11am Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Fletcher hailed as ‘straight talker’, Diallo flies to Manchester, Haaland UPDATE


The Premier League will be allowed to continue behind closed doors despite England going back into a national lockdown.

PM Boris Johnson addressed the nation last night to confirm tighter restrictions across the country but there is an exemption for elite sport, meaning professional football will carry on.

Borussia Dortmund’s chief exec Hans-Joachim Watzke believes the collapse of Jadon Sancho’s summer transfer to Manchester United affected him in the early weeks of the season.

The England ace, 20, was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target last summer but Dortmund’s £108million demands prevented a deal from taking place.

Watzke said: “Maybe Jadon had subconsciously prepared for a move a bit.

“I believe he at least thought about it that much that he lost a bit of his ease.”

Former midfielder Darren Fletcher has returned to the club as part of Solskjaer’s coaching staff.

United do not want to let Amad Diallo stay at Atalanta on loan for the rest of the season – instead they plan for the £37m teenager to link up with the first team as soon as possible.

United could face competition from rivals City for Sergio Ramos, who is into the final six months of his Real Madrid contract.

Misfit Phil Jones could be the shock name at the top of the shopping list Sean Dyche will hand to new Burnley chairman Alan Pace.

Ex-Blackburn man Jones, 28, has not played a single game this season because of a knee injury and would be a suitable loan option if James Tarkowski leaves Turf Moor.

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And finally, Uruguayan players joined forces to slam Edinson Cavani’s three-game ban as ‘discriminatory’.

The South American stars have demanded that Cavani’s suspension for using the term ‘negrito’ is overturned.


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