Man United Transfer News: Latest on Casemiro, Antony, Christian Pulisic and other summer 2022 window player signings, loans & deals

Man United Transfer News: Latest on Casemiro, Antony, Christian Pulisic and other summer 2022 window player signings, loans & deals

Manchester United fans can expect to see new manager Erik ten Hag make his first moves in the transfer market this summer, and his decisions will be crucial to the club’s chances of arresting their Premier League slide.

The Red Devils suffered a horrid start to the Premier League season, losing their first two matches to Brighton and Brentford, seeing them fall to the basement of the table. The Dutch manager has plenty of work to do as he hopes to bring the club back from seemingly rock bottom.

The three-time champions of Europe are looking towards a Europa League journey after finishing sixth in the English top flight in 2021/22, compounding a season in which they rarely looked like challenging for the Champions League, FA Cup or EFL Cup.

Record signing Paul Pogba has been released, alongside attacking midfielder and academy product Jesse Lingard and veteran Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani.

Ten Hag is likely to have a sizeable budget to work with as he takes over at a club that is still a financial powerhouse despite their struggles to contend for honours in recent seasons.

The Sporting News is rounding up the key updates — all day, every day — below.



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Last update: Aug 24, 19:40 ET / Aug 25, 00:40 BST

Antony bid could exceed €100 million as he pushes for move

Man United have coveted a move for Ajax forward Antony all summer long, but the Dutch club has held firm to its enormous valuation of the Brazilian, rebuffing the Premier League side at every turn.

A renewed push on August 19 saw a bid of €80 million rejected, according to The Athletic, and now the decision looms of whether to increase the offer further.

Santi Aouna, a journalist with Foot Mercato in France, claims that decision has already been made. Aouna reports that Man United will submit a bid of €100 million, which includes €80 million flat plus another €20 million of bonuses.

UPDATE (Aug 22): While Ajax remain reluctant to sell, Antony is pushing for a move to Manchester United, reports GOAL. The Brazilian has missed training sessions in an attempt to force through his sale. 

Man United announce deal for Casemiro

With deals for Frenkie de Jong and Adrien Rabiot seemingly impossible, the Red Devils made one of the blockbuster moves of the summer transfer window by capturing Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.

The club announced on August 19 that they had an “agreement in principle” for the Brazilian. “The transfer is subject to the agreement of personal terms, UK visa requirements and a medical,” the club said in a short statement.

Fabrizio Romano tabs the fee at €70 million, with €60 million fixed plus €10 million in bonuses.

UPDATE (Aug 22): United confirmed they had finalised the signing of Casemiro shortly before their Premier League clash at home to Liverpool.

Atletico Madrid turn down Man United bid for Joao Felix

Manchester United have had a €135 million bid for Joao Felix rejected by Atletico Madrid, reports MARCA

The fee would’ve have been €8m more than what Atletico paid for Felix originally but the club were quick to shutdown any chance of a sale this summer. 

Bayern Munich were also reportedly showing interest in Felix, who contributed three assists in his first La Liga match of the 2022-23 season. 

United want Pulisic on loan, Chelsea ask for Maguire

United’s pursuit of a new attacking player has now seen them turn to United States captain Christian Pulisic.

According to reports in England, first put forward by The Athletic’s Andy Mitten, Pulisic would be interested in joining the Red Devils as he wants regular first-team football before the World Cup in Qatar.

United are exploring the possibility of a loan deal for the 23-year-old, who has struggled for game time under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.

UPDATE (Aug 20): The Daily Mail claimed Pulisic has had a change of heart and could now decide to stay and fight for his place at Chelsea. The report said the USMNT star re-evaluated his plans while United left the deal on hold to pursue Antony and Cody Gakpo.

UPDATE (Aug 19): Reports emerged this week that Chelsea enquired about the availability of Harry Maguire, who could be dropped for Monday’s Premier League clash with Liverpool. The Blues have apparently explored the prospect of including the defender in any deal for Pulisic.

Cristiano Ronaldo given green light to leave, Atletico Madrid lurking

A summer-long saga has surrounded Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portuguese striker rumored to want out of Old Trafford in search of Champions League play.

New boss Erik ten Hag has repeated his desire for Ronaldo to stay, but often the 37-year-old gets what he wants regardless of those around him. There were links to Chelsea for a short time, but that never seemed to truly materialize. Still, nothing concrete has emerged as far as a possible landing spot for Ronaldo outside of Manchester.

