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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone’s brutal reaction to Manchester United transfer bid

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Manchester United reportedly had a bid for Jose Gimenez ‘laughed off’ by Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the Red Devils.

Mourinho wanted to strengthen his defensive options in the summer of 2018, despite having already added Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof to his squad during his tenure.  

United had just finished second in the Premier League behind rivals Manchester City and the Portuguese head coach devised a plan to go one better the following campaign.  

However, the summer did not entirely go to plan as the club missed out on several key targets.  

It was clear that Mourinho wanted a centre-back during the transfer window but one did not arrive. 

The Old Trafford outfit pushed hard to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham but a move did not materialise.  

Mourinho also wanted Uruguay international Gimenez and approached Atletico boss Simeone with an offer, only to have it laughed off according to National News Sport

United eventually spent over £70million that summer but none of it was put towards a centre-back.  

Instead, young right-back Diogo Dalot arrived from Porto for around £20m while the controversial £53m signing of midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk was also sanctioned. 

Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly started the season as Mourinho’s preferred defensive pairing but the disappointing transfer business led to a poor start to the campaign.  

United won just seven of their opening 17 matches and Mourinho was dismissed following a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool in December.  

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed as Mourinho’s replacement following a short stint as interim head coach and the club’s results improved, although a poor end to the campaign meant they finished sixth.  

Having signed Bruno Fernandes in January, the Norwegian’s first summer transfer business was to overhaul the defence that had failed Mourinho and still looked shaky during Solskjaer’s first few months.

United spent a combined £130m on right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace and centre-back Harry Maguire from Leicester City.  

Maguire was an £80m arrival and immediately improved the Red Devils’ defence. He has since been made club captain.  

Two years on, Solskjaer is seeking an improved partner for Maguire after Lindelof and Bailly struggled for form during the 2020-21 campaign.  

United have gone back to Madrid to find their primary target but are instead trying to buy a player from Atletico’s rivals Real Madrid. 

They have reportedly made an offer for Los Blancos defender Raphael Varane. Express Sport reported on Wednesday that discussions over a move for the Frenchman remain ongoing.  

Solskjaer has already signed Tom Heaton on a free transfer from Aston Villa this summer and confirmation of Jadon Sancho’s £73m switch from Borussia Dortmund is expected soon.  

Like in the summer of 2018, United are trying to topple Man City at the top-flight summit having finished runners-up last term. 

However, they were 12 points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s champions and a big summer improvement of Solskjaer’s squad has been planned. 

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Rio Ferdinand issues major warning about Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag

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Former centre-back Rio Ferdinand believes it is still too early to judge whether Erik ten Hag is the right man to lead Manchester United back to the top, despite their unquestionable improvement under him this season.

United head into tomorrow’s Manchester derby against City at Old Trafford with the knowledge that a win will lift them to within a point and place of their neighbours in the Premier League table.

The Reds have lost just one of their last 18 matches since being battered 6-3 by City back in October, featuring a current run of eight wins on the bounce.

The Reds, such is the level of progress they have made under Ten Hag this season, are now considered as one of the favourites to qualify for the Champions League for next season.

They have made significant strides in a relatively short space of time and victories over the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur already this season have proven that they are capable of competing in the upper echelons of the table again.

However, despite heading into the second half of the campaign with form in their sails, Ferdinand insists the jury is still out on Ten Hag, despite him reaching 20 wins as United manager quick than any of his predecessors.

“I think it’s too early to say,” said Ferdinand to the Mirror. “We’ve been here with previous managers when it looks like we are onto something.

“We’ve got to be patient and give the man time. I think all the signs are very positive at the moment. He’s come in and seen what is happening, assessed how things are, looked at individuals and looked at the shape of the team.

“These were a bunch of players that were quite low. They were shot to pieces and he’s had to build, not only footballers, but men back up again. He’s had to build a lot of human beings back up and that takes time.

“The fact he’s now talking about qualifying for the Champions League so positively, he can sense a confidence coming back into this team. There’s a consistency of performance from the team that wasn’t there before and the signals and signs are all very promising.

“But they’re still not where they want to be. City are way ahead of where United are. The distance is a bit closer, but it’s still not anywhere near where we want it to be. There’s still work to be done.”

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Manchester United takeover bids ‘expected imminently’ with serious interest in Club

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Manchester United are expecting takeover offers from across the world as they are set to invite bids ahead of ‘mid-February deadline’.

The Telegraph have reported that the club have received ‘serious interest’ from consortiums based in the Middle East, Asia and the United States.

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is also weighing up an offer, as the Glazers hope to the sell one of the biggest clubs in the world for over £5billion.

The report also adds that parties who had been interested in taking over Chelsea, before Todd Boehly’s £4.25bn takeover, are set to return with approaches for the Red Devils.

It’s expected that potential investors will go public with their attempts to buy United in the coming weeks with the clock ‘now ticking on a deal’.

Senior United figures will issue a mid February deadline for formal offers in order to help get get the takeover completed before the end of the season.

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Confirmed: Chelsea ready to make late bid to hijack another Arsenal transfer

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Chelsea will make a late attempt to scupper Arsenal’s hopes of finally signing Mikhailo Mudryk from Shakhtar Donetsk.

The Gunners have submitted their third bid for the Ukraine international winger and hope an offer of £62m before add-ons, which take the deal closer to £70m, will be enough to break the deadlock between the two clubs.

Chelsea’s interest in the 21-year-old winger was earlier this week described only as ‘exploratory’ but ESPN now claim that Todd Boehly will test the waters and attempt to throw a spanner in the works for the Premier League leaders.

Shakhtar’s technical director Darijo Srna was pictured at Stamford Bridge last week as he watched Chelsea’s defeat against Manchester City and Boehly would have little issue with meeting an asking price which is closer to £88million.

Arsenal are said to be confident that their latest bid for Mudryk will be enough to finally secure the services of their No.1 January target, but have already been beaten to the punch once this month by their west London rivals.

Chelsea won the race to sign Joao Felix on loan from Atletico Madrid amid competition from Arsenal and Manchester United, but the Portugal international’s promising debut ended in devastating fashion when he was sent off just shy of the hour mark for a dangerous challenge on Fulham’s Kenny Tete.

Felix will now miss the next three games through suspension as the problems mount for Chelsea’s under-fire manager Graham Potter.

‘It sums up where we are at the moment – everything that can go wrong, is going wrong,’ Potter said after Chelsea’s 2-1 west London derby defeat.

‘It was a forward’s tackle from Joao, there was no malice in it but I understand why it was a red. It is another blow the hits keep coming at the moment.

‘He was really good you could see his quality in the game so it is doubly disappointing for us because he was looking dangerous throughout.

‘I don’t think there was too much malice in it and it is an unfortunate action and we are going to lose him now for three games.’

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