Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germaine overtake Manchester United as World’s most expensive football squad

Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain have both overtaken Manchester United as the world’s most expensively assembled football squad
City have the most expensive squad in football history, according to research group CIES Football Observatory, after their summer spending meant that the total cost of their squad is £775m.
That is marginally higher than the squad cost of PSG, though the permanent signing of Kylian Mbappe may change that next summer.
United’s squad was assembled for a cost of just £712m, seeing them drop from top spot after selling Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Wayne Rooney over the last 12 months.

Premier League teams fill six of the top 10 positions:

1) Manchester City (£775m)
2) PSG (£772m)
3) Manchester United (£712m)
4) Chelsea (£585m)
5) Barcelona (£571m)
6) Real Madrid (£452m)
7) Juventus (£427m)
8) Liverpool (£397m)
9) Arsenal (£378m)
10) Tottenham (£328m)
Selected others:
11) Bayern Munich (£318m)
12) Everton (£316m)
13) AC Milan (£287m)
20=) Crystal Palace (£203m)
20=) Southampton (£203m)
22) Leicester City (£194m)
23) West Ham (£182m)
25) Newcastle United (£147m)
28) Watford (£142m)
32=) West Brom (£115m)
32=) Stoke (£115m)
34) Swansea (£113m)
40) Bournemouth (£112m)
42) Burnley (£92m)
49) Brighton (£70m)
53) Huddersfield Town (£56m)


Former Barcelona and Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes retires

Ex-Barcelona and Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has decided to retire from football, according to a report in El Mundo Deportivo.

Valdes, 35, had offers from Deportivo La Coruna, Real Betis and Las Palmas to continue to play after leaving Middlesbrough in the summer, but has opted to hang up his gloves and focus on his new TV production company.

Valdes’ agent Gines Carvajal would not confirm or deny the story when contacted by ESPN FC.

The former Spain international has set up Crazy4fun TV, which was launched on July 27, an international production company with bases in Barcelona, London and Abu Dhabi.

El Mundo Deportivo reports that Valdes will not only be behind the camera but is also expected to present a TV show that will feature former players that has already been sold to 12 countries.

Valdes left Middlesbrough in May after his one-year contract expired following the club’s relegation from the Premier League, making 28 appearances for the club.

Valdes was a huge figure in Barcelona’s success, playing 535 games and winning 21 titles, including six La Liga titles and three Champions League trophies in his 12 years at the club.

He left the Camp Nou at the end of the 2013-14 season and eventually signed for Manchester United in January 2015, but failed to impress at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal and moved to Standard Liege on loan a year later.

As an understudy of Iker Casillas, Valdes made 20 appearances for Spain and was part of the squads that won the 2010 World Cup and the European Championship two years later.

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Jamie Redknapp: Give Manchester United the trophy now, if they sign Gareth Bale; Ryan Giggs: Bale to United, not on this transfer window

Manchester United will be ‘guaranteed’ to win the Premier League title if they sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, claims Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.

United boss Jose Mourinho expressed his interest in signing Bale from Real Madrid on Monday, and having already brought in Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic this summer, Redknapp believes the Welshman would make them an unstoppable force were he to sign.

“If it did [happen] I think you should just give Manchester United the trophy now,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.

“It won’t be to do with anyone else because Gareth Bale is that good. “He would rip the Premier League apart if he came here.

“I think the way that he plays – in that team – he would be sensational. There are only a few players that can do what he can. “He is sensational. He is made for the Premier League.”

Bale’s possible capture at Manchester United has also been discussed by Ryan Giggs– but the United legend doesn’t think a move to Old Trafford will happen for his fellow Welshman yet.

“I don’t think it will happen in this transfer window but you can see it happening one day,” he said.

“If Bale ever comes back to England there are very few clubs who would be able to afford him or he would want to play for. After Real Madrid only a couple of clubs can really compete for prestige or history.

“That’s why the speculation happens every year but I maintain what I’ve always said, I think he’s happy at Madrid.

It’s not impossible but he’s playing at one of the biggest clubs in the world and if he’s enjoying himself and playing regularly I don’t see it happening.”

Manchester United target storms out of Monaco training

Monaco midfielder Fabinho appeared to storm out of training on Monday as he seeks a summer move away from the club.

The Brazilian has already seen some of his team-mates quit France for the Premier League and is keen to follow suit as the clock counts down to the end of the transfer window.

Fabinho played the full 90 minutes as Monaco began the defence of their Ligue 1 title with a 3-2 win over Toulouse on Friday night, but a video has appeared of the 23-year-old throwing his bib to the ground and walking off after an alleged bust-up with team-mate Kylian Mbappe on Monday.

Despite the French media not making a big deal of the issue, the video has gone viral and rumours persist that the player is trying to force his way out of the club.

Although United no longer have an immediate need for a holding midfielder, following the arrival of Nemanja Matic, the fact that Fabinho can also fill in at the back is a huge plus point for Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho.

PSG have also shown an interest in the versatile star but Monaco are not keen on selling to a direct rival so United remain in pole position for the player, should Monaco decide to sell.

Manchester United manager confirms interest in Gareth Bale

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will pursue Gareth Bale in the remaining weeks of the transfer window if the Welshman is not Zinedine Zidane’s plans at Real Madrid next season.

Bale has travelled to Skopje with the European champions ahead of the UEFA Super Cup against United on Tuesday.

He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with Real Madrid reportedly keen to sign Monaco teenager Kylian Mbappe to fill his role.

And Mourinho, who has targeted another attacking player this summer, said Zidane’s teamsheet for the game at the Philip II Arena on Tuesday night will hint at his plans for Bale next season, and whether the 28-year-old could become available.

Mourinho told a news conference:

“Well if [Bale is] playing tomorrow, no I wouldn’t think of that, it’s because he’s in the coach’s plans and the club’s plans, because he also has that motivation to continue at Real Madrid.

So I haven’t even thought about the possibility. “If he is not in the club’s plans, that — with the arrival of another player — would mean he was on his way out.

