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Manchester United trained in Bangkok for the first time on Saturday afternoon, hours after landing in the Thai capital.

The flight between Manchester and the south-east Asian city took around 12 hours, meaning the aeroplane checked in to Don Mueang Airport shortly after 10am local time.

With the club in Thailand for the first time since 2013, United’s players and staff were greeted with a warm welcome, as fans packed inside the terminal building and waited outside the team hotel to greet them.

After acclimatising to their new surroundings, Erik ten Hag and his squad left for the STB Academy under leaden skies and when they arrived, the heavens had opened and increased the muggy feeling on an already very humid afternoon.

All 31 members of Erik ten Hag’s squad – 27 outfielders and four goalkeepers – were present at our inaugural session of Tour 2022 and each stopped in turn to greet and shake the hand of Bryan Robson, who is one of three Legends on the trip along with Treble heroes Denis Irwin and Andrew Cole.

Just two weeks into pre-season, and with some of United’s players having only returned this week, fitness is still the name of the game and the session started with stretches and shuttle runs in handsome surroundings, with high-rise buildings and greenery surrounding the pitch.

Of course, United’s pre-season programme gets under way in just under 72 hours in this city, when we face old rivals Liverpool at the Rajamangala Stadium.

The work will continue to ramp up until then, with a number of interviews and press conferences sprinkled in.

As ever, we’ll bring you all the latest via ManUtd.com and the United App and don’t forget that MUTV is the only place where you can watch all of the Tour 2022 games live.

According to reports in Catalonia, Frenkie de Jong has turned down the chance to join Manchester United this summer. The Netherlands international is Erik ten Hag’s top target, something that’s been well-documented in recent weeks. However, a move that will see the 25-year-old move to Old Trafford is currently hanging in the balance – and that could benefit three players already at the club.

Manchester United have been pushing to land De Jong all summer long.

But the Barcelona star, according to Mundo Deportivo, has turned down the chance to play at Old Trafford because his preference is still to stay at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona, for their part, want to jettison De Jong. They need to balance their finances, especially given their interest in Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski.

But it seems like United are now in severe danger of missing out on a player they first opened talks regarding over 50 days ago.

In the eyes of many, the Scotland international isn’t good enough to start week in, week out for United.

He’s undeniably got his uses but McTominay just isn’t world-class, blowing hot and cold under the likes of Jose Mourinho, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.

Yet, under a new manager, there’s a sense the 25-year-old can kick on and improve.

He’s been expected to be the fall guy should De Jong arrive, with Ten Hag hoping to play his compatriot alongside both Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes.

But if the Barcelona star doesn’t come, then McTominay can expect to start matches at United for the foreseeable future.

Chelsea are set to make a number of changes to their squad this summer. The Blues ended the previous season in inconsistent form, but managed to qualify for the Champions League once again.

Heading into the next campaign, Thomas Tuchel will be without some key players, with many leaving the club already. Further departures are expected, only increasing the need for the German coach to find suitable replacements.

While the defence and forward lines are areas for immediate reinforcements, an eye could be cast to the midfield ranks. Of those linked, Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong is among them, with the financial scenario surrounding the club opening the possibility of a move away.

With that said, football.london brings you all the latest on de Jong’s potential move to Stamford Bridge.

De Jong interest

Chelsea are monitoring a move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer, according to the Guardian. Thomas Tuchel is said to admire the 25-year-old, but priorities in strengthening the squad currently lie elsewhere.

Chelsea aren’t alone in their interest as Manchester United are also said to be in the race to sign the midfielder. Sky Sports reports that a fee has been agreed at roughly £56million, with a number of performance related add-ons.

Contract problem

The Independent reports that any deal for the Netherlands international is being held up by £17million of deferred wages that the Catalonian club owes de Jong.

Player preference

Should the Blues submit a bid too, it may come down to the player’s choice. The Guardian reports that de Jong is open to a move to Old Trafford, where he would reunite with former manager Erik ten Hag.

However, the 25-year-old has a desire to play Champions League football too, something that is only available with Chelsea this season.

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Ajax have told Manchester United they must raise their offer again in order to agree a deal for Lisandro Martinez, according to reports. The Dutch giants have been taking their time to ponder the Red Devils’ latest offer after Old Trafford chiefs raised their bid to £43million for the Argentine.

The proposal completely gazumped Arsenal’s highest bid, estimated to be worth around £35m plus add-ons.

Yet still, despite confidence United’s offer would be enough to see a deal through, it appears Ajax are still holding out for a bigger sum.

According to to 90min, Ajax are still unwilling to accept United’s offer, although a deal is now understood to be close.

Martinez himself is pushing for the move as he targets a reunion with Erik ten Hag following their success at Ajax.

The Eredivisie champions are said to be keen on United upping the add-ons and bonus payments included in the deal.

Their tough negotiating stance is also being exercised as part of their attempts to keep winger Antony at the club.

Antony is currently valued at upwards of £60m by Ajax, who could effectively prise him out of his dream move to the Premier League.

There’s an expectancy that Martinez will move on though after several weeks of talks with both United and Arsenal.

The Gunners were in the driving seat for the 24-year-old before United decided they wanted in on the auction.

Ten Hag is believed to be key to United’s interest, having personally approved the deal over a swoop for Villarreal’s Pau Torres.

United’s recruitment team were seemingly keen to sign the Spaniard before a change of heart in the boardroom.

Now Martinez is United’s top defensive target and he could now follow Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen through the door.

The versatile ball-playing defender can also play at left-back and in holding midfield.

Those qualities make him the ideal signing for United’s underwhelming squad as they look to fix their defensive woes from last season.

Earlier in the transfer window, United held talks over a deal to sign Jurrien Timber from Ajax but he has now opted to stay in Holland.

Now attentions have turned to his centre-back partner and there’s optimism an agreement will finally be reached in due course…

Manchester United have made phone calls over potential Cristiano Ronaldo replacements, according to reports. The Portugal international has rocked the Red Devils by demanding to leave providing a suitable offer arrives. He wants to play in the Champions League at the age of 37, mindful he doesn’t have too many years at the top left in his locker despite his obvious talents.

Manchester United were taken aback when it emerged last weekend that Ronaldo was looking to leave.

The veteran had previously indicated he’d be willing to hang around for the Erik ten Hag era, having scored 24 goals under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick last term.

But Ronaldo wants to play in the Champions League, something United can’t offer after they finished sixth in the Premier League table last term.

The 37-year-old has been linked with a move to Chelsea, who are hopeful of landing the Portugal international as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.

And The Athletic say United have now placed some phone calls as they start to prepare for a future that doesn’t feature their No 7.

Ronaldo’s goals fired the Red Devils into Europe last term but there’s also a sense his Hollywood homecoming disrupted the harmony within the squad.

Younger players, such as Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford, struggled to take the spotlight with Ronaldo taking it all for himself.

No names are mentioned by the publication when it comes to successors at centre-forward, despite United now beginning to look at replacements.

Yet it’ll be interesting to see who United sign given none of their current forwards are proven as specialists playing down the middle.

Rashford scored eight goals when he was deployed as a central striker during Louis van Gaal’s time in the dugout.

However, the England international has developed into a winger in the years since – playing on the left under both Solskjaer and Jose Mourinho in recent years.

Sancho, too, is better out wide than he is playing at the tip of the Red Devils’ attack.

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