Bayern 'keeping eye' on Rashford, Carragher urges Ten Hag to AXE Ronaldo,

Bayern 'keeping eye' on Rashford, Carragher urges Ten Hag to AXE Ronaldo,

May 27, 2022

MANCHESTER UNITED legend Paul Scholes has provided Erik Ten Hag with some words of wisdom ahead the Dutchman's new managerial role at Old Trafford.

Scholes, 47, stated that a top four finish would be seen as a success for Ten Hag during his first season.

And someone who could help Ten Hag achieve that is Christopher Nkunku as the RB Leipzig ace is currently in talks with United according to reports.

Meanwhile, Pau Torres is eyeing up his dream number should his switch from Villarreal to Old Trafford be completed but the only problem is that Phil Jones occupies that shirt.

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  • Sam Dymond

    United set De Jong deadline

    Barcelona's Frenkie De Jong remains one of Manchester United's top targets this summer.

    However, the new ruthless Red Devils will not let the move become a drawn-out transfer saga and have set a deadline in order to get the deal done.

    Sport understand that United's ultimatum will allow them to look elsewhere should the Dutchman decide to stay at the Nou Camp.

    Barca are reluctantly ready to part with the 25-year-old given their financial issues, and Erik ten Hag is incredibly keen on capturing his compatriot.

  • Jack Figg

    Morning, United fans

    United won't let new boss Erik ten Hag splash huge sums this summer – but they are still favourites to land Christopher Nkunku.

    Old Trafford chiefs reportedly want a cautious first transfer window for ex-Ajax chief Ten Hag.
    Club revenue is rising again after the coronavirus pandemic but net debt has soared £52million since last year.

    But Ten Hag WILL at least be in charge of transfers.

    Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong remains his priority.

    And the latest suggestion is United have given the Holland midfielder an ultimatum to show he's keen on joining.

    Ajax duo Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez are top targets.

    And the Red Devils are said to be stepping in ahead of Chelsea with a bid for RB Leipzig anchorman Christopher Nkunku next week.

    The twice-capped Frenchman, 24, is the Bundesliga Player of the Season.

    United are also being linked with Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral, who's also admired by Real Madrid and Atalanta.

    Finally, the Red Devils, Chelsea and Liverpool might feel re-energised in the hunt for Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni after his move to Real Madrid 'stalled over tax issues'.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils 'eye Rams ace Edbiowei'

    Manchester United are interested in signing Derby County whizkid Malcolm Ebiowei, according to reports.

    The winger, 18, has caught the eye of several Premier League clubs in his debut campaign for the Rams this season.

    He has impressed United legend Wayne Rooney who promoted him to the first-team after watching him perform well in the youth sides.

    Now United are looking to strike a deal for the youngster with his contract expiring in the summer, report the Daily Mail.

    Newcastle have reportedly joined the Red Devils in the race to sign Ebiowei, who made 16 appearances this term, scoring once.

    He also scored seven goals in seven games for the under-18 side, sparking attention from Tottenham and Crystal Palace.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd linked with Aarons 'swap'

    Manchester United's interest in Norwich right-back Max Aarons could lead to a 'swap' deal.

    Givemesport say the relegated Canaries are interesting in borrowing United defender Ethan Laird.

    The Englishman, 20, shone on loan for promoted Bournemouth.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils confirm Atletico friendly

    United will face Atletico Madrid in Oslo on July 30 in their fifth pre-season game.

    New boss Erik ten Hag announced training will start on June 27, with his first friendly against Liverpool in Bangkok on July 12.

    The Red Devils then head to Melbourne to play Melbourne Victory on July 15 and Crystal Palace four days later.

    United take on Aston Villa in Perth’s Optus Stadium on July 23, before returning to Europe for a clash with Atletico a week later.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blow for Prem giants as Dembele is set for PSG

    Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow as Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele could join Paris Saint-Germain, reports suggest.

    AS say Dembele – previously linked to Manchester United and Arsenal -has rejected a new Barca contract offer to leave on a free transfer next month.

    The forward has been linked with the Blues, who are looking to add some firepower up front after Todd Boehly’s takeover is officially completed.

    However, the 25-year-old looks set to return to France for PSG ahead of the summer transfer window.

    The Blaugrana tried to sell Dembele in January to avoid losing their second most expensive signing of all time for free at the end of the season.

    But the Frenchman stayed put and played an important role in the team’s dramatic improvement, which saw them finish second in LaLiga.

    The Catalan giants were hoping to convince the striker to stay by signing his friend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal.

    Barcelona manager Xavi also sang his praises continuously and expressed his desire to keep him. However, Dembele, who joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund for a whopping £138million in 2017, will be leaving next month.