I will try to be waiting for him on the other side and fight with other coaches that would want him on their team.

“But if he plays, that is the best confirmation that he is wanted by the team.”

Earlier on Monday, Bale was named in Madrid’s 24-man squad for the game alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, newly returned to training after missing the club’s preseason tour.

United have also been linked with Croatian winger Ivan Perisic but the speculation has cooled with Inter Milan holding firm in their £48.5 million valuation.

Mourinho also confirmed he will be without Phil Jones in Skopje after UEFA upheld the defender’s two-match ban for verbally abusing a doping control officer following the Europa League final.

Eric Bailly is also suspended.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has not travelled with sources saying the Dutchman is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace on loan for a season.

Mourinho added:

“With Phil Jones I was expecting that the appeal would be negative. The only thing I hope is that, the team that wins, if some player wants to celebrate, I hope the doping committee sends somebody with him and doesn’t close him in a room.

“No Phil Jones, no Eric Bailly. No Timo Fosu-Mensah because in this moment he is probably going on loan to another club so we make a decision that he doesn’t travel.”

Cristiano Ronaldo named in Real Madrid squad to face Manchester United in UEFA Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has been included in Real Madrid’s travelling squad for Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with his former team Manchester United in Skopje, despite only resuming training at the weekend.

Ronaldo, 32, began preseason training with Madrid on Saturday, having missed their entire International Champions Cup programme in the United States due to an extended summer break following his Confederations Cup campaign with Portugal in Russia, and his appearance in a Madrid court to answer tax fraud charges on July 31.

However, he has been included in Zinedine Zidane’s travelling party for the game, in an extended 24-man squad that also includes senior stars Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Toni Kroos, as well teenage right-back Achraf Hakimi and the coach’s son Luca as third-choice goalkeeper.

On their return, Madrid also face rivals Barcelona in Spanish Super Cup games at the Camp Nou on Sunday Aug. 13 and the Bernabeu on Wednesday Aug. 16, ahead of their La Liga opening fixture at Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday Aug. 20.

Manchester United bus pranked en route to Aviva stadium

A mischievous car clamper had fans fearing Manchester United might be late for their last pre-season friendly game.

When a picture appeared on social media of the team coach with a clamp stuck on the back wheel some worried if the players might have to walk to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium for the match against Sampdoria.

The incident however proved to be a prank. It appears one of the city’s clampers seized the chance for a great photo opportunity.

He attached the clamp momentarily on the luxury bus, which was correctly parked, to secure a picture that delivered his 15 minutes of fame on social media.

The Man Utd team bus was clamped in Dublin!

In true Mourinho fashion, there’s a goal just behind it.

And so United did not have to add a parking fine to the £150million they have already splashed out in the transfer market ahead of the new Premier League season.

A club spokeswoman told the Press Association: “It was just a prank. Some guy pretended to clamp the bus and took a picture.”

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku reject comparison with Drogba, Lewandowski and Ronaldo – “i want to create my own history”

Romelu Lukaku insists his best is yet to come after the Manchester United new boy played down comparisons between himself and some of Europe’s elite goalscorers.

The forward has now been working with his new club in the United States for two weeks, opening his account against Real Salt Lake before scoring a superb goal in the 2-0 defeat of Manchester City in Houston.

It was a goal any of Europe’s elite would have been proud of, but Lukaku knows he is a way off being considered in the same bracket as the likes of Robert Lewandowksi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Yeah, of course (I want to reach that level) but winning trophies at the end of the day (is key),” Lukaku said.

“At the end of the day you want to win trophies. “I’m a goalscorer, I’ve always scored goals throughout my career. Also in Europe, when I played in the Europa League, my record is really good.

“Now I think the Champions League is the next stage where I have to prove myself and the club wants to do well in it as well.”

Asked if he was at the level of Lewandowski and Ronaldo right now, he quickly replied: “No, no, no – I’m far from that level. “But it’s the level I want to aim for. But it’s all about the team. I want the team to win trophies and I’ll do everything that I can in my powers to make sure the team wins.

“Keep improving – there is always room for improvement. I just want to become the best player that I can be. “I will never say it’s good enough. I will always say that I can improve. “I’m 24 years of age. I can’t say I’m the complete package. I can’t say I’m in my prime. “There is a lot of work to be done and I’m delighted that there is still work to be done. That means I can become even better than I am now.”

Lukaku on Drogba comparisons

Lukaku may not yet be at his peak, but Mourinho has been pleased by what he has seen, praising the new boy at nearly every public appearance.

The United boss speaks about Lukaku with similar excitement to how he once did about Didier Drogba – a player Lukaku idolised and worked with at Chelsea.

“Not really, I’m different,” the Belgium international said when comparisons to the job Drogba did for Mourinho were brought up.

“Drogba is more of a hold-up player, a target-man. I prefer to have ball to feet and run in behind.

“It’s something we’re totally different at. We might have physical similarities but I think we’re totally different players.

“And I’m Romelu Lukaku – at the end of the day I want to create my own history. I’m at Manchester United, he was at Chelsea.”

UEFA hit Manchester United defender Eric Bailly with additional two-game ban- set tp miss Real Madrid Super Cup clash

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has been given a three-match ban for his red card against Celta Vigo in the Europa League.

The 23-year-old was sent off after a  mass brawl in the semi-final on 11 May and missed the final against Ajax, which United won 2-0.

However, the suspension has now been extended to include two more games.

Bailly will miss the Super Cup against Real Madrid on 8 August and United’s first Champions League group match.

The Ivory Coast international’s case does not qualify for an appeal because European football’s governing body Uefa only overturns decisions made by the referee in cases of mistaken identity.

Bailly was sent off for a swipe at Celta’s former Manchester City striker John Guidetti, with Facundo Roncaglia dismissed for retaliating.

The Premier League club also received a warning from Uefa for a late kick-off to the semi-final.

Jose Mourinho confirm Manchester United vice-captain stance 

​Jose Mourinho has revealed that Manchester United will not have a vice-captain next season.

