8pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho was ‘offered PAY CUT’, Cavani and Alex Telles CONFIRMED, Smalling heads to Roma – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have announced the triple Deadline Day signing of Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Amad Traore.

But they failed to land Jadon Sancho and some reports astonishingly suggest that Ed Woodward offered the Dortmund star a pay cut.

Get all the latest news and transfer deadline day gossip here…

  • Marc Mayo


    Manchester United and Leeds fans may not always get along, but two of their star players appear to be pals.

    Bruno Fernandes has wished Raphina well after the Brazilian touched down in Yorkshire.

    “Welcome to the Premier League, brother,” wrote the United star on Raphina’s Instagram post confirming his move.

    The pair played together at Sporting CP during the 2018-19 season.

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    Parma have hit out at Atalanta for accepting Manchester United’s bid for Amad Diallo.

    The Serie A side were also in for the teenage winger and feel hard done by to have lost out.

    Parma director Alessandro Lucarelli told Sky Sports Italia: “We worked according to the dictates of the new club, we tried to buy many young players who will be able to give us a hand.

    “We already had a proven squad, which is strengthened by many interesting young players.

    “You must ask Atalanta about Diallo, we had the agreement and then the negotiation with Manchester United started and they sold him.

    “We covered ourselves with other players and we will make up for it, but he would have been useful.”

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    Manchester United have thanked Chris Smalling for his years of service at Old Trafford.

    The defender sealed a permanent move to Roma last night and posted a passionate thank you to the club on Twitter.

    He wrote: “Utd is a special place, and we achieved special things together, something I am beyond proud about. An unrivalled culture, where winning is not a want it is a need.”

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    Porto have emerged as a shock contender for Jesse Lingard.

    ESPN report on the Portuguese side’s interest in taking the midfielder on loan – with their transfer window still open.

    It had been suggested earlier in the autumn that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did NOT want to let Lingard leave despite keeping him out the side in the Premier League.

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    Manchester United matches received more complaints to Ofcom than any other team in the league last season.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side ended the campaign in third place behind neighbours City and champions Liverpool.

    Statistics, requested by Buzz Bingo, show United's matches received 48 complaints.

    That is more than any other team in the top-flight between August 2019 and 2020.

    As well as furious fans venting their anger, the complaints may have been related to the match coverage and footage.

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    Manchester United are no strangers to the dance of transfer deadline day.

    The Red Devils often dip into their cash reserves on the last day of the window and unveil a star signing.

    This year, Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles, Amad Traore, Facundo Pellistri and Willy Kaimbwala were all signed with hours to spare.

    But who joined previously on transfer deadline day and how well did they do?

    Check out Jon Boon's rundown of the Red Devils' late deals.

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    Edinson Cavani is a goalscorer like Alan Shearer on the pitch.

    But when he's not hitting the target, the 33-year-old is more of a sheep shearer – who loves farming.

    The Uruguayan international – who is also a keen ballet dancer – returned home during the pandemic and helped out on a farm.

    A video doing the rounds online shows him confidently shaving the wool from a sheep and it's clear that it isn't his first rodeo.

    And it doesn't come as a surprise after when asked what he would do if he wasn't a footballer.

    Cavani responded: “I'd work on a farm, I'd be a farmer.”

    In slightly more elegant surroundings, Cavani also revealed his interest in dancing and showed off his skills during a training session with Uruguay’s National Ballet School.

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    OH CHO

    Manchester United may now miss out on Jadon Sancho… to Liverpool!

    The Premier League champions are described as ahead of their rivals in the race for the England winger.

    According to The Independent, Bayern Munich and Liverpool have both overtaken United after they failed to do a deal for Sancho this autumn.

    With the Borussia Dortmund star’s contract expiring in two years’ time, next summer promises to be very busy for the Bundesliga side.

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    Premier League clubs splashed £1.24billion on new signings this summer, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The figure represents a £160m decrease from last season – but is still £70m more than was spent in the 2016 summer window.

