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Man United transfer objective is clear after Erling Haaland’s Cristiano Ronaldo comments



Ralf Rangnick might have a relatively easy time trying to convince Erling Haaland to move to Manchester United next summer.

And it is all because of Cristiano Ronaldo – who had initially been seen as a blockade in their battle for the striker.

Haaland will be top of everyone’s wishlist next summer as he heads the bill of next-generation superstars in the world of football.

The 21-year-old has scored 19 times in 16 appearances this year – making it a total of 76 in 75 matches for Borussia Dortmund.

His jaw-dropping ability in front of goal has the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid salivating at the thought of him strutting his stuff in their colours.

While United were desperate to snap up the Leeds-born ace, they appeared to be out of the race after falling down the pecking order in the Premier League.

But the arrival of Rangnick has changed all of that after he made the Norway international his top target – and there is a growing confidence he will succeed.

That is despite the presence of Ronaldo – who many believed would dissuade Haaland from moving to Old Trafford because of the competition for positions.

However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner could actually be the pivotal factor in the striker’s decision to move with him keen on playing with him.

Last year, Haaland said: “I would love to meet him and tell him that I’m a footballer thanks to him. For me, he’s always been a role model.”

It means that when Rangnick gets a chance to speak to the former RB Salzburg star, it might be an easier chat than initially thought.

For many players, getting the chance to share a dressing room with Ronaldo would hugely beneficial to their careers.

And for a star like Haaland – who is desperate to follow in the 35-year-old’s footsteps – an opportunity like this might just be the only one like it he will ever get.

However, the Norwegian also insisted he is focussing on himself in the meantime while many believe he and Kylian Mbappe could take on the mantle of Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

He added: “I think only of myself, to improve my game every day. I don’t need to talk about Messi and Ronaldo, probably the best players in history. I still need a lot to reach them.”

Ronaldo is also a huge fan of Haaland and even described him as one of the players who could follow in his footsteps.

It is hard to choose just one player to say this one will be the best,” he said earlier this year. “But I think it is exciting to see this new generation of young players, like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, who are coming through.

“Some players can have one or two great seasons, the really great players are the ones that keep doing it season after season, and that is not so easy to do. It takes a lot of hard work, and a lot of commitment.”

Such words of advice could be gold dust for Haaland – who would surely get a more in-depth chat should he decide to move to Old Trafford.


Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag




Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club




Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer




Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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