Paul Pogba's future is understood to be a key factor in determining how many more signings Manchester United are able to make this summer - although they are keen to bring in another midfielder. United have been active in the market ahead of the new Premier League season, with the £73m capture of Jadon Sancho set to be followed by a £41m deal for Raphael Varane . But their heavy spending may not continue, with the club believed to consider the bulk of their business to have already been completed. Man Utd fixtures 2021/22: Leeds on opening day Man Utd confirm deal with Real Madrid for Raphael Varane Is Raphael Varane the missing piece in Man Utd's jigsaw? However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still keen to add another midfielder to his squad, with a number of players under consideration. The Europa League finalists have scouted Rennes' Eduardo Camavinga and Bayern Munich's Leon Goretzka. Trending More Man Utd deals depend on . . .
Jordan Henderson is under contract for two more years and is said to want an extension. But talks have reportedly not progressed, potentially opening the door for outside suitors. TOP STORY - HENDERSON COULD LEAVE ANFIELD Completing a new deal for Henderson is reportedly not a priority for Liverpool's ownership this off-season, and The Athletic says a move could be on the cards for the England international. The report cites Paris Saint-Germain head coach Mauricio Pochettino as a long-time admirer of the midfielder and notes Henderson's close friendship with Atletico Madrid 's Luis Suarez as potentially weighing in favour of a move to one of those clubs. Liverpool are said to be eager to get something in return for Henderson, should he leave, after watching Georginio Wijnaldum move to PSG on a free transfer last month. ROUND-UP - If the rumoured swap deal that would send Saul Niguez to Barcelona and Antoine Griezmann to Atletico falls through, the Daily . . .
Anthony Russo had some options when choosing his final college destination. The former Temple quarterback ultimately chose Michigan State as a graduate transfer and for good reason. He highlighted head coach Mel Tucker as a key factor. Russo recently discussed why he chose the Spartans to continue his college career and doubled down on the family atmosphere. Plus, Russo was a fan of the NFL concepts in the offense to prepare him for the next level. “I had the opportunity, when I was in the portal, to sit down over Zoom and talk to coach Mel Tucker , the head coach,” Russo said on the Ace Podcast. “And one thing he really talked about was the family atmosphere. And I’ve never been away from home. This is the furthest I’ve been. At Temple, I was 45 minutes away from campus. Here, I’m 10 hours away. So I knew, if I was going to be going a good distance away from home, I needed to find me a family away from home — a home away from home, like people say. And . . .
The Michigan State Spartans added a graduate transfer quarterback Wednesday when former Temple signal-caller Anthony Russo announced his commitment to the program . Russo will be immediately eligible and figures to compete for the starting job in 2021 for a team that had some shaky quarterback play this season. The quarterback started the first three games of the season for the Owls before a shoulder injury derailed him and racked up 863 yards, completing 68.1 percent of his passes and threw nine touchdowns to six interceptions. Russo threw for 6,287 yards in three seasons. He eclipsed 2,500 yards passing during the 2018 and 2019 seasons while tossing 44 career touchdowns 32 interceptions in 26 career starts. Russo expressed his gratitude in a recent post on his personal Twitter account. He thanked Temple for helping him develop into a standout quarterback. “First off, I would like to thank Temple University for all the memories and lessons over the past four years,” . . .
Ange Postecoglou suggested he might not have been forceful enough in his demands for new signings as he took responsibility for Celtic's latest Champions League failure. Celtic missed out on the group stages for a fourth year running as a 2-1 extra-time defeat by Midtjylland consigned them to a 3-2 aggregate loss and a Europa League qualifier against Czech side Jablonec. Celtic have made five summer signings but two of them are in quarantine and another two, young former Sheffield Wednesday pair Osaze Urhoghide and Liam Shaw, did not get off the bench in Denmark. The only new arrival to feature was 19-year-old Liel Abada, who could not build on his goalscoring debut in a quiet display. I'm the person who has been put in charge. We haven't got players in, I obviously haven't done a good enough job convincing people we needed to bring people in. Postecoglou had a back four with an average age of 21, only had two fit strikers, and replaced Vasilis Barkas with . . .
