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Manchester United are still keen to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, but the two clubs remain around €20m (£17.2m) apart in their valuations of the Netherlands midfielder.

Premier League players will face unprecedented workloads amid the frantic rush to squeeze in fixtures before the World Cup starts in November.

Steph Houghton was visibly angry and extremely upset after being told by manager Sarina Wiegman she was not going to be part of the England squad for this summer’s European championships.

Christian Horner has called the FIA’s move to ban porpoising in Formula One “very unfair”, suggesting that other teams should not be punished for Mercedes’ failure to control the violent bouncing motion of their cars.

Granit Xhaka’s mysterious booking in Arsenal’s Premier League win at Leeds last season is being investigated by the National Crime Agency amid suspicions of a major betting scandal.

Chelsea have enquired about Inter Milan defender Martin Skriniar in a swap deal that could involve striker Romelu Lukaku returning to his former club in Italy.

Robert Lewandowski has rejected the chance to join Chelsea this summer with the Bayern Munich striker targeting a dream move to join Barcelona.

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has urged his old club to beat their north-London rivals in the race for Leeds forward Raphinha.

Watford’s £20m-rated forward Emmanuel Dennis is on Everton’s list of targets this summer if Richarlison leaves the club before the end of the transfer window.

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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte is eyeing an ambitious reunion with Lautaro Martinez with the London club readying a £77m bid for the Inter Milan striker.

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Jurrien 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.

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Manchester United’s wait for their first summer signing goes on today, over a week since the window officially opened.

While Manchester City and Liverpool have strengthened considerably with the signings of Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez, respectively, Erik ten Hag is still waiting to welcome his first arrival at the club.

Talks remain ongoing with Barcelona over the transfer of Frenkie de Jong while United are also interested in signing Christian Eriksen on a free transfer to bolster their midfield options following the departures of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata.

The club was linked with Porto’s defensive-midfielder Vitinha in recent days but reports on Friday night suggested that he has instead agreed personal terms with Paris Saint-Germain.

Manchester United are looking for midfield reinforcements this summer. The club are in talks with Barcelona over a deal for Frenkie de Jong, but fans are wondering who will partner the Dutchman in the heart of midfield.

Plenty of names have been mentioned by United fans but it seems the club are keeping their cards close to their chest. Porto’s Vitinha had been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but Fabrizio Romano has claimed United never registered a solid interest in the midfielder, who now looks set to join Paris Saint-Germain.

One player who United are eager to sign is Christian Eriksen. The 30-year-old Danish midfielder is available on a free transfer with his contract at Brentford set to expire and the Manchester Evening News understands United are keen to secure the services of the former Tottenham man a contract.

Manchester United may not have caught anything yet but they are certainly in the right hunting ground.

It’s a massive summer for United as they look to significantly improve a squad that registered the club’s worst-ever Premier League return last term and give new manager Erik ten Hag the best building blocks possible as he looks to construct a new era at Old Trafford. The transfer window has gotten off to a nervously slow start, as United are yet to bring a player in while Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham have all made big signings, but there is no need for panic stations yet as they are looking in the right places.

The area that is absolutely pivotal United get right above all others is the midfield. There was already a dire need for improvement in the middle of the park last season and that was before Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata all departed upon the expiration of their contracts. But the need for strong midfield signings has become even more important with the arrival of Ten Hag, who will rely on intelligent and technical middlemen to implement his philosophy on match days.

Paul Pogba is going anything but quietly as his Manchester United career ends in a fashion perhaps befitting of his time with the club.

Everyone knew Pogba was already well and truly out the door by the time his departure was finally made official at the start of the month. The moment he walked off the pitch after just 10 minutes at Anfield, he was no longer a United player.

Even as the fans’ opinions were already heavily weighted against him though, there were still some willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, arguing that this dysfunctional side was not the best place for his talent to be expressed. He’s now made sure to destroy any remaining credit he had at United with his self-indulgent documentary.

United are looking to offload a number of players to finance their summer spending.

The Daily Mail suggest Dean Henderson, Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are all available for transfer if an appropriate offer comes in.

This is the type of news that will excite United fans.

According to AS, Frenkie de Jong has reportedly cleared out his locker at the club, fuelling suggestions that he is on his way out of Camp Nou this summer.

Their loss.

