Wrapping up the Man Utd transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window. Update on De Jong, Malacia, Martinez & Eriksen
Erik ten Hag ideally wants the bulk of Manchester United’s transfer business completed before the squad flies out for their pre-season tour on July 8, with a basic agreement in place for Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong while a deal for Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia is expected to be completed soon.
The club are strongly interested in Arsenal target Lisandro Martinez and have been doing due diligence on the situation.
Christian Eriksen is deciding whether to accept an offer from United or remain at Brentford – although there are other proposals on the table that he “remains open to.”
The club are in talks over Ajax forward Antony, while the Dutch side have indicated they expect Jurrien Timber to stay in Amsterdam.
United have had the centre-half, who can also operate at right-back, on a shortlist of defensive targets.
Football director John Murtough is overseeing transfer business aided by head of recruitment operations Steve Brown.
Solicitor Tom Keane has been roped in on a consultancy basis to draft deals.
Man Utd agree £13m deal for Malacia
Manchester United have reached an agreement with Feyenoord for Tyrell Malacia and are optimistic of wrapping up a deal for the left-back.
The package is around an initial £13m with a further £1.7m in add-ons and is expected to include a sell-on clause. Agreeing personal terms with the 22-year-old should not be a problem.
United accelerated their interest in Malacia in an attempt to beat Lyon to a deal and the Dutch club recently confirmed a fee had been agreed.
Basic agreement for De Jong
Progress continues to be made on Frenkie de Jong and the basis of an agreement is there, but there are still significant complexities to work through.
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Talks are progressing well over an initial £56m deal for the Barcelona midfielder, which has allowed United to pivot to other players on a shortlist for their rebuild.
Personal terms are not expected to be a problem for the midfielder, who made 46 appearances for Barcelona last term and has four years remaining on his current contract at the Nou Camp.
Man Utd hopeful over Eriksen
Manchester United United also remain hopeful of signing Denmark international Christian Eriksen.
A deal is on the table with Eriksen’s representatives – the final decision rests with the player himself.
Sky Sports News has reported Eriksen will choose between United and Brentford.
Meanwhile, United remain interested in Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez and Ajax winger Antony.
Both were regulars under Ten Hag at Ajax.
While central defence is not currently a priority position, United are looking at ways to improve in every area of the pitch.
Fulham target Pereira deal
Fulham have made an offer for Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.
Sky Sports News have been told the bid is around an initial £8 million with add-ons.
Pereira spent last season on loan at Flamengo and is not part of Erik ten Hag’s plans ahead of the new season.
Ronaldo not for sale despite Chelsea reports
Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale and Manchester United expect him to remain at Old Trafford, despite reports linking the Portugal star with a sensational move to Chelsea.
United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League and lack of signings so far this summer has led to reports that Ronaldo may want to leave.
His agent Jorge Mendes met Chelsea’s new co-owner Todd Boehly last week and Ronaldo was mentioned during the meeting, but new United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Ronaldo is part of his future plans.
Ronaldo returned to United last summer, 12 years after originally leaving the club for Real Madrid, and netted 24 goals in 38 games to finish as the club’s top scorer in all competitions.
‘Obsessive Ronaldo wants CL football’
Portuguese football expert Pedro Sepulveda to Sky Sports:
“When the transfer window is open, it’s normal that we talk about Cristiano Ronaldo. Manchester United are not in the Champions League next season and Ronaldo is unhappy about this.
“He is completely obsessed with playing in the competition so he’s not living well with the reality that he’s not going to be playing in it in the immediate future.
“He’s spoken to his agent Jorge Mendes, who is seeing if there are any other options. He said he would speak to the clubs who are targeting winning the Champions League to see what could be done in terms of a change in this summer transfer window.
“You can forget the English clubs – Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham – as I’m 100 per cent sure Ronaldo will not play for another club in England, while Ronaldo doesn’t fit into the new project at PSG.”
West Ham make offer to sign Lingard on a free
West Ham United have made an offer to Jesse Lingard’s representatives over signing the player on a free transfer.
Lingard officially becomes a free agent on July 1 following the expiration of his Manchester United contract.
Lingard had a successful loan spell at West Ham in the second half of the 2020/21 season when he scored nine goals in 16 Premier League starts.
Henderson set to join Nottingham Forest on loan
Nottingham Forest have agreed a deal with Manchester United to sign Dean Henderson on loan for the 2022/23 season.
