Frenkie de Jong identifies 10 reasons to totally rule of Manchester United – Sport Media News

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Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong has ‘totally ruled out’ a summer transfer to Manchester United with a list of 10 reasons not to join the club, according to reports in Spain.

Erling Haaland has vowed to continue his crazy goal-scoring spree after being officially confirmed as Manchester City’s new number nine.

Lucas Torreira appears to be part of Mikel Arteta’s plans at Arsenal as he has been called up to the club’s pre-season tour of the USA.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has refused to rule out a transfer move for Youri Tielemans.

Leeds forward Raphinha has given Barcelona 48 hours to finalise a deal as Chelsea look to pounce and seal his transfer.

Manchester United are closing in on signing free agent Thomas Strakosha to replace Dean Henderson, according to reports.

Newcastle United are weighing up a bid for Leeds United winger Jack Harrison.

Serie A giants AC Milan are advancing in talks for Leeds United target Charles de Ketelaere from Bruges.

Brighton chairman Tony Bloom has revealed that no bids have been received for star defender Marc Cucurella.

Crawley Town’s new owners raised more than £3m in a matter of hours thanks to a new NFT launch.

Villarreal midfielder Arnaut Danjuma has rejected the chance to join West Ham this summer.

Top clubs across Europe are reluctant to sign players from the Premier League who have refused the Covid vaccines, as the game braces itself for another potential spike in infection.

RB Leipzig forward Brian Brobbey has already hinted at a desire to follow Erik ten Hag to Manchester United after impressing while on loan at Ajax over the course of last season.

Ajax have told Manchester United they must raise their offer again in order to agree a deal for Lisandro Martinez, according to reports.

Chelsea could well benefit should Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt snub a move to Stamford Bridge in favour of Bayern Munich this summer as the Blues have reportedly been informed of Dayot Upamecano’s potential availability.

Celtic have made a bid of around £125,000 for St Mirren kid Dylan Reid.

Reliable goalscorers are the hardest thing to find and, as Manchester United have discovered, they are also (rightly) the most difficult ones to please. But where will Cristiano Ronaldo be strutting his stuff next season?

While he attends to a pressing family issue, speculation over the five-time Ballon d’Or winner and his United future also continues to mount. He did not board the plane for Bangkok and, amid reported interest from Chelsea, there is a chance he might not pull on that red number 7 shirt again.

As underlined by their potentially calamitous kit launch, Ronaldo is still the poster boy at Old Trafford (for now) yet his proposed departure might need to be addressed by some quick-thinking in the boardroom as well as in United’s commercial department. That is where Rio Ferdinand comes into the equation.

Speaking on the latest episode of his FIVE podcast, Ferdinand stated that Bayern Munich sensation Robert Lewandowski would be the only man he ‘trusts’ to lead the charge for United should the unthinkable happen. As he pointed out himself, though, that pursuit remains easier said than done.

However, as Lewandowski prepares to wave goodbye to the Allianz Arena this summer, United have already been told what the Barcelona-bound goal machine wants. It has been spelled out to them how to avoid Bayern’s mistake and attempt to hijack his switch to the Nou Camp.

Addressing his future before the Catalan giants submitted an opening offer for his services, Lewandowski said: “My story with Bayern has come to an end, I cannot imagine further good cooperation. I hope that they will not stop me [from leaving] just because they can. A transfer is the best solution for everyone.”

Before that, the door was well and truly left open by the player’s agent, Pini Zahavi, who added: “He wants to leave this summer, none of us care about the money. The truth is he hasn’t felt respected by the board for months. Bayern lost Robert not only as a footballer, but as a person.”

Forget the trophies, goals and everything else Lewandowski brings, worth and value is everything to a striker – and especially one who has given the Bayern hierarchy 334 reasons to bend over backwards for him since arriving at the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2014. Their loss is set to be Barcelona’s gain.

