1.30pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho ‘offered PAY CUT by United’, Cavani, Alex Telles and Amad Traore SIGN – The Sun

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

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

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

  • sstreet

    CHEAP THRILLS

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    READY TO TELL A STORY

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    DEM OR US?

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    TELL THE STORY

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    WELCOME MATT

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    SOLSKJAER ON… PELLESTRI

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    SOLKSJAER ON… CAVANI

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    EXCLUSIVE – WELBECK LEAVES WATFORD!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    SOLSKJAER SPEAKS

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

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

    Wonderkid Amad Traore is set to join in January.

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    MATTER OF FAC

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    SANCH BUT NO THANKS

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

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

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

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

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

  • John Hutchinson

    CAV CAN DO IT

    Manchester United fans will surely be excited at the prospect of seeing former PSG and Uruguayan goalscorer Edinson Cavani leading the line.

    Admittedly after the 6-1 defeat at home to Tottenham, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to work on his defensive tactics.

    But Cavani can at least give the team a lift – which is obviously much-needed.

    Uefa shared this on Twitter this morning – Premier League beware!

  • John Hutchinson

    THAT'S TELL-ING

    So, Manchester United brought in two players, with one to fly in down the line.

    But is that enough to sort out the mess at Old Trafford?

    Edinson Cavani should lead the line with his experience and goal-laden career, and Alex Telles will leave Luke Shaw fearing for his future.

    Here's Telles giving his first interview to United.

  • John Hutchinson

    SOL DESTROYING

    Manchester United chiefs have made contact with Mauricio Pochettino as the pressure increases on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to reports.

    The Daily Star claim Ed Woodward is not considering sacking the Norwegian during the current international break.

    However, it's said Woodward wants to see a major uptick in performances or Solskjaer, 47, could be out the door.

    The Sun understands United chiefs are not looking to replace Solskjaer despite the 6-1 humiliation by Spurs.

    Yet the report states Pochettino is keen to make Old Trafford his new home in a surprise return to management having twice rejected Barcelona.

  • sstreet

    SPUR-RED ON

    Mauricio Pochettino may yet get the chance to take over at Manchester United, thanks to former club Spurs.

    Ed Woodward was reportedly so fuming with the Red Devils 6-1 loss to Tottenham that he began making contingency plans.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will survive this international break but Woodward is keen to see a dramatic improvement in performances.

    And the Daily Star reports that the Man Utd CEO has contacted Poch with a view to taking over.

  • Dave Fraser

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    It was a successful Deadline Day for the Red Devils.

    United completed a surprise swoop for veteran striker Edinson Cavani.

    A free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, the Uruguayan forward had been linked with Atletico Madrid, Leeds and Benfica.

    An initial one-year contract holds the option for the club to add on another season.

    The 33-year-old is expected to earn over £200,000-a-week in Manchester and could feature against his old club in their Champions League clash later this month.

    In other news, they also landed exciting teenage prospect Amad Traore in a £37million deal.

    The Red Devils completed the transfer of the 18-year-old winger from Atalanta with just two hours to go to the transfer deadline.

    Work permit problems mean he will not actually join the club until January.

    The deal is worth £19m up front with a further £18m to come based on appearances and achievements.

    Meanwhile, Chris Smalling went the other way as he joined AS Roma on a permanent basis for £18million.

    The England international, 30, spent last season on loan in the Italian capital, and was a hit with the club's fans and manager Paulo Fonseca.

    Roma have spent the entire summer haggling with the Red Devils over the defender, as they struggled to match United's asking price.

  • Joshua Mbu

    WHAT A NIGHT!

    Manchester United possibly had the biggest transfer deadline day as they identified two key areas in which they needed to strengthen, AND then did it.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed to bring in Porto left-back Alex Telles for £20million as well as experienced striker Edinson Cavani on a free transfer.

    United also decided to put building blocks in place for the future, they agreed a deal to sign Amad Traore from Atalanta for a fee just shy of £40million, as well as signing Uruguayan wonderkid Facundo Pellistri for £10million.

  • Joshua Mbu

    AT THE DOUBLE

    Manchester United have signed Facundo Pellistri from Penarol in a £10million deal.

    The 18-year-old will join up with Man Utd's youth set up to continue his development before a push for first team action.

    Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Our scouts have followed Facundo for a long time and we believe that he will be a real talent for the long term.

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

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

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

  • Joshua Mbu

    ENDLESS OPTIONS

  • Joe Miles

    CASE CLOSED

    The transfer window has officially CLOSED.

    Premier League clubs had until 11pm tonight to make their new signings.

    But if they submitted a deal sheet between 9pm and 11pm tonight, they have until 1am.

  • Joe Miles

    WHITE NOISE?

    Sky Sports presenter Jim White has just hinted that Manchester United are close to completing another signing.

    Perhaps it's not time for bed just yet… we will see.

    Seven minutes to go until the transfer window closes.

  • Joe Miles

    CAV A LOOK

    Edinson Cavani is now officially a Manchester United player.

    He has joined on a free transfer after his deal with Paris Saint-Germian expired.

  • Joe Miles

    UNITED FRONT

    Here's a quick reminder of United's done deals during this transfer window…

    • Odion Ighalo (loan)
    • Donny van de Beek
    • Alex Telles
    • Amad Traore
    • Edinson Cavani

    TICK TOCK

    There's just over half an hour to go now until the transfer window slams shut.

    But that's still plenty of time to get the last minute deals over the line.

    'WE ARE DELIGHTED'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United's youngsters to learn from new boy Edinson Cavani.

    The manager said said: “Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team.

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

    “He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality to the squad but, most importantly, he’ll bring goals. He has had a brilliant career so far, winning trophies at almost every club he has played for, and he still has so much more to give at the highest level.

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

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

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