Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Frenkie de Jong 'tells Barca stars he could join United', Cristiano Ronaldo contract update | The Sun
14th August 2022

MANCHESTER UNITED have received a boost in their hunt for a midfielder.

Frenkie de Jong has reportedly told his Barcelona team-mates that he could still join Man Utd and is fuming with the way he has been treated in Catalonia.

The Red Devils are also said to be closing in on the signing of Adrien Rabiot, with the club's recruitment said to have agreed terms with his mother and agent.

And United have denied reports that Cristiano Ronaldo could have his contract terminated if his attitude doesn't improve.

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  • Joe Adams

    Liverpool up next

    Next week, Manchester United host Liverpool at Old Trafford.

    Klopp's side scored a combined nine goals against them last season with no reply.

    So whilst fans may wince when they see the fixture, United may have the taste for victory it after beating Liverpool 4-0 during pre-season.

    Can they bounce back?

  • Joe Adams

    Tim Howard says Ten Hag's time is up already

    Ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard laid into Ten Hag when discussing their defeat with Robbie Earle.

    Howard agreed with Earle's comment, referring to the club as a "mess".

    He went on to say:

    The manager has had enough time. he's had pre-season, a couple of games and he's had times to work with his team… make a change, let everybody know, out them on notice.

    Tim Howard, ex-Manchester United player

  • Joe Adams

    United interested in Caicedo

    The Red Devils are reportedly interested in Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.

    The 20-year-old impressed against United on the opening day, helping his side to a 2-1 victory.

    With the signing of De Jong looking further and further away amidst interest from Chelsea, Caicedo could be a real option.

    However, Arsenal are also thought to be keen on the youngster.

  • Joe Adams

    Ten Hag puts on brutal training

    The Manchester United players were spotted at the training ground earlier today on their day off as Ten Hag arranged an extra training session following their defeat.

    The Dutchman reportedly wanted to make his players fun 8.5 miles in the heat as this was the extra distance Brentford covered yesterday.

    The Red Devils covered a total of 95.6km. Whilst Brentford ran a whopping 109.4km.

  • Joe Adams

    Red Devils considering terminating Ronaldo's contract

    It is thought that if the club don't see a change in Ronaldo's attitude, they are willing to terminate his contract.

    Ronaldo started under Ten Hag for the first time against Brentford and struggled to find his usual rhythm.

    The Portugese star made his desires clear earlier in the Summer, telling the club he wanted to leave, but Manchester United have been unable to reach an agreement with any other club.

    With no real destination in sight for Ronaldo, could the six time ballon d'Or winner could become a free agent?

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  • Joe Adams

    United blow as Chelsea enter race for De Jong

    The ongoing saga involving the transfer of Frenkie De Jong has taken a sudden turn today with Chelsea reportedly his preferred destination.

    The midfielder has made it clear he intends to stay at Barcelona, but is claimed to have said that he would prefer a move to Chelsea over the Red Devils.

    Ten Hag will hope he can change the Dutchman's mind before the end of the window.

  • Kieran Davies

    Keeper's heroics annoys United fans

    Man Utd fans were left raging today following the performance of on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

    The United keeper saved a Declan Rice penalty to help Forest to theirfirst win of the season.

    It has left fans questioning why the club allowed him to go out loan as they see Henderson as a replacement for De Gea.

    Credit: Getty
  • Kieran Davies

    The cost of freedom

    As fans turn on the Man Utd owners once again, amid negativity from their start to the Premier League campaign and sitting bottom of the table, it has emerged what price it would cost to make them sell-up.

    While there has been no indication from any of the owners of their intent to sell, fans hope their discontent will attract would-be-buyers.

    The Mirror revealed last year that it would take a bid of around £4bn to tempt Joel and Avram Glazier into selling up.

    Sadly, the worse things get on the pitch, the less likely it is that anyone would want to make such an offer.

  • Kieran Davies

    PSG preparing fresh Rashford approach

    Reports suggest that PSG are preparing a long-term contract offer for Man Utd’s forward Marcus Rashford.

    Rashford has not spoken of a desire to leave the club but in the wake of the situation currently at Old Trafford, the lure of a fresh challenge may be too much.

    The Paris outfit will offer a sizable transfer fee to the club while offering the player a very lucrative contract.

    United will not want to let one of their prize assets go but if the price is right, they may not have much choice.

    The question will be whether the club accept the offer and whether the manager feels he can improve the squad with the money from the sale before the transfer window closes.

