Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Cristiano Ronaldo could EXTEND deal, De Jong fuming, Bennacer for Van der Beek SHOCK swap | The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED are prepared to offer Donny van de Beek as part of a swap deal to sign Ismael Bennacer, according to reports.

The Algerian midfielder is thought to want to leave AC Milan this summer, with the Red Devils already being linked with a swoop.

Meanwhile Erik ten Hag has opened the door to EXTENDING Cristiano Ronaldo's contract, despite the five-time Ballon d'Or winner wanting a move away from the club.

And Frenkie de Jong has liked an Instagram post which was scathing in its criticism of Barcelona's handling of his transfer situation.

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  • Sam Dymond

    Ten Hag planning for Ronaldo return

    Erik ten Hag is ready to build his team around wantaway legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

    New boss Ten Hag has no idea when Ronaldo, 37, will return after missing the start of United’s tour for ‘family reasons'.

    But when asked if the superstar can adapt to his pressing system, Ten Hag said: “Cristiano’s capable of doing that. In his career he has shown everything.

    “I have set my demand. We want to play in a certain way. A top player can contribute and Ronaldo is an absolute top player in our squad.

    “The players dictate the way you play. Especially players who score goals because they are extremely important for a team. You construct your team around them.”

    However, when quizzed on whether Ronaldo will be joining up with the rest of the squad at Carrington on their return from Australia, Ten Hag admitted: “I cannot tell you. Not yet.”

  • Sam Dymond

    Clauss not coming to town

    Several Premier League clubs have been linked with Lens wing-back Jonathan Clauss this summer including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

    Indeed, United were reported to have submitted a €7m bid yesterday afternoon and were thought to be in advanced talks.

    However, the news this morning is that the players has agreed a move to Marseille.

    Fabrizio Romano tweeted: "Jonathan Clauss will undergo medical tests as new OM player in the morning.

    "Full agreement completed after the opening bid made 10 days ago, Lens have accepted €8m fee. Manchester United links, wide of mark."

  • Gary Stonehouse

    Morning, United fans

    Cristiano Ronaldo's future could go many dramatic ways.

    Atletico Madrid will reportedly make the £34million-rated wantaway legend 37, their prime target.

    But Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag claims he might yet build United's team around Ronaldo.

    And the former Ajax chief even says it's possible the Portugal striker will stay until 2024.

    Ron has so far been short of approaches, save for a £2MILLION-A-WEEK offer in Saudi Arabia.

    Ten Hag also insists the ex-Real Madrid superstar CAN play a pressing game.

    The Dutchman said: “We want to play in a certain way. A top player can contribute and Ronaldo is an absolute top player in our squad."

    Ten Hag confirmed too he is prepared to bide his time for the "right" midfield anchorman.

    It comes amid claims Barcelona's Frenkie de Jong is again undecided on his future.

    Ten Hag is also now eyeing a new right-back.

    Top names mentioned so far include Inter Milan's Denzel Dumfries and PSG ace Achraf Hakimi.

    Finally, Ten Hag is considering keeping Harry Maguire as skipper – to help revive the centre-back's fortunes.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Juventus keen on Magalhaes

    Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes and Villarreal star Pau Torres are reportedly on Juventus’ four-man shortlist to replace Bayern Munich-bound Matthijs de Ligt.

    German champs Bayern sealed a £68m deal for Holland hero De Ligt despite earlier interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

    Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is looking to bring in a replacement quickly, after also losing Giorgio Chiellini join LAFC on a free transfer.

    The Serie A giants are known to be interested in Brazilian Gabriel.

    And now Mundo Deportivo has stated that the ex-Lille man is one of four players on Juve’s radar.

    Along with Gabriel, it has been said that Spain international Torres is a possible option.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Qatar to ease vaccine rules for World Cup

    QATAR World cup chiefs are set to allow unvaccinated players to avoid quarantine this November, writes MARTIN LIPTON.

    But players who have not had the latest jab will have to take extra tests throughout their stay in the Gulf state.

    Phil Foden and John Stones’ absence from Manchester City’s US tour, following on from Chelsea confirming Ruben Loftus-Cheek and N’Golo Kante had stayed in the Uk as a direct result of their vaccination status, had led to concerns the Etihad duo might fall foul of Qatari laws.

    They currently demand five days of quarantine for any unvaccinated arrivals in the country.

    With the short break between the end of domestic football on November 13 and England’s opening game against Iran just eight days later, any enforced quarantine would have effectively forced unvaccinated players out of the first group game through lack of proper preparation.

    But Fifa has stepped in with the Qataris to broker a deal likely to be confirmed before the start of the tournament on November 21.