Without ignoring what Karim Benzema has achieved in recent seasons, Ronaldo and Lewandowski have combined to negate any lingering suggestions that goal-scoring is a young man’s game. They have simply got better at the art over time and continue to age like the proverbial fine wine.

In that respect, should Ronaldo call quits at United, once again, there really is only one available option that United can summon to replace him. Ferdinand was bang on the money with that verdict but, while there are complications, other factors can play into hand with regards to a sensational move.

Of course, there is no Champions League to tempt Lewandowski. However, the respect his agent demands and, no doubt, the Poland captain deserves would be awash at Old Trafford and beyond.

Similarly to Ronaldo, he would be worshipped in the stands, boardroom and in the dugout as Erik ten Hag strives to shape United in his own guise. Lewandowski could be the marquee recruit he needs to answer Manchester City and Liverpool back at the first attempt.

He would undoubtedly go toe-to-toe with Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez next season, spearheading that charge for top-four with the support he seemingly lacked with the Bundesliga giants. There is also a financial aspect as well, even Lewandowski’s agent has downplayed that particular motive.

Indeed, there is absolutely no way he would move to Barcelona for anything less than parity with their top earners, while their financial issues have been well-documented. The door is open and the purse strings would loosen if that man Ronaldo departs. Buttering up Lewandowski simply has to be worth a punt.

Manchester United target Lisandro Martinez has reportedly demanded Ajax sell him to the Red Devils in the next 48 hours. The Argentina international has also attracted interest from Arsenal. However, a move to Old Trafford now seems to be on the cards with the 24-year-old eager to reunite with Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United want a new defender to provide competition for the likes of Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof.

And, according to The Mirror, the Red Devils are in pole position to secure Martinez’s signing.

The Argentine is reportedly ready to ‘go to war’ with his current employers, with many team-mates thinking his mind is now made up.

Martinez could even refuse to attend training should Ajax refuse to let him go and wants an arrangement with United to be rubber-stamped within the next 48 hours.

They’ve put £43m on the table for the South American but Ajax, who are determined to keep hold of their best players, want even more in order to let him go.

Martinez is supposedly losing patience with Ajax as a result, with the Eredivisie giants hoping for a ‘bidding war’ to break out.

He wants to move to United to play under Ten Hag, having spent the last three years performing under the Argentine in Amsterdam.

Martinez was signed as a replacement for Matthijs de Ligt back in the summer transfer window of 2019, shortly after the Dutchman’s move to Juventus.

And he’s not disappointed in the time since, helping Ajax win four trophies during that spell.

The report adds that United remain hopeful of signing Frenkie de Jong this summer, too, even though that saga remains ongoing.

Reports in Catalonia have claimed the Barcelona star is reluctant to leave the Nou Camp, despite Ten Hag’s best attempts to secure his signature.

Yet United are staying calm and continue to work on a transfer as they gear up for the start of the new Premier League season.

As well as De Jong and Martinez, the Red Devils are also pushing to land Christian Eriksen.

And they appear to be onto a winner with that signing, with the Denmark international having a verbal agreement with the fallen Premier League giants over a move to Manchester this summer.

Tyrell Malacia remains the only new recruit so far, with the Dutchman moving from Feyenoord.

And Ten Hag has opened up on the 22-year-old to club media, saying: “He’s a player, so I think he’s the modern left-back or full-back.

“He suits the profile and most important is, from every full-back, that he closes the right area, but he can also take part in the offensive side of our game, and he can do that really well.

“And I think he will really contribute to the team.”

Martinez, meanwhile, recently insisted he was ‘proud’ of his Ajax legacy.

“I am so proud of what I have achieved at Ajax and under Ten Hag,” he said.

“I grew as a player and became an Argentinian international thanks to my development at Ajax.

“And I even got to wear the captaincy armband for my country.

“That was the day my father cried, it was very emotional. My mum cried too, my uncles, aunties, cousins, everyone.

“The World Cup is definitely my goal. We have great players and we must all be ready for it. We won the Copa America together and can do it again.”

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