Mourinho announced that Michael Carrick will be Wayne Rooney’s replacement as club captain, following Rooney’s return to Everton.

With Carrick unlikely to start every game, that led to speculation about who Mourinho would name as his deputy, but that answer is that nobody will be.

“We don’t have a vice-captain, a captain is enough,” Mourinho said.

“Michael is obviously the captain and when Michael is not on the pitch, somebody will take the armband but Michael is still the captain.

“I don’t like a lot the criteria of the captain to be a player with more time at the club because sometimes you have somebody with the armband that doesn’t have the qualities to be the captain and is just the captain because he arrived before other players.

“We are going to try, we are going to feel, we are going to make decisions, but in people like (Antonio) Valencia, (Ander) Herrera, Paul (Pogba), Ashley Young, (Chris) Smalling, we have people that step by step we have to prepare.

“Michael will be the captain for one year, maybe two if he decides to do that and his body resists the demands of the Premier League and Champions League.

“But for this season… only one captain.”

Man Utd training base evacuated  after bomb scare

A bomb threat led hundreds of students to seek refuge at Manchester United’s pre-season base at in Los Angeles, just hours after Jose Mourinho’s men finished training.

United arrived in California on Sunday for their pre-season tour and have been undertaking double training sessions at the college since the start of the week.

Mourinho’s side have been using UCLA’s Drake stadium as their base – a venue taken over by students, visitors and faculty members on Wednesday evening after a bomb threat.

Many of those evacuated from housing around the campus gathered in the United-branded training base as the emergency services checked facilities were safe.

A statement from UCLA read: “UCLA received a bomb threat on Wednesday evening and, as a precaution, ordered residents evacuated from campus housing at about 10.10pm.

“Many of the residents who were affected gathered safely in Drake stadium while emergency responders checked campus facilities. No suspicious device was found.

“At 12.20am on Thursday, residents were allowed to return to all residence halls at UCLA. Police are continuing to investigate.”

United are due to return to training at UCLA for a double session on Thursday, while Real Madrid will also be training just metres away at North Athletic Field.

A security team follows Mourinho’s side around the city, just as they do elsewhere on their travels, and UCLA security presence is visible around Drake Stadium.

United play five matches on their pre-season tour of the United States, kicking off against LA Galaxy on Saturday.

Manchester United named world’s third most valuable sports team by Forbes

Manchester United have been named by Forbes Magazine as the world’s third most valuable sports team, behind the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees.

United, who topped the annual list in 2011 and 2012, leapfrogged Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid to take the title of the world’s most valuable football team at £2.86bn ($3.69bn).

In total, seven football teams made the 50-team list with Bayern Munich coming in 15th at £2.1bn ($2.71bn), Manchester City coming 35th on £1.61bn ($2.083bn); Arsenal at 43rd on £1.49bn ($1.93bn) and Chelsea in 46th on £1.42bn ($1.845bn).

Forbes’ top 10 most valuable teams

  1. Dallas Cowboys £3.26bn ($4.2bn)
  2. New York Yankees £2.87bn ($3.7bn)
  3. Manchester United £2.86bn ($3.69bn)
  4. Barcelona £2.82bn ($3.64bn)
  5. Real Madrid £2.78bn ($3.58bn)
  6. New England Patriots £2.64bn ($3.4bn)
  7. New York Knicks £2.56bn ($3.3bn)
  8. New York Giants £2.4bn ($3.1bn)
  9. San Francisco 49ers £2.33bn ($3bn)
  10. Los Angeles Lakers £2.33bn ($3bn)

Despite not winning a Super Bowl since 1996, the Dallas Cowboys comfortably finished first after being valued at £3.26bn ($4.2bn), an increase of five per cent. The Cowboys also finished first in 2016 as they unseated Real Madrid at the top of the list.

The 32-team NFL is the world’s richest league, with an average operating profit of $91m and no club turning over less than a $26m profit.

Only three NFL clubs missed the 50-team Forbes richest roll call – the Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.
Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees ranked second on £2.86bn ($3.7bn), a nine per cent boost from last year. They boast £93m in sponsorships and £100m in premium seat revenues, tops in the major leagues. In all, eight major league clubs made the Forbes list.

Topping NBA clubs in seventh overall were the New York Knicks on £2.55bn ($3.3bn), up 10 per cent in value despite struggling on the basketball court. They have not had a play-off berth or winning season since 2013 and have won only one play-off series since 2000.

In all, there were seven NBA clubs on the list. The reigning champion Golden State Warriors shared 20th with the NFL’s Houston Texans on £2bn ($2.6b), leaping 37 per cent in value.
The biggest gainer on the list was the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, doubling in value after a move from St. Louis to land in 12th overall with a new stadium owned by Stan Kroenke set to open in 2020.

Kroenke is also the biggest shareholder in Arsenal, which suffered the list’s worst plunge, tumbling 20 spots and off four per cent due to a decline in the British pound after Britain voted to leave the European Union.

Liverpool, who finished 41st in 2016, were among two teams to fall off the list entirely along with the NBA’s Houston Rockets.
Top 50

Rank, Team, Value, 1-Yr change (Sport)
1. Dallas Cowboys, $4.2 billion, 5% (NFL)
2. New York Yankees, $3.7 billion, 9% (MLB)
3. Manchester United, $3.69 billion, 11% (Soccer)
4. Barcelona, $3.64 billion, 2% (Soccer)
5. Real Madrid, $3.58 billion, -2% (Soccer)
6. New England Patriots, $3.4 billion, 6% (NFL)
7. New York Knicks, $3.3 billion, 10% (NBA)
8. New York Giants, $3.1 billion, 11% (NFL)
9. San Francisco 49ers, $3 billion, 11% (NFL)
9. Los Angeles Lakers, $3 billion, 11% (NBA)

