Erik ten Hag’s transfer plans will have been altered after Cristiano Ronaldo’s exit plea.
The superstar has not travelled to Bangkok with the squad for their pre-season tour ahead of their friendly with Liverpool due to family reasons, with the Portuguese striker being linked to PSG, Bayern Munich and Chelsea. However, cold water might have been poured on a move to the latter today, with Chelsea ‘reluctant’ to make a move for Ronaldo.
Elsewhere, reports have stated that United made an attempt to sign PSG’s Leandro Paredes, whilst also being linked with RB Leipzig striker Brian Brobbey, but the Manchester Evening News understands that he will join former club Ajax.
But although they could miss out on one Ajax player, could they still sign two? Lisandro Martinez and Antony have been heavily linked to the club, and rumours continue to swirl about United’s interest.
You can take a look back at all of Manchester United’s transfer rumours throughout the day here.
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Tomorrow should be a busy one for Manchester United, with a potential signing being announced. It’s going to be a very important week, too, with Frenkie de Jong returning to Barcelona, along with Lisandro Martinez and Antony back in training with Ajax.
Will that see United able to push a move through, or will the respective clubs want to build on their pre-season with the United targets still at the club.
United are desperate for signings, and it feels like we’ll know a lot more on how well successful they’ll be in this window by this time next week.
A report from Sport Witness suggests that Manchester United recently called Dybala’s agent, and Sport Witness relayed a fresh update from Il Mattino regarding a potential move for the Argentine.
They claimed that Ten Hag’s side are ‘taking important steps’ to sign the attacker this summer, so a move may have developed further following an initial phone call.
United remain determined to keep Cristiano Ronaldo, despite being linked with free agent Paulo Dybala as a possible replacement, according to the report.
MEN understands that United remain interested in the centre-back, but no deal has yet to be agreed.
Romano has reported that United’s latest £42 million bid (€50 million) wasn’t enough to convince Ajax to sell. The Italian journalist says talks between the two clubs are continuing as Man Utd look to finally thrash out a deal for the South American.
The 27-year-old was released from Lazio this past summer after making over 200 appearances and keeping 62 clean sheets. He is expected to become the back-up goalkeeper after United loaned out Dean Henderson to Nottingham Forest.
Erik ten Hag has lifted the mood inside the Manchester United dressing room in his first two weeks of training, helping to banish the demons of last season.
The Dutchman has already made an impact on the squad since they returned to pre-season training on June 27, with Victor Lindelof describing the atmosphere under the 52-year-old as “absolutely fantastic.”
Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel is ‘reluctant’ about signing Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo, according to a report by the Mail.
Chelsea are considered as one of the favourites to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner amid his wishes to leave Old Trafford.
However, it is claimed that Tuchel believes signing him could disrupt his pre-season plans.
A video posted on social media appears to show Paul Pogba refusing to sign a Manchester United shirt following his exit from the club.
The 29-year-old’s six-year spell at United finally came to an end last month upon the expiration of his contract at the club, with the midfielder now a free agent.
Pogba is in Turin ahead of re-joining former club Juventus, with the French international set for a medical at the Italian side a decade after he originally signed for them after leaving United.
Erik ten Hag insists he will be demanding the ‘highest standards’ possible from Manchester United this summer ahead of his first season in charge of the club.
The Dutchman will take charge of his first United match on Tuesday when United face fierce rivals Liverpool in Bangkok with Ten Hag eager to set a strong example for his debut campaign.
United have often been criticised for their poor fitness levels in recent years, and the new manager is eager to change that this summer.
According to a report by French newspaper L’Equipe, Manchester United have ‘enquired’ about the prospect of signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Leandro Paredes.
United remain keen to sign a defensive-midfielder this summer and are yet to make any sort of progress on signing a player of that profile.
Despite enquiring about Paredes, however, the report claims that United ‘walked out of dialogue’ after PSG slapped a £29.6million price tag on his services.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s sister has issued a cryptic message on her Instagram page about her brother’s future at Manchester United amid ongoing uncertainty about his future at the club.
Ronaldo has not been included in the squad for United’s pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, with “family reasons” being cited as the reason for his absence.
The striker has not yet reported back for pre-season training, despite being expected to return to Carrington last Monday.
Manchester United have removed Mike Phelan from the first-team coaching staff but he remains contracted to the club.
Phelan has not been visible during Erik ten Hag’s coaching sessions in pre-season and the club have confirmed Phelan is no longer involved in first-team affairs.
United are still in discussions with Phelan about a potential ambassadorial role. Former players Bryan Robson, Denis Irwin, Andy Cole and Wes Brown are the ambassadors present in Thailand for the club’s pre-season tour.
Liverpool have included summer signing Darwin Nunez in their 37-man squad ahead of Tuesday’s pre-season friendly against Manchester United in Bangkok.
Just 24 hours after United arrived in Thailand on Saturday morning, Liverpool arrived in the country on Sunday, greeted to a similar reception to the one Erik ten Hag and his players received the day before.
Hundreds of fans and photographers were eager to catch a glimpse of the squad and manager Jurgen Klopp.
Manchester United supporters are still awaiting a statement of intent. Whether it is naming a 31-man pre-season tour squad or the signing of a fourth left-back, neither act unnerves their rivals.
