17 Aug 2022 | 08:46 | Football
Wrapping up the Man Utd transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag admits he would have preferred to have gone into pre-season with a fully equipped squad that would have ideally included Frenkie de Jong.
Manchester United have agreed a deal worth up to £57m for Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez, who is set to sign a five-year contract at Old Trafford.
United will pay a guaranteed €57m (£48.5m) for the Argentina international defender, with an additional €10m (£8.5m) in add-ons agreed between the two clubs. The move will see Martinez link up again with former Ajax manager Erik Ten Hag, who signed him for the club in 2019, at Old Trafford.
The deal is still subject to both medical and visa requirements, with completion expected in the coming days, before he puts pen to paper on a five-year contract in Manchester, with the option of a further 12 months, which would take him beyond his 30th birthday.
Manchester United have completed the signing of Christian Eriksen on a three-year deal following a rigorous medical.
The 30-year-old has strengthened Erik ten Hag’s midfield options at Old Trafford after opting against remaining at Brentford, where he enjoyed an impressive stint on loan last season.
Denmark international Eriksen will not join United’s pre-season tour of Australia due to the long flight involved from the UK.
Manchester United remain comfortable in their position regarding a potential deal for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.
United have a “broad agreement” with Barcelona on the fee – believed to be €65m (£56m) plus performance-related add-ons.
Chief executive Richard Arnold and football director John Murtough continue talks with Barca officials over the transfer, but the deal is problematic because De Jong has backdated wage issues. It is thought he is owed £17m after taking a pay cut during the pandemic.
Erik ten Hag says Cristiano Ronaldo is in his Manchester United plans for the season ahead.
The United boss said: “We are planning with Ronaldo for this season – that’s it. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Asked if Ronaldo wants to leave, Ten Hag replied: “He hasn’t told me this. I have read, but as I say, Cristiano is not for sale, he’s in our plans and we want to get success together.
“I spoke with him before this issue came up. I had a conversation him and had a real good talk.”
Erik ten Hag confirmed Manchester United were still looking to do business in the transfer market with midfielders and forwards top of the list.
Sky Sports News was told last week Man United and Barcelona have a “broad agreement” on a fee – believed to be €65m (£56m) plus performance-related add-ons – for Frenkie de Jong.
Ten Hag was not prepared to speak about specific targets but said: “Definitely we are searching for players in the midfield, and also in offence we are still looking for players.
“I never talk about players who are not under contract at Man United, players at different clubs. I cannot tell you anything about this issue.
“We want to have the right players. We have a really good squad, we’re working on developing our way of play and if the opportunity is there, we will strike.”
Youri Tielemans will sit down to discuss his Leicester City future with manager Brendan Rodgers this week.
He currently has one year left on his existing contract and has consistently refused offers of a new deal.
Arsenal have been long-time admirers of the midfielder but the £34m signing of Fabio Vieira, who plays in a similar role to Tielemans, means they are unlikely to pursue a deal with Leicester right now.
Manchester United and Newcastle are also reportedly interested in Tielemans, though they have yet to make any concrete offers.
Frenkie de Jong – De Jong has taken a clear swipe at Barcelona after “liking” an Instagram post that openly criticised the club (The Sun, July 19). Manchester United are working on a deal to bring Frenkie de Jong to the club and still remain hopeful of signing Ajax winger Antony (Daily Express, July 18); Manchester United won’t give up their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong despite complications with the deal and concerns over the Holland star’s desire to move to Old Trafford (Daily Mail, July 16); Barcelona have told Frenkie de Jong they need him to leave the club after agreeing a £63m fee with Manchester United (Daily Mail, July 15); Frenkie de Jong is refusing to bow to the intense pressure exerted on him by Barcelona chiefs to accept a transfer to Manchester United this summer, according to reports in Spain (Daily Mirror, July 15); Barcelona have “drawn up a Frenkie de Jong punishment plan” if he rejects a move to Manchester United (Daily Express, July 15); Manchester United big-wigs have flown to Barcelona to try to get the transfer of Frenkie de Jong over the line (The Sun, July 12).
Kyle Walker-Peters – Manchester United have been told that they would have to shell out another £40m to seal a deal for Kyle Walker-Peters this summer (Daily Mirror, July 19). Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in a transfer for Walker-Peters (The Sun, July 13).
Endrick – Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly set to enter a transfer battle for 15-year-old Brazilian wonder-kid Endrick (The Sun, July 19).
Ivan Toney – Manchester United are keeping tabs on Ivan Toney and could make a move for the Brentford striker (Sunday Mirror, July 17)
Ibraham Sangare – Manchester United are said to have not made a bid for PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, despite previous reports to the contrary (Sunday Mirror, July 17).
Ruben Neves – Manchester United are reportedly eyeing Ruben Neves in case their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong fails (Sunday Express, July 17).
Lisandro Martinez – Ajax have accepted defeat in their bid to stop the centre-back from leaving the club but want £46m (The Times, July 14). Manchester United will meet with Ajax on Wednesday as their move for defender Lisandro Martinez reaches a key stage (Daily Express, July 13); Ajax have increased their asking price for Lisandro Martinez as United continue to chase the 24-year-old as they look to strengthen their back-line (Daily Mail, July 12); The Ajax defender is set to pick between Arsenal and United this weekend (Daily Mirror, July 9); Martinez has told Ajax he wants to move to the Premier League – but has not yet decided between United and Arsenal (Sky Sports News, July 3).