    Chelsea were the league's top spenders, splashing £226.1m on fresh talent, including Timo Werner (£45m), Hakim Ziyech (£37m), Edouard Mendy (£22m) and Ben Chilwell (£50m).

    Manchester United finally added to their earlier signing Donny van de Beek on Deadline Day by bringing in fresh talent including Alex Telles – taking their overall spend to £54.4m – £1.4m more than Sheffield United.

    Burnley, meanwhile, hardly spent a penny, snapping up only Dale Stephens and Will Norris.

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    New Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has admitted he spoke with ex-Red Diego Forlan before agreeing to move.

    The Uruguayan has agreed a one-year deal with the Premier League side as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately tries to sort out a miserable start to the season.

    Speaking to 2 de Punta in his home country, Cavani said: “Diego, when he had to give references to me, he did it, he said very good things.

    “It’s okay to dream, but I like to wish things better. Dreaming seems fantasy, but wishing things makes you see them more real.”

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    Ole is excited, Edison is excited, are Manchester United fans excited?

    If Cavani can replicated his form from the past, then goals should be guaranteed.

    But we all thought that with Falcao, and look how that turned out.

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    A lovely flashback from new Manchester United signing Amad Traore here.

    United signed the 18-year-old winger from Atalanta for a fee as much as £37m.

    Now the teen has shared a photo from the past of him as a child with current Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Could the pair be playing with each other before the season is out?

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    Manchester United might not be done with their transfer business yet.

    The Red Devils have previously been linked with moves for Bournemouth dueo David Brooks and their former player Josh King.

    The Cherries will be hoping the EFL transfer window passes by with no contact from Old Trafford.

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    Rio Ferdinand has endorsed Man Utd's signing of Edinson Cavani and says that Mason Greenwood, in particular, will benefit.

    The former England star commented: “I said last transfer window that he's one of the players I would have highlighted to buy. We've got three supremely talented young strikers who are going to need assistance.

    “Martial is a prime example. He's going to be suspended [after being red-carded after striking Erik Lamela]. You need someone to step in.

    “I think Cavani would suit in a lot of capacities.

    “Mason would probably be the one to benefit most, to sit and watch someone like him on a daily basis, how he prepares, how he recovers, how he trains, the intensity levels he trains with through the week.”

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    Manchester United's pursuit of Jadon Sancho was so farcical that they initially offered the winger a PAY CUT, according to reports.

    The Red Devils were keen to keep in line with their strict wage structure which sees Donny van de Beek earning £110,000-a-week and Bruno Fernandes earning £150,000-a-week, the Athletic writes.

    But Sancho's representatives expected a pay packet more in line with Paul Pogba's £250,000-a-week salary – an offer that was not forthcoming until the second week of September.

    And United and Dortmund reportedly remained far apart on a fee for the winger right up to deadline day.

    The German side reportedly felt they were being generous by naming a price of £108m and may well have asked for a higher figure if there was further interest.

    Meanwhile the Red Devils were only ever willing to meet that fee in unrealistic add-ons, and even that offer from Ed Woodward was deemed to have been generous by Joel Glazer.

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    Manchester United's new-signing from Porto, Alex Telles, has told fans what to expect of him when he pulls on the famous red shirt.

    Speaking to the official website, the 27-year-old said: “I like to think of myself as a very intelligent player, a set-piece specialist and I’m always looking for opportunities to create passes to score goals.

    “I’m in the best moment of my life in terms of being a versatile player, and obviously coming to play in the Premier League and playing against the opponents I have done already, and playing in a league as strong as the Premier League.

    “I hope to be able to bring my best to the club.”

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    DEM OR US?

    Manchester United might not quite have given up on trying to sign Ousmane Dembele.

    Reports in Spain are that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could move back in for the Barcelona winger in January.

    It was believed United fancied getting the Frenchman in on loan, but Barca only wanted a permanent deal.

    Now Spanish newspaper AS reports that that Solskjaer ‘could try again’ in a few months.

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    New-signing Alex Telles is understandably delighted at joining Manchester United.

    But he won't be happy if he is on the end of another thrashing, like that of Tottenham at the weekend.