    Just as in December’s Arab Cup, staged in Doha, it is now understood that World Cup squad members are likely to be excused the quarantine spell as long as they take rapid antigen tests upon their arrival in the country, then every three days and before every match.

    The news would be a relief for England boss Gareth Southgate, who views Stones and Foden as key members of his squad.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Cristiano can be Utd's centre-piece

    Erik ten Hag is ready to build his team around wantaway legend Cristiano Ronaldo, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    And he will keep Harry Maguire as captain to rebuild his confidence, too.

    New boss Ten Hag has no idea when Ronaldo, 37, will return after missing the start of United’s tour for ‘family reasons’.

    He is currently training alone in Portugal as speculation over his future rumbles on.

    But asked if the superstar can adapt to his pressing system, Ten Hag said: “Cristiano’s capable of doing that. In his career he has shown everything.

    “I have set my demand. We want to play in a certain way. A top player can contribute and Ronaldo is an absolute top player in our squad.

    “The players dictate the way you play. Especially players who score goals because they are extremely important for a team. You construct your team around them.”

    When Ten Hag was asked about triggering Ronaldo’s extension, he added: “I am well informed he also has an option. Yes [he could stay beyond next season]. Of course, I have signed here for three years but in football it’s short-term as well.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ten Hag will 'strike when ready' for 'right' midfielder

    Erik ten Hag says he'll bide his time to get the 'right' midfield anchorman.

    Manchester United will reportedly wait until the last minute of he transfer window if they have a chance of landing prime target Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona.

    And Old Trafford boss Ten Hag told The Athletic: “We are looking for a player who can play in the holding midfield position, but it has to be the right one.

    “There are not many in that position capable of the level we demand.

    "When we can’t find him, we have to deal with the players in our squad now and we will develop one in that position.

    “We have a list and… we’ll strike the moment the player is available.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'United and Arsenal target' Tielemans set for Foxes talks

    Leicester midfielder Youri Tielemans will sit down with manager Brendan Rodgers this week to discuss his future with the club.

    The Belgian international has a year remaining on his current deal at the King Power, and has so far refused any suggestion of an extension.

    He has been strongly linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United, and was expected to be the focus of a summer bidding war.

    However, offers are yet to materialise, and the 25-year-old is now open to discussing his options with the Foxes hierarchy.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ten Hag won't rule out keeping Ron until 2024

    Manchester United boss Erik Ten Hag is not just insisting he hopes to keep wantaway legend Cristiano Ronaldo for the next season – he also reckons he might keep him for 2023-4.

    Frontman Ronaldo, 37, is being linked to Atletico Madrid after so far staying away from United's training.

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Hammers close on Broja and Lingard

    West Ham are closing on Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, Chelsea striker Armando Broja and Monaco anchorman Amadou Onana.

    The Hammers could pay around £7.5million for former loan sensation Lingard.

    Albania ace Broja is tipped for the London Stadium in at least a loan deal.

    But the Hammers are still said to fancy a permanent move.

    And the Standard say West Ham chief David Moyes is ready to make a third bid for Onana that could be worth £30m with add-ons.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Atletico ' to make Ronaldo No1 target'

    Diego Simeone wants to make Cristiano Ronaldo the No1 transfer target for Atletico Madrid this summer, according to reports.

    But the Spanish giants will have to raise £34million in sales if they are to fund a deal for the Portuguese superstar.

    Ronaldo has told Man Utd that he wants to leave in order to keep playing Champions League football.

    The Red Devils finished sixth in the Premier League last season – a position only good enough to see them qualify for the Europa League.

    Atletico are in the Champions League and AS understand that manager Simeone loves the idea of signing Ronaldo.

    Simeone feels he could be the perfect replacement to Luis Suarez – who left at the end of last season when his contract expired.

    But in order to do so they will first need to sell players to the sum of £34m. There is also the concern around him being a Real Madrid legend – Atletico's bitter rivals.

    Ronaldo was the king of Madrid when he scored an astonishing 311 goals in 292 LaLiga matches between 2009 and 2018 in a spell that also saw him win the Champions League four times.

    And that made him public enemy No1 with Atleti – but now he could be about to sensationally join them.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ivan linked to Bees

    Manchester United have already frustrated Brentford by making one signing – and now could double that pain with another.

    The Red Devils confirmed the purchase of Christian Eriksen last week, and this weekend were linked with Bees striker Ivan Toney.

    The Sunday Mirror revealed that United have been keeping a close eye on developments regarding the 26-year-old.

    Along with Eriksen, Toney was a key reason for Brentford’s successful first season in the Premier League.

    The former Newcastle forward netted 12 times last term, five of which came from the penalty spot.