11. Washington Redskins, $2.95 billion, 4% (NFL)
12. Los Angeles Rams, $2.9 billion, 100% (NFL)
13. New York Jets, $2.75 billion, 6% (NFL)
13. Los Angeles Dodgers, $2.75 billion, 10% (MLB)
15. Bayern Munich, $2.71 billion, 1% (Soccer)
16. Chicago Bears, $2.7 billion, 10% (NFL)
16. Boston Red Sox, $2.7 billion, 17% (MLB)
18. Chicago Cubs, $2.68 billion, 22% (MLB)
19. San Francisco Giants, $2.65 billion, 18% (MLB)
20. Houston Texans, $2.6 billion, 4% (NFL)
20. Golden State Warriors, $2.6 billion, 37% (NBA)
22. Philadelphia Eagles, $2.5 billion, 4% (NFL)
22. Chicago Bulls, $2.5 billion, 9% (NBA)
24. Denver Broncos, $2.4 billion, 24% (NFL)
25. Miami Dolphins, $2.38 billion, 28% (NFL)
26. Green Bay Packers, $2.35 billion, 21% (NFL)
27. Baltimore Ravens, $2.3 billion, 19% (NFL)
28. Pittsburgh Steelers, $2.25 billion, 18% (NFL)
29. Seattle Seahawks, $2.25 billion, 19% (NFL)
30. Minnesota Vikings, $2.2 billion, 38% (NFL)
30. Boston Celtics, $2.2 billion, 5% (NBA)
32. Indianapolis Colts, $2.18 billion, 16% (NFL)
33. Atlanta Falcons, $2.13 billion, 27% (NFL)
34. Oakland Raiders, $2.1 billion, 47% (NFL)
35. Manchester City, $2.083 billion, 8% (Soccer)
36. Los Angeles Chargers, $2.08 billion, 36% (NFL)
37. Carolina Panthers, $2.075 billion, 33% (NFL)
38. Arizona Cardinals, $2.025 billion, 31% (NFL)
39. Tennessee Titans, $2 billion, 34% (NFL)
39. Los Angeles Clippers, $2 billion, 0% (NBA)
39. New York Mets, $2 billion, 21% (MLB)
42. Jacksonville Jaguars, $1.95 billion, 32% (NFL)
43. Arsenal, $1.93 billion, -4% (Soccer)
44. Kansas City Chiefs, $1.88 billion, 23% (NFL)
45. Cleveland Browns, $1.85 billion, 23% (NFL)
46. Chelsea, $1.845 billion, 11% (Soccer)
47. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $1.8 billion, 19% (NFL)
47. Brooklyn Nets, $1.8 billion, 6% (NBA)
47. St Louis Cardinals, $1.8 billion, 12% (MLB)
50. New Orleans Saints, $1.75 billion, 16% (NFL)
50. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, $1.75 billion, 31% (MLB)

Michael Carrick named Manchester United captain

Michael Carrick has been confirmed as the new captain of Manchester United following Wayne Rooney’s exit.

All-time top scorer and captain Rooney’s return to boyhood club Everton after 13 years was confirmed on Sunday.

United boss Jose Mourinho has moved quickly to name a new skipper, with long-serving midfielder Carrick handed the captain’s armband.

“It feels great and it is such a huge honour to captain such a great club,” he told MUTV.

“It is my 12th year now and I came as a 25-year-old. I never thought I could be here for so long and achieve so much.

“Now, to lead the boys and look after the young boys, to guide them in some ways, it is a nice thing and a real pleasure.

“I came to this club as a footballer and I am now a huge fan. I have grown to love the club over the years and to be in this position is very special for me.”
Carrick joined United from Tottenham in 2006 and his contribution was recognised in a testimonial last month.

The 35-year-old is the longest serving player at Old Trafford following Rooney’s exit, although he looked set to leave the club last summer.
A change in management saw Carrick handed a one-year deal, then a further contract extension this summer.

“I will just be myself,” he said of his style of captaincy.

“You can’t change and it is wrong to come into the role and then suddenly change, shouting and screaming at everyone, telling them what to do.

“I am not like that. I will speak when I need to speak but I am quite laid back and chilled out really. I will try to lead by example.”

Manchester United not interested in Tiemoue Bakayoko as Chelsea close in

Manchester United have not made a bid for Chelsea target Tiemoue Bakayoko and have no interest in signing him this summer.
Chelsea are pressing ahead with a deal to make the Monaco midfielder their third summer signing, after Willy Caballero and Antonio Rudiger.

Bakayoko will have a medical this week and if all goes well, he may travel with the rest of Chelsea squad to China and Singapore next Monday.

The 22-year-old is expected to cost Chelsea just under £40m.

Some media reports are linking United with a late bid to hijack the deal but it is understood he is not a target for Jose Mourinho.

Romelu Lukaku sends farewell message to Everton; trains with Manchester United in US

Romelu Lukaku has sent a farewell message to Everton as he prepares to move to Manchester United.

The 24-year-old striker had a medical at the weekend and is set to sign for  Unitedfor an initial £75m, despite former club Chelsea matching the  bid.
The Belgium forward moved to Everton from the Blues for £28m in July 2014 and has scored 68 Premier League goals.
Lukaku has linked up with Manchester United  for  their pre-season tour on  Sunday. He has trained with his new team.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the people involved at Everton,” he posted on Instagramon Sunday.

“I want to thank the fans for your support throughout the four years we’ve spent together. I can proudly say it was an honour to play in front of you.”
“To the staff at the the stadium and training ground thank you for making me feel home from the first day I walked in,” he continued.

“To technical staff thank you for helping me become a better player. Working with you guys has been a pleasure and I’ll take your advice throughout the rest of my career. Thank you Everton football club.”

Manchester United agree £75m fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku and end interest in Alvaro Morata

Manchester United have agreed a £75m fee with Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku.
However, Senior Everton sources insist no deal has been reached or fee agreed for the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

United remain confident one is close and will be finalised.
All summer former club Chelsea appeared to be the front-runners for Lukaku’s signature but it is understood United have been quietly pursuing him old for months and he is said to have been the club’s main target, with interest from Stamford Bridge helping cover that up.

