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Manchester United ‘have improved £15.4m offer for Porto full-back Alex Telles REJECTED’

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Manchester United have seen an improved bid of £15.4m for Porto full-back Alex Telles rejected as the transfer deadline draws closer. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been desperate for a new left back to bolster his defensive options with Luke Shaw flattering to deceive for the Red Devils of late.

And Sky Sports report that United have had an improved offer for Brazilian Telles, 27, rejected in a blow for Solskjaer with the transfer window slamming shut on Monday.

Manchester United have seen an improved offer for Porto full back Alex Telles rejected

Manchester United have seen an improved offer for Porto full back Alex Telles rejected

Manchester United have seen an improved offer for Porto full back Alex Telles rejected

United have improved their offer to £15.4m for the full back but Porto are holding out for £22m

United have improved their offer to £15.4m for the full back but Porto are holding out for £22m

United have improved their offer to £15.4m for the full back but Porto are holding out for £22m

Porto’s asking price is £22million but United have so far offered £12m and £15.4m for the defender, whose contract expires at the end of the 2020-21 campaign.

United are reluctant to meet Porto’s demands given that he will be available for free next year, but Solskjaer is eager to get the Brazilian in for the current season.

With 13 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last season, Telles’ attacking prowess makes him an attractive option for United.

The defender also helped his side keep 20 clean sheets in the Primeira Liga.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for new additions before the transfer window shuts

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for new additions before the transfer window shuts

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for new additions before the transfer window shuts

United are close to signing Edinson Cavani on a free transfer with a medical expected soon

United are close to signing Edinson Cavani on a free transfer with a medical expected soon

United are close to signing Edinson Cavani on a free transfer with a medical expected soon

Solskjaer has been frustrated in his attempts to strengthen his squad for the 2020-2021 campaign with Donny van de Beek the only new arrival at Old Trafford.  

But the Norwegian is finally set to see another player walk through the door with PSG striker Edinson Cavani having agreed a two-year deal with the club.

As Sportsmail revealed first, talks advanced quickly on Saturday and the Uruguay international striker will undergo a medical over the next 24 hours prior to signing a deal until 2022 on wages of around £210,000-a-week after tax. He is expected to be confirmed as a United player on Monday.

There could still be more new signings before the window shuts. Talks will continue for Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho but the Bundesliga side are refusing to lower their £108m asking price. 

The club have been chasing Jadon Sancho all summer but chances are slimming of signing him

The club have been chasing Jadon Sancho all summer but chances are slimming of signing him

The club have been chasing Jadon Sancho all summer but chances are slimming of signing him

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Justin Gaethje reveals moment shared with emotional Khabib Nurmagomedov following UFC 254

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Justin Gaethje has revealed what he told Khabib Nurmagomedov in the immediate aftermath of his loss at UFC 254 during emotional scenes inside the octagon on Fight Island.

The Highlight entered the lightweight title fight on the back of huge momentum having beaten perennial winner Tony Ferguson to earn his shot at the Dagestani king.

But Nurmagomedov demonstrated why he is one of the greatest fighters to grace the sport with yet another dominant performance, setting a frenetic pace in the first round before securing a triangle submission in the second.

Justin Gaethje has revealed what he told an emotional Khabib Nurmagomedov after UFC 254

Justin Gaethje has revealed what he told an emotional Khabib Nurmagomedov after UFC 254

The Highlight was seen consoling the Dagestani star following his win on Fight Island

The Highlight was seen consoling the Dagestani star following his win on Fight Island

And after earning his 29th career victory, Nurmagomedov let out a flood of emotion in the centre of the octagon, releasing months of built up agony following the untimely death of his father, Abdulmanap.

The 57-year-old died of coronavirus in a Moscow hospital in July, and his death has been agonising for the lightweight champion who idolised the man that nurtured and developed him into a UFC star.

Gaethje was seen consoling the 32-year-old while the pair were alone in the octagon, and the American has revealed the calming words he gave to the champion.

Nurmagomedov has been rocked by the loss of his father Abdulmanap (L) to coronavirus

Nurmagomedov has been rocked by the loss of his father Abdulmanap (L) to coronavirus

‘I said “I haven’t had the chance to tell you that I am so sorry for your dad’s loss, but you have just made your father really proud,”‘ the fan-favourite told BT Sport.

Gaethje’s third career defeat comes as a blow but the 31-year-old is confident that he can bounce back.  

‘Right now it hurts,’ he admitted. ‘There is not a lot of people that can make me feel better. This is on me. I need to go home and I need to deal with this on my own because I stepped in there alone.’

When interviewed by Jon Anik in the octagon after the bout, Gaethje said sharing the stage with Nurmagomedov made him feel ‘alive’. 

Gaethje told Khabib that Abdulmanap would have been proud of his son after the victory

Gaethje told Khabib that Abdulmanap would have been proud of his son after the victory

‘I felt alive. That’s why I step in here. Adrenaline, endorphins released. The only reason I stuck here was to give this main his praises. He is tough, he is so strong, he has made his father so proud.

‘I fight for a living. The best thing about getting choked out is there’s nothing really consequential to your long term health. I’m ready for the next one whenever. I’m in good shape, I don’t want to get too far. So six weeks, eight weeks.’

Following Khabib’s shock retirement from mixed martial arts, it won’t be too long before Gaethje gets another shot at the lightweight title, with The Highlight in the mix alongside Dustin Poirier, Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor. 