The deal will not include an option for Forest, who were promoted back to the Premier League via the play-offs last season, to buy the England international.
Henderson’s United deal expires in 2025 after he signed a new five-year contract in 2020.
Eriksen choosing between Man Utd and Brentford
Christian Eriksen is understood to be making a decision over whether to join Manchester United or stay at Brentford.
Both clubs have made him offers – but United’s is thought to be more financially lucrative.
Working again with Erik ten Hag, with whom he trained at Ajax before his return to football, as part of United’s anticipated new era has its attractions.
But sources close to the midfielder say he and his family are settled in London and have reservations about relocating to the North West.
Who have Man Utd been linked with?
Lisandro Martinez – United are looking to hijack Arsenal’s bid to land Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez (The Sun, June 30); United will turn their attentions to Ajax’s Lisandro Martinez with United asking the Dutch club to keep them updated to the 24-year-old’s situation after Arsenal offered £34m for the defender (The Times, June 29); Ajax will demand more than £115m for Manchester United targets Lisandro Martinez and Antony this summer. The Dutch giants value Martinez in the £45m bracket and are under no pressure to sell. And they are set to play hardball over wideman Antony, who they believe is worth around £70m (The Sun, June 27); United are ready to gazump Arsenal and sign Martinez after failing in their efforts to land his Ajax team-mate Jurrien Timber (Daily Mirror, June 20).
Frenkie de Jong – De Jong is now open to joining United from Barcelona, in a significant development in Erik ten Hag’s pursuit of the midfielder (The Guardian, June 30); United are inching towards a conclusion in their protracted pursuit of de Jong from Barcelona and hope to have the transfer completed this week (Daily Mail, June 28); United have rejected a sensational request from Barcelona for England defender Harry Maguire to be included in any deal to sign midfielder de Jong (The Sun, June 27); United believe they are now closing in on a £67m deal with Barcelona for the midfielder who spent 18 months working under Ten Hag’s former club Ajax (The Sun, July 27).
Christian Eriksen – Eriksen is set to wait to make his decision on whether to join Manchester United in order to see how the Red Devils progress in the summer market (Daily Mirror, June 27); Eriksen is understood to be deciding between whether to join Manchester United or stay at Brentford (Sky Sports News, June 23); Manchester United appear to be in pole position to sign Eriksen thanks to Tottenham’s decision to pull out of the race (Daily Mirror, June 22); Manchester United have made initial contact with Eriksen’s representatives over a summer move to Old Trafford (Sky Sports News, June 20); Eriksen is mulling over an offer from Manchester United after Tottenham distanced themselves from claims they are set to re-sign the Denmark midfielder (The Times, June 20).
Antony – Manchester United have been told it will cost them £70million to sign Ajax forward Antony. New United boss Erik ten Hag wanted to raid his former club to sign the versatile Brazil star, but Ajax’s huge valuation has thrown the deal into doubt (Daily Mirror, June 27); Antony is determined to secure a move to Manchester United this summer even though Ajax have tried to ward off interest in the Brazil winger by demanding a fee of £69m for his signature (The Times, June 23); Manchester United have held talks over a potential move for Ajax forward Antony but are waiting for a breakthrough in negotiations with Barcelona for Frenkie de Jong before advancing other deals (Daily Telegraph, June 21); Manchester United are closing in on their first major signing of the summer with Antony on his way from Ajax in a £40million move (The Sun, June 20).
Yannick Carrasco – Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham are exploring the prospect of signing Atletico Madrid star Carrasco this summer after his release clause emerged, according to reports in Spain (Daily Mirror, June 23).
Christopher Nkunku – Nkunku has signed a new four-year deal at RB Leipzig – that includes a £51.6m release clause – despite reported interest from Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United (June 23).
Jurrien Timber – Manchester United might have fresh hope of completing a deal for Ajax starlet Timber after all with his agent in Manchester (Daily Mirror, June 22); 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 (Daily Mirror, June 18); Timber looks set to agree a new deal to stay at Ajax (The Sun, June 17).
Malcolm Ebiowei – Crystal Palace are set to win the race for Derby’s 18-year-old winger Ebiowei over Manchester United and Monaco (The Sun, June 22); Manchester United are ‘very much’ in the hunt to sign Derby protege Ebiowei (Daily Express, June 20); Derby starlet Ebiowei is at the centre of a four-way battle between Manchester United, Newcastle, Tottenham and Crystal Palace as he edges closer to a decision on his future (Daily Mail, May 27).