UPDATE (Aug 16): According to a host of reports in England, including The Telegraph, Man United have finally relaxed their stance on Ronaldo, saying they will let him depart the club if he can find a new destination.

To this point, United have held firm that Ronaldo is a key figure within the squad, but as the start to the season spirals and the club deals with heat from multiple sides, they are happy to let him leave.

UPDATE: (Aug 14): According to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Atletico Madrid remain interested in signing Ronaldo, with coach Diego Simeone convinced he could offer the kind of impact Luis Suarez did when he fired them to the title in 2020-21 after leaving Barcelona.

Ronaldo is said to be keen on the move, despite his strong ties to Real Madrid, a relationship that prompted Atletico fans to protest against his prospective signing in July.

UPDATE: (Aug 14): Sky Sports initially reported that the club could be forced to terminate Ronaldo’s contract if things continue to stay icy between the two parties, but the club quickly moved to debunk that, releasing a statement that said, simply, “There is no change in the club’s position.”

UPDATE (July 18): According to a report by AS in Spain, there has been contact from Atletico Madrid regarding a possible transfer to the La Liga club. The report states that Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes have convinced Diego Simeone to pursue the superstar, but Man United are still holding firm that he is not for sale.

CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs has also given his take on the news, saying that while Ronaldo himself has “real interest” in a move to Atletico Madrid, the club views a potential transfer as “problematic and unrealistic currently.”

Man United withdraw Frenkie de Jong offer, start from scratch

25-year-old Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong has been linked to Manchester United all summer long, with the Red Devils working hard to secure a big prize this window.

The midfielder has been a key target of new manager Erik Ten Hag since his arrival at the club, whilst the two also worked together to a very successful degree at Ajax from 2017 to 2019. Reports have indicated that de Jong wished to stay at Barcelona, but ten Hag may do well to change his mind.

Money is not a problem for the Old Trafford side, as they try and convince the Barcelona midfielder move to the Premier League.

UPDATE (Aug 16): According to Dutch reporter Marcel van der Kraan via Sky Sports, Man United have withdrawn their offers to both Barcelona and Frenkie de Jong over a potential transfer, hoping to re-negotiate the deals from scratch.

The offers apparently had a deadline, which has passed. The club is still “hopeful” of completing a deal, but they realize that a new offer will need to be negotiated with the player, and therefore the bid to Barcelona will need to be reworked.

UPDATE (July 9): According to Mundo Deportivo in Spain, Frenkie de Jong has “rejected” a deal to Man United. Reports on de Jong’s feelings about a move have fluctuated wildly during this saga, with some earlier reports indicating that he was convinced by Erik ten Hag to join, while now it appears the pendulum may be swinging back towards Barcelona.

UPDATE (June 28): Sky Sports in England reported that United and Barca had come to a “broad agreement” over a fee for De Jong worth €65m (£56m/$69m) plus performance-related bonuses. There are now simply finer details to be sorted out.

UPDATE (June 23): According to Spanish publication Marca, Barcelona have knocked back a second United bid, with a €65 million (£55.4m / $70.8m) straight-up offer rejected. This is the second bid that has been turned away, after the first bid of €60 million plus €20 million of add-ons was also turned down. The report states that Barcelona are holding out for a match of the €75 million they paid to Ajax for de Jong in 2019.

Man United’s tactic appears to be hold out as long as possible knowing Barcelona need the money to sanction other incoming transfers. However, Barcelona did recently receive a cash injection that could hurt Man United’s leverage in that department.

United put Garner up for sale to generate transfer funds

United have decided to sell midfielder James Garner before the transfer window closes in a bid to bolster their transfer budget.

Widespread reports in England on August 15 claimed the Red Devils are looking for between £15m and £20m ($18m and $24m) for the 21-year-old, who has attracted interest from Everton, Leeds United, Southampton and Nottingham Forest, where he impressed on loan last season. Tottenham Hotspur are also said to have been monitoring the player.

Garner is considered a bright prospect at United but he has been unable to force his way into Erik ten Hag’s plans at the start of this season, despite their desperately limited options in central midfield. United are still pushing to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona and a fee has been agreed with Juventus for Adrien Rabiot, which would be covered should they recoup their asking price for Garner.

Man United in talks to sign Sergino Dest

According to Ekrem Konur, Barcelona and Manchester United are in discussions over Sergino Dest.

The right-back is an option when it comes to outgoings for Barca, who still need to raise funds in order to register all their new signings.