  • Ian Tuckey

    City beat Utd to Emilio

    Manchester City have completed the signing of Everton wonderkid Emilio Lawrence, according to reports.

    The youngster is highly rated and also attracted interest from Manchester United.

    Everton also wanted to keep him and offered a new contract, which Lawrence has rejected in favour of joining City, report The Secret Scout.

    Lawrence featured for Everton's youth sides but never signed a scholar contract. That opened the door for City to pounce, snapping up the 16-year-old amid interest from Chelsea.

    It is a blow for Everton who also lost young prospect Thierry Small to Southampton last summer after he became the youngest player to make an appearance to the Toffees six months earlier.

    Lawrence made 17 appearances for Everton under-18s last season, scoring six and assisting three.

    The attacking midfielder also played in four Premier League 2 games and that could increase the amount City owe Everton in compensation.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils duel Blues for Brazilian schoolboy

    Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly set to enter a transfer battle for 15-year-old Brazilian wonderkid Endrick.

    Jorge Nicola claims the duo are ready to make bids when the forward turns 16 on Thursday.

    The occasion will see Endrick sign his first-ever contract with club Palmeiras.

    And the Samba giants are ready to part ways with their wonderkid if his new £34million release clause is met.

    United and Chelsea are preparing to swoop sooner rather than later as that figure will rise to £43m next year – and £50m in 2024.

    Endrick is yet to make a single senior appearance for Palmeiras despite being rated as South America’s top prospect.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lingard close to Hammers deal

    West Ham are closing on Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, Chelsea striker Armando Broja and Monaco anchorman Amadou Onana.

    The Hammers could pay around £7.5million for former loan sensation Lingard.

    Albania ace Broja is tipped for the London Stadium in at least a loan deal.

    But the Hammers are still said to fancy a permanent move.

    And the Standard say West Ham chief David Moyes is ready to make a third bid for Onana that could be worth £30m with add-ons.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ten Hag ponders captaincy boost for Maguire

    Harry Maguire keeping the Manchester United captaincy will restore his form and confidence.

    That is the hope of new Red Devils boss Erik Ten Hag who has backed the under fire skipper by making it clear he is keeping the armband.

    So will that really have the desired effect? "It can help," said Ten Hag.

    "I will support him everywhere I can. In the end he has to do it by himself, and he has the qualities to do it. He has showed it so often in the past."

    It is clear Ten Hag sees Maguire as first choice from the off despite the signing of centre back Lisandro Martinez, plus Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof already in the squad.

    Ten Hag said: "I think he is. He’s proved it in the past but he has also to prove it in the present time and in the future.

    "The captain is a really important one and I’m happy with him. He has played 60 times for England. Harry is really impressive and I expect a lot from him.

    "But there is also internal competition and that is what a club like Man United needs. You cannot win with 11 players. We need a squad, especially this season with so many games.

    "We have the Europa League, the Premier League and the World Cup so we need a full squad with high-quality players not quantity."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ten Hag unsure of Ron will join training

    Erik ten Hag still does not know when Cristiano Ronaldo will join up with the Manchester United squad even after they return from their pre-season tour.

    Ronaldo is currently training on his own having not gone on tour due to ‘family reasons’.

    And asked if he will be joining up with the rest of the squad at Carrington on their return, boss Ten Hag said: “I cannot tell you. Not yet.”

    The player wants out of Old Trafford, and despite a sensational report in Spain claiming Atletico Madrid could be about to move for him, so far the club has not had a firm offer for him.

    It leaves him with the prospect of starting the new season still with United, but Ten Hag believes he will be ready despite not having trained with the rest of the squad yet.

    He said: “I think we all know Ronaldo is a top professional and he will be fit, that is the last concern I have.”

    The new boss also has no worries about whether the 37-year-old can adapt to his high energy pressing style of play.

    He said: “I think Cristiano is capable of doing that. In his career he has shown everything. I have set my demand. We want to play in a certain way. A top player can contribute and Ronaldo is an absolute top player in our squad."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Cristian-woe share price

    Manchester United’s share price has dropped 5% to its lowest point in history with £50m wiped off the club’s market value since news emerged that Cristiano Ronaldo wants to leave.

    The 37-year-old returned to Old Trafford last season, breaking shirt sale records and providing a huge commercial boost to the club in the process.

    However, since the Portuguese forward announced his intentions to depart, the MANU share price has dropped a further 5% from 11.01 to 10.42 – its lowest ever price.

    Anaam Raza of Saxo Markets said: “Manchester United’s share price fell to an all-time low last week following the news that star player Cristiano Ronaldo has asked to leave the club.

