Transfer news, rumours and gossip from Old Trafford; summer transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11pm on September 1
Sunday 14 August 2022 10:11, UK
Wrapping up the Man Utd transfer news, rumours and gossip in the 2022 summer window.
Sources close to the Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic claim he wants to move to Manchester United.
Austria international Kalajdzic has entered the final year of his contract and is thought to be one of a number of strikers United are looking at.
Austria Head Coach and former United interim manager Ralf Rangnick said Kalajdzic's development would not be harmed if he stayed at Stuttgart.
However, at 25, the player feels the time is right for a new challenge.
Paris Saint-Germain are looking to sign a forward this month but at this stage they are unlikely to follow up their initial interest in Marcus Rashford.
Manchester United are relaxed about the situation because Rashford is committed to the club and he effectively has two years left on his contract - one year plus an option for another year.
Rashford's representatives are believed to have held talks with PSG last week.
PSG have already signed players such as Renato Sanches, Vitinha and Hugo Ekitike this summer. They are in talks to sign Fabian Ruiz from Napoli and any more arrivals are likely to depend on more players leaving the club.
PSG have declined to comment on the reports in France this evening linking them with a move for Rashford.
Manchester United are yet to find an agreement on personal terms with Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The clubs have an agreement in principle worth £15m, but there is still work to be done.
Rabiot, who joined Juventus as a free agent in the summer of 2019, is in the final year of his contract and has fallen out of favour at the Italian giants.
Sky Sports News has been told Erik ten Hag is very keen on the player and that there is "full alignment" between the manager and the recruitment department over the signing.
United have not given up on signing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong but are growing increasingly frustrated with the hold up at the Barcelona end. They continue to look at other targets.
Sky Sports News senior reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
"Manchester United have been frustrated with their summer business so far and I just wonder if they're in for another frustration with Adrien Rabiot.
"There's still no agreement on personal terms between United and Rabiot's mother Veronique. They're still apart with regards to what United are prepared to pay in personal terms and what Rabiot wants in terms of wages.
"There is an agreement in principle between the club for around £15m.
"Normally, that is the most difficult part of the deal to do but there have been a number of examples where the deal has been done between clubs - Amadou Onana to West Ham is a perfect example - but the transfer hasn't happened this summer.
"The personal terms have proven to be a stumbling block. This deal is not done yet."
Manchester United are preparing a move for £35m-rated PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo.
United boss Erik ten Hag, who shares the same agency as Gakpo, is keen on signing the 23-year-old to boost his attack.
Gakpo, currently managed by former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, has emerged as a more long-term solution to the lack of quality options in the forward department.
The Netherlands international is a product of PSV's academy and scored 21 goals in 47 games last season.
PSV's stance has been if a club with strong financial resources come in, it is implausible to retain their star players.
Sky Sports News senior reporter Dharmesh Sheth:
"Manchester United are definitely in the market for a forward. We've mentioned in the past 24 hours PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo.
"Erik ten Hag knows him very well from the Dutch league but with this one they might need to wait for a while as PSV don't want any kind of distraction before they play Rangers in the Champions League play-offs.
"I can't see them doing any business on Gakpo before that tie. At the very least, they'll wait to see what their Champions League fate will be. Depending on where they are, that might dictate what they do with Gakpo."
Manchester United will not be pursuing a deal for Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.
United had a bid of £7.6m rejected and were expected to go back in with an improved offer, but have decided to move on to other targets.
The asking price for the 33-year-old is believed to be more than what United were prepared to pay.
Following United's decision to pull out of a deal for Arnautovic, they have been offered a number of strikers including Atletico Madrid's Alvaro Morata.
Norwich City's Max Aarons could become a possible solution as Manchester United look into options at right-back.
He has been a historical target for them - and has been assessed by two other top six clubs previously - but it remains to be seen how their interest develops.
Another transfer window blow for Manchester United as striker target Benjamin Sesko has joined RB Leipzig in a £20m deal.
The 19-year-old Slovenia striker was in great form for RB Salzburg last season and has signed a contract until 2028.
Sesko will be loaned back to Salzburg for the forthcoming season before joining the Bundesliga club in 2023.