  • Ian Tuckey

    United and Real 'in for Merih'

    Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral is said to be on Manchester United's radar.

    The 33-cap Turk, 24, has also been linked with Real Madrid and Atalanta, where he shone on loan this season.

    It's thought he has a buy-out option, having arrived at Juve from Sassulo in 2019.

    Credit: Getty

    Manchester United are interested in Juventus defender Merih Demiral according to Tutto Atalanta.

    Per the source, United as well as La Liga champions Real Madrid are interested in a summer move for the powerful defender.

    READ: 2022-23 Super Lig title favourites – Can Trabzonspor remain champions?

    Juventus could sacrifice Demiral to raise funds for the transfer window.

    The defender has a buy option that any of the interested parties could trigger this summer, including Atalanta where he spent the season on loan.

    The 24-year-old defender made 42 appearances in all competitions this season including six games each in the Champions League and Europa League.

    Demiral has 33 caps for Turkey at international level.

    The defender initially rose through the youth ranks of Fenerbahce before moving to Portugal where he was later snapped up by Sporting Lisbon.

    From there he was signed by Alanyaspor in Turkey.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Martial flaw

    Manchester United striker Anthony Martial is on his way back to Old Trafford after loan club Sevilla rejected the chance to sign him.

    The 30-cap Frenchman, 26, missed six games in Spain through injury, netted only once and was even jeered by Sevilla fans.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Man Utd boost as Barca's Aurelien deal stalls

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool might feel re-energised in the hunt for Monaco's Aurelien Tchouameni after his move to Real Madrid reportedly stalled.

    It's claimed the France midfielder's Bernabeu talks have been hit by'tax issues'.

    Tchouameni's transfer fee has also been a problem, according to 90min.

    PSG, including Kylian Mbappe, are also said to be strong admirers of the eight-cap star.

    But Real remain favourites to sign him.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blues turn De Ligt back on

    Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt is rated as Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel's 'first choice' target.

    Tuchel reportedly tried to sign the Holland and former Ajax star, 22, who Manchester United are previously thought to have trailed.

    Now Calciomercato say Chelsea are back in for De Ligt as they wait for their club takeover to be completed.

  • Ian Tuckey

    United and Real 'in for Merih'

    Juventus centre-back Merih Demiral is said to be on Manchester United's radar.

    The 33-cap Turk, 24, has also been linked with Real Madrid and Atalanta, where he shone on loan this season.

    It's thought he has a buy-out option, having arrived at Juve from Sassulo in 2019.

    Credit: Getty

    Manchester United are interested in Juventus defender Merih Demiral according to Tutto Atalanta.

    Per the source, United as well as La Liga champions Real Madrid are interested in a summer move for the powerful defender.

    READ: 2022-23 Super Lig title favourites – Can Trabzonspor remain champions?

    Juventus could sacrifice Demiral to raise funds for the transfer window.

    The defender has a buy option that any of the interested parties could trigger this summer, including Atalanta where he spent the season on loan.

    The 24-year-old defender made 42 appearances in all competitions this season including six games each in the Champions League and Europa League.

    Demiral has 33 caps for Turkey at international level.

    The defender initially rose through the youth ranks of Fenerbahce before moving to Portugal where he was later snapped up by Sporting Lisbon.

    From there he was signed by Alanyaspor in Turkey.

  • Ian Tuckey

    United tipped to step in front of Chelsea with Nkunku bid

    Manchester United will swoop in ahead of Chelsea with a bid for RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku next week, according to reports.

    Nkunku, 24, was named as the Bundesliga Player of the Season earlier this week.

    Sky Sports Germany claim Nkunku's representatives are "in contact" with the Red Devils.

    United are right at the front of the queue to sign the hot shot and an offer is "to be expected next week".

    They are hoping to beat Chelsea as the Blues also ready themselves to launch a bid.

    Club consultant Ralf Rangnick – who once called Nkunku "the best young player in Germany" – has already "advocated the move" to Old Trafford.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils 'issue De Jong ultimatum'

    Manchester United have reportedly issued Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong a transfer ultimatum warning they are prepared to move on.

    The Red Devils are hoping Erik ten Hag can rebuild the club to its glory days.

    One of the ways the Dutchman can do it is by getting his recruitment right.

    Man Utd were linked with a move for Ten Hag's former Ajax player De Jong, who could be available for a transfer away from Barca this summer.

    But according to SPORT, United are seeking a final answer from De Jong on whether he wants to make the move, issuing an ultimatum.

    United are keen for the transfer saga not to drag out and are prepared to move on from the midfielder to avoid panic buys, despite being confident in agreeing a £70million deal with Barca.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Retired Utd keeper Grant becomes Ipswich coach

    Lee Grant has joined Ipswich Town's coaching staff just hours after announcing his retirement.

