offer them senior roles.

    That is because the potential new owner wants to emulate European giants like AC Milan, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Real Madrid by bringing in former greats.

    And United are in advanced talks to land Napoli star Kim Min-jae.

    According to TuttoMercatoWeb, the Red Devils are eager to activate Kim’s release clause ahead of the summer transfer window.

    The same report suggests the centre-back’s release clause with the newly-crowned Serie A champions is in the region of £43million and £52m.

    The Manchester giants will activate this clause in the first 15 days of June and negotiations between the two parties appear to have been ongoing for some time.

    United are said to have been in contact with the South Korea international since the 2022 World Cup and have made him their top priority.

    Finally, Kane dropped another hint he is ready to stay in north London for one more season and snub United.

    Despite a 15th campaign without a trophy, the star striker is convinced managerless Spurs can still be competitive "with the right people" at the helm.

    Kane said: “It’s been a difficult season. Probably the last couple of years we haven’t been where we want to be as a club, so there’s some internal stuff we need to talk about.

    “We need to discuss standards around the team and the training ground, which we need to get back to. We had those in place when Mauricio Pochettino was here.

    "The chairman will make a decision on what he thinks is best for the club, in terms of the coach and who he wants to bring in, the players to go and who he wants to bring in.

    “I always think you’re never too far away from being competitive with the right people. But also, you’re never too far away from dropping down to tenth because that is the standard.

    “It’s an important moment to feel a connection again with the fans, who I know have been frustrated. We need to try to build that relationship back up and try to all push in the same direction.”

  • Kostas Lianos

    United make Bellingham bid

    Manchester United have tabled a £104million bid for Borussia Dortmund superstar Jude Bellingham.

    Bellingham is one of the hottest talents in Europe right now and is believed to be close to a move to Real Madrid.

    However, United are going to try their luck by striking a deal with Dortmund, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

    Manchester City and Liverpool were also previously linked but reportedly pulled out due to the midfielder's astronomical price.

  • Kostas Lianos

    Chelsea to hijack United target

    Chelsea could hijack Manchester United's reported move for Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana.

    Sky Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio said: "I don’t know if they’ll make an offer in the next weeks, it’s [still] early.

    "But Inter knows Onana is in the lists of Chelsea and Manchester United.

    "Inter will ask for €50million (£44m) minimum for him. And congratulations to Inter because they got him out of contract from Ajax [as a free agent]."

  • Kostas Lianos

    Bayern discuss United targets

    Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn is keeping his cards close to his chest when asked about the club's attempts to sign a new striker.

    Bayern have been linked with Manchester United targets Harry Kane and Randal Kolo Muani of Tottenham and Eintracht Frankfurt respectively.

    Kahn told BILD: "No comment on Harry Kane. I won’t say anything on players who’re not our players”.

    "Kolo Muani? Same. I don't want to talk about players of other clubs. But we're assessing the striker market."

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