Manchester United have a busy few days ahead, with goals still to be overcome before Thursday night’s summer transfer window deadline.
United have picked up some momentum on the field with back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Southampton, and they face a week of testing with two more Premier League games against Leicester and Arsenal.
While Erik ten Hag’s side take on Leicester at the King Power Stadium on Thursday night, United could put the finishing touches on some last-minute transfers behind the scenes.
The arrival of Casemiro has at least helped to improve a troubled area of the pitch, adding to the signings of Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen earlier this summer.
They will soon be joined by Brazilian winger Antony, but with Ten Hag in dire need of reinforcements, who else could come and go before the window closes?
Manchester United have confirmed they have reached an agreement worth up to €100m with Ajax Anthony.
The deal sees United pay a guaranteed €95m (£81.3m) plus a further €5m (£4.2m) in add-ons, subject to medical, final personal conditions and international approval that of the independent Mark Critchley.
Antony becomes the second player to follow Dutch champions coach Erik ten Hag to Old Trafford, after defender Lisandro Martinez. United initially paid €57.37m (£48.3m) for the Argentina international – a fee that could rise by a further €10m to around £56.7m – and Ajax are now set to land an even bigger windfall.
Antony becomes the second-most expensive transfer in United history after Juventus’ Paul Pogba broke the world record for £89.6m in 2016
The Brazil international becomes the second-most expensive signing in United history, behind only the £89.6million arrival of Paul Pogba from Juventus in 2016.
Antony is expected to be the latest addition to the Ten Hag squad this summer, along with the arrival of Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Martin Dubravka is also close to moving to Old Trafford after Newcastle and Manchester United agreed terms on a loan deal with an option to buy. The goalkeeper will undergo his medical today. United have insisted on a loan with an option to buy the 33-year-old Slovakian for around £5million and Dubravka will rival longtime No.1 David de Gea.
Interest in Eintracht Frankfurt has reportedly cooled off Kevin Trap after the club demanded €25m.
Another interesting Eredivisie player in what has been a Dutch-dominated summer of recruitment at Manchester United is PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo. Another winger with significant potential, the 23-year-old could still be a target going forward but Antony’s arrival is likely to end any chances of a move this summer.
Gakpo has been linked with many other clubs including Everton but admitted this week United have shown concrete interest in his services. He told ESPN: ‘Antony to Man Utd? Nice for him… but I don’t think it has any impact on me and my future. It’s like a puzzle, so over the next few days I’ll see which puzzle fits best – it certainly wouldn’t be bad for me to stay at PSV. We will see.”
A more likely ‘either-or’ scenario is Gakpo versus Memphis as both play down the left flank and cut inside, and Manchester United have reportedly been exploring the idea of bringing Barcelona striker Memphis Depay back to Old Trafford.
The 28-year-old was expected to end his contract with the Spanish club and join Juventus this summer, but the Italian side chose a different path. With that deal collapsed, Sport could claim United could pick up the pieces with an £8million bid for Depay as Ten Hag desperate to improve their attacking options ahead of next week’s transfer deadline.
“I think Depay wants to return to the Premier League and feels like he still has work to do in England,” said former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires. “It didn’t work out for him at Manchester United and Depay is a very proud player.
“He may feel like he wasn’t given a chance to perform and earn the right to stay longer considering he was so young and showing undoubted potential. Depay may want to return to Manchester United or he could be motivated to prove them wrong by appearing for one of their Premier League rivals.
Manchester United’s summer pursuit of Frenkie de Jong appears to be over as the Barcelona midfielder is yet to be signed. After working under Ten Hag at Ajax, Miguel Delaney reported last month that De Jong is in favor of a move but is waiting for Barcelona to pay deferred wages as the Catalan club continue to struggle with financial difficulties.
Barcelona may need to sell De Jong to get their odd business summer up and running – as Karl Matchett explained.
Incidentally, both Memphis and Frenkie de Jong are in London this week to celebrate the wedding of Manchester United and Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, and the United hierarchy happens to have their official headquarters in London…
The club allegedly asked Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Anthony Gordon in recent days, according to Athletic.
who could go
Manchester United have silenced rumours Cristiano Ronaldo Move to Sporting Lisbon.
Caught offside tweeted on Thursday that a Ronaldo return to Sporting Lisbon was “99 per cent done”, but an Old Trafford source told the Daily Mail the 37-year-old forward is expected to stay with the Red Devils later this summer. Ronaldo has also been linked with Marseille and Napoli as his agent Jorge Mendes is looking to secure him Champions League football this year while still eyeing Chelsea as a possible destination.
Marseille have signed a defender Eric Bailly on loan for a season with a view to moving permanently. The deal reportedly includes a purchase obligation if surcharges are met, while Marseille will also take on the 28-year-old’s full salary during the loan period.
Bailly’s exit could herald a real defensive exodus at the club – The Telegraph report that Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are all available.
Wan-Bissaka’s departure could require the addition of another full-back: Barcelona’s Sergino goal was connected.
Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra admits time may be up Harry Maguire at Old Trafford. The £85m defender has endured a difficult period since joining the club and has been dropped for games against Liverpool and Southampton.
The Sun say Erik ten Hag has told Maguire he is no longer the first choice at centre-back and with rumors suggesting Chelsea could start chasing Maguire, Evra reckons his old side are making money should.
“I can say people are too hard on Harry Maguire but he’s paying the price for his transfer fee,” said the Frenchman: “From that day I’ve said he’s going to have the most difficult season for United because the people just looked at the price. If we bought him for £5m people would say he was a great centre-back. We all have bad games but now we’ve got to a point where people aren’t happy even if he has a good game.
“So there’s a negativity around him.”
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