It is understood United have ended their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as they progress a move for Lukaku, with the club hoping to get a deal over the line before heading to the United States on their pre-season tour.
Lukaku’s future at Goodison Park has been in doubt since he rejected a lucrative new contract  offer back in Marchand said during duty with the Belgium national team that he knew where his future would be.

Lukaku has also been a target for Chelsea this summer but United boss Jose Mourinho has also been keen to add a new high-profile striker to his squad after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to injury.
Lukaku, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, is expected to have a medical later this week with the hope that he can join United for their tour of the United States.
The team return to training on Saturday before flying off to Los Angeles on Sunday.

Manchester United unveil new home kit for 2017/18

Manchester United have unveiled their new home kit for the 2017/18 season.

New £31m signing Victor Lindelof has been pictured alongside Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard in the new button-up collar design, which has been made by Adidas.

The kit pays homage to United’s classic designs from yesteryear but includes modern advances to ensure optimum performance, with breathable fabrics and mesh engineering allowing for improved movement.

The shirt, which features three stripes across the shoulders and familiar black and white detailing around the cuffs, will be worn for the first time when United face LA Galaxy on July 15 as part of their pre-season tour of the US, with United gearing up for a new campaign involving Champions League football.

Mourinho  not right for Manchester United -Graeme Souness

​Manchester United only appointed Jose Mourinho as manager as they knew they needed a “big name” to rival Pep Guardiola, according to Graeme Souness.

But while Mourinho won both the EFL Cup and the Europa League in his first season, the fact the club finished as low as sixth in the Premier League will have been a huge embarrassment to the club and Souness believes it proves the Portuguese ‘isn’t the right man for United’.

“I didn’t think Mourinho was right for United and I said that from day one,” Souness told Yahoo.

“Because Guardiola was coming in at Manchester City, the people making decisions at Old Trafford felt compelled to go and get a big name manager and they ended up with Jose.

“He has taken on a very difficult job at United and struggled to find his find his best eleven last season, if he ever found it.

“A big concern for me that their best player for most of last season was a 35-year-old in Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with 35-year-old Michael Carrick also one of the top performers.

“Mourinho is used to winning league titles and finishing where he did last season in the Premier League will not be acceptable, but it won’t be easy to put it right.”

PSG’s Angel Di Maria is ‘no Angel’ as he is sentenced for tax fraud in Spain

Paris Saint-Germain player Angel Di Maria has accepted a one-year prison sentence and will pay a total of €2 million in back-taxes and fines for committing tax fraud in Spain.

Di Maria is accused of failing to pay 1.3m euros to the Spanish tax authorities while at Real Madrid in 2012-2013 by giving up his image rights to companies based in tax havens, such as Panama.

The Argentina winger will admit to two counts of tax fraud after an agreement was reached between the former Real Madrid midfielder’s lawyers and the public prosecutor on Wednesday.

However, the deal must be formally processed in a hearing before a judge.

The 29-year-old made a deal with Spanish tax authorities to avoid a trial, with each of the two counts coming with a six-month sentence.
In Spain, sentences less than two years are normally suspended unless the individual has a prior conviction. Hence, Di Maria will avoid jail.

Di Maria left Madrid in August 2014 and signed a five-year deal with Manchester United after a £59.7m deal was agreed.

He would only play for one season at Old Trafford before moving on to PSG in the summer of 2015.

Former Real team-mate  Cristiano Ronaldo is  expected to testify in his  tax case on July 31and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has  defended his tax history  in Spain after allegations  of fraud against him.

FIFA clear Manchester United over Pogba’s deal but Juventus face charges

Manchester United have been cleared of any wrongdoing in the signing of midfielder Paul Pogba – but FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Juventus.

It emerged last month that the £89.3million world record deal that took Pogba back to Old Trafford was subject of an investigation, with FIFA asking both clubs for their “clarifications of the deal”.

The enquiry was believed to concern who was involved in the transfer and, in the main, amid reports that Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, earned £41m from the deal.

“We can confirm that no disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Manchester United,” a FIFA spokesman told  ESPN .

“We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened against Juventus FC. We cannot comment further as proceedings are ongoing.”

It has been alleged FIFA’s interest in the transfer could be related to the issue of third-party ownership, although that has been denied by  Raiola.

France midfielder Pogba, 24, is in his second spell at Old Trafford, having left the club for Juventus for £1.5m in 2012.

The France midfielder first joined United from French side Le Havre in acrimonious circumstances in 2009. He returned to the club last summer for a world record fee of 105m euros.

United also agreed to pay Juventus 5m euros (£4.5m) in performance-related bonuses plus other costs, including 5m euros if Pogba signs a new contract.

Chelsea  and Manchester United hold talks with Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski 

Chelsea and Manchester United have held preliminary talks to try to lure Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to the Premier League.
Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes Lewandowski’s preferred choice at this stage is Stamford Bridge, but United are thought to be very keen on landing the 28-year-old and held talks with his agent on Tuesday.
The striker signed a new contract with Bayern in December, keeping him at the club until 2021, but said recently that he was “disappointed” over a perceived lack of support at Bayern in his hunt for the Bundesliga golden boot.

He told the Polish Super-Express: “I was not really happy with how my team helped me. I was annoyed and disappointed with the team’s attitude.”

And his agent Maik Barthel told German football magazineKicker: “Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach (Carlo Ancelotti) gave no call to help him win the top-scorer title in the last game.

“He was disappointed as I have ever seen him before.”

Former Wigan and United coach Warren Joyce appointed new coach of Melbourne City

Melbourne City have officially unveiled Warren Joyce as their new head coach, with the experienced boss welcomed to the City Academy on Monday.
Melbourne City are part of the City Football Group, run by Manchester City’s Abu Dhabi-based owners.

