Marcus Rashford Delays New Contract as Striker Seeks Assurances Over Man Utd’s Long-Term Plans

​Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford wants assurances over the club’s ambition to return to European football’s top table before signing a new long-term contract at Old Trafford.

The England international has up to two years left on his current deal and new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for Rashford to sign an extension in the near future as part of his rebuilding process.

But The Sun claims that Rashford is delaying a new contract until Manchester United prove they want to get back to challenging for titles in the Premier League and in Europe.

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The 21-year-old is entering the final year of his contract next season, but the club does retain a one-year extension clause which will see him remain at the club until at least 2021.

Manager Solskjaer is facing a similar headache with goalkeeper David de Gea, who has just one year left at Old Trafford after his one-year extension was activated earlier this season.

Having previously been a target of Real Madrid, only French giants Paris Saint-Germain have been seriously linked with the Spain international ahead of the summer transfer window and United are under pressure to sell.

They’ve been in talks with De Gea throughout the campaign but have been unable to get the 28-year-old tied down to a new deal.

Manchester United will now look to extend Rashford’s contract as soon as possible to avoid losing the striker on a free transfer – only a small amount of compensation would be needed as he’s an academy graduate.

But the club have to make it clear that they want to get back to challenging for league title alongside Manchester City and Liverpool, as well as escape the Europa League for good beyond next season.

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Manchester United Make Initial Contact With Fulham Over Potential Signing of Ryan Sessegnon

​Manchester United have made initial contact with Fulham in an attempt to sign Cottagers winger Ryan Sessegnon this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are preparing for a busy transfer window as they look to overhaul a squad that finished sixth in the Premier League and want to bring young, hungry players to the club.

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At 19 years of age, Sessegnon fits that brief and Sky Sports have claimed United are keen to add him to their squad.

However, United will face competition for his services, with Tottenham and Juventus also interested in the England Under-21 international. Despite struggling for the majority of his first season in the Premier League, Sessegnon remains an exciting prospect with a huge amount of experience for such a young player.

The teenager already has over 100 senior appearances for Fulham but is said to want to leave Craven Cottage after they were relegated from the top flight, with reports suggesting he does not want to spend another campaign in the Championship.

Ryan Sessegnon

Sessegnon only has one more year remaining on his contract and, with the player wanting to leave and the club not wanting to lose him on a free next summer, it is highly likely he will move on before the window closes in August for a fee expected to be in the region of £35m.

United appear to have stolen a march on their rivals for his signature and may look to get the deal done as quickly as possible, with ​ESPN previously reporting Solskjaer would like to complete all of his transfer business by July 1.

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Manchester United Target Moussa Dembélé as Arsenal & Liverpool Monitor Lyon Striker

​Manchester United have made Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé a transfer target this summer, with the Frenchman valued at £40m.

However, the Red Devils, who have seemingly been linked with every professional footballer under the sun over the past week, face competition for his signature.

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According to Euro United, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær is interested in bringing Dembélé to Old Trafford this summer. With the future of Romelu Lukaku uncertain, the Red Devils are likely to be in the market for a striker.

Dembélé impressed during his first season with Lyon and has also attracted the attention of two more Premier League sides – ​Arsenal and ​Liverpool. He has scored 22 goals in all competitions in the current campaign, helping guide Lyon to third in Ligue 1 and the round of 16 stage of the ​Champions League.

Moussa Dembele

The 22-year-old joined Lyon in the summer from Celtic for a fee of £19.7m. He started his professional career with ​Fulham, scoring 19 goals in 64 appearances before signing for the Hoops.

He spent just over two years with the Scottish champions, scoring 51 goals in 94 appearances. He won two Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish League Cups and two Scottish Cups whilst playing for Celtic. Dembélé was named in the PFA Scotland Premiership Team of the Year in his second season.

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However, he fell out with Brendan Rodgers, the Celtic manager at the time, at the beginning of his third season with the club and subsequently made the move back to his home country.

He is uncapped by France’s senior team but has made 19 appearances for their Under-21 side, scoring 11 goals.

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Massimiliano Allegri: 7 Potential Destinations for the Italian After Juventus Announce His Departure

​After five years, five Serie A titles, four Coppa Italias and two Champions League runner-up medals, Massimiliano Allegri will leave Juventus this summer, marking the end of an era of unprecedented success at the Old Lady. 

The club only announced his departure earlier on Friday, and while the dust hasn’t yet settled, the wheels of football stop turning for no one person. 

Here are seven potential destinations for Allegri when he inevitably returns to football. 


Barcelona

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There are obvious arguments against this one ever happening. Whether or not ​Barca will stick with Ernesto Valverde amid a ​period of ​turmoil in the wake of Champions League capitulation against Liverpool remains to be seen, but the biggest doubt over his potential appointment at Camp Nou is cast by the footballing differences between the two parties.

Allegri favours a quintessentially Italian, tactically rigid style, while Barcelona embody the footballing antithesis of that, so it’s unclear if either side would be willing to compromise in order to work together. If they found a way to make it work, then we would see one of the most successful managers of modern times take over one of the most dominant teams in Europe on their day, and everyone else in La Liga could kiss their hopes of silverware goodbye.