On the other hand, they have already confirmed two new signings in the form of Nuno Tavares from Benfica and Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht. Mikel Arteta's side are also believed to be closing in on a mega-money move for Ben White from Brighton and Hove Albion and the announcements looks more like a formality. Despite the club having already signed a central midfielder in the form of Lokonga, the Gunners still remain in the market for another marquee signing in the middle of the park. Their priority target seems to be Italy international Manuel Locatelli. In fact, the Gunners have reportedly matched the £34 million asking price for the Sassuolo midfielder but the 23-year-old is believed to be interested in only moving to Juventus. And, that makes things interesting for Arsenal on whether they chose to pursue the European Championship winner with Italy or look for alternatives. There is no shortage of alternatives for the Arsenal manager at the moment and here, we . . .
Paris Saint-Germain are expected to make their interest in Paul Pogba formal in the near future, with the Manchester United midfielder seemingly unlikely to sign a new contract at Old Trafford. PSG are yet to make an offer to United for Pogba, although reports in France suggest they have made contact with his representatives. The 28-year-old has entered the final 12 months of his contract and United risk losing him on a free transfer for a second time if they do not sell him this summer. Man Utd fixtures 2021/22: Leeds on opening day Man Utd close to agreement with Raphael Varane on personal terms Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Man Utd still in contract talks with Paul Pogba Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Saturday that the club remained in conversation with Pogba's camp over a new deal, explaining: "The talks are ongoing between Paul's representatives and the club's representatives. "All that I've ever heard with Paul is he's looking forward to the season." . . .
Manchester United will look to extend defender Axel Tuanzebe's contract before potentially allowing him to leave on loan this summer. Tuanzebe's contract is up next summer - though United have the option to extend the 23-year-old centre-back's deal by an additional 12 months. The imminent arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid is likely to limit Tuanzebe's game time further, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order. Man Utd agree £41m fee with Real Madrid for Varane Paul Pogba 'unlikely' to sign new contract Man Utd fixtures 2021/22: Leeds on opening day Tuanzebe has started six Premier League games for United in the last two seasons under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. United want to maintain Tuanzebe's value if he goes on loan, with reports claiming Newcastle want to bring him on board ahead of the new season. Trending More Man Utd deals depend on Pogba | Club still . . .
Manchester United Women have signed Scotland international Martha Thomas on a deal until the summer of 2023. The striker spent the previous two seasons with West Ham and has also had a spell in France for Le Havre after spending her youth career in the United States with Charlotte 49ers. The 25-year-old has eight international caps after making her debut in March last year and the deal also includes the option for the club to extend her contract for another year. Bardsley: Missing Olympics with Team GB 'gut-wrenching' 2021/22 WSL fixtures: Champions Chelsea begin at Arsenal "I'm excited to be joining Manchester United, I've been impressed with the success the club has had over the last few years and that was a real drive for me to come here," Thomas said. "I want to be enjoying my football again and I'm looking forward to challenging myself in this environment and being part of an attacking team where I can express myself. Trending . . .
Crystal Palace have completed the signing of defender Joachim Andersen from Lyon on a five-year deal. The 25-year-old centre-back spent last season in the Premier League on loan at Fulham, before featuring for Denmark as they reached the Euro 2020 semi-finals. Andersen becomes Palace's fourth signing under new manager Patrick Vieira, who replaced Roy Hodgson earlier this summer. Welcome to Palace, Joachim Andersen! ✍️ #CPFC | https://t.co/utMcYSDkhb — Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) July 28, 2021 "I'm extremely proud to be joining Crystal Palace and to be playing in the world's best football league," Andersen told the club website. Crystal Palace fixtures 2021/22: Chelsea away in curtain-raiser Patrick Vieira facing biggest managerial test Palace sign Marc Guehi from Chelsea "The management of the club and Patrick Vieira have given me very strong assurance that they know my qualities, they believe in me and want me to play an important . . .