Joyce, 52, has experience both as a player and later a manager in England and Belgium, including a spell coaching Leeds United’s reserves, two years at Royal Antwerp, eight years at Manchester United reserves, and as manager for Wigan Athletic in the Championship.
Joyce, 52, has been out of work since being sacked by the Latics on 13  Marchafter four months in charge.
The former Bolton, Preston and Hull midfielder arrives in Melbourne as players begin their pre-season training, and will work alongside assistant coaches Michael Valkanis, Joe Montemurro and goalkeeping coach Joey Didiluca.
“I am delighted to be joining Melbourne City Football Club at this time in its evolution,” Joyce said of his appointment.
“The people at the club, their vision and their values together with the opportunity to help develop and build this team to its full potential meant that this was an offer which was impossible to turn down. I can’t wait to get started.”

Simon Pearce, vice-chairman of Melbourne City, added: “In Warren Joyce, we have a manager with a long and distinguished footballing career, who has proved himself, in many different environments, as both a pragmatic manager and a versatile, driven coach.

“His career achievements, and the many coaching partnerships he has had in the past, suggest an ideal cultural and tactical fit for Melbourne City.”
Melbourne City won the Australian Cup last season but sacked coach Michael Valkanis after a poor A-League play-off campaign ended with elimination by Perth Glory.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real Madrid exit rumours 

  • ​Manchester United are lining up a sensational £183million, three-player deal with Real Madrid.

  • Manchester City have reportedly  contacted Cristiano Ronaldo amid  speculation he is set to quit Real  Madrid.
  • Chelsea have also emerged as surprise contenders for Ronaldo, with owner Roman Abramovich ready to pay a world-record fee for the 32-year-old.
  • Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to bid €140M and make Cristiano Ronaldo the most expensive player in history, on a salary of €30m per year.
  • Real Madrid say it would take a £350m deal to allow forward Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club, which they expect to deter Paris St-Germain and Manchester United.
  • But Ronaldo’s advisers say a fee of 150m euros (£131m) will be enough, with the player wanting a “fresh challenge”.
  • Real president Florentino Perez has told Portugal forward Ronaldo that he will not stand in his way if he wants to leave the Spanish champions.
  • Ronaldo will only stay at Madrid if the club agrees to pay his disputed £13m tax bill.
  • Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes is considering possible destinations for his client, while Real, who are yet to receive any bids, believe the 32-year-old may have a change of heart in time.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo has been called by Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane and pleaded with him to stay

Manchester United top Forbes world’s most valuable football team

Manchester United have overtaken Real Madrid as the world’s most valuable football team for the first time in five years, with the club now worth £2.86bn.

The Europa League winners lead the way over La Liga rivals Barcelona and Real Madrid, who drop to third after winning a Champions League and La Liga double.

According to the US business magazine, Barcelona have a current value of £2.82bn and Real, who were ranked first for the past four years, are worth £2.77bn.

Rounding out the top five are Bayern Munichat £2.10bn and Manchester City, who have moved above Arsenal, at £1.61bn.

Six Premier League teams feature in the top 10, with United, City and the Gunners joined by Chelsea,Liverpool and Tottenham. The other is Serie A giants and Champions League finalists Juventus.
Manchester United generated revenues of £593m during the 2015-16 season, some £60m more than both Barcelona and Real Madrid.

They are also by far the most profitable football club in the world, posting operating income of £223m – £83m more than runners-up Real Madrid.

“Manchester United’s return to the top spot is a testament to their powerful brand and marketing acumen,” said Mike Ozanian, assistant managing editor at Forbes Media.
Leicester, who won the English Premier League in 2015-16, were 19th and West Ham 15th.
Forbes’ top 20 world’s most valuable football teams:

1) Manchester United – US$3.69bn (£2.86bn)

2) Barcelona – $3.64bn (£2.82bn)

3) Real Madrid – $3.58bn (£2.77bn)

4) Bayern Munich – $2.71bn (£2.10bn)

5) Manchester City – $2.08bn (£1.61bn)

6) Arsenal – $1.93bn (£1.50bn)

7) Chelsea – $1.85bn (£1.43bn)

8) Liverpool – $1.49bn (£1.15bn)

9) Juventus – $1.26bn (£980m)

10) Tottenham – $1.06bn (£820m)

11) Paris St-Germain $841m (£652m)

12) Borussia Dortmund $808m (£626m)

13) AC Milan $802m (£621m)

14) Atletico Madrid $732m (£567m)

15) West Ham $634m (£491m)

16) Schalke 04 $629m (£487m)

17) Roma $569m (£441m)

18) Inter Milan $537m (£416m)

19) Leicester City $413m (£320m)

20) Napoli $379m (£294m)

Michael Carrick’s Testimonial  – Carrick scores late leveller as Manchester  united ’08 XI draw  michael Carrick all-star XI

Michael Carrick ended his Testimonial with a fitting strike as a host of football legends came out at Old Trafford on Sunday to celebrate his 11 years at the club.

A Manchester United XI, made up of their 2008 Champions League-winning side and managed by Sir Alex Ferguson, took on a Carrick All-Star XI featuring the likes of Clarence Seedorf, Robbie Keane, John Terry and Jamie Carragher in a joyous occasion to celebrate his 11 years at the club.

The match finished 2-2 in front of more than 70,000 fans, with Gaizka Mendieta and Keane on target for the All Stars, but they were twice pegged back as Nemanja Vidic struck and Carrick levelled late on with a crisp 25-yard efffort.

There was a poignant start to proceedings at Old Trafford as Carrick addressed the crowd following the terror attacks in Manchester and London, and a minute of silence was held to remember the victims of both.

The midfielder, who recently signed a new one-year deal, was one of eight players who started the final in Moscow to also play on Sunday, while Ryan Giggs – who came off the bench that night – and unused substitute Darren Fletcher also started.

It was the All-Star XI who took the lead on 22 minutes, however, as Mendieta latched onto a Keane pass before firing home past Edwin van der Sar.

United soon levelled, with a goal seen many times at Old Trafford before. Giggs whipped a corner in from the left, and Vidic rose highest – beating Carragher to the ball – to power a header home.

