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Angels Links: Manchester United to sign Fred

Manchester United beat out their city rivals for the Shahktar midfielder.

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Manchester United agree to deal for Fred

Shahktar Donetsk’s Fred is set to become Jose Mourinho’s first summer signing, as Manchester United announced it reached an agreement with the Ukrainian club for a transfer on Tuesday. According to ESPN FC, the deal is worth around €55 million, which could go up to €60 million. United had to beat out Manchester rivals Man City, who were close to signing Fred in the summer. However, Pep Guardiola has apparently turned his attention to Napoli’s Jorginho. Fred joins a midfield that includes Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, and Scott McTominay, as Michael Carrick has gone into retirement.

Sergio Ramos hits back on Salah, Karius injuries

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos is having none of the blame directed at him for the shoulder injury Liverpool star Mohammed Salah suffered in the Champions League Final. Salah landed badly on his shoulder, which took him out of the game. This led to many signing a petition for Ramos to be suspended, blaming the defender for the injury, including an Egyptian lawyer filing a lawsuit against him. Ramos told AS in an interview that it was not his fault, as Salah grabbed his arm first, and said he thought Salah could have played on.

”I see the play well, he grabs my arm first and I fell to the other side, the injury happened to the other arm and they said that I gave him a judo hold. After that the goalkeeper said I dazed him with a clash.

”I spoke with Salah through messages, he was quite good. He could have played if he got an injection for the second half, I have done it sometimes but when Ramos does something like this, it sticks a little bit more.”

Gianni Infantino says FIFA can afford for Morocco to host World Cup 2026

Here’s an odd one: FIFA President Gianni Infantino has stated that FIFA “can afford whatever the congress decides,” in reference to who will host the 2026 World Cup. The United bid of the U.S., Mexico, and Canada is projected to bring in $14.3 billion in revenue, while Morocco is projected to make $7.2 billion. The United bid also got significantly higher ratings in FIFA’s evaluations of both bids at the end of last week. However, Infantino said, “money is one element (but) not the only element,“ which is strange since Qatar will host World Cup 2022.

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