United are heading into a ninth week of discussions to sign Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen – a free agent – has still not officially scrawled his signature on contracts. United had been preparing the papers on Monday.
There is some context. With Eriksen, he had verbally agreed to join on Monday but there was still a medical to conduct before the deal could be finalised.
Manchester United will have to stump up £105million if they are to sign Ajax duo Lisandro Martinez and Antony this summer.
That is according to a report by The Times, as cited by the Metro. United are determined to bring both players to Old Trafford this summer and have already submitted a £37million offer for Martinez.
However, Ajax are going to do everything they can to keep hold of the duo.
Scott McTominay insists there is a feeling of ‘optimism’ at Manchester United ahead of their first match under the guidance of Erik ten Hag.
United begin their summer schedule on Tuesday with a match against fierce rivals Liverpool in Bangkok as Ten Hag prepares for his first season at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman has had two weeks working with his new players at Carrington already, and McTominay admits there is a real sense of belief under the new regime.
Although Manchester United have not got much to show from the first month of the transfer window, you cannot possibly knock their efforts in trying to cater to Erik ten Hag’s demands.
So far, Tyrell Malacia, drafted in from Feyenoord for an initial fee of £12.9million, is their only new addition this summer, meaning Ten Hag’s rebuild has not started as the fans would have hoped. They hoped that Ten Hag beginning work at Old Trafford less than 24 hours after the final whistle of a disastrous 2021/22 campaign had been blown meant that the club would be quick in trying to get the bulk of their transfer business done.
But that has not been the case, highlighted by the fact that Malacia was the only new addition that boarded the flight to Bangkok at Manchester Airport on Friday. United have come slowly out of the blocks and feelings of discontent and frustration have been made clear among the fans on social media.
Erik ten Hag admits there is room for ‘one or two’ youngsters to break into the Manchester United first-team squad if they manage to catch his eye on the pre-season tour.
The new United manager named a 31-man squad for the club’s summer schedule, with a host of academy graduates given a crash course in what it is like to be part of the senior set-up.
United insist Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale this summer and they might be under pressure from their sponsors to say that.
The Mirror state United’s headline sponsors are pressing the club to hold on to their star striker in the latest twist to the transfer saga of the summer.
United have completed their first summer signing and now Erik ten Hag is desperate for more.
The Times say Ten Hag is urging United to improve their offers for Ajax duo Lisandro Martinez and Antony, with a desire for both of the deals to be completed quickly.
This report isn’t really a surprise.
Frenkie de Jong has made it clear he’d rather stay at Barcelona this summer than join United and Sport reiterate his preference.
They say the Dutch international has his heart set on remaining at the Catalan club.
Manchester United have touched down in Thailand as their pre-season tour begins.
Erik ten Hag has taken 31 players to Bangkok in his first summer as United boss. The main talking point has been Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence, with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner not returning to training due to family reasons amid his transfer request.
The players were greeted by supporters at the Don Mueang International Airport. They were soon put through their paces in training ahead of their first pre-season friendly against Liverpool on Tuesday.
Manchester United expect Dutch forward Brian Brobbey to sign for Ajax.
Brobbey, 20, has emerged as the latest Dutch-affiliated player new United manager Erik ten Hag has targeted amid doubts over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future.
Ajax have already reinforced their attack with the signing of Steven Bergwijn from Tottenham and senior United sources expect Brobbey to join the Dutch champions permanently.
New Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag overruled the club’s recruitment department over the signing of a new central defender this summer.
United had identified Villarreal defender Pau Torres as their primary defensive target this summer with the deal said to be ‘discussed and negotiated’ with the player’s representatives, who were planning to go to England to wrap up the transfer.
However, Ten Hag put the brakes on the deal by instead insisting that United move to sign versatile defender Lisandro Martinez from Ajax. The Argentine international identified as a potential target for United after missing out on a deal to sign his teammate Jurrien Timber. Arsenal are also interested in a move for Martinez but are unlikely to be able to offer the same incentives for the versatile player, who is primarily a central defender.
Ten Hag has utilised his personal relationship with Martinez to convince him to join Old Trafford this summer and prioritise a move to United ahead of either staying with Ajax or joining the Gunners. Martinez has now informed Ajax of his desire to be allowed to leave the Amsterdam giants this summer and complete a move to United.
The Gunners first made a move for Martinez last month despite the impressive partnership formed by Ben White and Gabriel last season. A report in De Telegraaf claimed that the Gunners told Ajax they were prepared to offer £25.8million (€30m) for the defender but backed down after being informed that the player would not be sold.
That was the moment when United made their interest in the defender concrete and they have been made aware that Ajax will cash-in on the player should the right bid emerge. As reported by The Times, United have made an offer in the region of £42million (€50m) to sign the player.
Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof are the first choice central defenders at Ten Hag’s disposal, while it is believed the club will listen to offers for Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe this summer as they look to slim down their squad further.
United have only made one transfer in this summer window to date with the signing of full-back Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord although they do have a primary deal in place to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong after an initial transfer fee agreed with Barcelona of £56.2million, while Christian Eriksen has a verbal agreement in place to join on a three-year deal.