Victor Lindelof's agent has confirmed the rumoured Barcelona target is attracting interest from one of Europe's top clubs.

LaLiga champions Barca are believed to be in the market for a new centre-back after missing out on Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, who appears set to join Juventus.

Manchester United defender Lindelof has reportedly emerged as an option to rival starters Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet amid reports the club are prepared to part with Samuel Umtiti.

United are said to be among Umtiti's suitors but it remains to be seen whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be willing to lose Sweden international Lindelof.

"Lindelof is on the radar of a great European club, but leaving United depends on the English club," Hasan Cetinkaya, the 24-year-old's agent, told Mundo Deportivo.

Lindelof signed a four-year contract when he joined United from Benfica in July 2017, with an option for an additional 12 months.

The Premier League club have been heavily linked with Leicester City's Harry Maguire as manager Solskjaer looks to remodel a defence that leaked 54 league goals last term.

Real Madrid want Paul Pogba and the LaLiga giants are confident the Manchester United midfielder would reject a possible return to Juventus.

Pogba, 26, is set to leave Old Trafford this close season, just three years after returning to the Premier League club from Juve.

The France international is heavily linked with a move to Madrid, but the Serie A champions are also reportedly interested.

 

TOP STORY – MADRID BELIEVE POGBA WILL REJECT JUVE RETURN

Real Madrid feel Pogba will opt against a return to Juventus even if the chance presented itself, according to the Daily Mail.

The report says Pogba wants to play for compatriot and Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane and experience a new league.

Pogba has travelled with United for their pre-season tour, but his agent recently said the midfielder wants an exit.

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- Madrid are set to raise some funds by selling James Rodriguez to Napoli. Marca report Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli is in Madrid with James' agent, with the LaLiga side wanting €42million for the playmaker. Napoli, meanwhile, want an option to buy later.

- Mauro Icardi is unwanted at Inter, with Napoli and Juventus linked with the forward. Corriere dello Sport report Juve president Andrea Agnelli was meeting with agent Gabriele Giuffrida, who could be the intermediary for negotiations between the Serie A champions and Inter.

- Manchester United appear to be searching for a midfielder this close season and they are linked with a surprise move for Tiemoue Bakayoko. RMC Sport say United have made contact with Chelsea about Bakayoko, back at Stamford Bridge after a loan spell at AC Milan, while Paris Saint-Germain are also chasing the French midfielder.

- Juventus are willing to sell Joao Cancelo. According to Corriere Torino, Maurizio Sarri has approved the sale of the full-back, who has been linked to Manchester City and Bayern Munich.

- Everton are looking to strengthen with the addition of a forward. Sport report the Premier League club are willing to offer £31.4m (€35m) for Barcelona forward Malcom, who has also attracted interest from Arsenal. Meanwhile, La Gazzetta dello Sport say Everton had a £26.9m (€30m) offer for teenage Juventus forward Moise Kean turned down.

- Like Icardi unwanted at Inter, Radja Nainggolan has offers from China. Gianluca Di Marzio reports the Belgian midfielder is evaluating offers from Chinese Super League (CSL) clubs Dalian Yifang and Shanghai Shenhua.

James Rodriguez could yet be staying in Madrid – by moving to Atletico.

James, 27, is set to leave Real Madrid after Bayern Munich opted against exercising their purchase option for the playmaker at the conclusion of his two-year loan deal.

It seemed the Colombia international was likely to move to Napoli, but interest from Atletico has, at least, slowed down that potential switch.

 

TOP STORY – JAMES PREFERS ATLETICO SWITCH OVER NAPOLI

According to Gol Caracol, James is enjoying the interest from Atletico Madrid.

The report says Atletico would be ready to invest the €120million they are expected to receive from Barcelona for Antoine Griezmann on James.

With Joao Felix having already arrived at the Wanda Metropolitano, Diego Simeone could have plenty of attacking talent to work with next season.