    Rashford’s goals have been in short supply for the last couple of seasons and ten Hag may find better use for the money elsewhere.

  • Kieran Davies

    Fernandes slammed for work ethic

    Ex-Aston Villa striker, Gabby Agbonlahor, has gone on record today with scathing view on Bruno Fernandes following yesterday's defeat to Brentford.

    When assessing the defeat, the pundit stated:

    For me, Fernandes, since he's been in the Premier League, yes he's had great stats, goalscoring and assists but he looks like the worst teammate. Every time a player gives it away, every time he gives it away, he throws his arms up at his teammates, he throws his arms up at the bench.

    Gabriel Agbonlahor

  • Kieran Davies

    Somebody close that window

    We are all aware, if we not before, the size of the job that faces new Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag.

    With the club unable to secure the players he wanted, the question is whether there is enough time left in the current transfer window for the Dutchman to address his issues.

    One of which is wantaway striker, Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Not many clubs seem to be biting when offered the Portuguese forward.

    Should an offer come in, with so little time remaining in the current transfer window, it remains to be seen whether the club can bring in the players they need.

    Credit: Mark Pain / Premium Sport
  • Kieran Davies

    Ruling with an iron fist

    Erik ten Hag seems to have lost patience with his misfiring squad and has ramped up their workload in order to find a solution.

    The squad was due a rest day today after travelling to Brentford for their game last night.

    ten Hag has forced his players into Carrington today for an extra days training after yesterday's humbling at the hands of Thomas Frank's Brentford team.

    It seems the Dutchman has decided to clamp down on his squad until they start putting in the sort of performances he expects of them.

  • Kieran Davies

    ten Hag let down by club

    Erik ten Hag's advisors have revealed that they feel the manager has been let down by the club with a string of promises that were never fulfilled.

    The Dutch boss is furious with how the United hierarchy have let him down.

    They have left him out to dry after a shambolic transfer window and the Cristiano Ronaldo circus.

    It remains to be seen with just over a couple of weeks remaining in the transfer window whether the club will allow ten Hag to address these issues.

  • Kieran Davies

    United transfer plans revealed

    Fabrizio Romano has lifted the lid on the plans for the rest of the transfer window at Man Utd:

    The club’s priority is to complete the deal for Adrien Rabiot. There will be new contacts in the next 24-48 hours with his mother Veronique to complete the agreement.

    United will then decide on the situation of the new striker. It is also necessary to understand how the winger issue will evolve with Cody Gakpo discussed internally alongside top, complicated priority target Antony.

    Man Utd hope to complete one or two new signings next week.

    Fabrizio Romano

  • Kieran Davies

    Neville attacks United owners

    After the embarassing opening two defeats in the Premier League, ex-Man Utd full-back Gary Neville has had his say.

    The pundit felt it was time to point out what the issues are currently at Old Trafford.

    Lack of investment seems to be the biggest bug-bare as the only money spent is what is generated in terms of revenue at the club or raising levels debt at the club.

    Neville said:

    These owners, since Sir Alex Ferguson left, have proven that they cannot manage a forward-thinking football club. It has been overtaken in every single department and it is painful and woeful.

    Gary Neville Sky Sports

  • Kieran Davies

    Ferdinand makes voice heard

    Former Man Utd centre-back Rio Ferdinand has had his say on the club trying to sign Frenkie De Jong.

    The BT pundit had some very harsh words for the club:

    With all due respect, he’s a great player, but we’re almost whoring ourselves out for this player for three months of the transfer window with our cap in hand begging, 'Please come to us'

    Do you think Jurgen Klopp or Pep Guardiola or Six Alex Ferguson or Jose Mourinho would be following around a player like this? They wouldn’t be doing that.

    Rio FerdinandVibe with Five

  • Kieran Davies

    Ronaldo still looking for exit

    Reports in Italy are that Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered to both Milan clubs, Inter and AC.

    They have both declined the option to sign the striker.

    This would mean that the Portuguese forward has no been rejected by no less than 9 clubs.

    Chelsea, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid have all been offered the player's services.

    Credit: Alamy
  • Kieran Davies

    ten Hag to find focus

    With United suffering one of their worst starts to a league campaign,the focus for the new manager has to be turn things around as soon as possible.

    While it is not feasible for anyone to go out and completely replace the existing squad, the Dutch manager needs to work with the squad he has in the main while adding his own little tweaks.

    Something seems to be going drastically wrong at the club and has looked that way for some time now.

