There isn’t much time left in the summer transfer window and Manchester United could yet make one more signing.
MEN Sport revealed today that Ryan Gravenberch is on Erik ten Hag’s wishlist, with the United boss open to making a late move for the Bayern Munich midfielder. The pair worked together at Ajax and it’s understood Ten Hag is keen on a reunion.
United’s hunt for a midfielder comes after they were torn apart in the centre of the park against Wolves and Tottenham last week. The club had already been linked with a move for Sofyan Amrabat after Fred left for Fenerbahce and Ten Hag confirmed Donny van de Beek would not be considered for selection.
It’s unclear whether Van de Beek will complete a move away before next Friday’s deadline, and he’s not the only one whose future is up in the air. Harry Maguire, Brandon Williams and Eric Bailly are just some of the players who could well head for pastures new before next week’s deadline.
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OPINION: United are taking a risk with their midfield in the transfer market
“Yves Bissouma, Moises Caicedo and Alexis Mac Allister were developed into elite midfielders by Brighton. United were ahead of the curve with Caicedo and in negotiations to sign him in January 2021, but they passed on him this summer as he became British football’s most expensive transfer. Now there is a danger United will be behind the curve. Caicedo, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Romeo Lavia have all secured transfers this summer and United will need to recruit a midfielder cut from the same cloth within the next 12 months.”
Pavard ‘rejects’ United switch
According to a report by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Bayern Munich defender Benjamin Pavard has ‘rejected’ a move to United in favour of joining Inter Milan.
The Frenchman, who can operate as both a right-back and a centre-back, has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks. However, Inter are now poised to win the race for his signature and he could finalise the move as soon as today.
United’s two remaining fixtures before the break
Though we’re only two games into the new Premier League season, there are only two rounds of fixtures left ahead of the first international break of the season.
United have won one and lost one of their opening two matches, losing 2-0 to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, resulting in their latest away day setback.
Ahead of the break in early-September, these are United’s next two games:
- vs Nottingham Forest (H) – August 26
- vs Arsenal (A) – September 3
Palace ‘interested’ in Henderson
Crystal Palace are ‘interested’ in signing United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, according to a report by BBC Sport.
With just over of the week of the transfer window remaining, the former Nottingham Forest loanee’s future at Old Trafford remains up in the air. He has not played since January because of a thigh injury, but has been on the bench for each of United’s opening two matches this season.
OPINION: Ten Hag already has the answer to United midfield concern
“There are 12 days until the transfer window closes and if United are to re-enter the market, public opinion suggests it should be for a midfielder. Consistent links to Sofyan Amrabat suggest the main point of concern for Ten Hag is cover for Casemiro. The Brazilian will turn 32 in February and is prone to a suspension or two, with United struggling to fill the void in his absence last season. They will expect to play 60-plus games again this year and cannot rely on their midfield veteran for all of them. A new signing would excite fans in that respect but Ten Hag must plan beyond the next few weeks. United’s only current cover for Casemiro is Scott McTominay but Kobbie Mainoo will soon be in the picture, once he recovers from an ankle injury picked up in pre-season.”
Saudi club ‘weighing up’ move for Varane
Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad are ‘weighing up’ a move for United centre-back Raphael Varane, according to Italian journalist Rudy Galetti, as cited by Inside Futbol.
A number of big-name Premier League players have swapped England for the Saudi league this summer and Varane is the latest name to be linked with a move.
The Frenchman, however, is a key player for Erik ten Hag and scored the winner in last Monday’s 1-0 win over Wolves at Old Trafford.
United considering late move for Ryan Gravenberch
United are considering a late move for Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Gravenberch.
Liverpool have been linked with Gravenberch, 21, after missing out on Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia, who both joined Chelsea.
Pavard ‘picks’ his next club amid United links
Benjamin Pavard has reportedly decided against a move to United this summer.
Corriere dello Sport suggest Pavard has chosen to join Inter Milan over United, though they warn the Serie A giants have yet to make a formal offer.
Axel Tuanzebe training with Premier League club after United release
The Daily Mail say the 25-year-old could earn a contract if he impresses during his spell with the Premier League new boys.
Tuanzebe was released by United at the start of the summer, following the expiration of his contract. The defender spent the second-half of last season on loan at Stoke City in the Championship.
Fiorentina give exciting Sofyan Amrabat transfer update
Fiorentina chief Joe Barone has confirmed the Italian club will not stop Sofyan Amrabat from leaving the club ahead of the window closing next week.
“We are always ready for other entries and exits,” said Barone, as quoted by Labaro Viola. “If there’s someone who isn’t happy, we can satisfy him between now and the end of the transfer window.”
Gravenberch ‘keeping options open’ amid United links
United have been handed a potential boost in their rumoured pursuit of Ryan Gravenberch.
De Telegraaf says the Bayern Munich midfielder is keeping all Premier League options open amid links with possible moves to United or Liverpool.
The report adds that if a permanent deal can’t be agreed upon for the player, then a loan package could be approved.
United ‘explore’ Odysseas Vlachodimos transfer
United will reportedly explore a deal to sign Odysseas Vlachodimos this month.
The Mail claims United are interested in Benfica’s 29-year-old Greek goalkeeper as they look to sign an established back-up option to Andre Onana.
United ‘consider’ Marco Verratti deal
United will reportedly consider a move to sign Marco Verratti in the final weeks of the summer window.
L’Equipe via Mirror says United are one of the sides interested in signing the 30-year-old midfielder before deadline day.
It won’t be straightforward, though. The report claims both Al-Ahli and Bayern Munich are also interested in the Paris Saint-Germain star.
Pavard transfer update amid Manchester United and Inter Milan links
Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta confirmed his club is in talks with Bayern Munich to sign Manchester United-linked Benjamin Pavard.
The French right-back was linked with United earlier this month when it looked as though Harry Maguire would be moving to West Ham. However, that deal has fallen through, lessening United’s need to sign a new defender for the time being.
Earlier this week, Simone Inzaghi told reporters he was looking at Pavard but wished not to comment further on a player who was not on his team’s books. Marotta has now confirmed Inter’s interest in the Frenchman.
United Women’s goalkeeper Mary Earps wins Golden Glove
Manchester United Women’s goalkeeper Mary Earps was forced to pick herself off the floor to claim the World Cup Golden Glove after England were beaten 1-0 by Spain in the final on Sunday.
The Lionesses suffered heartbreak in Sydney as Olga Carmona’s 29th-minute effort proved decisive, ending hopes of. first World Cup since 1966. Earps was once again outstanding, keeping hopes alive with a brilliant second-half penalty save.
Unfortunately, Spain were able to hold on despite the missed spot-kick and Earps fell to the ground after more than 14 minutes of extra-time and the full-time whistle. The Reds‘ shot-stopper cut a devastated figure and was consoled by her international teammates.
Shearer disagrees with Bruno Fernandes after United loss
Alan Shearer doesn’t believe Manchester United should have been awarded a penalty for handball against Tottenham Hotspur.
United felt they should’ve had a spot-kick in the first half when Alejandro Garnacho’s shot struck the outstretched arm of Cristian Romero. Referee Michael Oliver waved the appeals away and there was no VAR intervention to overturn the decision.
Erik ten Hag and Bruno Fernandes both felt United should’ve been awarded a penalty but Shearer disagreed. He did, however, concede that there has been little consistency in the awarding of handball decisions.
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