 

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- Griezmann is set for a fine. AS report the forward, expected to join Barcelona, did not report for the start of Atletico Madrid's pre-season and could face a fine. The France international is reportedly in Ibiza on holiday.

- Paul Pogba will join Manchester United on their pre-season tour despite wanting a move from Old Trafford. The Mirror report Real Madrid – who are eyeing the midfielder – told Pogba to make the trip, unwilling to risk upsetting the United hierarchy.

- Inter are still trying, unsuccessfully, to find a deal for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. La Repubblica report Inter offered either Mauro Icardi or Radja Nainggolan as part of a deal for Lukaku, but that was rejected.

- Tottenham are eager to bring in Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. Corriere dello Sport report Spurs have offered £20.6m (€23m) plus defender Toby Alderweireld for Zaniolo, a deal which was apparently well received. Juventus are also interested in the 20-year-old Italy international.

- Just as it looked like his Valencia deal was just about done, Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez may have had a change of heart. West Ham have offered to meet Gomez's £44.9m (€50.1m) release clause, according to Sky Sports, who say the Premier League club – who sold Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG – want to pay in instalments.

- Liverpool could be signing another young talent. The Telegraph report the European champions are set to sign England Under-17 midfielder Harvey Elliott, the 16-year-old having left Fulham and decided to head to Anfield over several European giants. Liverpool have already added 17-year-old Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg this close season.

Former Real Madrid striker Fernando Morientes can understand why Zinedine Zidane is so determined to sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Pogba's agent Mino Raiola made it clear this week that the France international is seeking a move away from Old Trafford and Madrid are considered the favourites to land his signature.

Head coach Zidane has previously talked up the possibility of signing the World Cup winner, who was named in the PFA Premier League Team of Year last season despite attracting widespread criticism for some of his performances.

But while Morientes believes Pogba would be a good addition to Madrid's squad, he expects former team-mate Zidane to offload players before pushing to bring in the wantaway United midfielder.

"I think he is a great player, but Real Madrid need to let some players leave before signing others," he told reporters.

"There are many good players in the Real Madrid midfield but Pogba is one of the best there is. 

"Zidane is pushing a lot to sign him. I think when a coach wants a player it is because he knows he is going to do good things, so if Pogba came he would be a good signing for Real Madrid."

Despite Raiola's comments on Friday, Pogba has travelled to Australia for the start of United's pre-season tour.

Manchester United have included Paul Pogba in their squad to tour Australia and Asia amid significant doubt about the midfielder's future at the club.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have 28 players to choose from as he oversees his first pre-season trip, including France international Pogba and in-demand striker Romelu Lukaku.

Confirmation of their involvement comes just two days after Pogba's agent, Mino Raiola, claimed the World Cup winner's desire to leave Old Trafford is "clear".

Wayne Rooney has advised rumoured Manchester United target Jadon Sancho to remain at Borussia Dortmund for the good of his development.

United are reportedly interested in signing England international Sancho and could make a move if Paul Pogba forces through a transfer to Real Madrid.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already captured 21-year-old pair Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James this close season and, at 19, winger Sancho would fit the profile of a club looking to refresh a stale squad.

The teenager could command a starting XI spot at the Premier League club on the strength of his last season with Dortmund, during which he scored 12 goals in 34 Bundesliga appearances.

That level of exposure to first-team football has hastened Sancho's progress into the senior England set-up and leads former Red Devils forward Rooney to believe he is in the right place.

"Dortmund is a great club with great fans, they trust their young players and you can see that in Sancho and the progress he has made in the last 12 months," the DC United star told Sport Bild.

"It's fun to watch him, he's doing really well at BVB.

"Now Jadon has to ask himself whether he would get the playing time he gets in Dortmund when he moves to England, or would he just sit on the bench?

"Playing time is so important for a young player like Jadon, so if he gets the most playing time in Dortmund, he should stay there."

Sancho spent just over two years with United's rivals Manchester City before opting to move abroad.

He made his Bundesliga debut in October 2017 and broke into Gareth Southgate's England squad 12 months later.