Still, that’s a big if. 

Probability Rating: 2/10


Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

OK, I hear you shouting at me already. Yes, ​Manchester United only handed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a three-and-a-half year deal in March, and no, I’m not entirely sure why they did that considering they still had a lot to play for. 

They’re probably regretting it now, even if they won’t admit it, and given that they haven’t won a match since that victory over Watford at the end of March, there seems like a realistic, if not quite probable, chance that Ole won’t be at the wheel come Christmas. In that event, Allegri will be one of the frontrunners, assuming he is still available.

A lot of stars would need to align for this to come off, but it’s not impossible. 

Probability Rating: 4/10


AS Roma

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Roma are one of the few major sides in Europe who are almost guaranteed to be looking for a new manager this summer, unless they shock us all and appoint Claudio Ranieri on a permanent basis.

Assuming they will be in need of a new coach, Allegri will no doubt be a topic of conversation in the Italian capital. The question won’t be over Roma’s interest, but whether Allegri is prepared to undergo the serious long-term rebuilding job required to take them back to the height of Italian football. It seems plausible, but would require Roma to put their money where their mouth is and prove their ambition to a serial winner like Allegri. 

Probability Rating: 5/10


Bayern Munich

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Niko Kovac has endured a difficult first season in charge at Bayern Munich. They are still on course to win the Bundesliga, and will do so with a ​point on the final day of the season, and should they get that over the line, they deserve credit for the bottle they’ve shown in seeing off a formidable challenge from Borussia Dortmund. 

However, they fell way short in Europe and are facing a pretty huge almost Real Madrid-sized summer rebuild. With a coach like Allegri available, with a track record of ruthless success, they may well opt to change managers for that transition. His poor record in Europe might concern some in Bavaria, but there is no club better placed for him to finally lift that Champions League trophy. 

Probability Rating: 5/10


Milan

Massimiliano Allegri

Milan seem likely to be chasing a new manager this summer, with the future of Rino Gattuso well and truly up in the air, and who better to return them to the top than the man who led them to their last Serie A back in 2011?

The allure of his former employers would undoubtedly prove tempting. They are one of Italian football’s sleeping giants and possess limitless untapped potential, although it is likely he will have offers on the table from clubs with a higher standing in modern football. However, Allegri knows the club and what it takes to succeed with them. 

Probability Rating: 6/10


Chelsea

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The jury is out on Maurizio Sarri at ​Chelsea. Their third-placed finish in the Premier League will undoubtedly alleviate the pressure somewhat, but for a club whose feeling on managers seems to sway dramatically depending on their latest result, you can’t help but feel that failure to win the ​Europa League ​final against Arsenal later this month could well lead to him losing his job.

With a coach like Allegri available, they might just decide to make the change whatever happens, since they are desperate to drag themselves up to the level of Manchester City and Liverpool. It might take more than a world class manager to bridge that gap, given the huge chasm that exists between the title challengers and the rest of the league at present, but that wouldn’t stop the Blues trying.

On top of that, they’re a club with a history of appointing Italian managers, with Sarri the sixth of his countrymen to sit in the dugout at Stamford Bridge over the last two decades. This really does just feel within the realms of possibility. 

Probability Rating: 7/10


Paris Saint-Germain

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Taking history out of the equation, a move to PSG would seem like a direct continuation of the work Allegri put in at Juventus. A club who are comfortable in their domestic dominance, needing to find an extra gear or two in order to go to the next level and win the big one in Europe. 

​Maybe Juventus were a bit closer to achieving that one than the Parisians, but the parallels are clear, and given they have badly dipped in form recently, they don’t seem too far from cutting ties with Thomas Tuchel this summer. The availability of Allegri could be the catalyst for that change.

Probability Rating: 8/10

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Man Utd ‘Enquire’ About Robert Lewandowski After Striker Stalls on New Bayern Contract

​Manchester United have made an inquiry over the availability of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski after the striker began doubting his future with the German champions.

The Poland international has been of interest to United for a number of transfer windows, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to rebuild his squad after a bitterly disappointing season in which they finished sixth in the top-flight.

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German publication Kicker, as relayed by the Daily Mail, claim Lewandowksi is unsure whether to put pen to paper on a new deal in Bavaria, prompting United to step up their interest for the Bundesliga star. Having spent the last nine seasons in the country, it is thought the former Borussia Dortmund forward could seek a fresh challenge ahead of the new season.

With the 30-year-old’s current deal expiring in the summer of 2021, Die Roten are keen to extend that by a further year, with the club eager to get the forward to sign a new contract after ​Bayern take part in the German Cup final against RB Leipzig at the end of the month.

United’s top scorer in the ​Premier League this season was Paul Pogba, who finished on 13 goals for the season from midfield. As such, Solskjaer is looking to reinforce his front line with an eye on securing an immediate return to the top four and earning a Champions League spot.


This season Lewandowski is set to once again finish the campaign as the Bundesliga top scorer, having netted 22 times already heading into the final round of fixtures. Furthermore, the Pole is also on the verge of winning his seventh German league title – with Niko Kovac’s side requiring just a point from their final game against Eintracht Frankfurt.

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