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Liverpool fans step up TV boycott for Sheffield United match and raise £81,000 for local foodbanks

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Liverpool fans raised tens of thousands for foodbanks on Saturday night by boycotting the pay-per-view match between their club and Sheffield United.

By the time Jurgen Klopp’s team kicked off against the Blades at 8pm, the running total of the donations had risen to £81,000 according to supporters’ group Spirit of Shankly, who organised the protest.

Fans across the country have expressed their opposition to being charged £14.95 by the Premier League to watch games on Box Office in addition to the subscription charges they already pay Sky Sports and BT.

Liverpool fans boycotted Sky Sports' Box Office broadcast of their match with Sheffield United

Liverpool fans boycotted Sky Sports’ Box Office broadcast of their match with Sheffield United

The Premier League is charging fans £14.95 to access the new pay-per-view service

The Premier League is charging fans £14.95 to access the new pay-per-view service

Spirit of Shankly asked Reds supporters to donate to food-banks rather than put extra money into the Premier League coffers, following the work done by Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford.

The group asked Liverpool supporters to sacrifice watching their team live, saying in a statement: ‘Don’t sign up to the profiteering. Boycott. There is a humanitarian crisis in our country which is only going to worsen.’

The success of the boycott puts pressure on the Premier League to reduce prices for the next round of games.

Supporter group Spirit of Shankly donated several £14.95 fees to food-banks in a protest

Supporter group Spirit of Shankly donated several £14.95 fees to food-banks in a protest

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UFC supremo Dana White pays tribute to Khabib Nurmagomedov after his career-ending victory

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UFC president Dana White has heaped praise on Khabib Nurmagomedov after he announced his shock retirement following his UFC 254 win over Justin Gaethje. 

The Russian defeated Gaethje early in the second round of their Saturday night fight but revealed that victory was his last in MMA. 

White also claimed that Khabib broke his foot three weeks ago and nearly did not take part in the UFC 254 contest this weekend, while it has also been revealed the Russian contracted mumps in the fight build-up. 

Dana White has paid tribute to Khabib Nurmagomedov after he retired from MMA on Saturday

Dana White has paid tribute to Khabib Nurmagomedov after he retired from MMA on Saturday

Khabib defeated Justin Gaethje (right) in UFC 254 on Saturday night and then quit MMA

Khabib defeated Justin Gaethje (right) in UFC 254 on Saturday night and then quit MMA

White told the media after Khabib’s final victory: ‘What this guy has been through, we’re all lucky that we got to see him play tonight. Apparently he was in the hospital and broke his foot three weeks ago.’ 

‘He’s got two broken toes and a bone in his foot that’s broken or something like that. That’s what his corner was telling me. He never told anybody and was walking around.

‘He is one of the toughest human beings on the planet. He’s the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world and we seriously need to put him up there as a GOAT status.’

Khabib, who recently lost his father to Covid-19, was emotional when he announced his exit

 Khabib, who recently lost his father to Covid-19, was emotional when he announced his exit

It has been a difficult few months for Khabib, who lost his father at the start of July due to coronavirus. 

‘Today, I want to say, this was my last fight. No way am I going to come here without my father. It was first time, after what happened with my father, when UFC called me about Justin.

‘I talk with my mother three days, she don’t want that I go fight without father. I promised her, it’s going to be my last fight, and if I give my word, I have to follow this. It was my last fight here.

‘I know only one thing I want from UFC, you guys have to be me on No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world, because I deserve this.’ 

Khabib was emotional after his win, curling up into a ball and crying on the octagon floor

Khabib was emotional after his win, curling up into a ball and crying on the octagon floor

White claimed he believed something was wrong with the Russian fighter in the build-up to the fight, but was still surprised at his bombshell post-fight news.

Khabib’s coach confirmed after the fighter’s retirement that he had contracted mumps in his training programme which was described as the ‘worst camp’ ever. 

He added: ‘I could tell. The way he acted at the weigh-ins (and) the way that he acted when he was walking out tonight. 

‘He didn’t look like himself, he was breathing heavy and taking deep breaths, but wow.’ 

White was asked whether Khabib could make his way back to MMA later on in his life, in a move that would replicate Conor McGregor highly-anticipated return later this year.

White said he will not force Khabib into a MMA return and said the Russian has a broken foot

White said he will not force Khabib into a MMA return and said the Russian has a broken foot

The UFC president said he will give Khabib the space he needs to mourn his father’s death and will not force him into a decision to return.

White continued: ‘If the guys want to fight, let them fight. If they don’t want to fight they don’t want to fight. 

‘Let him take some time off and heal, not physically but emotionally, with what he’s going through from losing his father.’ 

Khabib ended his career with 29 wins and zero defeats after the victory over Gaethje (right)

Khabib ended his career with 29 wins and zero defeats after the victory over Gaethje (right)

The UFC lightweight champion extended his unblemished record to 29 wins, zero defeats with the victory over Gaethje at Saturday’s UFC 254. 

UFC rival McGregor also paid respect to Khabib and his career following the shock news on Saturday night.

The Irishman tweeted: ‘Good performance @TeamKhabib,’ he wrote. ‘I will carry on. Respect and condolences on your father again also. To you and family. Yours sincerely, The McGregors.’ 

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