Maurizio Sarri has reportedly turned down the chance to sign Juan Mata for free this summer following his release by United.

l Messaggero reports Mata’s agent proposed him to Lazio this summer but Sarri did not believe he would be the right fit for his side.

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This isn’t the type of report United fans want to read.

Repubblica suggest Cristiano Ronaldo does not feel involved in Erik ten Hag’s project going forward and could look to leave United this summer.

They claim both AS Roma and Sporting Lisbon are both dreaming of a move for the Portuguese superstar.

Manchester United did at least get one piece of business done early this summer. They appointed Erik ten Hag before the season had finished and while Ralf Rangnick was still in the hot seat.

It seemed like a smart move, United getting their house in order ahead of schedule. Yet the deafening silence from the club in the early weeks of the transfer window — a hugely significant summer of change at Old Trafford — means Ten Hag’s unveiling now feels like more a PR stunt than the sign of a club boxing clever.

It made perfect sense to announce Ten Hag as early as possible. United’s season was fizzling out to the point of apathy, results under Rangnick were unravelling and while Man City and Liverpool slugged out a title bout for the ages, United seemed an irrelevance. A managerial appointment at least brought excitement about the future at Old Trafford.

Barcelona have told Manchester United that they want a guaranteed fee of £73million for Frenkie de Jong, according to reports.

United need to strengthen a number of positions this summer but none more so than midfield, which requires at least one but preferably two new additions to improve the middle of the park and offset departures. New boss Erik ten Hag has identified his former player De Jong as the perfect man to help stamp his identity onto the side.

It initially seemed ludicrous that United would be able to sign a player of such quality, especially as they can’t even offer Champions League football next season, but Barcelona appear increasingly keen to cash in on the Dutchman. Their continued financial peril means they will have to raise funds in the market if they want to make any additions this summer.

Paul Pogba’s wife has revealed she and Pogba were unperturbed by Paris Saint-German fans protesting against him moving to the club.

Although Pogba will leave Manchester United as a free agent at the end of the month, he could have left sooner, with the player frequently linked with a move away from Old Trafford over the past several years.

Mino Raiola controversially confirmed Pogba wanted to leave United in 2019 and 2020, and the player was linked with transfers to Juventus, Real Madrid and PSG. Pogba didn’t get his move away from United but that didn’t stop the speculation.

Manchester United signed Angel Di Maria in 2014 when the Argentina international didn’t actually want to come. And, now, history could be about to repeat itself when it comes to Frenkie de Jong. The Barcelona star has often spoken about how happy he is at the Nou Camp and, if he does end up moving to Old Trafford, it’s possible that transfer will mean more harm than good.

Manchester United, in the summer of 2014, decided to splash the cash for Louis van Gaal.

Deals for Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Radamel Falcao were all concluded, with the quiet coming in from Southampton, Athletic Bilbao, Ajax, Sporting Lisbon and Monaco respectively.

But the biggest deal of the summer was Di Maria, with the South American moving to United from Real Madrid.

It was a substantial coup and, at first, looked a shrewd move.

It is probably fair to say the 2021/22 campaign was not the season Raphael Varane had hoped for, when joining Manchester United from Real Madrid last summer.

The classy World Cup winner was restricted to 29 appearances in all competitions for his new club, due to injury, as the Reds suffered a disappointing time, all round.

However, the introduction of Erik ten Hag as manager has already got everybody looking forward with anticipation to the big kick-off in August, and Varane is no different, as he aims to build momentum and show his world-class capabilities on a regular basis.

We asked the centre-back about his expectations for Tour 2022, which will begin with a game against dual domestic cup winners Liverpool in Malaysia on 12 July.

“It’s a new season, it’s a new start, so everyone is excited to know about the new manager,” he told club media recently. “Obviously, we want to do well and win every game so, for this, we’ll have to prepare for the new season, and I think it’s important for us to train hard and be ready.

“We want to be ready for the new season,” he reiterated. “We need to work very hard and there will be a lot of training sessions, and a lot of games, so I think it will be interesting and a great moment to work very hard and to prepare for the season.”

Varane accepts there is usually a different feel to tour games, with preparation the main aim, but he is looking to get a taste of the global appeal the club enjoys.

“I think it’s a different atmosphere, it’s pre-season so we have to get fit, we have to prepare,” he acknowledged.

“I think it’s always exciting to play in front of our fans around the world, it’s a good experience for us, and it’s a good moment to prepare for the season.”

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