Daniel Bachmann – Manchester United are in talks with former Kilmarnock and Ross County goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann (Scottish Sun, June 22); Watford goalkeeper Bachmann has been recommended to Manchester United by former boss Ralf Rangnick. (The Sun, May 31).
Tammy Abraham – Manchester United and Arsenal have both shown interest in bringing Abraham back to the Premier League (Daily Mail, June 19); Manchester United could turn to Tammy Abraham after missing out to Liverpool on Darwin Nunez (Daily Star, June 15).
Vinicius Jr – Manchester United were among the Premier League sides to enquire about the availability of Real Madrid forward Vinicius last season, according to reports in Spain (Daily Express, June 19).
Robbie McCrorie – Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has plans to lure Robby McCrorie away from Rangers. (Scottish Sun, June 19).
Denzel Dumfries – Manchester United are interested in signing Denzel Dumfries from Inter Milan, with the Serie A side ready to sell (Daily Express, June 13).
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Liverpool will listen to offers of just £10m for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Manchester United and West Ham thought to be interested (The Sun, June 13).
Robert Lewandowski – Manchester United would be happy to pay Robert Lewandowski’s £400k-a-week wage demands (Daily Star, June 13); United will join the race for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski – if his dream move to Barcelona falls flat (The Sun on Sunday, June 12). Robert Lewandowski has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona this summer but United could now hijack the deal and sign the Polish striker (The Star on Sunday, June 12).
Milan Skriniar – Manchester United and Tottenham have been dealt a huge blow after Skriniar committed his future to Inter Milan as he outlined his career plan (Daily Express, June 2).
Mason Mount – New Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is watching Mount’s contractual situation at Chelsea carefully as he considers a shock move for the England midfielder (The Sun, June 1); Liverpool and Manchester City have reportedly made “discreet” offers to Mount amid interest from Manchester United (Daily Express, June 1).
Corentin Tolisso – Manchester United and Arsenal could be among the sides readying an offer for midfielder Tolisso, who will be leaving Bayern Munich on a free transfer this summer (The Sun, June 1).
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Pau Torres – Villarreal centre-back Torres insists that the only contract offer he has received is from his current club as rumours swirl amid reports his agent has arrived in the UK ahead of a move to United (Daily Mail, May 30).
Sven Botman – Manchester United and Tottenham are understood to be involved in the race to sign Lille defender Botman, a long-term target for Newcastle United. (The Sun, June 9).
Wesley Fofana – Leicester City are attempting to fend off interest from Manchester United and Chelsea in their centre-back Fofana. (Daily Express, June 9).
The latest players linked with a Man Utd exit
Harry Maguire – Manchester United have rejected a sensational request from Barcelona for England defender Maguire to be included in any deal to sign midfielder De Jong (The Sun, June 27).
Andreas Pereira – Fulham are closing on an £11m deal to sign Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira (Daily Mail, June 27)
Dean Henderson – Nottingham Forest have agreed a deal with Manchester United to sign Dean Henderson on loan for the 2022/23 season (Sky Sports News, June 24); Manchester United and Nottingham Forest have agreed the terms of a season-long loan deal for goalkeeper Henderson (Daily Mail, June 23); Nottingham Forest have found a breakthrough in talks to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Henderson on loan (Daily Express, June 22).
Cristiano Ronaldo – Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Ronaldo. Talks are understood to have taken place with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes although Manchester United expect the 37-year-old to stay at Old Trafford (Telegraph, June 25).
Ronaldo is expected to stay at Manchester United this summer and will report back for pre-season training at the beginning of July, despite reports he is ready to quit the club (Sky Sports News, June 24); Ronaldo has reportedly demanded Manchester United up their game in the transfer market – or he’ll leave Old Trafford this summer (Daily Mirror, June 23); Ronaldo is reportedly concerned about a lack of transfer activity from Manchester United and could even leave the club before the end of the window (Daily Star, June 22); Ronaldo has insisted he is “very happy” to remain at Old Trafford and believes Manchester United will rebound from a dreadful 2021/22 campaign under new manager Erik ten Hag (Sky Sports News, June 3).