    The club felt they got their man when they persuaded ten Hag to put pen to paper and need to give him time.

    With fan pressure, that is easier said than done often.

  • Kieran Davies

    Finding the missing link

    After the result against Brentford yesterday, the question on everyone's lips right now is, what did Rabiot's mum make of it?

    Adrien Rabiot is no doubt a very talented midfielder but whether he is the missing piece to the Man Utd jigsaw is another question.

    At no point in his career have the goals been free-flowing but a defensive midfielder, he is not.

    That seems to be the one thing United are missing right now, that player to give the defence some protection.

    Yesterday, ten Hag even played Christian Eriksen in the position such is the plight of the Manchester club right now.

    This would be a good time for the recruitment department at Old Trafford to really show their worth to back their manager for the season ahead.

  • Kieran Davies

    Romano makes De Gea claim

    Fabrizio Romano has spoken about Man Utd's future plans following the horror show performance from the Spanish goalkeeper yesterday.

    He pinpoints how the transfer market has been quiet in terms of goalkeepers and it may not be a position they could fill.

    While De Gea was culpable for quite a few mistakes in the 4-0 thrashing by Brentford yesterday, he reminds us that last season he was probably their best player.

    ten Hag has confidence in De Gea and that feeling seems to run through the club.

    Credit: Rex
  • Kieran Davies

    The cost of failure keeps growing

    With United's terrible start under new manager Erik ten Hag evident for all to see, it has further complications on transfer business.

    United are searching for players to rebuild the side under the Dutchman but with no Champions League football it can prove difficult to persuade big names.

    Add to that the dilemma of their current form.

    United could be held to ransom by players who want higher wages to come take part in a project they may not be invested in.

    The hierarchy at Old Trafford need to consider their transfer plans carefully and focus on bringing the right players in for the long-term and not short-term solutions.

  • Kieran Davies

    Morata Premier League return planned

    Man Utd are considering bolstering their attacking options by bringing Alvaro Morata back to the Premier League.

    Atletico Madrid are keen to offload the striker before the window closes.

    PSG are rumoured to be interested in Marcus Rashford with their long-term plan in mind.

    Neither Ronaldo, Martial or Rashford have found the scoresheet as regularly as manager ten Hag would like so far this season.

    A fee of £29.6m is alleged to be required to convince the La Liga outfit to part with the striker.

  • Kieran Davies

    De Jong transfer teases clubs

    Both Man Utd and Chelsea seem keen on making the Dutch midfielder a key signing for their squads this summer.

    United reportedly already have an agreement on a transfer fee with Barcelona but the player's situation with the Catalan club makes getting the transfer over the line difficult.

    De Jong is owed a substantial figure in unpaid salaries which he wants settled before he looks to move on anywhere else.

    Having been told he does not feature in manager Xavi's plans, the player will be keen to complete a deal before the end of the transfer window.

    The last thing he would want is to be stranded at a club who have no intention of using him this season.

    With the World Cup in Qatar this year, De Jong will not want to spend the build up to the tournament sat in the stands at Camp Nou.

  • Lloyd Canfield

    Good morning, Manchester United fans!

    Yesterday afternoon Manchester United succumbed to a 4-0 thrashing from Brentford, which caused chaos among the fans.

    Goals from DaSilva, Jensen, Mee, Mbuemo helped the Bees demolish United at their home ground.

    The first goal came from another David De Gea blunder, which left fans questioning why Dean Henderson was loaned out.

    Cristiano Ronaldo caused yet more controversy by refusing to clap the away support at full time.

    And Gary Neville got in a heated debate with Jamie Redknapp on Sky Sports after the game over the Glazer family's ownership of the club.

    On the plus side, Adrien Rabiot's personal terms have reportedly been agreed, as his mother met with John Murtough of United.

    The club also continues to be linked with Alvaro Morata and Sasa Kaladjzic, as their goal scoring woes continued yesterday.

  • Chisanga Malata

    Ten Hag's Fury

    Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has torn into his players following their embarrassing 4-0 defeat to Brentford on Saturday.

    The Dutchman told MUTV after the match: “It was a really poor performance.

    "You start the game and you have to be ready, and we weren’t, and that’s disappointing. It’s difficult for me."

    He added: "It's a surprise when you start the game like this; in 35 minutes conceding four goals. It’s not possible.

    "So, the team has to take responsibility. I feel really sorry for the fans. They give everything to support us and we let them down.”

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