Ten Hag was silent to Ronaldo; Rashford says Man Utd are ‘a lot fitter than last season’
The Premier League returns next week and both Manchester United and Chelsea are expected to define the final weeks of the transfer window with their unfinished business. While Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to Manchester United’s training base for training, the 37-year-old did not attend a behind-closed-doors friendly with Wrexham on Wednesday, instead watching from the sidelines the post Claims he has asked to be released from his contract.
It comes as his agent Jorge Mendes is in showdown talks about his future, with Sir Alex Ferguson also allegedly embroiled in talks with Erik ten Hag. Two players who took part in the game were Christian Eriksen and Lisandro Martinez, who was presented as the club’s newest signing. United have not changed their stance on Ronaldo, meanwhile, insisting he is not for sale, while the lack of interest since Ronaldo’s agent Mendes has been seeking interest across Europe could also see the marriage extended for another season becomes.
Elsewhere, Chelsea were dealt a major blow in the pursuit of Jules Kounde, with Barcelona now reaching an agreement with Sevilla for the highly-rated defender after a dramatic late intervention. Juventus are reportedly “very close” to agreeing a deal with Liverpool for Roberto Firmino while they continue to watch Chelsea’s Timo Werner and Man United’s Anthony Martial.
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Tottenham are struggling to exonerate Tanguy Ndombele and Harry Winks
After a busy summer of buying, Spurs are now in sell mode…or at least they would if they could.
The Athletic reports that there is “nothing particularly advanced” with Tanguy Ndombele at the moment and there is also “no deal imminent” for Harry Winks, two midfielders who have called off their pre-season tour in South Korea.
There is slightly better news about Giovani Lo Celso, with Fiorentina among the sides hoping to sign him and Spurs facing a heavy loss to the player who cost around £30m.
The report also suggests Spurs could make a move for Eintracht centre-back Evan Ndicka if Japhet Tanganga completes a move to AC Milan or Bournemouth.
Karl MatchettJuly 28, 2022 11:06 am
Newcastle target Watford attacking duo
Newcastle United are yet to step up their attack this summer despite the obvious spending power they possess, as Eddie Howe and his side are careful to only recruit carefully and not spend on it so far.
Goalkeeper Nick Pope, centre-back Sven Botman and left-back Matt Targett – on loan last season – are the only new additions to the senior squad so far.
But now they could strike a double deal with relegated Watford, report 90 Minutes, with Emmanuel Dennis and Ismaila Sarr both potentially available for “knockdown fees” if the Hornets restructure.
The same report suggests the Magpies have been offered Memphis Depay, Timo Werner and Nicolas Pepe, with all three falling out of favor at their respective clubs.
Karl MatchettJuly 28, 2022 10:53 am
Norwich withdraws from Kone deal talks
Ismael Kone will not trade MLS for the championship just yet.
The 20-year-old Canadian was on Norwich City’s wish-list for the summer after impressing with Montreal, but Stuart Webber has now turned to other goals, the Athletic report after being priced out of a move.
Isaac Hayden and Gabriel Sara are the Canary Islands’ new additions this summer, both in midfield, but more signings are expected as they look to continue their yo-yo game and climb back up to the top flight next season.
Karl MatchettJuly 28, 2022 10:40 am
Liverpool have ‘no appetite’ to sell Firmino this summer
Roberto Firmino has been linked with Juventus this week – see our post at 8:28am below for the latest Italian media updates – but closer to home it’s a firm no.
The Echo say that the “Reds’ position is unchanged” and there is “absolutely no appetite” to receive any offers for the Brazilian striker.
He, arguably even more so than Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane because he was there longer, embodies Jürgen Klopp’s regime for the past seven years, even if he’s not a guaranteed regular at Anfield now.
The arrival of Darwin Nunez means further competition in attack but it would still be a shock to see Firmino leave this year.
Karl MatchettJuly 28, 2022 10:26 am
Bayern sign Barcelona prospect Adam Aznou
FC Bayern Munich have completed the free transfer of highly-rated 16-year-old Adam Aznou from FC Barcelona.
