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Manchester United will push the boat out this summer to sign elite players – even if they FAIL to qualify for Champions League football.

The Red Devils’ transfer hopes were thought to rest on the club securing their place in Europe’s elite competition, but ESPN sources have been informed that United will spend big regardless of how this season pans out.

Declan Rice and Harry Kane are said to head United’s shopping list, and United officials are confident that they can bring in a series of marquee signings.

Meanwhile, German outlet BILD are reporting that Manchester United have submitted a formal offer to Borussia Dortmund’s Manuel Akanji.

The Swiss defender has stalled on a new deal with the Bundesliga club, where his contract is due to run out at the end of next season.

There have been positive talks between the two clubs regarding a transfer fee, and it is now understood that United have tabled a four-year contract to the centre-back, worth around €15m-per-season.

Elsewhere, the Red Devils have distanced themselves from Russian sponsors following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

Old Trafford officials confirmed that they were reviewing their deal with airline Aeroflot, now with the intention of bringing the partnership to an end 12 months earlier than intended.

Also, Paul Pogba would welcome a move to Paris to play for PSG, Nicolas Anelka reckons.

Anelka spoke to RMC Sport in France about the potential of PSG preparing a lucrative package.

The 42-year-old said: “If Pogba wants to come to Paris? I discussed that six months ago with him and he would not be against coming to PSG.
“If he comes, we will forget all his injuries and we will see that he is a top player.

And finally, transfer target Ryan Gravenberch has claimed he will not leave Ajax unless they get good cash for him.

He told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad: “It is up to my agent and father, I don’t know whether I will leave Ajax next summer.

“What I know for sure is that I will not leave if Ajax are not earning anything from me.

“I have played here all my career. Ajax have been good to me and I owe a lot to the club.

“I cannot just leave on a free transfer. That will not happen.”

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