Gary Neville has called on Cristiano Ronaldo to speak publicly about his future at Manchester United, believing the "messy" situation has caused an unwanted distraction for new manager Erik ten Hag heading into the new season.
Ronaldo reportedly wants to leave United in order to play for a club competing in next season's Champions League, but Neville maintains the Portuguese should clarify his position to supporters at a time when the club are seeking some much-needed stability.
Speaking on Friday Night Football, Neville said: "The Ronaldo situation is distracting. You saw Ten Hag in the press conference on Friday having to answer questions about it.
"The fact Anthony Martial has got injured and he is the only other centre forward, and he actually was going to leave the club six months ago.
"I'm a little bit disappointed in him because he's letting the manager go into those press conferences. Cristiano Ronaldo is now a good age. He's been the greatest player in the world along with Lionel Messi for the last 10 years. He's got all the experience in the world.
"Would it be too much to ask for him to come out and do an interview to clear things up, tell us what he's actually thinking and what actually is happening?
Crystal Palace are interested in re-signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka on loan from Manchester United.
The 24-year-old right-back signed for United from the Eagles in 2019 for £50m, but has struggled for consistency at Old Trafford.
United are thought to be "open minded" about Wan-Bissaka's short-term future although they would be happy if he was still their player come the end of the window, but are also mindful of what would be best for the defender.
Manchester United still feel there is a deal to be done for Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong.
United are keeping alternatives "warm" but will not be pulling the plug on a deal for the midfielder just yet.
Manchester United are considering alternatives to Frenkie de Jong as Erik ten Hag looks to resolve his search for midfield reinforcements ahead of the new Premier League season.
United have a long-standing interest in Ruben Neves, who has made 212 appearances for Wolves, scoring 24 times.
Speaking in April, Wolves boss Bruno Lage says the club have slapped a £100m price tag on Neves amid rumoured interest from United, Arsenal and Tottenham.
Manchester United have confirmed the £56.7m signing of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez on a five-year contract.
United have paid a guaranteed €57.37m (£48.3m) for the Argentina international, with an additional €10m (£8.4m) in add-ons agreed between the two clubs. The move sees Martinez link up again with former Ajax manager Erik ten Hag, who signed him for the club in 2019, at Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old has signed a five-year contract in Manchester, with the option of a further 12 months, which would take him beyond his 30th birthday.
Manchester United have completed the signing of Christian Eriksen on a three-year deal following a rigorous medical.
The 30-year-old has strengthened Erik ten Hag's midfield options at Old Trafford after opting against remaining at Brentford, where he enjoyed an impressive stint on loan last season.
Denmark international Eriksen will not join United's pre-season tour of Australia due to the long flight involved from the UK.
Mauro Icardi - Mauro Icardi is open to the possibility of a move to Manchester United, after the Argentina international became the latest forward to be linked with a switch to Old Trafford (Sunday Mirror, August 14).
Hakim Ziyech - Manchester United want to sign the Chelsea forward after failing to sign fellow Chelsea flop Timo Werner this summer (Daily Star, August 13).
Alex McCarthy - Manchester United are keeping tabs on the Southampton goalkeeper as Erik ten Hag seeks to replace Dean Henderson (The Sun, August 13).
Sergino Dest - Manchester United hope the offer of Diogo Dalot in part exchange will convince Barcelona to sell right-back Dest, but Barca wants a straight cash deal worth €20m (Sport, August 13)
Sasa Kalajdzic - Sources close to the Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic claim he wants to move to Manchester United; Austria international Kalajdzic has entered the final year of his contract and is thought to be one of a number of strikers United are looking at (Sky Sports News, August 12).
Adrien Rabiot - Manchester United will hold crunch talks with midfield target Adrien Rabiot's mother on Thursday to try and thrash out terms over a move to Old Trafford (The Sun, August 11); Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, with personal terms still needing to be negotiated with his agent and mother Veronique (Sky Sports News, August 9); Manchester United are closing in on the £15m-rated Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot (The Times, August 9); Manchester United's interest in Rabiot is not a marker that their move to sign Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong is dead (Daily Express, August 9); Rabiot's mother and agent is only interested in talking directly to Manchester United football director John Murtough, rather than any intermediaries, about personal terms over a potential move to Old Trafford from Juventus (Daily Mirror, August 9).
