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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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.
This is your home, @Casemiro 😍#MUFC pic.twitter.com/MSfdt5rGRv
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 22, 2022
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.
Keep showing the next generation what’s possible, @cpulisic_10 💪 pic.twitter.com/wvoucZFm3E
— Chelsea FC USA (@ChelseaFCinUSA) August 11, 2021
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.
BREAKING: Manchester United are close to agreeing a deal with Barcelona for midfielder Frenkie de Jong 🔴 pic.twitter.com/MmtDYabWPf
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 28, 2022
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 17||Yann Sommer||Blick||The 33-year-old Gladbach goalkeeper has been discussed internally as possible competition for David de Gea|
|Aug. 16||Matheus Cunha||ESPN, talkSPORT||The 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. 16||Adrien Rabiot||The Athletic||A move for the French midfielder advanced, but|
the sides could not agree to personal terms.
|Aug 9||Ismaila Sarr||Graeme Bailey||The Watford striker is “under consideration” by|
Man United, but there is “lots of PL interest” in him
|Aug 9||Marko Arnautovic||The Athletic||Shocking links connected the two in early August,|
but reports state the club pulled out of a deal after
a flood of fan backlash.
|June 20||Antony||The Sun||United have been linked with the Ajax winger all|
summer, but after talks peaked in late June, no
significant movement has been made.
|July 21||Memphis Depay||Sports Mole||Barcelona 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 11||Robert 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 10||Fikayo Tomori||Corriere della Sera||Man United are interested in bringing the former|
Chelsea man back to the Premier League, but
convincing the player will take some effort.
|June 16||Dean Henderson||Man Evening News,|
|The Red Devils goalkeeper is in talks to|
leave Old Trafford on loan, with Nottingham
Forest and Newcastle interested
|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 14||Denzel Dumfries||Corriere Dello Sport,|
|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 14||Malcolm Ebiowei||Daily Mail||The youngster is a free agent after his Derby|
contract expired, with Tottenham, Newcastle,
and Crystal Palace also interested
|June 13||Tammy Abraham||The Sun||The Roma striker has emerged as a potential|
target for United after a great season in Italy.
|June 9||Ibrahim Sangare||Sky Sports||The PSV midfielder is convinced he will be a|
Premier League player next season, with
United reportedly “interested”
|June 10||Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain||talkSPORT||The Liverpool midfielder is on United’s shortlist,|
and they want him for £10m.
|June 10||Marco Asensio||Angelo Mangiante||Talks between United and Asensio’s|
representatives are “ongoing.”
|June 9||Marcus Rashford||The Times||Tottenham reportedly reached out to Man United|
to sign Rashford but were rebuffed.
|June 9||Alejandro Garnacho||Man Evening News||Man United are set to engage in contract talks|
with the 17-year-old winger to ward off outside
|June 8||Wesley Fofana||RMC Sport||United are reportedly “closely interested” in the|
Leicester City man, who would cost upwards of
£68m despite recent injury trouble.
|June 7||Alessandro Bastoni||Daily Mail||Man United have inquired about the Inter|
defender and given a £50m valuation,
with Tottenham also interested.
|June 6||N’Golo Kante||Metro||Chelsea will reportedly listen to offers for the|
French midfielder, with Man United interested
|June 4||Adrien Rabiot||Man Evening News,|
|Man United is “intensifying dialogue” around|
Rabiot, who could be had for €15m.
|June 3||Andreas Pereira||Rob Dawson|
|Pereira may move to Palmeiras, but if it|
falls through, ten Hag wants to give him
another chance in preseason.
|May 31||Jurrien Timber||The Guardian||One of the first links connecting ten Hag|
with an Ajax player, reports anticipate a
£25 million bid for the defender.
|May 31||Declan Rice||Daily Express||United will open talks with West Ham when|
Rice returns for pre-season
|June 23||Christopher Nkunku||—||RB Leipzig announced a new contract with Nkunku,|
valid through 2026. The contract includes a €60m
release clause that becomes active next summer.
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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.
Once a Red, always a Red 🔴
Thank you for your service, @PaulPogba 👏#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 1, 2022
Once a Red, always a Red 🔴
Thank you for your service, @PaulPogba 👏#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 1, 2022
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.
Thank you for everything, @JuanMata8 — you’ll be missed 🔴#MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 2, 2022
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.
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 channel||Sky Sports, BT Sport||USA Network, Telemundo, Universo||—||—|
|Streaming||NOW TV, Sky Go, Amazon Prime||fuboTV, Peacock||fuboTV||Optus 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.