Ten Hag tight-lipped on Ronaldo; Rashford says Man Utd ‘a lot fitter than last season’
The Premier League returns next week and both Manchester United and Chelsea look set to define the final weeks of the transfer window with their business yet to conclude. While Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to train with his agent Jorge Mendes, eager for showdown talks over his future, Frenkie De Jong’s position appears pivotal to the landscape in European football with Barcelona desperate to sell, United seemingly keen to buy, but now the Dutch maestro, content to stay at the Camp Nou, has reportedly hinted at a move to Chelsea. United have not changed their stance over Ronaldo it seems, insisting he is not for sale, while the lack of interest since Ronaldo’s agent Mendes looked across Europe for interest could also see the marriage extended for a further season.
Now, the 37-year-old is expected to sit down with new United manager Erik ten Hag after arriving at the club’s Carrington training base this morning. Ronaldo was due to return to training with the rest of United’s international players on 4 July but remained in Portugal, citing a “family issue”. Sir Alex Ferguson has also arrived at United’s training ground this morning, and could be set to take part in talks on Ronaldo’s future.
Elsewhere, Chelsea have encountered more difficulty getting a target over the line after a late intervention from Barcelona in the race to sign defender Jules Kounde. The Sevilla star will cost in excess of £50m with Barcelona poised to trump the Blues again after landing former Leeds star Raphinha. The Mail reports Leicester have rejected a £15m bid from Monaco for Boubakary Soumare. And Leicester are willing to consider big-money offers for James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho in order to raise funds to strengthen the squad, the Telegraph claims. Follow all the latest transfer news with our live blog below:
Jurgen Klopp reveals Liverpool stance for remainder of transfer window
Jurgen Klopp has set out Liverpool’s transfer stance as the season approaches, amid interest from Juventus in Roberto Firmino.
The German coach will happily leave his squad as it is, although he is willing to listen to offers should a player notify him of their desire to depart.
“If nobody wants to leave, we are done,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“Or if a bad injury comes in…I don’t hope so. But Liverpool fans can now start focusing on other things.”
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 13:50
Napoli sign South Korea defender for £16.8m
Napoli have completed the signing of Korean centre-back Kim Min-Jae from Fenerbahce.
A replacement for Kalidou Koulibaly, who joined Chelsea earlier last month, Kim has penned a three-year deal with an option for a further two.
Napoli triggered Kim’s £16.8m release clause, while inserting one of their own at £37.8m, although this is only for foreign clubs, report Sky Sport in Italy.
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 13:35
Crystal Palace youngster joins Coventry on loan
Crystal Palace youngster Tayo Adaramola has joined Coventry on loan.
The 18-year-old broke through last season under Patrick Vieira, making his debut in the FA Cup, while also representing Republic of Ireland Under-21s.
After completing a season-long loan, Adaramola said: “My first taste of senior football last season drove me on to work for more.
Playing and training with pros is what every young footballer aims to do, so I’m determined to make the most of this opportunity with Coventry and want to thank the people who helped to secure it.”
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 13:20
Lisandro Martinez: Manchester United complete £55m signing of Ajax defender
United agreed an initial £46.8m deal for Martinez earlier this month – plus another £8.5m in add-ons – subject to the 24-year-old passing a medical and UK visa requirements.
Martinez attended the Carrington training ground on Tuesday for the first time and is now officially a United player, becoming the third signing of the Erik ten Hag era.
Martinez becomes third signing of the Erik ten Hag era
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 13:03
Everton progress Dwight McNeil talks with Burnley
Everton are in talks to sign Burnley midfielder Dwight McNeil.
The Telegraph report talks are going well and a deal is close.
McNeil has also been linked with Newcastle, who were keen on Jack Harrison, but Leeds appear determined to keep the former Man City winger.
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 12:50
Cristiano Ronaldo: Bayern Munich discussed signing Manchester United forward, CEO reveals
The 37-year-old forward’s future at Old Trafford has been the subject of intense speculation after he told the club he wanted to leave so he can play in the Champions League.
A number of reports had also linked him with a potential move to the German champions.
The Portuguese, who scored 24 goals in all competitions for United last season as they finished sixth in the league and missed out on Champions League qualification, did not join the squad for the pre-season tour starting in Thailand, citing family issues.
The 37-year-old’s future at Old Trafford has been the subject of intense speculation
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 12:34
Newcastle draft in sporting performance expert Sir Dave Brailsford
Brailsford, who masterminded the rise of British cycling on track and road with his concentration on marginal gains, shared his thoughts with the Magpies’ coaching staff and players during their pre-season training camp in Lisbon on Sunday evening.
Head coach Eddie Howe told the club’s official website: “I have been aware of Sir Dave’s approach and his incredible achievements at the very elite level of sport for a long time and I was delighted to finally meet him.
“He has overseen so much success in specific disciplines, but his principles are transferable to any competitive sporting environment.
“It was great for him to spend some time with the group, to share his insights and to stimulate thought and discussion as we approach the new season.”
The Magpies are in Portugal for a pre-season training camp.
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 12:19
Man Utd left-back Fernandez joins Preston on loan
Manchester United have allowed their Under-23s Player of the Year Alvaro Fernandez to join Preston on loan for the season.
The Spain Under-19 international left-back, who United signed from Real Madrid in 2020, will get his first taste of senior football with the Championship club.
Fernandez has played for United in the EFL Trophy and was on the bench for Ralf Rangnick’s side against Chelsea in April but, with new manager Erik ten Hag signing Tyrell Malacia, United have chosen to let the 19-year-old spend the season at North End.
He was at Deepdale on Saturday to watch Preston lose 2-1 to Leicester in a pre-season friendly. Ryan Lowe’s side start their Championship campaign against Wigan on Saturday.
Liverpool defender Sepp van den Berg and Aston Villa striker Cameron Archer enjoyed successful loan spells at Preston last season as North End are gaining a reputation for improving Premier League youngsters.
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 12:06
Fulham sign Kevin Mbabu from
Fulham have completed the signing of Swiss right-back Kevin Mbabu from Wolfsburg for £6.5m deal.
The 27-year-old has penned a three-year deal at Craven Cottage with a one-year option.
Mbabu is the newly-promoted side’s fourth summer signing, following Joao Palhinha, Andreas Pereira and Manor Solomon.
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 11:54
Cristiano Ronaldo has one-on-one meeting with Erik ten Hag
Manchester United remain resolute in their stance that Cristiano Ronaldo is not for sale, according to a report from The Athletic this morning.
The Portuguese had a one-on-one meeting with Erik ten Hag on Tuesday but did not train with his teammates, instead completing fitness and medical tests.
Atletico Madrid remain the only club strongly linked with Ronaldo, with Antoine Griezmann thought to be available.
But the prospect of a swap deal appears unlikely at this stage.
Jack Rathborn27 July 2022 11:42