The Spanish left-back has signed a contract until June 2025 and has been promised a fast track to the first-team after turning down promotion to Barca’s youth squad.
The reaction of a popular Barca youth account:
Lawrence OstlereJuly 28, 2022 10:12 am
Gini Wijnaldum relies on Roma loan move
Things have not gone well for Gini Wijnaldum since leaving Liverpool for PSG on a free transfer a year ago as he lost his place in midfield and has now been told he will not be part of Christophe Galtier’s plans this season is involved.
He is close to restarting his career in Italy as AS Roma are close to a loan deal with an option to buy, Gazzetta reports, with only a split of salaries between clubs remaining.
Wijnaldum earns around 180,000 euros a week in Paris and Club Rom only wants to pay around half, they say. Jose Mourinho’s side have already added Nemanja Matic to their midfield ranks this summer.
Karl MatchettJuly 28, 2022 10:00 am
Everton approach Dwight McNeil in £20m deal
Everton are looking to complete their third deal of the summer – and first significant transfer fee – with the addition of Burnley winger Dwight McNeil.
The exodus from the Clarets following their relegation has already seen Pope, Mee, Tarkowski, Weghorst and others leave Turf Moor, with key man McNeil now set to follow.
He had been linked with Crystal Palace, among others, but Echo says Everton are close to a £20m deal and he could even be in their squad for a friendly against Dynamo Kyiv on Friday.
A loan deal for Ruben Vinagre and the aforementioned Tarkovsky’s arrival on a free transfer are Everton’s only deals so far.
Karl MatchettJuly 28, 2022 9:44 am
Chelsea are considering a move for Leicester defender Wes Fofana
Chelsea are moving to other defensive targets as it looks like Jules Kounde is heading to Barcelona instead of the bridge – and an alternative is already in the Premier League.
Football.london say the Blues will be in touch with Wesley Fofana’s agents this week to explore a move, with an expected asking price of over £60m not stopping them from a potential transfer.
Fofana returned from a lengthy layoff with injury last season but had previously shone following his move to the Foxes.
Milan Skriniar and Presnel Kimpembe are other possible targets.
Karl MatchettJuly 28, 2022 9:29 am
“CR7 not welcome”: Atletico Madrid fans protest against Cristiano Ronaldo transfer speculation
Atletico Madrid fans have urged the club not to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United by protesting at a pre-season friendly, warning that he is “the opposite of the club’s values of modesty and humility”.
Atletico are one of the clubs linked with the signing of Ronaldo since it was reported that the 37-year-old was looking to leave Manchester United this summer and the Portuguese international’s agent Jorge Mendes used the Spanish club to make the move to arouse interest.
Ronaldo played successfully for Atletico’s city rivals Real Madrid and had a strained relationship with his fans during his time in Spain. Ronaldo has also scored important goals against Atlético in the past, including the winner in the 2016 Champions League final.
While Atlético president Enrique Cerezo said on Wednesday a move for Ronaldo was “virtually impossible” due to financial reasons, one of the club’s official supporters groups released a statement calling for it to distance itself from the striker. Also, during Atletico’s friendly against CD Numancia, a banner was unfurled reading ‘CR7 not welcome’.
‘CR7 not welcome’: Atletico Madrid fans protest Cristiano Ronaldo speculation
Atlético fans also said Ronaldo was the “antithesis” of the club’s values of “effort, generosity, modesty and humility”.
Karl MatchettJuly 28, 2022 9:15 am
Liverpool and City face a new challenge to make old solutions work after striker deals
How will Manchester City and Liverpool adjust their game this season after signing high-profile old-fashioned No9s? Richard Jolly takes a look at the Community Shield:
Liverpool and City face a new challenge to make old solutions work after striker deals
A change in approach and focus on scoring after title rivals brought classic No9s to the team this summer
Lawrence OstlereJuly 28, 2022 09:03
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