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Man Utd facing transfer fight to keep Odion Ighalo as PSG ‘make contact over signing striker to replace Cavani’

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MANCHESTER UNITED could face a transfer fight to keep hold of Odion Ighalo after Paris Saint-Germain reportedly made contact over signing the striker.

Ighalo, 31, is currently on loan at Old Trafford from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.

PSG are thought to be interested in signing Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua with reports claiming contact has been made

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PSG are thought to be interested in signing Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua with reports claiming contact has been madeCredit: EPA

But with his temporary deal expiring at the end of January, PSG are thought to be considering making a move.

Although it is unclear at this stage whether United will want to sign the Nigerian again.

According to Foot Mercato, the Ligue 1 side have already been in touch with Ighalo’s representatives to discuss a move.

PSG’s sporting director Leonardo is keen to bring in another striker as soon as possible.

Edinson Cavani left for nothing when his contract expired in June.

Although Mauro Icardi made his switch from Inter Milan permanent until 2024 and Arnaud Kalimuendo is breaking into the first team, the club are still drawing up a shortlist.

And it is understood Ighalo is on there.

With his contract in China expiring at the end of next year, he could be available for a relatively low transfer fee – although his mammoth wages could prove a sticking point.


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Ighalo has shown glimpses of quality during his limited time in the Manchester United team since arriving in January.

He scored in each of his first four starts with five goals spread across the Europa League and FA Cup.

But he was unable to earn a start or score in the Premier League due to the excellent form of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood once the season restarted.

As revealed by SunSport, PSG are also lining up Joshua King as an alternative.

The Bournemouth striker – who would cost around £25m – is also wanted by ten Premier League clubs as well as four in Italy – including Rome rivals Lazio and Roma.

King was close to a move to Manchester United in January but a £20m bid was rejected and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer snapped up Ighalo instead.

Reports in France also suggested PSG could pursue a sensational transfer for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Leonardo is due to meet with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes in Lisbon during the Champions League finale.

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The two Ronnies! Cristiano Ronaldo films his latest Nike advert with help of a body double

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Cristiano Ronaldo has played a starring role in a new promotional video for Nike – with a little help from his body double.

The Juventus forward, 35, whose boot deal with Nike is worth an eye-watering £15million, was on set in Turin to shoot an advertisement video to promote his sponsor’s new footwear.

And there were some VIP guests in the building looking on from the sidelines with Marisa, the daughter of Ronaldo’s super-agent Jorge Mendes, in attendance. She is reportedly his PR manager and has been responsible for all his social media activity since 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo showed off his leaping abilities during a latest promotional video for Nike

Cristiano Ronaldo showed off his leaping abilities during a latest promotional video for Nike

Film crew are seen getting Ronaldo ready for the shoot, which was taking place in Turin

Film crew are seen getting Ronaldo ready for the shoot, which was taking place in Turin

Ronaldo, 35, had a body double pick up some of his scenes while Jorge Mendes' daughter Marisa (pictured at the back in all black and a blue mask) watched on from the sidelines

Ronaldo, 35, had a body double pick up some of his scenes while Jorge Mendes’ daughter Marisa (pictured at the back in all black and a blue mask) watched on from the sidelines

Marisa is reported to work as Ronaldo's PR boss and is responsible for his social media activity

Marisa is reported to work as Ronaldo’s PR boss and is responsible for his social media activity

Ronaldo was captured showing off his extraordinary leaping abilities during the shoot as he jumped high above the ground to head the ball.

It wasn’t just Ronaldo putting in the elbow grease though as his body double was substituted in to pick up several scenes.

Ronaldo was also pictured mucking around with a tennis ball with a member of the film crew.

The 35-year-old’s driver was also watching on and was quick to whisk him away once his day’s work had finished.

A member of the film crew was chatting to Ronaldo about some of his scenes for the ad

A member of the film crew was chatting to Ronaldo about some of his scenes for the ad

The Juventus ace looked to be enjoying himself as he mucked around with a tennis ball

The Juventus ace looked to be enjoying himself as he mucked around with a tennis ball

Ronaldo has a £15m boot deal with Nike and helped promote their new footwear this week

Ronaldo has a £15m boot deal with Nike and helped promote their new footwear this week

Despite his ageing years, Ronaldo is showing no signs of slowing down… even if he did call on a Doppelganger to fill in for him in some of his scenes.

