Manchester United, not for the first time, are linked with Villarreal centre-back Pau Torres as new manager Erik ten Hag looks to address his side’s defensive frailties – Sport Media News

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Manchester United could come calling for Pau Torres this summer after rekindling their interest in the Villarreal stalwart, according to reports in Spain.

Erik ten Hag is understood to desire a centre-back who is comfortable playing out from the back as he looks to address a problem area in his squad.

The Dutchman held his first press conference as United manager on Monday and spoke of his vision for the club. Ten Hag made sure to stress Cristiano Ronaldo is a big part of his plans at Old Trafford, so the Portuguese superstar seems poised to stay for at least another season despite the Red Devils missing out on Champions League qualification.

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Man Utd remain interested in securing the signing of Pau Torres from Villarreal this summer as Erik ten Hag looks to begin the rebuild of the club following the beginning of his official role as first team manager this week, and the Spaniards agents are set to travel to Manchester for talks with the club.

We’re back to keep you up to date with the news and gossip coming out of Old Trafford.

Erik ten Hag has begun work in Manchester – and boy does he have plenty to keep him busy!

Dwight Yorke has claimed Erik ten Hag has “major surgery” to repair at Manchester United ahead of the new season.

The 52-year-old will become the new Red Devils boss in the summer after guiding Ajax to the Eredivisie title for the third time in four seasons. He won 72 per cent of his matches in charge and also reached the Champions League semi-finals with the Dutch side back in 2018/19.

Ten Hag decided to terminate his Ajax contract early in order to start his United project last week ahead of their final day trip to Crystal Palace. He was in the stands at Selhurst Park as the Red Devils slumped to their sixth successive away defeat, leaving them in sixth with their lowest-ever Premier League points tally.

Manchester United’s record signing Paul Pogba was reportedly warned ahead of making the move back to Old Trafford, but the Frenchman is looking to make amends for his error and return to Juventus.

Pogba joined Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 after rejecting a new deal at United, and the Frenchman became one of the most sought after midfielders in Europe. United then signed their former star for £89million, although it’s been a frustrating six-year spell back at Old Trafford.

The midfielder is now linked with a return to Turin where he played his best football, and is reportedly in advanced talks with Massimilano Allegri’s side. But Pogba could have avoided a dry six-year slump at United if he had listened to the advice of former team-mate Claudio Marchisio.

West Ham will accept an offer of £120million for Declan Rice this summer, according to 90min.

It’s believed the Hammers’ asking price has dropped from £150m. Manager David Moyes has previously said the club wouldn’t accept a bid of £100m.

Mike Phelan will leave Manchester United’s backroom staff, according to the Daily Mail.

It’s unclear whether Phelan will continue working at Old Trafford in some capacity.

Manchester United have made an opening offer of €55million – around £47.2m – for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, according to La Reppublica via Sport Witness.

The Lazio midfielder, 27, has been linked with the Red Devils for several months. It’s believed the offer is nowhere near the Italian club’s valuation of the player.

Jose Mourinho admits he does not know when he will call time on his illustrious managerial career as he targets another taste of European glory.

The 59-year-old will send his Roma side into Europa Conference League battle with Feyenoord at the Arena Kombetare in Tirana on Wednesday evening with the words of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson ringing in his ears.

Mourinho was invited into Ferguson’s – and later his – office at Old Trafford ahead of a Champions League clash in March 2013 during his time as Real Madrid boss and was served with a warning of what lay ahead for him.

The Portuguese told UEFA’s official website: “I asked him,’What is it like, boss? Does it change? Does it change over the years?’. He said, ‘Forget about it. Nothing changes. It’s the same up until the very last day’.

“That is why I keep saying I cannot believe I am 59 years old. I cannot believe I have a 21 or 22-year career as a head coach. I cannot tell you when I am going to stop because I cannot visualise it. The passion doesn’t change.”

Chelsea are listening to offers for Hakim Ziyech, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano via The Metro.

The 29-year-old played under Erik ten Hag at Ajax before joining the Blues two years ago and rumours of a reunion at Old Trafford are growing.

The Premier League have approved the proposed takeover of Chelsea by Todd Boehly’s consortium.

The consortium – led by US businessman Boehly and supported by the Clearlake Capital Group, Hansjorg Wyss and Mark Walter – is expected to complete the takeover later this month. They are now awaiting approval from the UK government.

West Ham have reportedly made an initial enquiry over signing Jesse Lingard on a free transfer.

The 29-year-old’s Manchester United contract will expire next month and he is expected to leave Old Trafford.

He scored nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances for West Ham during a loan spell for the club in 2020-21.

Dimitar Berbatov has been discussing Manchester United’s transfer priorities this summer.

“I hope that he [Erik ten Hag] can buy players that are smart and the right choices,” Berbatov told BBC Radio 5 Live’s the Monday Night Club.

“He definitely needs to start with the defence, it has been too easy conceding goals, and this must be the starting point. I will be waiting for which players stay and which players go.

“I say don’t buy for the sake of buying. When you do that nothing happens; the fans and the club are disappointed and you end up loaning the player to another club. Be smart, make the right choices and sign the right players.”

Gareth Southgate’s decision to omit Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho from his latest England squad perfectly highlights the magnitude of the task that Erik ten Hag faces at Manchester United.

The United pair were an integral part of the Three Lions side that reached the Euro 2020 final last summer but within 12 months, they’re not even a part of the 27-man squad for the upcoming Nations League doubleheader against Hungary and Germany.

In fairness, their form didn’t warrant a call-up from Southgate but not many would have predicted such a rapid fall from grace.

Sancho has mightily struggled since making the move from Borussia Dortmund a year ago, while Rashford’s form has been equally as poor as both players have found themselves on the fringes for the majority of the campaign.

Manchester United are in talks to buy Indian Super League side East Bengal, according to Indian cricket legend Sourav Ganguly.

East Bengal are currently without investment after their association with Shree Cement Limited came to an end last month. The company handed over sporting rights, leaving the Kolkata club, who play in the country’s top flight, in a perilous position.

Ganguly holds the hugely influential title of president of Board of Control for Cricket in India. The 49-year-old was speaking at a press conference in Kolkata on Tuesday, where he was asked about possible investment in East Bengal, one of the city’s most historic clubs.

Today marks five years since Manchester United last won a trophy.

The 2-0 Europa League final triumph over Ajax, under Jose Mourinho, was the last time United lifted silverware. Since then, Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester have all been in the winner’s enclosure, domestically and in Europe, with United stuck outside, looking on forlornly.

In that time, United have reached four semi-finals and two finals: the FA Cup in 2018, which they lost to Chelsea, and the Europa League in 2021, losing a marathon penalty shootout to Villarreal.

Since that Europa League victory five years ago, United have spent £665.73million on players, yet their most notable achievement remains finishing second, 19 points behind Manchester City in 2018, a feat Mourinho still considers one of his greatest of his glittering managerial career.

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