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The billionaire sheikh of Qatar, who is trying to buy Manchester United, is hoping to persuade the Glazer family to sell – by dangling an NFL-sized carrot in front of them.
SunSport understand Sheikh Jassim, who has put forward a £5bn bid for the Red Devils, has also discussed a joint venture with the Glazers that could see NFL games in the Middle East.
Sheikh Jassim believes buying United from the Glazers, who also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, could spark a relationship in which NFL teams would bring American football to the Middle East.
Gareth Southgate has defended Marcus Rashford, who has been flown to New York after leaving the England squad
Three Lions boss Southgate was surprised when Rashford posted pictures on a short break after withdrawing from the Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine with a toe problem.
But the diplomatic Southgate said: “Once he’s left out of the squad it’s entirely up to him how he spends his time.
“The players don’t get a lot of breaks. They’ll fly everywhere after Sunday’s game.
“If you have 48 hours, you have to use it.”
Man Utd scouts have reportedly been dispatched to keep an eye on Evan Ferguson.
Football Insider claims the Red Devils are keeping an eye on the Brighton teenager who has exploded onto the scene this season.
Man Utd met Romeo Lavia’s father earlier this month to discuss a potential move, according to Belgian journalist Sacha Tavolieri.
The Southampton star is said to be a target for the Red Devils in the summer.
Teenager Lavia, 19, only joined the Saints from Manchester City last summer – but has been one of the bright sparks at the club this season.
City have an option to buy the midfielder for £40m in 2024 but that clause is yet to come into effect.
Man Utd have joined the race for Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic, according to 90min.
The midfielder’s contract expires in 12 months and talks over a new deal have yet to move forward.
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