    “Since the reports emerged, $60million (£50million) has been wiped off the club’s market value with its share price falling another 5% to its lowest point since joining the New York Stock Exchange in 2012.

    “The team’s failure to capture Champions League football this season has coincided with the downward trajectory of the club’s shares – falling 37% since October.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Denzil?

    Manchester United have turned their attention towards signing a new right-back, according to reports.

    The Red Devils are eyeing a rebuild under new manager Erik ten Hag.

    Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen have already arrived at Old Trafford.

    Ajax ace Lisandro Martinez will soon follow suit in a £55million move.

    All three are either familiar with Ten Hag personally or have experience playing in the Dutch league.

    And according to Football Transfers, Ten Hag will continue his theme of attempting to sign familiar faces with United keen on signing Inter Milan ace Denzel Dumfries, formally of PSV.

    Inter are open to selling the right-back this summer.

    Discussions over Paris Saint-Germain right-back Achraf Hakimi, who is highly rated by Ten Hag.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ron his way to Real rivals Atletico?

    Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly convinced Diego Simeone to bring him back to Madrid – to play for Atletico.

    The Real Madrid legend, 37, is desperate to leave Manchester United this summer and play Champions League football.

    Ronaldo still has one year remaining on his Old Trafford contract but is yet to return for pre-season training with the Red Devils.

    However, the veteran forward has found that interest in him is not as high as he anticipated with a number of clubs ruling themselves out of the running to sign him.

    Both Chelsea and Bayern Munich have declared that they are not interested, while the star himself has zero interest in taking up a lucrative offer from an unnamed Saudi Arabian club.

    However, Spanish outlet Diario AS are now claiming that Ronaldo could be about to return to the Spanish capital.

    He shot to superstardom with Atletico’s city rivals Real, scoring 311 goals in 292 LaLiga matches between 2009 and 2018 and winning the Champions League four times.

    And that made him public enemy No. 1 with their neighbours, who he could now be about to sensationally join.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Juve eye Gabriel after Bayern win De Ligt race

    Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes and Villarreal star Pau Torres are reportedly on Juventus’ four-man shortlist to replace Bayern Munich-bound Matthijs de Ligt.

    German champs Bayern sealed a £68m deal for Holland hero De Ligt despite earlier interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

    Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is looking to bring in a replacement quickly, after also losing Giorgio Chiellini join LAFC on a free transfer.

    The Serie A giants are known to be interested in Brazilian Gabriel.

    And now Mundo Deportivo has stated that the ex-Lille man is one of four players on Juve’s radar.

    Along with Gabriel, it has been said that Spain international Torres is a possible option.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils linked to second swoop on Brentford

    Manchester United have already frustrated Brentford by making one signing – and now could double that pain with another.

    The Red Devils confirmed the purchase of Christian Eriksen last week, and this weekend were linked with Bees striker Ivan Toney.

    The Sunday Mirror revealed that United have been keeping a close eye on developments regarding the 26-year-old.

    Along with Eriksen, Toney was a key reason for Brentford’s successful first season in the Premier League.

    The former Newcastle forward netted 12 times last term, five of which came from the penalty spot.

  • Sam Dymond

    United closing in on Clauss

    Manchester United are nearing a deal for Lens wing-back Jonathan Clauss, according to reports in France.

    Le10Sport understand that an offer of around €7m has been submitted, and will soon be accepted by the Ligue 1 club.

    The 29-year-old has excelled since moving to Lens two years ago with his performances down the right finally winning him international recognition late in his career.

    Several Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Arsenal had been linked with Clauss, but it now appears as though United are firmly in the driving seat.

  • Sam Dymond

    Ten Hag: Martinez is a warrior

    There has been some suggestion since Lisandro Martinez signed for Manchester United that the 5ft 9in defender will be unable to cope with the physical aspect of the Premier League.

    However, Erik ten Hag has no doubts that the Argentine can deal thatside of the game, labelling his former Ajax player as a 'warrior' with a 'fighting spirit'.

    He’s a warrior and I think the fans will admire him. He has an attitude, a fighting spirit. He brings aggressiveness to the game, but in a good way. I think we need that. The Premier League is high intensity with lots of challenges, and we will need such players.

    Erik ten Hag

  • Sam Dymond

    Foxes bring talks for the Tielemans

    Leicester City midfielder Youri Tielemans will sit down with manager Brendan Rodgers this week to discuss his future with the club.

    The Belgian international has a year remaining on his current deal at the King Power, and has so far refused any suggestion of an extension.

    He has been strongly linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United, and was expected to be the focus of a summer bidding war.

    However, offers are yet to materialise, and the 25-year-old is now open to discussing his options with the Foxes hierarchy.

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