United are said to be happy to listen to offers for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Brandon Williams and, if the two players are sold, it would leave Diogo Dalot as the only senior right-back option.

Telles, Bailly set to depart in clearout

According to reports in early August, Manchester United are looking to trim the roster with players who may not see minutes this coming sesaon.

Top of that list are defenders Alex Telles and Eric Bailly, who are closing in on moves. Telles is heading to Spanish side Sevilla, according to the Manchester Evening News, with a loan deal reportedly likely but not yet completed.

Sevilla also have interest in Bailly, according to ESPN, but there’s competition from Italian side Roma. Jose Mourinho was at Man United from 2016 to 2018, and brought Bailly to Old Trafford early in his tenure. Bailly has been solid when on the field for the Red Devils, but has been beset by constant injuries over his career.

The ESPN report also states Axel Tuanzebe, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones and Brandon Williams are all available for transfer if a suitable offer arrives.

UPDATE (Aug 20): As per Fabrizio Romano, United and Marseille have agreed to a season-long loan with a buy option for Bailly. The player wants the move and talks are ongoing between the Ligue 1 club and his representatives.

Aug 17Yann SommerBlickThe 33-year-old Gladbach goalkeeper has been discussed internally as possible competition for David de Gea
Aug. 16Matheus CunhaESPNtalkSPORTThe 23-year-old is a target for Erik ten Hag and a 
€50 million deal was “close” but reports in Spain
claim Cunha turned United down.
Aug. 16Adrien RabiotThe AthleticA move for the French midfielder advanced, but
the sides could not agree to personal terms.
Aug 9Ismaila SarrGraeme BaileyThe Watford striker is “under consideration” by
Man United, but there is “lots of PL interest” in him
Aug 9Marko ArnautovicThe AthleticShocking links connected the two in early August,
but reports state the club pulled out of a deal after
a flood of fan backlash.
June 20AntonyThe SunUnited have been linked with the Ajax winger all
summer, but after talks peaked in late June, no
significant movement has been made.
July 21Memphis DepaySports MoleBarcelona are looking to sell the Dutch striker, and
a return to Man United could be on the cards as he
searches for “top clubs” with interest
June 11Robert Lewandowski —The Polish striker was rumored by The Sun in June
to be linked with Man United, but he has completed
a transfer to Barcelona.
July 10Fikayo TomoriCorriere della SeraMan United are interested in bringing the former
Chelsea man back to the Premier League, but
convincing the player will take some effort.
June 16Dean HendersonMan Evening News,
Daily Mail
The Red Devils goalkeeper is in talks to
leave Old Trafford on loan, with Nottingham
Forest and Newcastle interested
June 15VitinhaRecord,
A Bola
Arsenal and Man United are battling for the winger,
with Porto confirming they rejected a bid from an
unnamed club, wanting his release clause met.
June 14Denzel DumfriesCorriere Dello Sport,
Daily Mail
Man United are interested by the Inter full-back, and
he could be had for £26m, preferring a move
to United over Bayern Munich.
June 14Malcolm EbioweiDaily MailThe youngster is a free agent after his Derby
contract expired, with Tottenham, Newcastle,
and Crystal Palace also interested
June 13Tammy AbrahamThe SunThe Roma striker has emerged as a potential
target for United after a great season in Italy.
June 9Ibrahim SangareSky SportsThe PSV midfielder is convinced he will be a
Premier League player next season, with
United reportedly “interested”
June 10Alex Oxlade-ChamberlaintalkSPORTThe Liverpool midfielder is on United’s shortlist,
and they want him for £10m.
June 10Marco AsensioAngelo MangianteTalks between United and Asensio’s
representatives are “ongoing.”
June 9Marcus RashfordThe TimesTottenham reportedly reached out to Man United
to sign Rashford but were rebuffed.
June 9Alejandro GarnachoMan Evening NewsMan United are set to engage in contract talks
with the 17-year-old winger to ward off outside
transfer interest.
June 8Wesley FofanaRMC SportUnited are reportedly “closely interested” in the
Leicester City man, who would cost upwards of
£68m despite recent injury trouble.
June 7Alessandro BastoniDaily MailMan United have inquired about the Inter
defender and given a £50m valuation,
with Tottenham also interested.
June 6N’Golo KanteMetroChelsea will reportedly listen to offers for the
French midfielder, with Man United interested
June 4Adrien RabiotMan Evening News,
Man United is “intensifying dialogue” around
Rabiot, who could be had for €15m.
June 3Andreas PereiraRob Dawson
Pereira may move to Palmeiras, but if it
falls through, ten Hag wants to give him
another chance in preseason.
May 31Jurrien TimberThe GuardianOne of the first links connecting ten Hag
with an Ajax player, reports anticipate a
£25 million bid for the defender.
May 31Declan RiceDaily ExpressUnited will open talks with West Ham when
Rice returns for pre-season
June 23Christopher Nkunku —RB Leipzig announced a new contract with Nkunku,
valid through 2026. The contract includes a €60m
release clause that becomes active next summer.