    The goalkeeper ended four years at Manchester United by calling time on his playing career aged 39.

    He will now join up with former Red Devils first team coach Kieran McKenna at Portman Road, with the Northern Irishman having left United to take charge of Ipswich last year.

    Grant has accepted a role as first team coach, with Rene Gilmartin staying in place as head of goalkeeping.

    Upon joining Town, Grant told the club's media channels: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I am really looking forward to it.

    "I know Kieran and Martyn (Pert) having worked with them at Manchester United and I loved the work we were being given from a playing perspective. Now I am excited about working with them again, albeit in a different role.

    "I feel really blessed that I have been able to make the decision to retire and go straight into an exciting role with Ipswich Town.

    "Over the last few years, I have been preparing for this moment by obtaining my coaching licences, expanding my network and working on a business degree.

    "It has all been with the intention of being in a good place for a smooth transition at this point in my career.

    “I could not be joining a club with a more exciting footing than Ipswich either. There is new ownership, new direction, a driven manager and a squad that is also hungry to go and achieve things.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Red Devils won't let Ten Hag spend big'

    United will not splash the cash on transfers during Erik ten Hag's first year in charge.

    That is according to the Daily Mail, who report that United will approach the summer transfer window in a conservative manner.

    That is despite the fact the club's hierarchy announced a total revenue increase of 29 per cent in the Red Devils' third quarter financial results.

    Business is returning to normal at Old Trafford after the coronavirus pandemic. But net debt has risen £52million since last year.

    United will instead focus their investment on their recruitment system and that initiative will be led by football director John Murtough. They will be looking to replace senior scouting figures Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout as well as chief transfer negotiator Matt Judge.

    Ten Hag will be in charge of transfers and will approach the summer market with discipline. The Dutchman is reportedly keen on Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong as well as Ajax duo Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez.

    United chief executive Richard Arnold said: "It has clearly been a disappointing season for the men's first team. Work is well underway to address this, led by our football director John Murtough and our new manager Erik ten Hag.

    "Resilience and high standards are core values for Manchester United, and we are determined to achieve better results next season and beyond. Faith in youth is another key tenet of the club and the continued success of our academy gives us confidence in the future.

    "Off the pitch, our revenues have continued to recover from the pandemic, reflecting the enduring strength of our commercial operations, which in turn support our ability to continue to invest in the club."

  • Ian Tuckey

    JT vs Rio: 'Stats don't lie'

    John Terry has claimed the "stats don't lie" after Rio Ferdinand only labelled him as the fifth-best centre-back in Premier League history.

    The Chelsea icon is regarded by many as one of the greatest defenders in the Prem era, winning the title on five occasions.

    Ferdinand though put THREE Manchester United centre-backs ahead of old England colleague Terry, including himself.

    The Old Trafford hero was debating the best central defenders of the Prem era with Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk for BT Sport.

    And Ferdinand put himself in top spot, followed by team-mate Nemanja Vidic, Van Dijk at third, Jaap Stam fourth and Terry fifth.

    Van Dijk meanwhile omitted himself and put Ferdinand top too, followed by Vincent Kompany, Stam, Terry and Sami Hyypia.

    One man though who didn't agree was Stamford Bridge stalwart Terry.

    Taking to his Instagram story Terry posted a picture that contained a variety of stats to back him up.

    They included captains with most Prem titles and centre-backs with the highest winning percentage in Prem history.

    Both of which were topped by Terry, who captioned the post "opinions are great but the stats don't lie".

  • Ian Tuckey

    Man Utd hit snag over De Jong

    Barcelona will only sell Frenkie de Jong if they can sign Robert Lewandowski or Bernardo Silva, according to reports.

    The Manchester United target has been linked with a £65million move away from Catalonia.

    While he remained a regular after Xavi's arrival, De Jong isn't considered untouchable at Barcelona.

    The LaLiga giants remain in financial peril, with club chief Joan Laporta trying to juggle making ambitious signings with balancing the books.

    De Jong could go for the right price… and if Laporta can replicate his star power in other areas.

    Bizarrely, Barca are willing to replace the former Ajax wonderkid… with a player in a different position.

    According to Mundo Deportivo, Laporta will part ways with De Jong if he can sign striker Lewandowski or attacking midfielder Silva.

    Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski has admitted that he wants to leave the Bundesliga champions and that he won't extend his contract, which has a year left to run.

    Silva, meanwhile, could have been sold by Manchester City last summer, although his performances since have re-cemented his position as a key player.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Is Ron a 'giant' or a giant 'problem'?

    Cristiano Ronaldo's roles will be one of the major dilemmas for new United boss Erik ten Hag.

    The Dutchman insists he 'can't wait' to work with the 'giant' who at 37 was this season's top scorer.