Ismaila Sarr - Manchester United's technical director Darren Fletcher was at the Hawthorns on Monday night to watch Watford's Ismaila Sarr - who went on to score one of the goals of the season (Daily Mail, August 11).
Cody Gakpo - PSV Eindhoven are refusing to allow Manchester United target Cody Gakpo leave until at least August 24, the date their vital Champions League play-off tie with Rangers concludes (The Times, August 11); Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag 'appreciates' PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, who is also linked to Arsenal and Leeds (The Sun, August 8).
Alvaro Morata - Manchester United are reported to have been offered the chance to sign Atletico Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who has only a year remaining on his contract with the Spanish side (Daily Mirror, August 10).
Marko Arnautovic - Manchester United's shock interest in Bologna ace Marko Arnautovic has been confirmed by the player's agent (The Sun, August 9); Manchester United have had a bid of around €9m (£7.6m) for Arnautovic rejected by Bologna (Sky Italy, August 7).
Sergei Milenkovic-Savic - Lazio president Claudio Lotito has warned Manchester United it would take a bid of more than £42.3m to land Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Sunday Mirror, August 14). Manchester United are considering a move to finally sign Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as they attempt to rescue what has become a frustrating transfer window (Daily Telegraph, August 9); Manchester United 'will test Lazio's resolve with an offer of £42m for Sergej Milinkovic-Savic' as Erik ten Hag looks for alternatives to Frenkie de Jong (Daily Mail, July 29); United have identified Lazio midfielder Sergei Milenkovic-Savic as their alternative plan if Frenkie de Jong continues to reject the chance to move to Old Trafford (Daily Mail, July 25).
Sasa Kalajdzic - Manchester United, Chelsea and Everton target Sasa Kalajdzic has demanded clarity over his future from current club VFB Stuttgart (Daily Mail, August 8); Chelsea, Manchester United and Everton are among the clubs maintaining interest in Stuttgart striker Kalajdzic (Mail on Sunday, August 7).
Frenkie de Jong - Frenkie de Jong has no plans to accept a pay cut at Barcelona even though that decision could speed up his exit from a club he appears to want to stay at (Daily Express, August 8); United are set to walk away from a bidding war with Chelsea for the signature of Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder (Daily Mirror, August 5); Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag expects a reunion with Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong to come to fruition and has instructed his transfer chiefs to stay the course (Daily Mail, August 3); Chelsea are reportedly hoping to 'hijack' Manchester United's move for Frenkie de Jong (Daily Mirror, August 1); Manchester United still believe a deal can be done for De Jong. A broad agreement is on the table worth £72m (Sky Sports News, July 25); De Jong has been told he will need to take a pay cut to stay at Barcelona and it appears, according to reports in Spain, that he is open to doing so (Daily Express, July 25).
Ibraham Sangare - Manchester United and West Ham have been snubbed by PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, who has instead extended his current deal with the Dutch side until 2027 (The Sun, August 8); Manchester United are said to have not made a bid for PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, despite previous reports to the contrary (Sunday Mirror, July 17).
Benjamin Sesko - Manchester United are preparing a firm offer for RB Salzburg's exciting young striker Benjamin Sesko, who is expected to cost in the region of £40m (Daily Express, August 8); Red Bull Salzburg will listen to offers in excess of £45million for the 19-year-old Slovenia forward who is also on the radar of Chelsea and Newcastle (iSport, August 2); Manchester United met Benjamin Sesko's agent last Wednesday but Red Bull Salzburg don't want to sell this window unless they get an offer over £55m. Manchester United met Benjamin Sesko's agent last Wednesday but Red Bull Salzburg don't want to sell this window unless they get an offer over £55m (Daily Mail, July 30).
Leroy Sane - United have made a surprise enquiry about former Manchester City winger Sane's availability as boss Erik ten Hag continues to assess his attacking options (Sunday Mirror, August 7).
