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Erik ten Hag ‘set to act’ on Ralf Rangnick’s Man Utd transfer recommendation

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Man United boss Erik ten Hag is making efforts to secure his first signing as Red Devils’ boss with a renewed move for RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku.

The club have been linked with a move for the Frenchman for some time, with interim boss Ralf Rangnick understood to be a big fan of the forward. It was suggested that he wanted United to move for Nkunku in the January transfer window, only to be told that the club had not conducted an in-depth analysis on him.

Now though, it is being suggested that a swoop for the French forward could potentially be a prospect heading into the summer window.

According to Sport 1, the Red Devils have engaged in discussions with the player’s representatives regarding a switch and it is even suggested that an offer could potentially be lodged with RB Leipzig within the next week. That does not however necessarily mean that a deal will be completed, with the German outlet not keen on selling their star asset after a standout season.

The 24-year-old has scored 35 goals and provided 20 assists in 51 appearances in all competitions, with Leipzig finishing fourth in the Bundesliga standings, as well as winning the DFB-Pokal against Freiburg. He currently has just over two years remaining on his deal in Germany.

Further reports have suggested that Leipzig are keen to tie him down to a new contract this summer in order to stave off interest in his signature and could be tempted to insert a release clause in an effort to convince him to extend his stay by a further year.

It goes without saying that United could do with considerable attacking additions heading into next season. Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata are all set to leave the club at the ends of their contracts, whilst there is also doubt over the futures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial – the Frenchman having endured a torrid time on loan with Spanish side Sevilla.

Ahead of his eye-catching season with Leipzig, Nkunku spoke out on his future. Speaking in October, he said: “If I was thinking of other clubs, we might as well forget our season goals. Big goals of our own are only realistic if we achieve something with Leipzig.

“Otherwise, these questions do not arise. I still have a contract until 2024 and I feel very comfortable at RB Leipzig.”

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UEFA Super Cup final: Ancelotti names strong squad to face Eintracht Frankfurt [Full list]

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Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti has named a strong squad that includes the likes of Karim Benzema and Luka Modric to face Eintracht Frankfurt in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup final.

Ancelotti released the squad in a post via Real Madrid’s official website on Tuesday.

Ancelotti’s side won the Champions League last season, while Frankfurt won the Europa League.

The UEFA Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Frankfurt will take place at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium and the kick-off time is 8 pm.

Below is Real Madrid’s squad against Frankfurt:

Goalkeepers: Courtois, Lunin, Luis López.
Defenders: Carvajal, Militão, Alaba, Vallejo, Nacho, Odriozola, Rüdiger, F. Mendy.

Midfielders: Kroos, Modrić, Casemiro, Valverde, Lucas V., Tchouameni, D. Ceballos, Camavinga.
Forwards: Hazard, Benzema, Asensio, Vini Jr., Rodrygo, Mariano.

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Isco completes shock move to Real Madrid’s LaLiga rival

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Isco completes shock move to Real Madrid’s LaLiga rival

Isco has joined Sevilla as a free agent, the Spanish club confirmed on Monday.

The midfielder has been without a club since his contract with Real Madrid expired in June.

Isco has now put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal with Sevilla.

He becomes the LaLiga side’s third summer signing after Brazilian defender, Marcao came from Galatasaray and Brazil left-back Alex Telles on loan from Manchester United.

Isco will be reunited with former Spain and Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui.

The 30-year-old made 17 appearances for Real last season, only starting three matches.

Sevilla finished fourth in LaLiga last season and will play in the Champions League this campaign.

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Guardiola reacts as Haaland fumes over not scoring hat-trick against West Ham

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has said Erling Haaland’s anger at not scoring a hat-trick against West Ham, reminded him of Lionel Messi.

Haaland grabbed both goals as the Premier League champions began defence of their title with a 2-0 win at the London Stadium.

The Norway striker converted a first-half penalty, before running onto Kevin De Bruyne’s pass to complete a brace on his City debut.

In a post-match interview, Haaland said it was “a bit s***’” that he was unable to score one more, before being substituted in the closing stages.”

But Guardiola said the player’s reaction was what he would expect from a top player.

“I was fortunate to be with [Lionel] Messi.

“When he scores two, he wants three, when he scores three, he wants four. All the top players are the same.

“They are never satisfied, always hungry, starving for goals, and want more, but at same time, I have to use other players,” Guardiola said.

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