The highlight of the second half was undoubtedly a dire attempt at goal by Gary Neville, introduced at half-time for Man Utd before firing wildly wide to leave the Old Trafford crowd in hysterics, while the man himself ran back into position with the look of someone who knew he was going to get teased relentlessly about it later.

There was also an amusing altercation between Neville and Carragher, who had jokingly promised on Twitter to “snap” his Monday Night Football colleague before the game, but didn’t show quite that intent as he charged into the back of him after 61 minutes.

More goals soon came, first from the All Stars as Keane cheekily lifted the ball over Van der Sar in the United goal, but it was Carrick who stole the show late on, driving home from distance before being substituted to a rapturous ovation from the Old Trafford crowd.

Europa League Final – Paul Pogba and Henrikh  Mkhitaryan score as Manchester United secure Europa league trophy on an emotional night in Stockholm 

Manchester United lifted the Europa League trophy to claim their second major trophy of the season and secure Champions League football as they overcame Ajax to win the Europa League final in Stockholm.

On an emotional night following the attack which killed 22 people at Ariana Grande’s concert at the Manchester Arena on Monday, United’s fans were allowed a measure of celebration as Jose Mourinho’s side won in comfort.

Paul Pogba’s deflected strike and Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s close-range goal secured United’s second trophy of the season and a result which may offer some joy to the city of Manchester following a devastating week.

Victory also earns the club a place in next season’s Champions League group stage and justifies the decision of manager Jose Mourinho to prioritise this competition in recent months.

The celebrations of the fans and players at the full-time whistle were, however, tempered by thoughts of the terrorist attack at Manchester Arena on Monday evening, which prompted heightened security at the Friends Arena and a sombre build-up to the showpiece match.

Stockholm knows all too well the impact of such an attack as just last month five people were killed by a hijacked truck in the city centre, meaning security around the game had already been beefed up.

Mourinho’s men wore black armbands in Stockholm, where a minute’s silence quickly turned into applause.

Pogba, who was playing less than two weeks after the death of his father, almost rewarded those travelling supporters inside the first minute, but shot narrowly wide from distance.

But the world’s most expensive player only had to wait until the 18th minute for the breakthrough, which followed a terrible throw-in from Jairo Riedewald, presenting the ball to Juan Mata in a dangerous area.

The ball was worked to Pogba, via Marouane Fellaini, and the Frenchman’s 20-yard shot took a wicked deflection off the knee of Davinson Sanchez giving wrong-footed goalkeeper Andre Onana no chance of keeping it out.

It was a cruel moment for Ajax, but the goal was a just reward for a dominant, controlled first-half display from United and they might have doubled their advantage when captain Antonio Valencia’s fine run and shot from a tight angle forced Onana to beat the ball away.
But the second goal arrived just three minutes into the second half and it came from another of Mourinho’s summer signings following a Mata corner.

Chris Smalling nodded the ball down for Mkhitaryan inside the six-yard box and the Armenian leapt to hook the ball past Onana, sparking vigorous celebrations and more ‘Manchester’ chants.

The goal was a bitter blow for an Ajax team with an average age of just over 22 who rarely threatened Sergio Romero – and things might have gotten worse when Fellaini headed Pogba’s cross straight at the goalkeeper or when substitute Jesse Lingard was denied by a last-ditch Sanchez tackle in the closing minutes.

Ajax’s callow side — the youngest ever in a major European final — were unable to find a way back.

Club captain Wayne Rooney was introduced from the bench in the 89th minute for what might prove to be a farewell appearance, as United held on to add the Europa League to the EFL Cup they won in February and ensure there will be five Premier League teams playing in the Champions League next season.

Europa League glory means United join Ajax, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus as the only clubs to have won all three major UEFA trophies, including the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as the Club World Cup or the Intercontinental Cup.
Meanwhile, Zlatan has his picture taken in front of a huge banner that reads: ZLATAN – STAY AND YOU CAN SHAG MY WIFE.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Walter Mazzarri is to leave Watford after Sunday’s final game of the season at home to Manchester City.

    • Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 27, could be set for a premier League return with Manchester United this summer.
    • The Wales international would prefer to move to Old Trafford rather than re-joining Tottenham or champions Chelsea.

      • Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been offered a staggering £824,000-per-week deal to join Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian.
        • Chelsea are ready to join the battle for £40m Tottenham defender Kyle Walker.
        • Ruben Loftus-Cheek will demand a loan move away from Chelsea after growing disillusioned with the limited opportunities he has been given by Antonio Conte this season.
        • Michael Carrick is close to agreeing a one-year contract extension with Manchester United after holding encouraging talks with the executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
        • Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is not on the verge of signing James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, despite reports in Spain and Colombia claiming he has agreed personal terms.

          • Manchester United will offer Paris Saint-Germain £60m for Marquinhos – to keep him out of the grasp of Barcelona.
          • Paris St Germain will slug it out with Chelsea and Manchester United for Santos star Thiago Maia.
          • Real Madrid will beat Manchester United to the signing of 18-year-old Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, which could pave the way for Chelsea to sign striker Alvaro Morata, 24, from the La Liga giants.
          • Arsene Wenger wants Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and the forward is prepared to quit Stamford Bridge if he is not in Antonio Conte’s first-team squad next season.
          • Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, 28, has revealed he is looking to leave the Gunners.

            • RB Leipzig are keen on signing Man City’s Jadon Sancho and Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke.
            • Napoli have identified a new understudy for Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina and have targeted 18-year-old Rok Vodisek of Olimpia Lubiana.
            • AC Milan are back in the running to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti, who has an £84m buy-out and has also been linked with Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal.
            • Milan also remain keen on Alvaro Morata, amid fresh talk the Chelsea and Manchester United target could leave Real Madrid this summer.
            • Roma defender Kostas Manolas has told the club he wants to remain in the capital while speaking at the club’s end of season awards dinner. The Greek star has been linked with Inter Milan, Arsenal and Manchester United.

