Manchester News and Notes: Jesse Lingard, Anthony Elanga, Lee Grant

Welcome to the heights (or depths) of the summer silly season, as the major international tournaments are now over. It’s all preseason friendlies and transfer window talk for the next month, until the season begins. Let’s take a look at the latest narratives churning in the Manchester United transfer rumor mill.

For the most part, it’s been a dreadfully boring this transfer window, but United are the club who completed the biggest splash signing, in getting Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. For the latest United transfer rumors go here.

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Sergio Romero

Welcome to the heights (or depths) of the summer silly season, as the major international tournaments are now over. It’s all preseason friendlies and transfer window talk for the next month, until the season begins. Let’s take a look at the latest narratives churning in the Manchester United transfer rumor mill.

For the most part, it’s been a dreadfully boring this transfer window, but United are the club who completed the biggest splash signing, in getting Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

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Ben White to Undergo Arsenal Medical This Weekend Ahead of £50m Move

It’s been a rather dull summer transfer window, as a whole, as the moves that are getting made have tended to be rather protracted. Central defender Ben White leaving Brighton & Hove Albion for Arsenal FC is one such example. We knew  this transfer was in the works for more than a month, but it’s still not official.

The unveiling announcement could come in the next couple of days though, as reports surface of Ben White undergoing his medical for the Emirates club this weekend.

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Harry Kane Man City Transfer Saga Could Run Until Deadline Day

On Thursday, there was a reported breakthrough in the pursuit of Harry Kane by Manchester City. Reports claimed that the face of both Tottenham Hotspur and the England national team was set to transfer in a deal worth around £160 million, with a salary that would pay him about £400,000-a-week.

That still could happen, but it’s not going to be completed any time soon, we learned today. According to the Sunday back pages, this already long tedious transfer saga could rumble on all the way to deadline day.

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Michigan St. Coach Mel Tucker Takes “Blue Collar” Buzzwords Bit to Extreme Levels

Everyone knows that preseason football media days are an exercise in speaking for prolonged periods of time without actually saying anything. It’s a cliche convention for the gridiron set, and just in case you forgot the buzzword bingo, well we’ll cover that in a minute.

Michigan State coach Mel Tucker, commencing his second season in East Lansing and attending his first Big Ten Media Day, took to the stage yesterday. He gave a very long-winded opening statement, which used up a large portion of his time on dais. It left less time for reporter questions, and honestly, if I were a coach, I would do the same thing.

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Manchester United Transfer Talk: Paul Pogba, Leon Goretzka

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Welcome to the heights (or depths) of the summer silly season, as the major international tournaments are now over. It’s all preseason friendlies and transfer window talk for the next month, until the season begins. Let’s take a look at the latest narratives churning in the Arsenal transfer rumor mill.

For the most part, it’s been a dreadully boring this transfer window, but United are the club who completed the biggest splash signing, in getting Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. Both clubs made their official statements on the completion of that deal yesterday.

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United Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Signs New Contract Extension

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has yet to win a trophy at the club, but he is now a newly minted man. The Norwegain signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2024, the club announced today.

OGS’s previous deal was set to expire in 2022, but talk of his recieving an extension has been prevalent for some time. On Saturday that talk turned to deliverables as the announcement of his new contract became official.  Solskjaer has signed a new three year deal, with the club option of an additional year.

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Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald Takes Question from 11-Year-Old at B1G Media Day

Perhaps the overall highlight of this year’s edition of Big Ten Media Days was were the children reporters who got in on the act. Working with Junior Journalist, Ethan Kihiu was one of the kids who is getting a really fast start on his potential future career.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald left his podium in order to hear Kihiu properly, and answer his question. Watch the video below of the tweet and reigning Big Ten West champion coach interacting:

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Jadon Sancho Says Goodbye to Borussia Dortmund, Officially Joins United

Both Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United have made it officially official now– the agreement on the transfer of Jadon Sancho. The 21-year-old English winger leaves BVB, who will receive a fee of €85 million. One of the longest and most tedious transfer sagas in recent memory has now reached its natural and logical end.

In 136 appearances with Dortmund, United’s new right-sided attacking player scored 49 goals (38 goals in Bundesliga play, 5 goals in Champions League, 6 goals in DFB-Poka). Sancho also registered 63 assists across all competitions.

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Bret Bielema Slays First Big Ten Media Day as an Illini

Shortly after he exited stage right Illinois Fighting Illini head coach Bret Bielema did a breakout media session with a dozen or so reporters. It was there Bielema said that with anything in life, if you have come with no or low expectations, you’ll probably enjoy it and have fun.

It certainly applies to Media Days in general, and his very first season leading the flagship school of his home state. Winning the press conference is one thing, winning football games is another animal entirely. Credit Bielema, today he nailed the former.

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Paul Pogba Rejects £50m Offer, Set to Leave Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has turned a new £50million contract offer from the club, and that means he’s set to depart this summer. French powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain are willing and ready to pay United a £45m transfer fee for the pleasure of bringing Pogba back to his home country.,

The Frenchman turned down an extension that would provided him wages of £350,000-a-week. With just one year left on his current deal, Old Trafford must sell now, or risk losing him on a free next summer.

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Jadon Sancho Officially Unveiled by Manchester United, Will Wear #25

Happy official Jadon Sancho unveiling day to those who celebrate! Yes, the deal is done, and the 21-year-old English winger is signed, sealed and delivered. In the process of unveiling/announcing Sancho, United took a short, subtle swipe at Borussia Dortmund, the club they bought him from for £73m.

As you can see from the tweet below, United included the phrase “you love to see it” in announcing the arrival of their splash signing. That’s a dig at how extremely long and overly protracted this transfer saga was, and it references BVB’s tweet from a year ago.

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