Sergino Dest - Manchester United want Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest as a replacement for Alex Telles, who has left Old Trafford on loan (The Sun, August 4); Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag reportedly wants to sign Barcelona defender Sergino Dest (The Sun on Sunday, July 24).
Sasa Kalajdzic - United retain an interest in the 25-year-old Austria and Stuttgart striker as they look to strengthen their attacking options (Daily Mail, August 4).
Jamie Vardy - Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring Leicester City's English striker Jamie Vardy, 35, who has a year left on his current deal (90min, August 3); Vardy is reportedly on the radar of Manchester United and Chelsea as they both hunt for a striker in the transfer market (Daily Star, August 3).
Ruben Neves - Ruben Neves is set to deal his suitors a summer blow by staying with Wolves (Daily Mirror, August 4); Manchester United are considering alternatives to Frenkie de Jong and have a long-standing interest in Ruben Neves (Sky Sports News, August 3); Manchester United are reportedly eyeing Ruben Neves in case their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong fails (Sunday Express, July 17).
Antony - Manchester United have seen a second bid for Brazilian forward Antony turned down (Daily Mirror, August 1); Manchester United have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of winger Antony after his club Ajax refused to rule out selling the Brazilian (The Sun, July 27); Manchester United remain interested in Ajax forward Antony but initial talks between the clubs have highlighted a gap in valuations for the player (Sky Sports News, July 25); Manchester United have been publicly warned off pursuing Ajax wing-star Antony - with the Dutch champions furious at Erik ten Hag 's asset-stripping (Sunday Mirror, July 24); Alfred Schreuder has said he does not intend to sell any more key Ajax players this summer, and he expects United target Antony to stay at the club (Daily Mail, July 23); United are increasingly pessimistic about a move for Ajax winger Antony, with reports suggesting they now believe the Dutch club to have priced him out of leaving this summer (Daily Express, July 12).
Fabian Ruiz - Manchester United transfer target Fabian Ruiz has refused to sign a new contract with Napoli, according to reports (The Sun, August 1).
Tarik Karic - Manchester United will give 16-year-old Bosnian goalkeeper Karic a trial with the academy (The Sun, July 28).
Denzel Dumfries - Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan defender Denzel Dumfries - if he can engineer an exit for Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Sunday Mirror, July 24).
Benjamin Pavard - The United transfer target is not short of confidence and has already declared he is "more complete" than Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold (Daily Mirror, July 22).
Kyle Walker-Peters - Manchester United have been told that they would have to shell out another £40m to seal a deal for Kyle Walker-Peters this summer (Daily Mirror, July 19). Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly interested in a transfer for Walker-Peters (The Sun, July 13).
Kieran Trippier - Trippier has confirmed Manchester United were in for him when he first explored the possibility of returning home from Madrid (Daily Mirror, July 29).
Endrick - Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly set to enter a transfer battle for 15-year-old Brazilian wonder-kid Endrick (The Sun, July 19).
Ivan Toney - Manchester United are keeping tabs on Ivan Toney and could make a move for the Brentford striker (Sunday Mirror, July 17).
Marcus Rashford - Paris Saint-Germain are interested in signing Rashford but the forward wants to stay at Old Trafford this summer (Daily Mail, August 13)
Cristiano Ronaldo - Fed-up Manchester United players want Cristiano Ronaldo out of the club and claim his transfer saga is sapping the squad's morale (The Sun, August 10); Corinthians have offered Ronaldo an unlikely escape route from his Manchester United nightmare (Daily Mirror, August 5); Ronaldo is set for a humiliating stint on the bench, with his future still in doubt at Manchester United (The Sun, August 3); A club from Saudi Arabia's Pro League has indicated their offer of a move for Ronaldo would remain on the table after the World Cup if his future remains unresolved (CBS Sports, August 3); Ronaldo's potential Manchester United exit has taken another twist with reports his agent is in talks with Sporting CP (Daily Mirror, July 29); Napoli have reportedly been offered the chance to snap up Cristiano Ronaldo by the Manchester United striker's agent Jorge Mendes (The Sun, July 29); Ronaldo remains intent on leaving Manchester United in the transfer window so that he can play in this season's Champions League (The Times, July 28); Manchester United have refused to shift from their hard-line position that Cristiano Ronaldo must stay at Old Trafford after an opening round of talks with the unsettled forward ended in impasse (Daily Telegraph, July 27); Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has said a move for Cristiano Ronaldo is "practically impossible" for the Spanish side (Daily Mirror, July 27); Cristiano Ronaldo is travelling back to England for talks with Manchester United over his future (The Athletic, July 25); Manchester United are not looking to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and the player is not for sale (Sky Sports News, July 25); Manchester United are still in the dark about when or if Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the club as they flew back from their tour of Thailand and Australia last night (Daily Mail, July 25).
