Wrapping up the Man Utd transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Laporta: De Jong not for sale
Barcelona president Joan Laporta has insisted the club do not want to sell Frenkie de Jong this summer.
Manchester United are in talks over a move for De Jong and Barcelona need to sell players this summer due to their financial situation.
However, Laporta has suggested publicly he wants to keep De Jong at the Camp Nou, saying: “There are clubs that want him, not just United. We have no intention of selling him, he wants to stay.
“Frenkie is considered as one of the best midfielders in the world by all the experts. We are happy to have him.”
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Ronaldo asks to leave Man Utd
Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United this summer amid concerns he will be unable to compete for the biggest trophies at the club.
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The 37-year-old feels the urge to win even more in the twilight of his career, but is understood to feel that may not be possible at Old Trafford next season.
Ronaldo is also understood to be concerned that United are yet to make any improvements to the squad in the current transfer window.
However, United’s stance is that Ronaldo is not for sale and remains under contract with the club for another year.
‘Obsessive Ronaldo wants CL football’
Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda to Sky Sports:
“When the transfer window is open, it’s normal that we talk about Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United are not in the Champions League next season and Ronaldo is unhappy about this.
“He is completely obsessed with playing in the competition so he’s not living well with the reality that he’s not going to be playing in it in the immediate future.
“He’s spoken to his agent Jorge Mendes, who is seeing if there are any other options. He said he would speak to the clubs who are targeting winning the Champions League to see what could be done in terms of a change in this summer transfer window.
“You can forget the English clubs – Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham – as I’m 100 per cent sure Ronaldo will not play for another club in England, while Ronaldo doesn’t fit into the new project at PSG.”
Martinez tells Ajax: I want PL move | Undecided between Man Utd & Arsenal
Lisandro Martinez has told Ajax he wants to move to the Premier League – but has not yet decided between Manchester United and Arsenal.
The centre-back took time out from his holiday last Tuesday to have a meeting with Ajax in Amsterdam to make it clear that a move to the Premier League is the only outcome on his mind this summer.
Martinez was supposed to fly to Ibiza from Argentina for the second part of his holiday before pre-season, but detoured to the Dutch capital for talks instead.
The 24-year-old has now resumed his holiday and is waiting for agreements to be in place between the clubs before making a decision on his next destination.
Although the pull of working again with Erik ten Hag at United is strong, Martinez sees both the United and Arsenal projects as suiting his playing style and is also intrigued by working with Mikel Arteta.
Henderson joins Forest on a season-long loan
Nottingham Forest have signed Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson on a loan deal until the end of the season.
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The 25-year-old has joined the newly-promoted side in search of regular first-team football, having flourished during previous loan spells at Sheffield United between 2018 and 2020.
The deal reportedly does not include an option to buy, with Steve Cooper’s side covering his wages for the duration of the loan.
Basic agreement for De Jong
Progress continues to be made on Frenkie de Jong and the basis of an agreement is there, but there are still significant complexities to work through.
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Talks are progressing well over an initial £56m deal for the Barcelona midfielder, which has allowed United to pivot to other players on a shortlist for their rebuild.
Personal terms are not expected to be a problem for the midfielder, who made 46 appearances for Barcelona last term and has four years remaining on his current contract at the Nou Camp.
Why the hold up in the De Jong deal?
Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero has the latest news on the potential transfer of Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United from Barcelona.
Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero speaking on Sky Sports News:
“The player [Frenkie de Jong] knows the situation of the club. Barcelona have informed De Jong in the last few weeks that we need the money and he’s a good option [to get those funds].
“Barcelona and Xavi know that De Jong wants to stay, it’s his dream to play for Barcelona but Manchester United is calling you and Erik Ten Hag knows him well. Not only an option, but it’s more than probable that De Jong ends up in Manchester United.
“It depends on him because if he wants to stay and Barcelona and Xavi believe there is no other option, he will do it. If he opens the door to leave, Manchester United will be his destination.”
Man Utd agree £13m deal for Malacia
Manchester United have reached an agreement with Feyenoord for Tyrell Malacia and are optimistic of wrapping up a deal for the left-back.
The package is around an initial £13m with a further £1.7m in add-ons and is expected to include a sell-on clause. Agreeing personal terms with the 22-year-old should not be a problem.
United accelerated their interest in Malacia in an attempt to beat Lyon to a deal and the Dutch club recently confirmed a fee had been agreed.
Man Utd hopeful over Eriksen
Christian Eriksen's short-term contract at Brentford expires at the end of June
Manchester United United also remain hopeful of signing Denmark international Christian Eriksen.
A deal is on the table with Eriksen’s representatives – the final decision rests with the player himself.
Sky Sports News has reported Eriksen will choose between United and Brentford.
Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong (left) and Ajax winger Antony are Manchester United targets this summer
Meanwhile, United remain interested in Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez and Ajax winger Antony.
Both were regulars under Ten Hag at Ajax.
While central defence is not currently a priority position, United are looking at ways to improve in every area of the pitch.
Fulham target Pereira deal
Fulham have made an offer for Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.
Sky Sports News have been told the bid is around an initial £8 million with add-ons.