Man United Transfers: Summer 2022 transfer window

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Tyrell Malacia: The Dutch international arrives as Erik ten Hag’s first official signing, having just earned his first Netherlands cap back last September. You can read all about the Dutch international here.

Christian Eriksen: The Dane has completed a free transfer move to United following his release from Brentford. The former Tottenham and Intern Milan star has signed a three-year contract at Old Trafford, after rejecting an offer to stay with The Bees, wanting to play European football again this season.

Lisandro Martinez: Having been a target of Arsenal, Martinez was tempted to join his old Ajax boss’ revolution at Old Trafford. The defender offers a potential upgrade on United’s options at the heart of their side and makes it likely that at least one of Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe will be moved on. The Red Devils will pay an initial fee of €57.37 million (£48.8m / $57.9m) for the 24-year-old, with a further €10m (£8.5m / $10.1m) potentially due in add-ons.

“It’s an honour to join this great football club. I’ve worked so hard to get to this moment and, now that I’m here, I’m going to push myself even further,” he said. “I’ve been lucky enough to be part of successful teams in my career and that’s what I want to continue at Manchester United. There will be a lot of work to get to that moment, but I firmly believe that, under this manager and coaches, and together with my new team-mates, we can do it.

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Juan Mata: Following the confirmations of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard’s exits, Manchester United then announced that Juan Mata will also be leaving Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of June. Mata joined United from Chelsea in January 2014 and made 285 appearances, scoring 51 goals. The Spaniard won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League during his time at United.

Alvaro Fernandez: Considered a highly promising prospect, young full-back Fernandez will spend the season with Championship side Preston North End after signing a new two-year contract with United. 

Below is the updated Man United first-team squad. New additions during the summer 2022 window are noted in bold:

Goalkeepers (3): David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant.

Defenders (10): Eric Bailly (CB), Diogo Dalot (RB), Phil Jones (CB), Victor Lindelof (CB), Harry Maguire (CB), Luke Shaw (LB), Alex Telles (LB), Raphael Varane (CB), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB), Tyrell Malacia (LB), Lisandro Martinez (CB).

Midfielders (7): Casemiro (CM), Bruno Fernandes (CAM), Jesse Lingard (CAM), Fred (CM), Scott McTominay (CM), Christian Eriksen (AM) Paul Pogba (CM)Nemanja Matic (CM), Juan Mata (CAM), Andreas Pereira (CAM).

Forwards (6): Anthony Elanga (LW), Mason Greenwood (CF)*, Marcus Rashford (LW), Cristiano Ronaldo (CF), Jadon Sancho (LW), Edinson Cavani (CF).

* = Mason Greenwood is indefinitely suspended after his arrest on suspicion of rape and assault, but remains on the Man United squad list

CB = centre back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = attacking midfielder; CF = centre forward; LW = left wing; RW = right wing

The current Man United projected first-choice starting lineup, when completely healthy, currently looks like:

Man United projected starting XI (4-2-3-1): de Gea (GK) — Shaw, Varane, Maguire, Dalot — McTominay, Fred — Sancho, Fernandes, Elanga — Ronaldo.

Man United in Premier League 2022/23: TV channels, live streams

TV channelSky Sports, BT SportUSA Network, Telemundo, Universo
StreamingNOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon PrimefuboTV, PeacockfuboTVOptus Sport

UK: Matches are carried across Sky Sports and BT Sport streaming and TV platforms, with select matches on Amazon Prime.

USA: Select matches are televised on USA Network (English) and Telemundo or Universo (Spanish), and all three channels can be streamed on fuboTV. The rest of the matches are streamed on NBC platform Peacock for subscribers.

Canada: Every Premier League game streams live and on demand exclusively via fuboTV.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream matches live and on demand on Optus Sport