Manchester United's pursuit of a new centre-back sounds like it is becoming quite expensive.

Not only have Leicester City reportedly quoted them £90million plus for Harry Maguire, the Red Devils are also being expected to make the England man their third-highest-paid player.

Little wonder Manchester City have apparently stepped away from the race to sign him.

 

TOP STORY - UNITED TO OFFER MAGUIRE HUGE WAGE

The Daily Star claim Manchester United are to offer Harry Maguire a wage of £250,000 a week to tempt him to Old Trafford.

That is said to be three times as much as he earns at Leicester City and would make him the third-highest earner at the Red Devils, behind Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

Perhaps he is worth the money, though. According to the Manchester Evening News, Alex Ferguson has given the signing of Maguire his seal of approval.

 

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- Manchester United do not know if Paul Pogba will be on the plane to Australia for the start of their pre-season training camp, according to the Mirror. Pogba is determined to leave Old Trafford amid links to Real Madrid and former club Juventus.

- According to Corriere dello Sport, Roma star Nicolo Zaniolo wants to join Juventus despite interest from Champions League runners-up Tottenham. Spurs have reportedly offered €23million plus defender Toby Alderweireld, while Juve are prepared to offload Gonzalo Higuain and cash for the 20-year-old.

- The Star reports Arsenal want Bournemouth's Ryan Fraser if they are not able to sign Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha. The Gunners are also favourites to sign Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney ahead of Napoli, according to CalcioNapoli24.

- According to Sport Mediaset, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's agent is in London to hold talks with Manchester United about the Lazio midfielder. Milinkovic-Savic emerged as a target for United at the start of 2018-19 and with the Red Devils needing to reinforce their midfield amid doubts over Paul Pogba, the Serbia international could be available for €80million.

Barcelona target Antoine Griezmann has informed Atletico Madrid that he will not report for the start of pre-season training, Marca says. Griezmann has already made clear his desire to leave Atletico after five years, with LaLiga champions Barca the favourites to sign the France star.

- Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is keen to make a 'statement signing' and has identified Atletico Madrid forward Diego Costa, claims the Daily Mail.

- The Sun says Atletico Madrid could be forced to sell Saul Niguez amid speculation linking the Spain international midfielder to Manchester United. According to reports, Quality Sports Investments own 40 per cent of Saul's transfer rights and would be owned that percentage if the player – who has a €150million release clause – leaves Madrid.

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake has emerged as a target for Premier League champions Manchester City, who are refusing to meet Leicester City's valuation of Harry Maguire.

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez suffered an injury in Chile's clash with Argentina at the Copa America, leaving the field after just 16 minutes.

The 30-year-old's appearance in the third place play-off was shortlived and he appeared to be clutching his hamstring as he walked to the Chile bench.

Sanchez is reportedly on his way out of Old Trafford after scoring just five goals in all competitions for the club since his arrival from Arsenal in January.

Goals against Japan and Ecuador helped to put Sanchez in the shop window before their semi-final defeat to Peru, with clubs in the Chinese Super League and Major League Soccer reported to be tracking the former Barcelona man.

Chile found themselves 2-0 down to goals from Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala.

Los Angeles is set for a blockbuster NBA rivalry next season after Kawhi Leonard reportedly agree to sign on for the Clippers.

With Paul George also said to be joining from the Oklahoma City Thunder, an exciting Clippers team is set to go head-to-head against a Los Angeles Lakers franchise fronted by NBA icon LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Leonard, who spearheaded the Toronto Raptors to a maiden championship last season, is a signing who can make the Clippers – who finished eighth in the Western Conference in 2018-19 – a real force to be reckoned with.

In July 2018, it was the Lakers making waves when they drafted in superstar James from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

There is now some real star power across both Los Angeles teams, and inspired by this, we have taken a look at times when cross-city rivalries sent the sporting world into a frenzy.