    Here he is modellling the club shirt, smile intact – for now.

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    Manchester United star Paul Pogba's brother Mathias has joined his 11th club as he signs for third-division Spanish side Racing Murcia

    Mathias, 30, completed his move to Murcia during the final days of the transfer window.

    He had initially signed for them in August when he left from another Spanish side Lorca FC.

    Mathias has also previously played for Wrexham, Crewe, Crawley Town and Partick Thistle.

    He is part of a trio of brothers who are all professional footballers, including his twin brother Florentin Pogba and Paul Pogba.

    Florentin plays in France for second division club Sochaux, who he signed for earlier this year.

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    “Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term.

    “Whilst we understand it will take time for him to adapt to the English game, he is capable of having an impact with his pace and ability to beat his opponent.

    “Facundo has the perfect platform at Manchester United to develop and he has all of the technical qualities and the right mentality required to become a top player here.

    “We are all looking forward to working with him to fulfil his potential over the coming years.”

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    “Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team.

    ”His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic and we are delighted to sign a player of his calibre.

    “He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality to the squad but, most importantly, he’ll bring goals.

    “He has had a brilliant career so far, winning trophies at almost every club he has played for, and he still has so much more to give at the highest level.

    “The opportunity for our young players to learn from one of Europe’s top goalscorers over the last 10 years is fantastic and it will really benefit them going forward

    “Edinson knows exactly what it takes to succeed and we are all looking forward to seeing him make an impact at Manchester United.”

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    Former Manchester United star Danny Welbeck has been allowed to leave Watford on a free transfer … just a year after costing them £16million, reports Justin Allen.

    The former United, Arsenal and England striker was earning £100,000-a-week.

    But after relegation from the Premier League, the Hornets cannot afford his wages.

    Welbeck, 29, had a strong end to the season after recovering from a hamstring injury that he sustained in October.

    It was hard for the striker to build momentum after getting injured, returning to the team in February only for that to be curtailed by the coronavirus lockdown.

    But he played all nine of the Hornets’ last matches post-lockdown, producing strong performances and scoring two goals.

    A number of Premier League clubs have enquired about the player and he has also attracted interest from abroad.

    Welbeck wants to play top-level football and with Watford hit by relegation and no gate receipts it was decided to let him move from Vicarage Road for free.

    The club paid £16m to Arsenal when they signed him last August.

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    Under-fire Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be hoping the three players coming in can turn around a dreadful start to the season.

    After being thumped 6-1 at home to Tottenham, Ed Woodward has masterminded the signings of Edinson Cavani, Alex Telles and Facunda Pellestri.

    Wonderkid Amad Traore is set to join in January.

    Speaking about Telles, Solskjaer said: “First and foremost, I welcome Alex to United.

    “He is a player we have been tracking for some time and his performances over the past few years are exactly what we are looking for.

    “He is a fighter and a winner and will add real determination and competition to the squad.

    “Alex has the qualities, both as a player and as a person, that we want here at Manchester United.”

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    United fans might be forgiven for forgetting the club signed 18-year-old Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri on deadline day too.

    But they will soon be fully aware of his talents, with the Manchester Evening News reporting that he will be immediately integrated into the first-team set-up.

    The Penarol sensation – also a target for some of Europe's top clubs including Manchester City – is only 18 but joins in an £9million deal on a five-year contract with an option for a further year.

    Pellistri follows Alex Telles, Edinson Cavani and Amad Traore as new faces through the door at Old Trafford on the final day of the transfer window.

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    So, United fans were left dejected that the club failed to get the Jadon Sancho transfer over the line.

    The Red Devils have been chasing the Borussia Dortmund winger all summer – but clearly the two teams were poles apart on the transfer fee.

    Now The Athletic is reporting that United were offering the 20-year-old LESS money per week than he is currently on in Germany.

    United did eventually revise this offer to almost make him level with what he is currently on.

    But Sancho reportedly wanted parity with Paul Pogba and his £250,000-a-week. And that's where things seemingly fell apart.

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