              • Germany international Benjamin Henrichs has pledged his future to Bayer Leverkusen by signing a two-year contract extension.
              • Villarreal want Olympiacos defender Alberto Botia to replace AC Milan-bound star Mateo Musacchio and are plotting a €5m swoop on the Greek side.
              • Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic has emerged as target for Roma.
              • Real Madrid are set to rival Liverpool for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.
              • Fiorentina have made contact with Palermo over striker Ilija Nestorovski. The 27-year-old Macedonian international has also been linked with Everton.
              • Sampdoria chiefs are set for a summit meeting over their summer transfer strategy with highly-rated Czech striker Patrik Schick top of the agenda. Reports in Italy suggest Spurs are set to submit a bumper bid for the striker, having watched him once again in their weekend clash with Chievo.

                • Manchester United and Real Madrid are  battling it out to sign Benfica youngster Umaro Embalo. The 16-year-old, who can play as a striker or as a winger.
                • France striker Alexandre Lacazette has been given the green light to leave Lyon – but he is ready to snub Arsenal for Atletico Madrid.
                • Leicester will bid for Hull centre-back Harry Maguire, amid strong interest from promoted Newcastle in their captain Wes Morgan.
                • Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha has bought the Belgian second-flight club Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

                  • Southampton, Everton and Newcastle are battling to bring Montpellier winger Ryad Boudebouz to the Premier League.
                  • Everton appeared to drop a big hint over Ross Barkley’s future by having him play a big role in the official launch of next season’s kit on Wednesday night.
                  • The Toffees have placed a £50m price tag on Barkley.
                  • Manchester United are set to re-sign Michael Keane from Burnley in a £25m deal this summer – two years after selling him for £23m less.
                  • David de Gea may have played his last game for Man United after Jose Mourinho indicated that Sergio Romero and Joel Pereira will be in goal for the club’s remaining games this season.

                    • West Ham forward Manuel Lanzini, 24, says he is not interested in leaving London Stadium, despite interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.
                    • Defender Pablo Zabaleta, 32, will join West Ham on a free transfer when he leaves Manchester City at the end of the season.
                    • Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish says the Eagles will enter  negotiations with Liverpool for  defender Mamadou Sakho, 27
                    • Everton are exploring whether or not to sign Las Palmas central defender Mauricio Lemos, 21, as part of a summer spend that could top £75m.
                    • Manchester, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City will all reportedly have scouts in attendance for Wednesday night’s Coppa Italia final between Juventus Lazio.
                    • The English trio will have representatives there to check on Lazio striker Keita Balde, while Arsenal and Manchester City will watch Juventus wing-back Alex Sandro.
                    • Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 25 is one of Chelsea’s primary summer targets, with manager Antonio Conte set to spend more than £200m on at least six new signings.
                    • Claude Puel is receiving no reassurances about his Southampton future ahead of an end-of-season review next week.

                      • Bournemouth are prepared to offer Chelsea defender John Terry, 36, a two-year contract to ensure he continues playing next season.
                      • Swansea City are also keen on signing Chelsea captain Terry.
                      • Francesco Totti is considering a move to the United States to join former team-mate Alessandro Nesta at NASL club Miami FC. The 40-year-old’s 25-year Roma career comes to an end in two weeks.

                        • Tottenham are tracking 23-year-old Freiburg forward Maximilian Philipp.
                        • West Brom will make a second bid for Benfica’s Brazilian defender Jardel, 31.
                        • Reading booked their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-off final after beating Fulham 1-0 (2-1 on aggregate) in a closely matched semi-final.

                        Europa League: Semi-finals second leg results – Manchester United  hold on after nervy clash to set up Stockholm final with Ajax, who edge out Lyon

                        ​ Lyon 3 – 1 Ajax (Aggregate  4 – 5)

                        Manchester United  1 – 1 Celta vigo ( Aggregate  2 – 1)

                        • Manchester United  1 – 1 Celta vigo ( Aggregate  2 – 1)

                        Manchester United edged into the Europa League final after a 1-1 draw with Celta Vigo in their semi-final second leg on Thursday secured a 2-1 aggregate win.

                        Leading 1-0 from the first leg, United took control as Marouane Fellaini headed home Marcus Rashford’s cross.

                        But Celta, needing two goals, levelled on the night through Facundo Roncaglia to set up a tense final few minutes.

                        United’s Eric Bailly and Roncaglia were sent off after a mass brawl, and the hosts hung on to reach the final.

                        They will meet Ajax, who beat Lyon in the other semi-final, in Stockholm on 24 May.

                        United had never lost a two-legged European tie after winning the first leg away from home, and knew they would reach the final by keeping a clean sheet at an expectant Old Trafford.

                        It will be the first opportunity for United to win the Europa League trophy – the only major European trophy missing from their collection.
                        United are just one win away from Champions League qualification.

                        And, with the EFL Cup already in the bag, it would give Jose Mourinho the chance to win the double in his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

                        • Lyon 3 – 1 Ajax (Aggregate  4 – 5)

                        Ajax secured a place in their first European final for 21 years after surviving a huge scare to beat Lyon 5-4 on aggregate in their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.

                        The Dutch side, who played the final six minutes with 10 men, lost 3-1 in the second leg.

                        Ajax scored first through Kasper Dolberg’s crafty finish to move 5-1 ahead on aggregate.

                        Lyon’s in-demand striker Alexandre Lacazette led the fightback with two in 79 seconds on the stroke of half-time, and Rachid Ghezzal’s header, which deflected in off Nick Viergever, who moments later was sent off, resulted in a nail-biting finish.

                        They meet Manchester United in Stockholm on May 24, their first European showpiece since losing the 1996 Champions League final on penalties to Juventus.
                        Ajax are already assured of at least a place in the Champions League third qualifying round with a top-two finish in the Eredivisie. But they trail Dutch leaders Feyenoord by a point with the season set to conclude on Sunday, so the Europa final will likely be important for advancing directly to the group stage.