 

Manchester City v Manchester United

For a long time, Manchester City lived in Manchester United's shadow, suffering multiple relegations while their rivals won a treble and dominated the domestic game under Alex Ferguson's tutelage. Things changed in 2008, however, when City were bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner of the Abu Dhabi United Group, and they have since gone on to become much more than the "noisy neighbours" that Ferguson dubbed them in 2009.

The pendulum did not swing fully in City's favour until the last day of the 2011-12, when they clinched their first Premier League title in the most dramatic of circumstances. Sergio Aguero's last-gasp goal in a 3-2 win against QPR is the thing of folklore, the Argentina striker scoring after Edin Dzeko had already levelled the scores in stoppage time. It denied Ferguson's United, who thought they had the job done having won at Sunderland until news of City's sensational finale filtered through.

United got their revenge the following season, but since Ferguson left, the Red Devils have hardly come close to keeping pace with City.

Rabbitohs v Roosters

The oldest and fiercest rivalry in the NRL is between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters.

Their rivalry escalated in the 1990s when the increased financial standing of the Roosters came in stark contrast to the lack of funds available to the Rabbitohs, who broke a 10-year, 13-game losing streak against their nemesis in 2005.

In the last regular-season rounds of 2013 and 2014, the Roosters came out on top against their rivals to claim the Minor Premiership, though the Rabbitohs won in the preliminary final in the latter campaign to reach their first grand final in 43 years. Four years later, the Roosters defeated Souths 12-4 in the preliminary final at Allianz Stadium, in front of a record crowd.

Mets v Yankees 

In 2000, the New York Mets and New York Yankees met in the Major League Baseball World Series - the first time two teams from the Big Apple had met in the showpiece since 1956.

Referred to as the "Subway Series", it was the Yankees who came out on top with a dominant 4-1 series win, despite having lost 15 of their last 18 regular season games.

It was a third successive World Series triumph for the Yankees, who also made it to the same stage in 2001, but lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The rivals have not met in a World Series since, and it took the Mets another 15 years to make it back to the big stage.

UCLA v USC

One of the biggest college football rivalries comes in the form of the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans.

The most famous encounter between the two universities came in 1967, in a match known as "the game of the century." It matched USC - with OJ Simpson - against a UCLA side including Gary Beban, with the Conference Championship on the line, while Simpson and Beban were competing for the Heisman Trophy.

It was USC who ran out victorious in a 21-20 victory and they went on to defeat Indiana in the Rose Bowl and win the National Championship. Beban claimed the Heisman Trophy, despite Simpson's notable performance in the encounter and 1,543 rushing yards over the season.

Boca Juniors v River Plate

One of the most famous and fierce local rivalries in football, or indeed any sport, the Superclasico is an incredible Buenos Aires derby between Argentina's two biggest clubs - Boca Juniors and River Plate.

In 2018, both sides progressed to the final of the Copa Libertadores, making it the first Superclasico final of an international competition. It was a two-legged encounter with one match to be played at each ground.

Tensions were high, and after a 2-2 draw in the first leg at Boca's home Estadio Alberto J. Armando, they boiled over in dramatic and violent fashion prior to the second leg at El Monumental, with the match eventually called off after the Boca coach was attacked en route to the stadium.

After much controversy, the second leg finally took place at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, with River winning 3-1 to secure a 5-2 aggregate victory and their fourth Copa Libertadores title.

Romelu Lukaku has been strongly linked with Inter, but it appears Juventus are also interested in the Manchester United striker.

Lukaku, 26, looks set to leave Old Trafford this close season, having struggled to have the same impact at United as he did at Everton.

Inter seemed set to be the Belgium international's most likely destination, but Juve are interested, or likely at least driving up the price for their rivals.

 

TOP STORY – JUVENTUS MAKE LUKAKU APPROACH

According to Sky Sport Italia, Juventus have approached Manchester United about Lukaku.

Such a move would be a blow to Inter, who looked favourites to sign Lukaku, with an exit seemingly looming for Mauro Icardi.

