Hey reader, welcome to The Weekly Round-Up. Here you can catch a glimpse of all the news throughout the last week. Our aim is to keep you up to date with all of the news regarding Manchester United, so you don’t miss a thing.
In what was a hard week for the Red Devils, the biggest news of the week came from the Women’s team, it was officially announced that Casey Stoney was leaving United at the end of the season. On the field, Manchester United slumped to a 4-2 defeat against Liverpool at Old Trafford and then were held to a 1-1 draw against Fulham. But, with Leicester dropping points against Chelsea, United are now confirmed to finish the season in the second place.
It has been a week full of action off the field with United being linked to various new players by some reliable journalists. Here is The Weekly Round-Up:
Arnold in pole position to replace Woodward
Jamie Jackson, from The Guardian has reported that Manchester United’s Managing Director Richard Arnold is now the favorite to replace Ed Woodward as the Chief Executive of the club. The Glazers are favoring a current employee at the club to replace Woodward.
Casey Stoney leaves United
On Tuesday, 12th May, Manchester United shocked everyone when they announced Casey Stoney will leave United at the end of the season, bringing her three year stint at the club to an end.
As time passed by, news started coming in from various outlets regarding the reason behind such a shock decision.
Stoney was unhappy with training facilities
It was The Telegraph who broke the news of Casey Stoney leaving United at the end of the season. They claimed that lack of proper training facilities for the women’s team was a major contributor to Stoney’s decision. The Daily Mail reported that Stoney was unhappy with the budget of the Women’s team and unfulfilled promises which were made to her in 2018. Players also felt unwelcome at Carrington, where the nearest women’s washroom was at a 10 minutes walk from the training ground and the women’s gym was inside a tent.
The Sancho Saga
United start talks with Sancho’s agents
Sport1 from Germany have claimed that United are already in talks with Jadon Sancho’s agent and are ready to put a ‘high offer’ for him.
They further add that, Manchester United are and always will be Sancho’s primary choice.
Bild from Germany have suggested that Sancho wants to return to the Premier League and Dortmund will allow him to leave, if they receive an offer around €100 million, including bonuses.
Sancho is the top target
Times have reported that United’s primary objective is to strengthen the right wing and Jadon Sancho is the top target for that position.
Rob Dawson from ESPN, has reported that United believe they lead the chase to sign Jadon Sancho this summer if they can agree a fee with Borussia Dortmund. Sancho remains keen to return to the Premier League.
The MEN say that although Sancho relishes a return to England, nothing concrete is up for discussion until after the Bundesliga ends next week. They added that Sancho’s agent wasn’t happy with United’s handling of last summer’s saga.
Dean Jones from Eurosport, who some consider to be worth listening, has reported that sources close to Sancho feel that move to United will now finally go ahead. He further added that, the feeling among intermediaries is that United’s initial offer will be somewhere in the region of £65-75M.
United will sign a new centre-back
The super reliable Fabrizio Romano has insisted that Manchester United will “100%” sign a new centre-back in the transfer window. This brings up the question, Who are United looking at as potential options for the center-back role?
Priority is Kounde
Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that the French centre-back Jules Koundé is Manchester United’s priority for the center-back position. He added that Sevilla want around 65 million for Kounde and United are working hard to get the price down. Fabrizio Romano, as well as Sky Sports, have confirmed our “appreciation” or interest in Kounde.
Cristian Romero high on United’s list
Lyall Thomas from Sky Sports has reported that Cristian Romero is high on Manchester United’s list of centre-backs ahead of the transfer window. Romero, 23 is on loan at Atalanta from Juventus. But Atalanta are set to use their option to make the deal permanent and then will put Romero on the market for around €40 million.
Gianluca Di Marzio has backed these claims to the extent of United monitoring Romero, but then Di Marzio added that United view Romero and Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana as potential alternatives to Kounde, who is the priority.
Romano, has mentioned that United have scouted Romero and Dtuch centre-back Sven Botman, but neither of them are considered as the first option on the ‘list’.
Matt Judge in contact with Varane’s agent
Leah Smith from the Stretty News was the first to break the news of United’s chief negotiator Matt Judge being in contact with an agent to understand Raphael Varane‘s summer plan.
The Manchester Evening News backed this information by saying that United are in dialogue with Varane’s camp. They further insisted that United are expected to go ‘all out’ for a new centre-back.
However, Leah Smith said that her sources expect United to acquire a lesser-known, cheaper defender and splash the bulk of their budget on an offensive target.
Kane asks to leave, United interested
On Monday, Sky Sports broke the news that Harry Kane has told Tottenham he wants to leave this summer. They further mentioned that Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have been in touch with Kane’s representatives and have expressed their desire to sign him.
This news was backed by various journalists and outlets, which includes Jonathan Shrager, The Times, The Daily Telegraph as well as others.
The Times further added that Manchester United may attempt to use Jesse Lingard as part of a deal to sign Kane.
The Athletic has reported that the view of the Tottenham hierarchy is that there is absolutely no chance Harry Kane leaves this summer, and especially not to a Premier League rival. They mention that Kane would likely cost at least £120 million, before bonuses and part-exchange players are taken into account.
United Still interested in Trippier
The Athletic reporter David Ornstein in his monday column mentioned that United are still interested in bringing Kieran Trippier to Old Trafford, with the Englishman wanting to return to England ahead of the summer window.
Sky Sports, also reported Solskjær’s desire to bring in a more attacking right back and then mentioned Tripper as well as Norwich full-back Max Aarons as options which are ‘high’ on the list.
Van de Beek to stay
It was again Leah Smith who has suggested that Donny Van de Beek will stay at Manchester United next season.
Fabrizio Romano, in the latest episode of the Que Golazo Podcast mentioned that there is a possibilty of van de Beek leaving since he wants more time on the pitch. He also added that United’s plan to sign a new midfielder will depend on the futures of Paul Pogba and van de beek.
United inquire about Arambarri
Jonathan Shragger confirmed the rumours around the Getafe midfielder Mauro Arambarri by reporting that United have indeed inquired about the Uruguayan midfielder.
Earlier in the week, a Urugyan outlet claimed that United were interested in Arambarri and now they report that a bid is expected in the coming days.
Spanish Outlet AS, have also reported that United have contacted Arambarri’s representatives, and the starting price for him could be close to 20 million.
West Ham’s chances of signing Lingard fading
Roshane Thomas from The Athletic, have reported that West Ham‘s hopes of signing Jesse Lingard on a permanent deal appear to be fading, among interest from other clubs. West Ham feel that Manchester United are planning to offer Lingard as a makeweight in potential signings this summer.
Pellistri to stay at Alaves
Calciomercato have claimed that Deportivo Alavés and United have almost completed the agreement to extend Facundo Pellistri‘s loan till next season, provided Alaves avoid relegation this season.
WSL Transfer News
James and Sigsworth set to leave
The Athletic on Thursday reported that Chelsea have opened talks to sign the wonderkid Lauren James from United. On Monday, they mentioned that James was set to join Chelsea.
In the same report, Adam Crafton added that Jess Sigsworth is also set to leave United, and is in advance talks with Leicester City.
Heath-Press to return
The Athletic have reported that Manchester United players expect Tobin Heath and Christen Press to return to the United States for next season.
As we creep closer to the end of the season and the transfer market, it will be likely that we hear more and more rumours around who United will be looking to sign in the summer transfer window.