Ronaldo was a key performer for Juventus last season as they won the Serie A title and it was business as usual for him on the opening game of their season last weekend as he scored in a 3-0 victory over Sampdoria.

Next up for Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus side is a tricky trip to Roma. Juventus will need the real Ronaldo to show up once again if they are to continue their perfect start to the season.

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Dillian Whyte has spoken with Coldwell about joining his team again for Alexander Povetkin rematch

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Dillian Whyte has spoken with respected trainer Dave Coldwell about recalling him to his coaching team for his rematch with Alexander Povetkin, Sportsmail understands. 

The Brixton heavyweight had made several changes behind the scenes over the summer, parting company with long-time trainer Mark Tibbs to link up with Xavier Miller before his knockout defeat against Povetkin.

Coldwell, who’s previously guided Tony Bellew and Jamie McDonnell to world titles, was also brought in by Whyte for that fight to bolster his team.

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Dillian Whyte may call on Dave Coldwell to join coaching team for Alexander Povetkin rematch

Sportsmail understands they are yet to discuss Coldwell re-joining his team at length but they have talked about it and there is a possibility Whyte could call on him again to play a role in the rematch as he looks to right the wrongs from last month’s defeat, though a firm decision hasn’t been made.

When put to Coldwell about potentially returning to help Whyte, he said: ‘I don’t know, that’s down to Dillian to discuss with his people and his head coach Xavier to make that decision. 

‘It’s not my place to say what he is doing with his team and his camp, that’s down to him and what he wants to decide.’

Whyte faces the highly-experienced Povetkin again on November 21st after being brutally knocked out in their first meeting.

Coldwell was part of Whyte's team when he was brutally knocked out by Povetkin last month

Coldwell was part of Whyte’s team when he was brutally knocked out by Povetkin last month

Coldwell said witnessing the knockout from ringside was ‘one of the most shocking experiences of my life’ but is backing Whyte to claim revenge in the rematch.

‘He’s handled the loss really well,’ Coldwell added. ‘He got done by AJ earlier on in his career and look how he came back from that. And dare I say it the AJ fight, because of the beef, and pride as well, that that would have been harder to deal with.

‘I would imagine that was a bigger loss for him mentally to come back from and he handled that and came back in a fantastic way. So I don’t see this being a problem.

‘I think Dillian will make some tiny adjustments and finish off what he started and planned to do.’

At 32, Whyte cannot afford to lose again to Povetkin if he wants to maintain his ambitions of challenging for a world title – something he has been cruelly denied of despite holding the mandatory position to the WBC belt for over 1,000 days.

But even if the Brit was to come out on the losing end again, Coldwell insists his career would not be over.

Respected trainer Coldwell is backing Whyte to claim revenge in the rematch on November 21

Respected trainer Coldwell is backing Whyte to claim revenge in the rematch on November 21

‘It is a big backwards step if he gets beaten. But you have only got to look at Dereck Chisora, it’s not over until it’s over. Especially in the heavyweight division, you’re only a fight away from getting something big and probably only two wins away from getting a world title fight,’ he said.

‘They are frantically trying to get AJ and Fury to meet and all the belts to become one but that’s not going to last for long because there’s mandatories coming up for different organisations and whoever ends up winning it, if they can actually make the fight, basically as soon as they win it the belts will end up being fragmented again so you could have pairings off here, there and everywhere which will give a lot of these guys in the top 10 opportunities. 

‘It’s only over when you have no ambition left. Dillian isn’t the type of guy to keep going just to get a pay cheque, it’s the ambition with him, the same as Chisora. It’s the ambition to become world champion or to at least get a crack at it that drives him.’

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7pm Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sancho £90m bid LATEST, Alex Telles EXCLUSIVE, Ansu Fati targeted, Smalling future

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MANCHESTER UNITED are still very much in the mix for Jadon Sancho, but are reported lined up Barcelona’s Ansu Fati as an alternative.

And the Red Devils will also reportedly sign a new centre-back, but only if Chris Smalling is sold.

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