Gianluca Di Marzio reports there is uncertainty over how serious Juventus are about a move for Lukaku.

 

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- Juventus are also linked with Icardi, who is a reported target for Napoli. La Gazzetta dello Sport report Napoli are ready to offer €60million for the forward.

- Atletico Madrid are ready to complete a deal for Alvaro Morata. The forward joined the LaLiga club in January on an 18-month loan deal from Chelsea, but Atletico are reported to have a purchase option. Sport say they are ready to pay €55m (£49.3m) for Morata, potentially as soon as this close season.

- Arsenal need to strengthen but it seems any movement from the Emirates Stadium is happening slowly. AS report the Premier League club are in negotiations with Real Madrid over Lucas Vazquez, prepared to pay £31.4m (€35m) for the attacker. Arsenal may finally find an exit for Mesut Ozil, with TRT Spor reporting Turkish giants Fenerbahce could take the playmaker on loan.

- Staying in London, Tottenham could be set to sign Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos on loan. AS report Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke to Ceballos about a move, and Sport say any deal would be a one-year loan agreement as the 22-year-old is eager to prove himself at the Santiago Bernabeu.

- Spurs are also reportedly interested in Real Madrid's Mariano. Tottenham have enquired about Mariano, according to AS, while Roma are also interested in the 25-year-old forward.

- Forget Manchester United and Tottenham, Youri Tielemans has chosen Leicester City. Having spent the second half of last season on loan at Leicester from Monaco, Tielemans is close to finalising a permanent move to the King Power Stadium, according to The Sun.

Paul Pogba responded to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's challenge in double the style.

LA Galaxy star Ibrahimovic, Pogba's former Manchester United team-mate, did the bottle cap challenge – the latest viral craze – on Thursday, before offering an invite to the France midfielder.

Pogba – whose agent confirmed on Friday he wanted to leave United amid links to Real Madrid – responded in his own way less than 24 hours later.

The 26-year-old opted to kick the lids off two bottles rather than the usual one.

"@iamzlatanibrahimovic thanks for the #bottlecapchallenge invite!!" Pogba wrote on Instagram alongside a video of him kicking the lids off.

"I've just put my pogtouch? If you don't mind 2bottles challenge now?"

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has promised "most" of his players will have a chance to show they deserve to play a big part in Manchester United's future.

The Red Devils boss is rebuilding his squad and has already brought Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to the club as his first major signings.

In the closing weeks of the 2018-19 season, Solskjaer promised there would be changes in the ranks and warned consistently under-performing players they would play no part in his revolution.

Ahead of a new campaign, Solskjaer this week welcomed the majority of his players back from holiday, and on Sunday they head to Australia at the outset of a pre-season tour.

Solskjaer, asked if every player would begin with a clean slate and an opportunity to impress, said: "Yeah, there is a chance for everyone. They are all going to be a part of this. Well, most of them anyway."

He related the situation to how he felt as a player with United during the Alex Ferguson era.

"I always felt the first couple of weeks was a big chance for me to impress the gaffer and to show him that I am ready for the season," Solskjaer said.

The Norwegian has been at the helm since December, replacing Jose Mourinho, whose tenure ended in disappointment that he could not deliver a sustained Premier League title challenge.

United were sixth when Solskjaer took charge and they finished in that position in May, with their form fluctuating in that five-month period.

There are likely to be more arrivals and departures before the 2019-20 season begins, with Paul Pogba's agent on Friday saying the France midfielder wanted to leave Old Trafford.

Solskjaer said a first half-season in charge allowed him to accrue "great knowledge", and he feels he knows where improvements are required as United attempt to become a team that can rival Manchester City and Liverpool for league honours.

"At Manchester United, and in the Premier League, I have to say, you have to be at our best for long, long periods," Solskjaer told United's official website.

"You've got to be consistent. You can see the top two teams last season were so consistent. We've got to get up there so that's great knowledge and learning for us, and great experience.