Pereira spent last season on loan at Flamengo and is not part of Erik ten Hag’s plans ahead of the new season.
Who have Man Utd been linked with?
Stefan de Vrij – Inter Milan defender Stefan de Vrij has emerged as one of Manchester United’s top transfer targets (The Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Christian Eriksen – Manchester United have reportedly agreed to offer Christian Eriksen a £150,000-per-week contract, but it is said the Denmark star wants to wait and see who else Erik ten Hag brings to Old Trafford (The Sun on Sunday, July 3); Eriksen is set to wait to make his decision on whether to join Manchester United in order to see how the Red Devils progress in the summer market (Daily Mirror, June 27); Eriksen is understood to be deciding between whether to join Manchester United or stay at Brentford (Sky Sports News, June 23); Manchester United have made initial contact with Eriksen’s representatives over a summer move to Old Trafford (Sky Sports News, June 20).
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Serge Gnabry – Serge Gnabry is a shock name on the transfer radar of both Manchester United and Manchester City (The Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Youri Tielemans – Arsenal’s reported interest in Leicester star Youri Tielemans has faded, and now Manchester United have been placed on ‘high alert’ with his future unclear (Daily Star Sunday, July 3).
Antony – Erik ten Hag will urge Manchester United to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Ajax’s young Brazilian forward Antony if the Portugal international is able to force his departure from the club for a second time (Sunday Mirror, July 3); Manchester United have been told it will cost them £70million to sign Ajax forward Antony. New United boss Erik ten Hag wanted to raid his former club to sign the versatile Brazil star, but Ajax’s huge valuation has thrown the deal into doubt (Daily Mirror, June 27); Antony is determined to secure a move to Manchester United this summer even though Ajax have tried to ward off interest in the Brazil winger by demanding a fee of £69m for his signature (The Times, June 23).
Lisandro Martinez – Martinez has told Ajax he wants to move to the Premier League – but has not yet decided between Manchester United and Arsenal (Sky Sports News, July 3); Manchester United have made a £39.6m offer for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez in a bid to blow Arsenal out of the running for the Argentina international (Sunday Mirror, July 3); Manchester United have made a €43million (£37m) offer for Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez as they continue to pursue targets familiar to Erik ten Hag (Manchester Evening News, July 2).
Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez is a Man Utd target this summer
Frenkie de Jong – Chelsea are monitoring developments in the proposed move of Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona to Manchester United and are ready to step in to snatch the midfielder away if it breaks down (The Guardian, July 2); De Jong is now open to joining United from Barcelona, in a significant development in Erik ten Hag’s pursuit of the midfielder (The Guardian, June 30); United are inching towards a conclusion in their protracted pursuit of de Jong from Barcelona and hope to have the transfer completed this week (Daily Mail, June 28).
Gabriel Veron – Manchester United remain in the hunt to sign Brazilian teenager Gabriel Veron from Palmeiras this summer (The Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Tyrell Malacia – Tyrell Malacia will become the first signing of Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United reign after agreeing a five-year deal with the Premier League club (Daily Telegraph, July 2); Tyrell Malacia’s protracted move to Manchester United has hit significant complications amid a move from the player to change agents (Daily Mail, July 2).
Sergio Romero – Goalkeeper Sergio Romero is interested in a return to Manchester United despite the somewhat acrimonious end to his previous spell at Old Trafford – he becomes a free agent on Friday after a season with Venezia (The Sun, July 1).
Yannick Carrasco – Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are exploring the prospect of signing Atletico Madrid star Carrasco this summer after his release clause emerged, according to reports in Spain (Daily Mirror, June 23).
Christopher Nkunku – Nkunku has signed a new four-year deal at RB Leipzig – that includes a £51.6m release clause – despite reported interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United (June 23).
Jurrien Timber – Manchester United might have fresh hope of completing a deal for Ajax starlet Timber after all with his agent in Manchester (Daily Mirror, June 22); Timber is set to become the latest Manchester United transfer target to reject the club with the Netherlands international expected to stay at Ajax this summer (Daily Mirror, June 18); Timber looks set to agree a new deal to stay at Ajax (The Sun, June 17).
Daniel Bachmann – Manchester United are in talks with former Kilmarnock and Ross County goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann (Scottish Sun, June 22).
Tammy Abraham – Manchester United and Arsenal have both shown interest in bringing Abraham back to the Premier League (Daily Mail, June 19); Manchester United could turn to Tammy Abraham after missing out to Liverpool on Darwin Nunez (Daily Star, June 15).
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Vinicius Jr – Manchester United were among the Premier League sides to enquire about the availability of Real Madrid forward Vinicius last season, according to reports in Spain (Daily Express, June 19).
Robbie McCrorie – Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has plans to lure Robby McCrorie away from Rangers. (Scottish Sun, June 19).
Denzel Dumfries – Manchester United are interested in signing Denzel Dumfries from Inter Milan, with the Serie A side ready to sell (Daily Express, June 13).
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Liverpool will listen to offers of just £10m for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Manchester United and West Ham thought to be interested (The Sun, June 13).
