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Alexis Sanchez could MISS latter stages of Europa League if loan extension cannot be agreed

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Alexis Sanchez faces missing out on the Europa League’s final stages if Inter Milan cannot agree a fresh long-term deal with Manchester United.

Sanchez can play in Inter’s last 16 tie against Getafe on Wednesday, hosted in Gelsenkirchen, before his season-long loan finishes on Thursday.

But United are unwilling to sanction a short-term extension until the end of the month, leaving Inter with a race against time should they want the Chilean for the mini-tournament in Germany, with their potential quarter-final taking place on Monday.

Alexis Sanchez will currently be unavailable for Inter if they reach the Europa League last eight

Alexis Sanchez will currently be unavailable for Inter if they reach the Europa League last eight

Alexis Sanchez will currently be unavailable for Inter if they reach the Europa League last eight

Sanchez's loan deal expires on Thursday, but he is available to Antonio Conte on Wednesday

Sanchez's loan deal expires on Thursday, but he is available to Antonio Conte on Wednesday

Sanchez’s loan deal expires on Thursday, but he is available to Antonio Conte on Wednesday

It puts Sanchez in a situation of uncertainty, with talks still ongoing between the two clubs over another potential season-long loan or permanent switch.

Sanchez would not be able to face United in a possible Europa League final, but his parent club do not want to help strengthen a rival in the competition before then regardless without a new agreement having been reached.

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Manchester United do not want to strengthen a potential rival in the Europa League

United have subsidised a large portion of the forward’s wages during his time at the San Siro and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not see a future at Old Trafford for the 31-year-old.

Sanchez has scored four goals in his season at Inter, with three coming in the last month as they finished a point behind Serie A champions Juventus.

Inter boss Antonio Conte’s relationship with the Inter hierarchy is strained, the former Chelsea manager suggesting the board was ‘weak’ after the league’s conclusion over the weekend. Conte wants more finance to be able to narrow the gap with Juventus.

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Should Manchester United take a risk on Barcelona flop Ousmane Dembele?

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If Manchester United go through with the loan signing of Ousmane Dembele, they’ll be acquiring a player whose speed and two-footed talent make him unplayable when he is at his best.

But they would also be getting someone whose dreadful luck with injuries make him a massive gamble.

United need a forward and Barcelona have a surplus. Dembele is the one they would be happiest to lose – his three years at the club have so far have been a financial embarrassment for them and an endless slog of set-backs for him.

Manchester United are considering a move for Ousmane Dembele, pictured in action last week

Manchester United are considering a move for Ousmane Dembele, pictured in action last week

The France winger has suffered two serious injuries since joining Barcelona back in 2017

The France winger has suffered two serious injuries since joining Barcelona back in 2017

He was a second-half substitute in Ronald Koeman’s first game of the season on Sunday and he looked to be playing within himself when he came on. Wary of the two injuries that have stifled his progress at Barcelona, there seems to be a reluctance to throttle-back as he did when he arrived.

The 23-year-old ruptured the tendon at the top of his right hamstring last November and played no significant part in the rest of the season.

In September 2017 he suffered the same injury in his left leg and was out for four months. These are sprinter’s injuries and for a player whose pace played such a big part in making him the second most expensive signing in Barcelona’s history, they are potentially career-changing for Dembele.

Watching him effortlessly leave full-backs behind made fans and directors alike forget his disciplinary misdemeanors when he first joined.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) is weighing up whether to bring Dembele to Old Trafford

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) is weighing up whether to bring Dembele to Old Trafford

The France winger came off the bench in Barca's victory over Villarreal on Sunday

The France winger came off the bench in Barca’s victory over Villarreal on Sunday

Under his first coach Ernesto Valverde, he once turned up two hours late for training. He called the club apologetically to say he had slept in and then drove to the training ground where he was put through his paces alone by the club’s then physical trainer, Edu Pons. He later stood up in front of team-mates in the dressing room and apologised for his actions. 

The feeling has always been that his misdemeanors are born of immaturity, not arrogance. He has improved with time but now with disciplinarian Koeman in charge he was late again this week. This time is was not for training, but for the new clocking-in time an hour ahead of training that the Dutchman has imposed.

The old stories about Dembele rejecting the club’s imposition of a personal chef to help him take better care of his diet and his fondness for video games have given him a reputation as a wild-times player with little care for his profession. The goldfish-bowl existence of being a big signing at Barcelona have helped exaggerate those weaknesses.

Two seasons ago, Gerard Pique said: ‘We have to help him realise that football is a 24-hour thing. We have all been young and we have all made mistakes. I am convinced he will improve.’ Those words seemed to illustrate how his team-mates liked him and wanted him to grow-up and start fulfilling his potential.

