Ten Hag was silent to Ronaldo; Rashford says Man Utd are ‘a lot fitter than last season’
While Manchester United remain focused on who they can sign this summer, there’s still the ominous issue of Cristiano Ronaldo and tying a player against their will. The Portuguese has confirmed his desire to leave but United’s stance is that he is not for sale, while the lack of interest since Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has been seeking interest across Europe could also see the marriage jeopardized by another season is extended. Erik ten Hag will struggle with that issue with the season starting in two weeks while Frenkie De Jong is still being pushed towards Old Trafford by Barcelona, who are desperate for the Dutch midfielder to leave and solve their financial woes . United’s plan B appears to be Lazio star Sergej Milinkovic Savic. Although the Serbian is a different player to De Jong, the Red Devils would still upgrade in midfield with the 27-year-old’s signing.
Chelsea have had greater difficulty getting a goal over the line after late intervention from Barcelona in the race to sign Sevilla star Jules Kounde. The Blues may have to look elsewhere for their second significant defensive upgrade after bringing in Kalidou Koulibaly to reload following the departures of Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen. The Sevilla star is set to cost more than £50m as Barcelona are ready to trump the Blues again after landing former Leeds star Raphinha.
Elsewhere, Cristiano Ronaldo’s future remains in doubt, the Portuguese is looking to leave Manchester United but his salary remains prohibitively expensive and Erik ten Hag claims the No.7 is not for sale with a year left on his contract at Old Trafford. Real Madrid are not interested according to the latest reports, while a shock move to Atletico Madrid has also been rumored. That post Leicester have reportedly turned down a £15m bid from Monaco for Boubakary Soumare. And Leicester are ready to consider big cash offers for James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho to raise funds to strengthen the squad telegraph Expectations. Follow the latest transfer news with our live blog below:
Chelsea ‘offer Timo Werner to RB Leipzig’ as Jule Kounde talks continue
In Chelsea News, Metro reports via Foot Mercato that the club has offered Germany a forward Timo Werner26, to RB Leipzig to beat Paris St Germain to signing the French defender Nordi Mukiele24, from the Bundesliga club.
While the Guardian writes about Chelsea’s move to Sevilla centre-back Jules Kounde is “endangered”. According to the outlet, Barcelona are refusing to end their pursuit of the 23-year-old defender and are “increasingly optimistic” they can sign the France international.
Jack RatbornJuly 26, 2022 8:15 am
Cristiano Ronaldo calls for immediate departure from Manchester United
Elsewhere, reports suggest Cristiano Ronaldo will demand to leave “immediately”.
So says the Sun, which claims the 37-year-old will hold “showdown” talks with the Red Devils after the squad returned from his pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia, which he missed due to “family reasons”.
United host Brighton on August 7th to open the Premier League season.
Jack RatbornJuly 26, 2022 08:01
Cristiano Ronaldo is ready for talks about Man United’s future
Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be in talks about Man United’s future Guardianwho claims the Portuguese has been back in the UK since Monday night after missing United’s pre-season trip to Thailand and Australia due to a family issue.
The 37-year-old then meets Erik ten Hag who is keen to use Ronaldo this season but the player is keen to play in the Champions League this season.
Atlético Madrid are very interested but will have to sell first as Bayern and Chelsea appear to be cooling their interest.
Jack RatbornJuly 26, 2022 7:46 am
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news-live-rumours-man-utd-ronaldo-chelsea-b2131194.html Transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo ready for talks with Man United while Barcelona move Frenkie De Jong to Old Trafford