Ivan Toney makes Bruno Fernandes demand as Joao Neves sent clear Man United transfer message

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Ivan Toney makes Bruno Fernandes demand -Credit:Visionhaus/Getty Images

Erik ten Hag only a few more days left on the training pitches at Carrington before Manchester United face Coventry City in the FA Cup semi-final. The Red Devils will lock horns with the Championship outfit at Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon as either side hopes to get their hands on some silverware this term.

Manchester United head into the tie following a disappointing 2-2 draw against Bournemouth at the weekend. Bruno Fernandes managed to salvage a draw at the Vitality Stadium, finding the net from the penalty spot shortly after the hour mark.

As for the Sky Blues, they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Birmingham City so they'll be determined to return to winning ways. In other news, the summer transfer window is just around the corner and the Red Devils continue to be heavily linked with some big names.

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But, for now, it remains to be seen whether or not Sir Jim Ratcliffe will sanction a spending spree. So, with that being said, the Manchester Evening News has taken a look at some of the biggest Manchester United stories on Thursday, April 18.

Toney makes contract demand

Manchester United have been dealt a curveball in the race to sign Ivan Toney. The 28-year-old striker has been heavily linked with moves to the 'big six' for a while now as he continues to impress for Brentford.

According to The Sun, Toney could demand as much as £250,000-per-week from potential suitors this summer. The report states that would make the England international the highest-paid player at Old Trafford, raking in £10,000-per-week more than Bruno Fernandes.

For now, it remains to be seen whether or not the Red Devils will pursue a move for the Bees ace. With Toney's contract at the G-Tech Community Stadium set to expire in June 2025, Brentford may be left no choice to cash-in before it's too late and the striker leaves for free.

Manchester Evening News says: "That's an absolutely absurd amount of money – especially for a striker who's only scored four goals in 13 Premier League games this season. If the finances are reasonable, Toney would be an excellent signing for Manchester United, but there are far better deals out there at the moment."

'Sancho proved his critics wrong'

Rio Ferdinand has claimed Jadon Sancho 'would not have seen' his spot in a Champions League semi-finals coming. Coming back from 2-1 down in the first leg, the on-loan Manchester United winger helped Borussia Dortmund defeat Atletico Madrid at the Signal Iduna park on Tuesday evening.

Speaking on TNT Sports after the game, Ferdinand insisted that Sancho is beginning to prove his critics at Old Trafford wrong. The former Red Devils defender said: "We asked for Sancho to put in a performance. A lot to prove and he's showing it.

"He's left Manchester United under a cloud, he's now in a Champions League semi-final against PSG. Who could have written that script? He wouldn't have seen that coming."

Manchester Evening News says: "Whether Ten Hag remains in the dugout next season or not, I genuinely believe Sancho still has a future at Manchester United. The England international isn't your typical out-and-out, touchline-hugging winger. He likes to play in the half-spaces. It's time to sign an overlapping left-back, Ratcliffe!"

Matic sends clear message

Nemanja Matic has urged Joao Neves to stay at Benfica this summer, snubbing a transfer to Manchester United. Speaking to Portuguese outlet O Jogo, the former Chelsea and Red Devils midfielder said: "I think it’s too early for him to take that step of leaving.

"If it were him, I would stay at Benfica for a few more years to play in the Champions League and to mature more. I’m sure his time will come and, therefore, he doesn’t need to rush.

"Joao is already at a big club at this point. I’m sure his future at Benfica will be very good. I think it’s too early to leave, but of course, in the end, it’s always his decision."

Manchester Evening News says: "I agree with Matic, I'm afraid – but that shouldn't stop Manchester United from signing the 19-year-old midfielder! Neves should spend another year or two at Benfica, at least, before looking for a big move. He must prioritise his development, it's as simple as that. Maybe Ratcliffe could sign him this summer, but he rejoins the Portuguese giants on loan?"