Robert Lewandowski – Manchester United would be happy to pay Robert Lewandowski’s £400k-a-week wage demands (Daily Star, June 13); United will join the race for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski – if his dream move to Barcelona falls flat (The Sun on Sunday, June 12). Robert Lewandowski has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona this summer but United could now hijack the deal and sign the Polish striker (The Star on Sunday, June 12).
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Wesley Fofana – Leicester City are attempting to fend off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea in their centre-back Fofana. (Daily Express, June 9).
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The latest players linked with a Man Utd exit
Alex Telles – Alex Telles could be the next player to leave Manchester United once they have secured the signing of Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord (Sunday Mirror, July 3).
Cristiano Ronaldo – Ronaldo wants to leave Manchester United this summer amid concerns he will be unable to compete for the biggest trophies at Old Trafford – but the club insist he is not for sale (Sky Sports News, June 2); Bruno Fernandes has attempted to end speculation surrounding Cristiano Ronaldo’s future by claiming the Portuguese is set to stay with Manchester United (The Sun, July 1); Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Ronaldo. Talks are understood to have taken place with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes although Manchester United expect the 37-year-old to stay at Old Trafford (Telegraph, June 25).
Harry Maguire – Manchester United have rejected a sensational request from Barcelona for England defender Maguire to be included in any deal to sign midfielder De Jong (The Sun, June 27).
Andreas Pereira – Fulham are closing on an £11m deal to sign Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira (Daily Mail, June 27)
Anthony Martial – Manchester United are reportedly open to offers of just £20m for Martial – but accept even that fee may deter suitors (The Sun, June 22); Manchester United are willing to take a £30m hit on Martial and Eric Bailly with both players available for cut-price transfers (The Sun, June 21); Injuries are apparently the prime reason for why Manchester United star Martial failed his loan spell at Sevilla, a club director has revealed (Daily Mirror, June 15).
Brandon Williams – Williams can leave Manchester United for £10m as the defender is deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford (The Sun, June 22).
Eric Bailly – Manchester United are willing to take a £30m hit on Anthony Martial and Bailly with both players available for cut-price transfers (The Sun, June 21); Manchester United are set to keep Harry Maguire but will look to sign a new centre-back if they can offload Bailly, Phil Jones or Axel Tuanzebe this summer (Daily Mail, June 21); Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign Manchester United defender Eric Bailly as an alternative to Lille’s Sven Botman (Daily Mirror, June 19).
Axel Tuanzebe – Manchester United are set to keep Harry Maguire but will look to sign a new centre-back if they can offload Eric Bailly, Phil Jones or Tuanzebe this summer (Daily Mail, June 21); Incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly decided to let go of both Bailly and Tuanzebe this summer as he kicks off his Old Trafford overhaul (Daily Mirror, June 4).
Marcus Rashford – Erik ten Hag will reportedly back Rashford to revive his Manchester United career (The Sun, June 19); Rashford has expressed a desire to stay at Manchester United and fight for his place in Erik ten Hag’s team after falling down the pecking order under Ralf Rangnick (Daily Mail, June 13). United have turned down an approach from Tottenham for England forward Rashford (The Times, June 9).
Alejandro Garnacho – Manchester United are talking with one of their top teenage stars – Alejandro Garnacho – over a new deal as links with a move to Juventus continue to build (Daily Express, June 11).
Martin Svidersky – Manchester United academy star Svidersky has confirmed he will leave the club and join a top-flight club in Spain after turning down the chance to work under new manager Erik ten Hag as part of his Old Trafford revolution (Daily Mirror, June 4).
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Tom Heaton – Manchester United’s forgotten keeper Tom Heaton is a shock target for Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder (The Sun on Sunday, June 12).
Facundo Pellistri – Erik ten Hag is set to give Facundo Pellistri a chance to shine during Manchester United’s pre-season schedule, with his long-term Old Trafford future in question after a loan spell at Alaves when he struggled to get much playing time (Daily Mail, June 14).
What do we know about Man Utd’s summer plans?
Erik ten Hag is unlikely to have more than £100m to spend on new signings ahead of his first official day in charge of Manchester United unless players are sold (The Sun, June 27)
Manchester United will adopt a “try before you sign” policy with their youngsters this summer (Sun on Sunday, June 19).
Erik ten Hag has told senior staff at Old Trafford he intends to fast-track teen sensation Alejandro Garnacho’s Manchester United career (Sunday Mirror, June 19).
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has sent an email to his players laying down the law to remind them football is a team game and he will not tolerate egos as he plans to instil a Sir Alex Ferguson-style discipline at the club (The Sun, June 10)
Erik ten Hag will have £120m to spend on Manchester United’s squad this summer but could increase that by offloading the likes of Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Daily Express, May 30).
Confirmed Man Utd signings
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Confirmed Man Utd departures
Dean Henderson – Nottingham Forest, loan
Paul Pogba – released
Juan Mata – released
Jesse Lingard – released
Nemanja Matic – Roma, free
Edinson Cavani – released
Lee Grant – released
D’Mani Mellor – released
Reece Devine – Swindon, free
Paul McShane – released
Connor Stanley – released
Paul Woolston – released
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