Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed Romelu Lukaku will not play in Saturday’s friendly against Inter Milan in Singapore.
The Belgium striker, who has been linked with a big-money move to Inter this summer, will not be involved in the International Champions Cup clash between the sides.
Asked if Lukaku would play, Solskjaer told a press conference: “No, he’s not fit, so he won’t be available.”
Asked further about the speculation surrounding the frontman, Solskjaer added: “I don’t have any updates from the last time I spoke to you.”
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Atletico Madrid have continued their summer spending spree with the signing of Spain international defender Mario Hermoso from Espanyol.
The Madrid-born 24-year-old has committed himself to Atletico until 2024 in a transfer which, Espanyol have announced, will cost the Rojiblancos an initial €25 million.
Atletico said in a statement: “Atletico de Madrid and RCD Espanyol have reached an agreement over the transfer of Mario Hermoso. The defender has signed a five-year contract.
“We welcome an extraordinary player, who despite his youth, has experience and a promising future. He arrives to make our squad stronger and we wish him all the best in this beautiful new challenge at Atletico de Madrid.”
Hermoso, who made his Spain debut last November, was on Real Madrid’s books as a youngster before joining Espanyol in 2017.
He becomes the latest new arrival at the Wanda Metropolitano this summer, following in the footsteps of Joao Felix, Marcos Llorente, Kieran Trippier, Felipe, Hector Herrera, Renan Lodi and Ivan Saponjic.
The club have also seen the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Lucas Hernandez, Rodri, Juanfran and Diego Godin depart since the end of last season in what has been a period of major change for Diego Simeone’s side.
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Pep Guardiola said Manchester City only want ‘happy’ players at Manchester City after rumours emerged linking Leroy Sane with Bayern Munich.
The City manager was speaking after his side thrashed West Ham United 4-1 in Premier League Asia Trophy in China on Wednesday.
“We want people happy to be here. If he wants to stay we will more than delight and we’re going to help him and everybody here to help him to do the best,” Guardiola said.
“We know his potential, we know his level. He is an incredible player has any special quality.”
Sane’s contract expires in the summer of 2021, but City have been trying to persuade him to extend that.
The 23-year-old started just two of City’s final 10 games of last season.