MANCHESTER UNITED are set for a busy transfer window as they look to build on a positive end to the season.
And the Red Devils are closing in on £110m record buy Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, with a five-year deal imminent.
Follow all the latest transfer updates and gossip from Old Trafford below…
BOYS ON TOUR
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the Europa League could provide the first step back to the very top for his Manchester United team.
United face LASK Linz in the second leg of their last 16 tie with a 5-0 lead from the game in Austria and are heading for the mini knock out tournament in Germany.
Solskjaer compared this moment in time for his new team to when Sir Alex Ferguson won the FA Cup back in 1990 which provided the catalyst for the glory years under him.
And Solskjaer said: “This team has developed through the season.
“We were delighted to finish third in the Premier League and the next step is to get your hands on a trophy.
“We have been to two semi-finals this season in the EFL Cup and FA Cup now we want to go one step further and win something.
“I remember when this club won the Premier League for the first time, things really started with winning the FA Cup before that.
“When you win that first trophy as a player you are hungry for more.
“I remember at Molde winning the title for the time in their 100 year history and they went on to win it four more times in the next eight or nine years.
“So it will be a big step forward for us to get our hands on a trophy.”
WIL GO CHEAP
EXCLUSIVE: Crystal Palace are braced to lose star turn Wilfried Zaha for a cut-price £30million.
The forward, 27, wants a move and the club are ready to sell him for the second time.
But there have been no serious takers, despite the reported interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
Zaha is Palace’s highest earner on around £130,000 a week and is under contract until 2023.Those two factors, plus the fact he will turn 28 in November, are putting off admirers.
Zaha was previouslyvalued at around £70m but Palace chiefs are now resigned to reducing their expectations.
Manchester United have not named Luke Shaw and Axel Tuanzebe in their 30-man squad for the Europa League knockouts.
Austrian side LASK face the Red Devils at Old Trafford on Wednesday with the hosts boasting a 5-0 first leg lead.
But absent from that tie, and the rest of the competition, will be Shaw and Tuanzebe.
An ankle injury will keep the left-back out with Tuanzebe unavailable until September, as confirmed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Phil Jones has made the cut despite suffering from fitness problems himself.
And academy defenders Teden Mengi and Ethan Laird are included, along with young midfielder Ethan Galbraith.
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Nathan Bishop.
Defenders: Eric Bailly, Diogo Dalot, Tim Fosu-Mensah, Phil Jones, Ethan Laird, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Teden Mengi, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Brandon Williams.
Midfielders: Andreas Pereira, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Ethan Galbraith, James Garner, Daniel James, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba.
Forwards: Tahith Chong, Mason Greenwood, Odion Ighalo, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford.
RIGHT SAID TED
Manchester United defender Teden Mengi is tipped to make his first-team debut in the Europa League clash with LASK.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to rotate his side after accruing a 5-0 first leg lead in the last-16 tie.
Having refused to rest the majority of his stars during the Premier League run-in, Wednesday's game presents a good chance for the manager to change his line-up.
Tipped to make the team is Mengi, 18, after a strong spell in training for the senior side.
Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are both unavailable with Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof potentially being saved for Monday's quarter-final in Germany.
In training ahead of the Old Trafford clash, Mengi was seen donning a new first-team squad number.
Wearing No71 when on the bench for United's dead rubber defeat to Astana in the Europa League group stage, the centre-back appears to have been elevated to No43.
Jesse Lingard has fuelled speculation that Jadon Sancho could join Manchester United after he revealed the winger regularly plays Call of Duty: Warzone with the Red Devils squad.
It’s no secret that the Borussia Dortmund ace is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s No1 target this transfer window as he desperately looks to bring him to Old Trafford.
And United fans will be delighted to hear that Sancho is in regular conversations with several members of the squad.
Lingard – who has played with Sancho for the England national team – lifted the lid in an interview with Sporf about the popular online battle royale game.
Speaking about who he plays with, Lingard said: “There’s quite a few of us to be fair.
“Marcus [Rashford], Brandon [Williams], [Paul] Pogba, [Jadon] Sancho.
“I play with Dan James every day, so there’s quite a few of us that play it quite regularly.”
Chris Smalling will not feature in Roma's Europa League campaign.
The United loanee is appearing to head back to Manchester following a comment made on social media.
He wrote: “I’m gutted that I can’t finish what we started this season.
“To experience the love shown to me in such a short time was extra special and it will not be forgotten.
“I want to thank and wish all the players and staff the best of luck against Sevilla. DAJE ROMA!”
Smalling featured 30 times for Roma over the season and could leave the club permanently this summer.
KIT OF ALRIGHT
Manchester United's new home kit for 2020-21 has been released – with the adidas strip set for its first look against LASK.
The Red Devils take on the Austrian side in the second-leg of their last-16 Europa League tie on Wednesday night.
With just hours to go before the match, fans have been given their first official glimpse of the new jersey.
The kit manufacturer claim to have put the heart and soul of the club at the focus of the new shirt, which is the traditional red, with adidas’ iconic white stripes along the shoulders.
The kit is finished with a pair of white shorts and black socks.
Manchester United are close to landing Jadon Sancho in a record £110million deal.
But United will not be bullied into meeting next Monday’s deadline set by Borussia Dortmund to sign the English superstar, 20.
There has been a breakthrough in negotiations as the Red Devils have forced the Germans into accepting staggered payments, with £70m up front.
There was no way United were going to pay the initial demand of £110m in one go for someone so young.
The fee will rise to that British-record figure based on Sancho’s achievements and appearances.
And the main part of the add-ons mean United need to win the Prem and Champions League.
Sancho will sign a four-year, £220,000-a-week deal, with the option on the club’s side of extending it by a further year.
The winger — who will wear United’s iconic No 7 shirt — returns to Manchester three years after leaving the Etihad.
Dortmund paid Manchester City just £10m for him in August 2017.
The No 7 shirt was last worn by flop AlexisSanchez, who United are desperate to offload to Inter Milan for a cut-price £10m.
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