Manchester United are interested in signing winger Antony, and at the same time have been linked with Atletico Madrid. In the transfer roundup, United are keen on signing Ajax’s Antony. Meanwhile, Liverpool have swooped in to stop the move of Cesar Azpilicueta to Barcelona. Also, Erik ten Hag has had a busy summer in his first season as a United manager.
Cristiano Ronaldo offered proposal to Atletico Madrid
There has been talk of a deal between Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo, but Atletico are reluctance to sell their star player. However, Diego Simone, Atletico’s manager, has been linked with the Portuguese forward. The manager believes Ronaldo can bring a similar effect to Luis Suarez, who scored 21 goals for Atletico while helping the club win the La Liga. Even though the Portuguese star has strong ties with Real Madrid, he is also open to a move to Atletico. However, it is unclear if Atletico will sell some of their players before they can consider a deal.
It is believed that the Portuguese forward is keen on a move back to Spain, but the club must make room in their wage budget. The Spanish club have already offered star forward Griezmann to other clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain. Ronaldo’s offer would mean that Atletico would be forced to offload both Morata and Griezmann, who are under contract until 2021. Barcelona are unlikely to cut short Griezmann’s loan, and Atletico would be required to pay the Spanish club EUR40 million. Atletico have been keen on bringing Ronaldo back to Madrid, and the club are keen to sign the Portuguese legend as long as they can work with Simeone.
Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move for the former Manchester United forward as a result of his desire to play Champions League football. If the deal goes through, the club can free up money by offloading Griezmann’s wage bill. The Frenchman has been on loan from Barcelona for two seasons and has an obligation to sign a permanent deal for EUR40m next summer. With the right offer, Atletico would become a Premier League side next season.
Manchester United keen on signing Ajax winger Antony
The Manchester United transfer rumours are heating up again as the Dutch side reportedly want to sign Ajax winger Antony. Ajax have already sold Christian Eriksen to Manchester United and Sebastien Haller to Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively. It’s clear that Manchester United are not ready to match Ajax’s current asking price but are prepared to up their previous offer. It’s believed that Antony could be available as a summer transfer with a deadline of September 1st to sign with United.
According to the Sun, Manchester United are ready to make their first bid for Antony, a PS51m deal which falls short of Ajax’s valuation. Despite the transfer rumours, the Red Devils are keen to sign the talented Brazilian winger. Antony played under Erik ten Hag for Ajax last season and impressed ten Hag at the Amsterdam club. However, Ajax are not ready to sell Antony and have told Manchester United they will need to pay PS68m for his services. The Manchester United winger’s agent has reportedly been pressuring the Ajax to accept a lower offer.
Although it’s difficult to assess the quality of the Ajax winger, United are keen to sign an experienced winger who can add quality to the team. It’s worth noting that Antony is currently nursing an ankle injury, but should be back in action before the start of the league season. Manchester United also need reinforcements up front, where they are lacking consistency. Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford have starred on the right flank this season, but a more experienced winger would be ideal.
While the United interest in Antony is intriguing, Ajax are a firm side and will do whatever it takes to keep him. However, it is likely that they’ll hold on to Antony for at least one more season, but could accept a lower price if they receive a huge offer. While a two-year loan deal would be good for both parties, it would also be a great way to build goodwill between the two clubs and knock PS5-10 million off the price tag.
Liverpool swooped early to block Cesar Azpilicueta’s move to Barcelona
The midfielder, who has been linked with a move to Barcelona, is currently in a contract dispute with Chelsea. After signing for PS7million from Marseille in 2012, the Spain international has made more than 500 appearances for the Blues. Chelsea took up a one-year option on his contract, meaning his current deal will run out in 2023.
The deal will require the agreement of the Premier League and Government. Chelsea must now raise the funds to sign Azpilicueta, who has reportedly told Barcelona his asking price. The Blues must now conclude the defensive saga as soon as possible, before their free-scoring duo leave on free transfers. This is a huge boost to the Blues, who have now spent more than £60m on players since they were in the Premier League.
As well as putting a price tag on Azpilicueta, the club are now attempting to convince the Spanish champions that their striker is worth €50m. Chelsea have cited data to support their demands. However, despite the fact that Chelsea and Barcelona are both in financial difficulties, it’s worth noting that both players are keen on the move. However, Azpilicueta’s move to Barcelona has been blocked by Chelsea’s appearance clause, forcing the Catalan club to negotiate for his services.
But there are some risks in signing players without Premier League experience. Having four players from outside the Premier League will probably mean one flop. This may mean that Azpilicueta’s move to Barcelona will fall through, but it’s not impossible. Tuchel is clearly frustrated with the situation at Barcelona, and the club’s decision to swoop ahead of the Spanish giants may mean that he misses out on the deal altogether.
Frenkie de Jong set to leave United
Manchester United are keen to sign Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong this summer. The Dutchman has impressed on a number of occasions for Ajax in recent years, and has been linked with a move to Old Trafford. However, the Dutchman is undecided over his future. It is thought that Barcelona are keen on signing the 30-year-old, despite the Dutchman’s preference for the Manchester club.
Although Barcelona have accepted a bid for the player, the Dutchman has refused to take it. A recent meeting between the agent of Frenkie de Jong and the director of football at Manchester United has led to the player turning down the move. However, this does not mean that Frenkie is not happy with the move. He has made it clear that he is not keen to leave Barcelona this summer.
According to a source close to the club, Manchester United and Barcelona have reached an agreement in principle for the Dutch midfielder to join the Red Devils. This agreement is worth EUR65 million ($84 million) and includes an additional 10 million euros in performance-related add-ons. While the financial terms are still under discussion, personal terms are not expected to pose a major problem for either side.
There are several reports suggesting that Barcelona have informed Frenkie de Jong of their intention to sell him to Manchester United. While the transfer has been delayed, the club believes that he is a top player and will stay at the club for the long-term. Whether or not the deal goes through will ultimately depend on the player’s wishes and the club’s ability to meet the demands of the two sides.
Renato Sanches set to sign for PSG
While many players have been linked with PSG recently, the Portuguese international has been linked with a move away from Lille. The Portuguese international was linked with a move to the French capital when his contract with Lille expired. Although Arsenal were also linked with the player in recent weeks, it seems the Portuguese international is set on joining one of the top French clubs. But the question remains, is Renato Sanches the right player for PSG?
While PSG haven’t made a formal bid for Sanches yet, reports suggest that Milan and Lille are keeping an eye on his situation. The 21-year-old is expected to leave Lille for the French capital, and reports claim that Milan have tabled a higher bid for him. However, Sanches would prefer a move to PSG and would rather wait for the latter to make an offer.
The Portuguese international has impressed in recent seasons, making 20 starts and five substitute appearances in Ligue 1. Last season, he scored two goals and contributed five assists. His performances will certainly increase if Sanches signs a contract with PSG. PSG could also sign Gianluca Scamacca, Milan Skriniar and Lucas Dzeko, who have all played under the French manager.
AC Milan have already turned their attentions elsewhere after the midfielder failed to impress. But with the Juventus superstar’s contract expiring in June 2023, PSG are likely to move for him. And if Sanches accepts this, he could end up winning the French League and European Championships with PSG. So what can AC Milan do to retain Sanches? The Portuguese giants must act quickly to ensure that he stays in France.