Anthony Martial – Manchester United are reportedly open to offers of just £20m for Martial – but accept even that fee may deter suitors (The Sun, June 22); Manchester United are willing to take a £30m hit on Martial and Eric Bailly with both players available for cut-price transfers (The Sun, June 21); Injuries are apparently the prime reason for why Manchester United star Martial failed his loan spell at Sevilla, a club director has revealed (Daily Mirror, June 15).
Brandon Williams – Williams can leave Manchester United for £10m as the defender is deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford (The Sun, June 22).
Eric Bailly – Manchester United are willing to take a £30m hit on Anthony Martial and Bailly with both players available for cut-price transfers (The Sun, June 21); Manchester United are set to keep Harry Maguire but will look to sign a new centre-back if they can offload Bailly, Phil Jones or Axel Tuanzebe this summer (Daily Mail, June 21); Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign Manchester United defender Eric Bailly as an alternative to Lille’s Sven Botman (Daily Mirror, June 19).
Axel Tuanzebe – Manchester United are set to keep Harry Maguire but will look to sign a new centre-back if they can offload Eric Bailly, Phil Jones or Tuanzebe this summer (Daily Mail, June 21); Incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly decided to let go of both Bailly and Tuanzebe this summer as he kicks off his Old Trafford overhaul (Daily Mirror, June 4).
Marcus Rashford – Erik ten Hag will reportedly back Rashford to revive his Manchester United career (The Sun, June 19); Rashford has expressed a desire to stay at Manchester United and fight for his place in Erik ten Hag’s team after falling down the pecking order under Ralf Rangnick (Daily Mail, June 13). United have turned down an approach from Tottenham for England forward Rashford (The Times, June 9).
Paul Pogba – Pogba is using his post-season break in the USA to mull over offers from Juventus, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain after his Manchester United exit was confirmed (Sky Sports News, June 4).
Alejandro Garnacho – Manchester United are talking with one of their top teenage stars – Alejandro Garnacho – over a new deal as links with a move to Juventus continue to build (Daily Express, June 11).
Edinson Cavani – Cavani appears set for a move to Mexico on his release from Manchester United, with three teams – Club America, Toluca and Monterrey, all interested in the Uruguay striker (Daily Mirror, June 10).
Martin Svidersky – Manchester United academy star Svidersky has confirmed he will leave the club and join a top-flight club in Spain after turning down the chance to work under new manager Erik ten Hag as part of his Old Trafford revolution (Daily Mirror, June 4).
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James Garner – Leicester are prepared to battle Everton and other Premier League rivals for Manchester United midfielder James Garner (The Sun, May 30); Leicester are keen on Manchester United midfielder Garner after his impressive loan spell with Championship play-off finalists Nottingham Forest (Sunday Mirror, May 29).
Tom Heaton – Manchester United’s forgotten keeper Tom Heaton is a shock target for Middlesbrough boss Chris Wilder (The Sun on Sunday, June 12).
Facundo Pellistri – Erik ten Hag is set to give Facundo Pellistri a chance to shine during Manchester United’s pre-season schedule, with his long-term Old Trafford future in question after a loan spell at Alaves when he struggled to get much playing time (Daily Mail, June 14).
What do we know about Man Utd’s summer plans?
Erik ten Hag is unlikely to have more than £100m to spend on new signings ahead of his first official day in charge of Manchester United unless players are sold (The Sun, June 27)
Manchester United will adopt a “try before you sign” policy with their youngsters this summer (Sun on Sunday, June 19).
Erik ten Hag has told senior staff at Old Trafford he intends to fast-track teen sensation Alejandro Garnacho’s Manchester United career (Sunday Mirror, June 19).
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has sent an email to his players laying down the law to remind them football is a team game and he will not tolerate egos as he plans to instil a Sir Alex Ferguson-style discipline at the club (The Sun, June 10)
Erik ten Hag will have £120m to spend on Manchester United’s squad this summer but could increase that by offloading the likes of Anthony Martial, Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Daily Express, May 30).
Confirmed Man Utd signings
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Confirmed Man Utd departures
Paul Pogba – released
Juan Mata – released
Jesse Lingard – released
Nemanja Matic – Roma, free
Edinson Cavani – released
Lee Grant – released
D’Mani Mellor – released
Reece Devine – released
Paul McShane – released
Connor Stanley – released
Paul Woolston – released
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