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 reliable news regarding Manchester United, so you don’t miss a thing.
This week saw The Reds score two wonder goals in a preseason draw against Brentford. While, the game against Preston North End was called off due to a COVID-19 scare.
With United confirming the big signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphaël Varane, the focus has now shifted to the departures. Here is The Weekly Round-Up:
United confirm False positives:
On Friday, Manchester United released a statement confirming that there are no positive cases within the first-team group. This statement came after a COVID-19 scare earlier in the week, where nine first team members and staff tested positive. This had lead to the game against Preston, being called off.
United announce Skinner appointment:
United finally announced the appointment of Marc Skinner as the Women team’s new head coach on a two-year contract with the option for a further year last week.
Rashford to undergo surgery:
United have released a statement confirming that Marcus Rashford will undergo surgery imminently to resolve his shoulder injury.
There have also been reports from multiple journalists, one being Jonathan Shrager, that United’s medical staff will continue to assess the 23-year-olds ankle injury to ascertain the best course of treatment.
Sancho due to join on Friday:
MEN reporter Samuel Luckhurst has claimed that Jadon Sancho is due to join training on Friday.
Varane faces Visa issues:
Earlier last week, Raphaël Varane was spotted at Valdebebas – saying goodbye to his colleagues at Real Madrid.
Since then everyone is waiting for Varane to arrive in Manchester, where he will need to undergo the mandatory quarantine, before appearing for the medical examinations.
Fabrizio Romano reported yesterday that Varane has been ready to travel to Manchester since Monday, but there were some technical issues with his VISA. Now, Varane is ready to fly to Manchester today (Thursday).
This was also confirmed by James Ducker, who further added that there is hope of the medical and transfer being formally completed by Wednesday next week.
The Pogba Saga:
Fabrizio Romano has reported that despite PSG‘s interest being genuine, United are still confident about keeping Paul Pogba at the club this summer.
Sky Sports have said that Pogba is excited with the direction United are going in following the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. He can see his long term future at United, but may not commit to it this window.
They further add that Pogba knows his next contract is likely to be the last big one in his career and If he doesn’t sign a new United deal by the end of the window, it doesn’t automatically mean he won’t sign one in the future.
French outlet Le Parisien, have reported that it would take an offer between €75-€100 million for Pogba to leave United. They further add that PSG would need to sell before trying for Pogba.
Mike McGrath has reported that Paul Pogba has never formally rejected United’s contract offer, but is ready to take his time over his next move amid interest from PSG. He is set to start the season in United’s squad.
Judge in talks with Pogba replacement:
Rob Dawson from the ESPN, have claimed that United’s director of negotiations – Matt Judge has already talked with representatives of Eduardo Camavinga, Ruben Neves and Saul Niguez.
United to invest heavily on a striker:
Rob Dawson has reported that United already have plans in place to invest heavily in a striker ahead of the 2022-23 campaign with the hope that both Harry Kane and Erling Haaland will still be on the market.
United keen to reward Shaw:
Simon Jones from the Daily Mail, has reported that United are keen to open talks with Luke Shaw over a new contract. He will be offered a new deal in the next few months.
Van de Beek has no plans to leave:
The Athletic reporter Adam Crafton has reported that Donny Van de Beek has no plans to leave United this summer. Solskjær has told him to work hard on the training ground and take opportunities when they arise.
United close to agreeing terms with departing Tuanzebe:
The Athletic has reported that Axel Tuanzebe is due to sign a new contract at United for an additional year running to 2023 with the option of another season and then complete a switch to Aston Villa.
Further signings depend on sales:
Almost all journalists covering United have reported that any further signings this window depend on departures.
Laurie Whitwell has also reported that United are aware of situations of Declan Rice, Ruben Neves, Eduardo Camavinga and Saul Niguez – but further signings are dependent on sales.
Lingard wants to stay:
Laurie Whitwell has claimed that Jesse Lingard has told Solskjær that he wants to stay at the club and fight for his place.
Earlier in the week, Sky sports reported that, West Ham now believe they only have a 10 per cent chance of re-signing Jesse Lingard.
Jonathan Shrager also reported that The Hammers have not yet made an opening offer to United, even though they are very interested. He further added that Lingard wanted to stay at United, amid interest from clubs in France, Italy and Spain.
Rice has not asked to leave:
Matt Law from the Telegraph has reported that Declan Rice, amid interest from United and Chelsea has not asked to leave West Ham this window. Both the clubs are well aware that West Ham’s £100m valuation of Rice, will have to drop in 12 months.
Fenerbahçe consult United for Pereira:
TNT sports correspondent Fred Caldiera, has claimed that Fenerbahçe are interested in Andreas Pereira and have consulted United for his signature. United’s asking price has reduced from the €25m being requested in the past. The Turkish club is trying to reduce United’s request.
Fenerbahçe’s interest was backed up by Laurie Whitwell, who further added that Lazio have enquired about taking Andreas Pereira on loan, but United are pushing for a permanent deal.
Trippier deal could go down to the wire:
James Ducker from the Telegraph, has reported that Kieran Trippier believes his hopes of securing a move to United could go down to the final days of the window. Atletico have been demanding around £30m, a fee United are unwilling to entertain.
Pellistri loaned to Alaves
After joining the Spanish club on loan for the second half of last season, Facundo Pellistri has re-joined Deportivo Alavés for the 2021/22 campaign on a season-long loan.
Norwich in pole position for Williams:
Tom Hopkinson from the Mirror, has reported that Norwich are in pole position to sign Brandon Williams on loan after holding positive talks with him last week – a chat between Daniel Farke and the player has moved the situation in their favour.
Laurie Whitwell also reported that Norwich have emerged as a destination for Brandon Williams, with the player believing he can get regular football. They have held talks with United but a loan fee is yet to be properly discussed.
Spanish Clubs keen on Dalot:
Fabrizio Romano has claimed that many clubs are enquiring about Diogo Dalot. He further adds that apart from AC Milan, Spanish clubs are also keen on Diogo Dalot, so it’s still an open situation.
Sheffield United willing to fund Garner move:
Alan Nixon has claimed that Sheffield United want to sign James Garner on loan, and are willing to fund the move. James Ducker has also backed these claims suggesting that Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest are among a number of clubs hoping to loan James Garner.
Jonathan Shragger has claimed that in addition to Nottingham Forest, Stoke and Swansea, there are two Premier League clubs which have registered an interest in James Garner.
Swansea lead the Laird chase
Laurie Whitwell has reported that Ethan Laird is back from injury and is currently training with the under 23’s. Swansea City are the leading contenders to sign him on loan. Meanwhile fellow academy prospect Teden Mengi would prefer to join a team challenging for promotion.
The Summer transfer window has now entered the last stretch with less than a month left. It will be likely that we hear more and more concrete rumours around departures from the club ahead of the next season. It is also very likely that we hear some official announcements in the upcoming week.