Eric Bailly - Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is attracting interest from Monaco (Daily Mail, August 10); Fulham have submitted an offer for Manchester United and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly (Football Insider, August 3); The Ivory Coast defender has rejected the chance of reuniting with Jose Mourinho at Roma and favours a switch to Sevilla (The Sun, August 2); Bailly and Ethan Laird have attracted the interest of several clubs after the arrival of Lisandro Martinez (The Athletic, July 29); Eric Bailly is reportedly interesting a number of clubs but, as it stands, he wants to stay and fight for his place (Sky Sports News, July 25); Manchester United defender Eric Bailly is attracting interest from Jose Mourinho at Roma (Mail on Sunday, July 24); Fulham want to sign Bailly and have approached United about the defender's availability, but a source close to the defender has told Sky Sports News he is not interested in going anywhere at the moment (Sky Sports, July 2).
Anthony Martial - Erik ten Hag appears to have entrusted Anthony Martial to lead the line for Manchester United this season (Daily Mirror, August 9); Juventus have emerged as a possible suitor for Manchester United forward Anthony Martial although it appears the club no longer has any interest in selling him (Daily Mirror, July 25); Erik ten Hag has blocked United from selling Martial and sees the French forward as an important member of his squad (The Sun, July 23); Martial is staying at United after reviving his Old Trafford career this summer. Martial has scored three goals in as many games on tour in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, and new manager Erik ten Hag has decided that he will not be sold (Daily Mail, July 22).
Aaron Wan-Bissaka - Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira has played down reports linking his club with a move for Manchester United defender (Daily Express, August 5).
Charlie Savage - Manchester United youngster Charlie Savage is attracting plenty of loan interest from clubs in the Championship and League One (Daily Mail, August 4).
James Garner - Nottingham Forest are targeting Manchester United's James Garner (Daily Mail, July 27).
Zidane Iqbal - Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants to keep midfielder Zidane Iqbal to help his progress while goalkeeper Nathan Bishop is poised to join Wycombe (Daily Mail, July 28).
Donny van de Beek - Erik ten Hag has blocked the sales of Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial by Manchester United this summer (The Sun, July 22).
Phil Jones - Wayne Rooney is considering handing Phil Jones the chance to join him at DC United (The Sun on Sunday, July 17)
Harry Maguire - Harry Maguire's determination to beat the Manchester United boo boys has seen the England defender turn his back on a potential move to Barcelona (Sunday Mirror, July 24).
Brandon Williams - Following the arrivals of Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia, Manchester United would be open to allowing Alex Telles and Brandon Williams to leave the club (Sky Sports News, July 25); Manchester United left-back Brandon Williams is wanted by Brighton in a £15m deal (Sunday Mirror, July 24).
Tyrell Malacia - Feyenoord, £14.7m
Christian Eriksen - Brentford, free
Lisandro Martinez - Ajax, £56.7m
Dean Henderson - Nottingham Forest, loan
Paul Pogba - Juventus, free
Juan Mata - released
Jesse Lingard - Nottingham Forest, free
Nemanja Matic - Roma, free
Edinson Cavani - released
Lee Grant - released
D'Mani Mellor - Wycombe, free
Reece Devine - Swindon, free
Paul McShane - released
Connor Stanley - released
Paul Woolston - released
Dylan Levitt - Dundee United, undisclosed
Andreas Pereira - Fulham, £10m
Alex Telles - Sevilla, loan
Who will be on the move this summer when the transfer window opens on June 10 and closes at 11pm on September 1?
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