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Anthony Martial to be FINED £180,000 after baby birth and set to leave Manchester United: Premier League transfer rumours

Anthony Martial's career at Manchester United is all but over, according to the latest transfer rumours.

The French winger is in hot water with boss Jose Mourinho after the birth of his second child. The French attacker didn't get back out to join up with United's pre-season tour of USA.

And, according to the Daily Star, United are preparing a two-week fine, totalling £180,000.

That is likely to signal the end of his Old Trafford career, with the report claiming that Mourinho has decided Martial is 'not mentally strong enough' to play for his team.

The report says that United want £70m for the 22-year-old and are lining up Ivan Perisic as their top choice for his replacement.

Martial had flown home to Paris to be with partner Melanie Da Cruz as she gave birth to their new arrival Swan Anthony Martial. His failure to make a swift return to the US drew stern words from Mourinho, who said over the weekend: "Anthony Martial has the baby and after the baby is born – beautiful baby, full of health, thank God – he should be here and he is not here."

Elsewhere on the rumour mill, United will be looking to replace Jose Mourinho with Zinedine Zidane should the Portuguese leave Old Trafford, the Sun reports. Zidane left Real Madrid days after securing the club’s third consecutive Champions League title.

Also at Old Trafford, Luke Shaw is happy to see out the remainder of his United contract despite interest from Wolfsburg, the Daily Mail says.

Meanwhile, Liverpool could land Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic after all.

Although Chelsea were said to be leading the chase for the American, Liverpool could tie up a deal that would see him move to move next summer, according to German journalist Raphael Honigstein.

The Reds, of course, secured a deal for Naby Keita last summer that saw the Guinean move to Anfield a year later.

Now Honigstein has hinted that, while Pulisic is unlikely to leave Dortmund this summer, Liverpool could get it early once again with the player yet to sign a new deal at his current club.

"If things don't change in terms of extending his contract is concerned, then he will then definitely be sold in the summer of 2019," he told ESPN. "That puts it into an interesting context because if you know there's a club now, you wouldn't force a deal through this summer, you could say 'how about next summer?'

"I think Liverpool, who have been very smart in recent years, could do almost 'a Keita' and say, you know what, next summer, Dortmund have to sell you. Why don't you come to us then?"

The Reds could look to bring in a second goalkeeper this summer after Alisson Becker's arrival. Sky Sports have cited Daily Mirror as the source of rumours linking Barnet goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle with a move to Anfield. The 20-year-old, at 6'4, could come in as back-up to Alisson if Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius both follow Danny Ward through the Anfield exit.

Barcelona could be looking to make a move for Mignolet as they look for a back-up to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, the Daily Mirror reports.

Mignolet, 30, has moved down the pecking order at Anfield following the arrival of Alisson, and the Spanish giants have doubts about the future of Jasper Cillessen, the paper adds.

The Telegraph report that Karius is a target for Bayer Leverkusen, who sold Bernd Leno to Arsenal earlier this summer.

Michy Batshuayi is wanted by Valencia, the Daily Mirror reports. The 24-year-old striker is looking to get first team football having fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge.

Crystal Palace are looking to bring in two new faces in the form of Max Meyer from Schalke and Josef de Souza from Fenerbahce, according to the Daily Star.

Players to watch

Robert Lewandowski: Chelsea are looking to beat Real Madrid in the battle to sign the 29-year-old Bayern Munich forward, according to the Daily Star.

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Russia’s Denis Cheryshev is wanted by Everton (Adam Davy/PA)

Denis Cheryshev: Everton are looking to bring the Russian World Cup star to Goodison Park after the 27-year-old was told he does not fit into Villarreal’s plans, reports Marca.

Mohamed Salah: Real Madrid made an approach for the Liverpool and Egypt forward as the Spanish giants looked to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, El Pais says.

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