Dembele is a fan of video games and junk food, and has once arrived to training two hours late

Dembele is a fan of video games and junk food, and has once arrived to training two hours late

The winger poses with Floyd Mayweather (C) and Benjamin Mendy (second from right)

The winger poses with Floyd Mayweather (C) and Benjamin Mendy (second from right)

It’s hard for him to do that if he is not playing regularly and this season will go a long way towards deciding if his body has properly recovered from those two tendon injuries and left him with that extraordinary acceleration.

United must decide if they want those decisive weeks of his career to take place on their watch as they pay the French international’s wages.

Barcelona paid £96million to Borussia Dortmund in 2017 for Dembele and are currently still making their way though an additional £35m of add-on payments. He is one of a holy trinity of hugely debatable investments. Philippe Coutinho and Antoine Griezmann being the other two.

If United decide that the forward they buy does not have to be a winger then Griezmann actually makes far more sense and certainly represents a far safer bet if they could persuade him to leave the Nou Camp.

United could be better off going for Antoine Griezmann, pictured hugging Dembele last year

United could be better off going for Antoine Griezmann, pictured hugging Dembele last year

The former Atletico Madrid man is yet to justify the £108m Barcelona spent on him in 2019

The former Atletico Madrid man is yet to justify the £108m Barcelona spent on him in 2019

He has none of the disciplinary foibles of Dembele, nor does he suffer from the same injury problems. In the past he has indicated that, despite his brother supporting Manchester United, he has no intention of abandoning his plan to be a success at Barcelona. He has inherited the No 7 shirt this season but still looks like a player who would thrive at a club where he is the focal point of the attack.

He did start at the weekend but he was taken off in the second half and it remains to be seen how a plan to have him dove-tail with Lionel Messi – the pair effectively interchanging right wing and false nine positions – will work this season.

Barcelona’s current financial situation certainly means they can’t be too selective about who they allow to leave so if United’s focus switched to Griezmann they wouldn’t be sent away. Only 17-year-old Ansu Fati is out of bounds.

For now their interest seems to be on Dembele; though not quite the ‘poised to sign him for €60m’ type of interest that was optimistically circulating in Barcelona on Tuesday.

A loan is as far as they should go for a player who will terrify defenders once again, just as soon as he regains the confidence that a sustained period without injuries will give him.

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Gary Neville launches blistering attack on Man Utd’s ‘appalling’ transfer window and demands three new signings

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GARY NEVILLE has launched a blistering attack on Manchester United’s ‘appalling’ transfer window and demanded that they make at least three new signings.

The club legend expressed his dismay at United’s inability to bring in fresh talent and took to Twitter to voice his frustrations.

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Neville is fuming that United haven’t made more signingsCredit: PA:Press Association

Neville tweeted: “It’s appalling that in this market which is probably the easiest in PL history to get transfers done that United haven’t done more yet!

“They must get Ole a CB , LB and Forward pre deadline! The others are managing to get things over the line why not United!”

His fierce criticism of United was met with bewilderment by some United fans who referred to Neville’s idea as ‘panic buying’.

One fan said: “Putting pressure to panic buy may not be the best strategy here Gary.”

This response seemed to anger Neville even more who said: “Panic Buy! They’ve needed these positions filling for 12 months , had a national lockdown to regroup and re-set and ample time to manoeuvre deals to a conclusion.”

United have made attempts to sign players in the positions referenced by Neville, but have failed to complete any of the deals.

They have been linked with centre-backs Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly, left-back Alex Telles and strikers Edison Cavani and Luka Jovic.

Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has been the biggest target since last season as they look to fill that void on the right side while Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele is still linked with a move to Old Trafford.

United have only made one signing this summer, with Donny van de Beek joining from Ajax.

This is in stark contrast to their Premier League rivals such as Chelsea who have spent more than £200m already and still want to bring in £70m-rated Declan Rice.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘tells Jadon Sancho Man Utd deal is close’ with pair ‘in regular contact’ as negotiations continue

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Real Madrid vs Valladolid FREE: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for TONIGHT’S La Liga fixture

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REAL MADRID and Valladolid prepare to face off in La Liga this week.

Madrid will go into the game hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the new season.

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Madrid will be hoping they can continue their winning ways against ValladolidCredit: Getty Images – Getty

What time does Real Madrid vs Valladolid kick off?

The match will be held on Wednesday September 30.

It will take place at the Alfredo di Stéfano Stadium.

Kick off will be at 8.30pm (BST).

What TV channel is Real Madrid vs Valladolid?

UK viewers can watch the game on La Liga TV.

La Liga TV will be free for fans until the end of September.

In the US, fans can watch the match on beIN Sports.

It can also be watched online on Premier Sports Player.

What is the team news?

Real Madrid

Eden Hazard is out with a muscle issue.

Eder Militao and Marco Asensio are not expected to feature either, with both recovering from injuries.

Toni Kroos was forced off against Real Betis on the weekend and is also out for the game, and Marcelo is said to be struggling with his fitness.

Valladolid

Goalkeeper Jordi Masip will be out for the game after he tested positive for coronavirus last week.

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