Brian Brobbey – The RB Leipzig forward has already hinted at a desire to follow Ten Hag to United after impressing while on loan at Ajax over the course of last season (Sunday Express, July 10); Ten Hag has spoken to Brobbey – who worked under the United boss at Ajax – about a £13m move to Old Trafford (The Times, July 9); United have joined Ajax in the race to sign Brobbey from RB Leipzig (Daily Mirror, July 8)
Neymar – Neymar’s hopes of leaving Paris Saint-Germain appear to be over after clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United were told of his estimated £35m yearly wage (The Independent, July 13).
Antony – Manchester United are increasingly pessimistic about a move for Ajax winger Antony, with reports suggesting they now believe the Dutch club to have priced him out of leaving this summer (Daily Express, July 12); United are edging closer to the double signing of Ajax defender Martinez and winger Antony with both players keen on the move to Old Trafford (Daily Express, July 8); United have reportedly made a £51m offer for Antony, but are said to be around £20m short of the Dutch club’s asking price (Daily Mail, July 7).
Wissam Ben Yedder – The Monaco striker has emerged as a serious contender to replace Cristiano Ronaldo should the United legend leave the club for a second time this summer (The Sun, July 8).
Christian Eriksen – Eriksen has agreed in principle to join United on a free transfer. United will now finalise a three-year contract for the 30-year-old, who spent the second half of last season at Brentford. Once that is done, Eriksen will have a medical before completing the move (Sky Sports News, July 5).
Youri Tielemans & Ruben Neves: The duo are the alternatives United will look at if their move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong fails (Daily Mirror, July 11).
Serge Gnabry – Gnabry is a shock name on the transfer radar of both United and Man City (Sun on Sunday, July 3).
Paulo Dybala – Manchester United have shortlisted Paulo Dybala as a potential replacement if Cristiano Ronaldo gets his wish and leaves the club this summer (Daily Express, July 12); United have reportedly made contract with Dybala’s agent as Erik ten Hag looks to bolster his attacking options this summer (Daily Mirror, July 4).
Pau Torres – United are reportedly ready to use Alex Telles and Eric Bailly in a swap deal to land Torres (Daily Express, July 4).
Cristiano Ronaldo – Cristiano Ronaldo is thought to be ‘willing to do anything’ to escape Manchester United this summer amid fears that Lionel Messi could claim his Champions League goalscoring record (Daily Star, July 20); Erik ten Hag has suggested he could build his Manchester United team around Cristiano Ronaldo and raised the prospect of keeping the unsettled Portugal star for the next two years (Daily Telegraph, July 19). Ronaldo “breaks his silence” after failing to return to training at Manchester United. Ronaldo posted on social media a photo of himself in the gym wearing a pair of Man Utd shorts during a workout (The Sun, July 15); Manchester United’s wantaway star Ronaldo was offered to Paris Saint-Germain but they rejected him, reports suggest (The Sun, July 13); United accept they WILL lose Ronaldo this summer (The Sun, July 6); Ronaldo could team up with Lionel Messi at PSG after handing in a transfer request and telling United that he wants to leave before the end of the summer transfer window (Daily Mirror, July 5); Chelsea are considering a move for Ronaldo, but it remains to be seen whether Thomas Tuchel is keen on signing the forward. (The Guardian, July 5); Ronaldo wants to leave 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, July 2).
Jesse Lingard – West Ham are increasingly confident of signing Jesse Lingard (The Times, July 19).
Phil Jones – Wayne Rooney is considering handing Phil Jones the chance to join him at DC United (The Sun on Sunday, July 17)
Alex Telles – Telles is reportedly set to be sold by United after his bust-up with starlet Hannibal Mejbri in May (The Sun, July 4); Telles could be the next player to leave United once they have secured the signing of Malacia from Feyenoord (Sunday Mirror, July 3).
Eric Bailly – Fulham want to sign Bailly and have approached United about the defender’s availability, but a source close to the defender has told Sky Sports News he is not interested in going anywhere at the moment (Sky Sports, July 2); 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); 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).
Harry Maguire – 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).
Anthony Martial – United are reportedly open to offers of just £20m for Martial – but accept even that fee may deter suitors (The Sun, June 22); 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 United star Martial failed his loan spell at Sevilla, a club director has revealed (Daily Mirror, June 15).
Brandon Williams – Williams can leave United for £10m as the defender is deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford (The Sun, June 22).
Axel Tuanzebe – 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).
Marcus Rashford – Erik ten Hag will reportedly back Rashford to revive his United career (The Sun, June 19).
Facundo Pellistri – Erik ten Hag is set to give Pellistri a chance to shine during 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).
Tyrell Malacia – Feyenoord, £14.7m
Christian Eriksen – Brentford, free
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
Dylan Levitt – Dundee United, undisclosed
Andreas Pereira – Fulham, £10m
Who will be on the move this summer when the transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11pm on September 1?
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