"Of course, to have the pre-season together and lay down the foundations and principles to get the fitness, the tactics and the mentality right, and to get the team gelled as one, is important."

Paul Pogba wants to leave Manchester United and is "in the process" of securing a transfer, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

Pogba hinted at being unsettled at Old Trafford last month, telling reporters in Japan he was interested in a new challenge three years after returning to United from Juventus.

A move back to Juve has been mooted for the World Cup winner, while Real Madrid and Barcelona are also rumoured to be interested in the playmaker.

Raiola, who negotiated Pogba's then world-record move to United in 2016, did not offer any indication as to Pogba's preferred destination, but made his client's intentions clear.

"Everyone within the club, from the manager to the owner, knows Paul's wishes," Raiola told The Times.

"Everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on. We are in the process of that. Everyone knows what the feelings of Paul are."

Pogba is apparently yet to report for pre-season training with United, although the midfielder has reportedly been given permission by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to join the group late.

United play their first friendly ahead of the 2019-20 season against A-League side Perth Glory in Australia on July 13, but it is unclear whether Pogba will join his team-mates on tour.

"I cannot tell you anything," Raiola added. "I live day by day."

The Italian Football Association (FIGC) imposed a three-month ban on Raiola in April, with no specific reasoning provided.

FIFA extended the sanction to a worldwide ban, but this was lifted last month, paving the way for Raiola to negotiate deals for Pogba and his other clients, who include Ajax's in-demand captain Matthijs de Ligt.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United will continue to add to their squad in the off-season after bringing Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Old Trafford.

Wales international James joined from Championship side Swansea City, while drawn-out negotiations with Crystal Palace resulted in Wan-Bissaka joining on June 29 for a reported £45million, plus an additional £5m in potential bonuses.

United are also rumoured to be interested in Harry Maguire and said to have had a £70m bid rejected by Leicester City, while Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff is supposedly another target.

And after praising United's recent business, Solskjaer still expects more incomings before the transfer window shuts on August 8.

"Well, it's a long-term and short-term project," Solskjaer told United's official website. "You cannot just think three years down the line, and so we've got short-term goals as well, of course.

"I think we've been quite calm and good in the market, as we've got the right people and we're still working on a case or two.

"Of course, we're always looking to improve the squad and, all over the summer I've been in touch with Joel [Glazer, co-chairman] and Ed [Woodward, executive vice-chairman] and all the recruitment and analysis people.

"I've got to say it's been very good so far. I've got the backing and we've got to make sure we don't just jump in and do something rash.

"We've got the people we wanted, for now, and there will probably be some more business being done."

But while acknowledging United are working on other deals, Solskjaer also expressed his excitement at the two signings already completed.

"I know this club, the supporters, staff, coaches and team-mates, we want players who can get us off the edge of our seats," Solskjaer continued.

"Both these players have X-factors, real X-factors, and are great, humble human beings who are hard-working, hungry and just at the start of their careers.

"I'm sure the fans will be delighted when they see their progress. They are here now. Now it's up to them to take the opportunity and prove their worth.

"Of course, we don't expect them to set the world alight on the first day, but they are going to grow into big and very good Manchester United players."

Axel Tuanzebe has become the latest player to renew his contract with Manchester United.

With Marcus Rashford agreeing a new long-term deal earlier this week, United confirmed Andreas Pereira had signed a new contract on Friday.

And Pereira's renewal was swiftly followed by the club announcing defender Tuanzebe, who has spent the last 18 months on loan at Aston Villa, has pledged his future to United.

Tuanzebe, 21, has signed a three-year deal, extending his stay at Old Trafford until 2022, with an option for an additional year.

"I have grown up at United and it has always been a big part of my life and my family's life," Tuanzebe, who can play at centre-back, full-back or in midfield, told United's official website.

"I appreciate the trust that the club has in me and I want to repay that with my performances on the pitch."

Tuanzebe became a key figure for Villa last term, making 28 Championship appearances as Dean Smith's side secured promotion to the top flight.

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