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Manchester United ready to snub Ronaldo but linked with Celtic star and former Republic of Ireland international: Premier League transfer rumours

Manchester United finished the season 19 points behind rivals Manchester City in the Premier League table. And as they look to bridge that gap, the rumour mill is heating up around the Old Trafford club.

They have even been linked with a move for Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon by the Scottish Sun. That's because current back-up keeper Sergio Romero is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer, sending the club into the market for a new number two to David De Gea. Scotland keeper Gordon, 35, is under contract at Celtic Park for another two seasons.

United have also been linked with a move for former Republic of Ireland Under 21 international Jack Grealish. The Aston Villa star shifted his international allegiance to his native England in 2015. He even rejected call-ups to the RoI senior squad in 2014 and 2015 before making the move to England, with whom he is yet to receive a senior call-up. Grealish was a key part of the Aston Villa panel who were denied promotion to the Premiership by Fulham in the play-off final on Saturday. Now the Sun have claimed that United, inspired by his driving runs from midfield, are 'tracking' the 22-year-old.

Spanish transfer rumour enthusiasts Don Balon are claiming that United have disappointed Cristiano Ronaldo with their unwillingness to pay him €50m a year (€962k per week) in order to match the wages of Lionel Messi. Ronaldo set tongues wagging in the immediate aftermath of his side's Champions League success when he spoke about his days playing for Real Madrid in the past tense but this report seems to suggest a move back to his former club is a long way off.

Meanwhile, over at Anfield, Liverpool are closing in on confirming their third signing of the summer, according to the Guardian. The report claims that Jurgen Klopp's club are in 'advanced discussions' as they bid to further bolster their midfield with the signing of Nabil Fekir. Liverpool will already see Naby Keita and Fabinho added to their panel this summer and could totally revamp their first-choice midfield trio if Lyon star Fekir was to follow their lead.

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