10.30pm Man Utd news LIVE: James Rodriguez talks, Haaland summer approach before Ighalo transfer decision – The Sun

MAN UTD are pressing on with their transfer business despite the global coronavirus pandemic suspending action.

Jadon Sancho remains a top target, while the Red Devils have also reportedly held surprise talks with James Rodriguez's team.

Follow all the latest gossip and news from Old Trafford below…

  • HOT ROD

    Manchester United have entered talks with James Rodriguez's agent Jorge Mendes with a view to bringing the Colombian to Old Trafford, reports AS.

    Putting it in scathing terms, the Spanish daily says Real Madrid have “two problems” when the summer transfer window comes around – those of Rodriguez and Gareth Bale.

    It adds that the pair have “lost the confidence of the directors, the coach and, for the most part, the fans” and states that while Bale will make his exit expensive, Rodriguez will play his part in making a transfer happen.

    A host of clubs from England and Italy are said to be interested, with Man Utd and Juventus specifically identified as the clubs who have already held talks with Mendes.

  • ROMAN RUINS

    Chris Smalling is heading back to Manchester United – with his dream permanent move to Roma on the brink of collapse.

    The England defender has had an excellent first season in Italy, falling in love with the country and becoming a firm fan favourite.

    The 30-year-old is keen to stay, and the Serie A side want to snap him-up, with previous talks over a £25m deal going well.

    But the ex-Fulham ace is now expected to return to Old Trafford this summer, with Roma in financial difficulty due to coronavirus.

    Serie A is in lockdown at present, with COVID-19 causing matches to be postponed as the virus sweeps through the stricken country.

    And this has all-but put an end to Smalling moving on a permanent transfer, unless they can offload some of their star assets.

    A source said: “We know Chris would love to stay and it is a deal which suits all parties at the end of the season.

    “The financial reality, however, is very different. The people at Roma have many new things to consider.

    “Ole had to make a quick decision call to send Chris out on loan last summer because Marcos Rojo’s move to Everton collapsed at a late stage.

    “The manager wasn’t surprised how well Chris has performed at Roma and does remain a fan of his.”

  • POG BACK

    Paul Pogba has confirmed he is back in training and touching the ball after overcoming his long-term injury.

    Coronavirus has put a stop to everything but the World Cup winner is relishing the chance to play again.

    He told the club's official podcast: “I've been frustrated, a long time ago. Now I'm almost there, so I'm just thinking about getting back and training fully with the team and everything.

    “You think bad but I've never had something like this in my career, so I always take it in a good way.

    “It makes me more hungry to come back and do well. And, yeah, it just shows me as well how much I love football.

    “You have to be very patient because, well my injury, I don’t know if people really know what happened.

    “So I had a foot injury, which came in the game against Southampton. It was early this season and so I carried this for a long time, training and trying to be playing with it. After I stopped, I found I had a fracture.

    “I had a cast on it, a plaster-cast, so it went very well but too well.

    “The bone got bigger and so, when I came back again, I played those two games against Watford and Newcastle, I could feel something again.

    “So I had to have an operation and now here I am. I don’t feel anything and, hopefully, I’ll be back very soon.”

  • MEKA OFFER

    Man Utd and Liverpool are being linked with a midfielder Aston Villa rate as England’s best 16-year-old.

    Villa still hope Carney Chukwuemeka will agree a contract to stay but a clutch of top clubs are now reportedly trailing their Under-23 and England U-17 star.

    The Premier League strugglers hope to persuade the school-kid there would be a clearer path through to first-team action if he stayed with them.

    But The Athletic say Manchester City are rivalling Premier League leaders Liverpool and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s youth-oriented United in monitoring him.

    Villa believe their plans to upgrade the academy could help persuade box-to-box player Chukwuemeka he could fulfil his immediate ambitions with them.

    And it is thought Villa had held discussions over his future before the Bodymoor Heath training complex was shut due to the coronavirus pandemic last month.

  • JAME GAME

    James Rodriguez's agent has held talks with Manchester United, according to reports.

    The Colombia midfielder and former Puskas Award winner has struggled since his big money move to Real Madrid following thw 2014 World Cup.

    Along with Juventus, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are said to be one of the clubs interested in a move for the playmaker.

    United have previously been linked in a swap move with Rodriguez and Paul Pogba.

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