    But Jamie Carragher is among pundits who believe the older version of Ronaldo could cause a tactical 'problem'.

    No-one doubts that Portugal frontman Ronaldo is an all-time great – for Real Madrid, Juventus and United.

    But CV and reputation alone can't sustain a playing career.

    So who do you reckon will be right? Or could it be a mixture of both – a 'giant' headache?

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blow for Prem giants as Dembele is set for PSG

    Chelsea have been dealt a transfer blow as Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele could join Paris Saint-Germain, reports suggest.

    AS say Dembele – previously linked to Manchester United and Arsenal-has rejected a new Barca contract offer to leave on a free transfer next month.

    The forward has been linked with the Blues, who are looking to add some firepower up front after Todd Boehly's takeover is officially completed.

    However, the 25-year-old looks set to return to France for PSG ahead of the summer transfer window.

    The Blaugrana tried to sell Dembele in January to avoid losing their second most expensive signing of all time for free at the end of the season.

    But the Frenchman stayed put and played an important role in the team's dramatic improvement, which saw them finish second in LaLiga.

    The Catalan giants were hoping to convince the striker to stay by signing his friend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal.

    Barcelona manager Xavi also sang his praises continuously and expressed his desire to keep him. However, Dembele, who joined Barca from Borussia Dortmund for a whopping £138million in 2017, will be leaving next month.

  • Ian Tuckey

    David de Stayer

    David de Gea is set to sign a new Manchester United contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2025.

    The 31-year-old has 12 months remaining on his current deal, but Ekrem Konur understands that the Spaniard is ready to pen a two-year extension.

    De Gea joined the Red Devils in 2011, and is closing in on 500 appearances for the club.

    Meanwhile, United have announced a pre-season friendly with De Gea’s former club Atletico Madrid.

    The fixture will be played in Oslo on July 30, a week before the new Premier League season is scheduled to start.

  • Sam Dymond

    James starts to Garner interest

    Southampton are keeping close tabs on Manchester United's plans for James Garner.

    The Athletic report that there are several admirers of the young midfielder within the Saints hierarchy, who have been impressed during the player's loan spell with Nottingham Forest in the Championship.

    The south coast club are waiting to hear what Erik ten Hag has in store for Garner, but would be interested in doing a deal on either a permanent or temporary basis.

    The 21-year-old has scored four times and laid on eight assists in 41 league games for Forest this season, helping to propel them to Sunday's play-off final at Wembley.

  • Sam Dymond

    United best placed for Pau

    Manchester United are leading the race to land Villarreal defender Pau Torres, according to reports in Spain.

    AS (via Sport Witness) suggest that it is United who are best placed to sign the 25-year-old among several interested parties from the Premier League.

    Tottenham attempted to land the Spanish international last year, but were knocked back ahead of the Yellow Submarine's semi-final assault on the Champions League.

    New United boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly stated that he wants the Red Devils to bring in Torres 'at all costs' as he begins to reshape his side's defence.

  • Sam Dymond

    Breaking: Lee Grant announces retirement

    Manchester United back-up goalkeeper Lee Grant has announced his immediate retirement from the game at the age of 39.

    The stopper began his career at Derby 20 years ago, and has since played for Burnley, Oldham, Sheffield Wednesday and Stoke.

    He told the club's official website: “After 511 appearances, I’ve decided it’s the right time to move into the next stage of my career.

    “There have been so many fun moments mixed in with the odd challenge, but I’m grateful for each and every one.

    “Fulfilling a boyhood dream of playing for Manchester United was something I thought was out of reach, so to have achieved that fills me with great pride and emotion!"

  • Sam Dymond

    Red Devils were in for Scarlett

    Manchester United approached Tottenham last month to enquire about young striker Dane Scarlett, it has been revealed.

    Samuel Luckhurst at the Manchester Evening News reports that the Red Devils were interested in bringing the 18-year-old to Old Trafford, only to discover that he had signed a new deal with Spurs just days earlier.

    United's outgoing director of football negotiations Matt Judge had identified Scarlett as a potential recruit with the player in the final months of his previous deal with the North Londoners.

    The teenager made seven appearances for the Spurs first team last season, having become the club's youngest Premier League player the previous campaign.

  • Sam Dymond

    De Gea to pen new deal

    David de Gea is set to sign a new Manchester United contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2025.

    The 31-year-old has 12 months remaining on his current deal, but Ekrem Konur understands that the Spaniard is ready to pen a two-year extension.

    De Gea joined the Red Devils in 2011, and is closing in on 500 appearances for the club.

    Meanwhile, United have announced a pre-season friendly with De Gea's former club Atletico Madrid.

    The fixture will be played in Oslo on July 30, a week before the new Premier League season is scheduled to start.

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