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Cristiano Ronaldo’s strong message as Man Utd lean towards Erik ten Hag appointment

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Cristiano Ronaldo is set to have a new manager at Manchester United next season, providing he stays put.

And recent reports indicate it will be Erik ten Hag who takes over at Old Trafford, with the Dutchman now ahead of rivals Mauricio Pochettino and Thomas Tuchel when it comes to securing the post. However, his comments earlier in the season suggest he won’t accept mediocrity from whoever succeeds Ralf Rangnick.

When Manchester United re-signed Ronaldo from Juventus in the summer, pipping fierce rivals Manchester City to the player’s signature, many were expecting them to challenge for the Premier League title.

Having landed Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane as well, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seemed to finally have all the tools at his disposal to challenge Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea for the biggest domestic prizes in the game.

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However, in the time since, United have fallen apart.

When Solskjaer was axed in November, the club’s hierarchy believed the season was saveable while they were still in contention for the FA Cup and Champions League.

Yet they’ve continued to toil under Ralf Rangnick, exiting those competitions to Middlesbrough and Atletico Madrid respectively – with both of those eliminations coming at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo has tried to do his part this season, with the Portugal international netting an impressive 18 goals across all competitions despite his powers starting to wane.

But this wasn’t what he came back to United for. He thought he’d be challenging for trophies, instead of competing to be in the Premier League top four.

Now, it seems like United are primed to pursue Ten Hag.

The Sun have stated the 52-year-old, having worked wonders at Ajax throughout his spell in Amsterdam, is now leading the race to become the next manager of the fallen giants.

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However, comments made earlier in the season suggest Ten Hag will need to wave his magic wand straight away – or risk another troublesome campaign for the club.

Ronaldo made it abundantly clear that he wasn’t back at the club to compete for Champions League qualification.

And he also suggested that he knew how to fix the issues within United – so whether Ten Hag lends an ear to the veteran will be fascinating to see.

Talking to Sky Sports in January, he said: “We are capable of changing things now. I know the way but I’m not going to mention it here because I don’t think it’s ethical on my part to say that.

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“What I can say is we can do better – all of us.

“Manchester (United) belongs to important things, so we have to change that.

“I don’t want to be here to be in sixth place, or seventh place, or fifth place. I’m here to try to win, to compete.

“I think we compete but we are not yet in our best level. But we have a long way to improve and I believe if we change our mind, we can achieve big things.”

While Ten Hag is the popular pick for United, he will be inheriting the biggest task of his career.

While working as a No 2 at Bayern Munich is difficult, it’s nothing compared to being the main man at United.

It’s also a completely different challenge to the one he was given at Ajax upon taking over back in 2017.

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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Chelsea look to be closing in on the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Cesare Casadei.

The Blues are reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Inter Milan youngster ahead of what is expected to be a €15m (plus add-ons) transfer. Inter had been looking for around €20m all told.

As per Fabrizio Romano, and others, the highly promising Italy youth international, though who has yet to make his senior professional debut, has agreed a six-year deal with the Blues, choosing Chelsea over the likes of OGC Nice in France and US Sassuolo in Italy.

Presumably, Casadei will not be joining the Chelsea first-team right away, though post-Brexit work permit rules are fairly esoteric and confusing.

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Perhaps he will end up joining one of the aforementioned teams on loan to build up the necessary professional experience? Just speculating…

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While the two teams have yet to agree a transfer, this looks to be drawing to a successful conclusion for us, adding yet another teenager talent to the team as we look to build for not only this season but for many seasons in the future.

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Mikel Arteta drops Youri Tielemans hint as Arsenal can sign ‘more complete’ N’Golo Kante

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Today’s Arsenal transfer round-up on Tuesday, August 16.

Tielemans hint

Mikel Arteta’s increased use of Granit Xhaka could mean that Arsenal are close to giving up on transfer target Youri Tielemans.

The Gunners are still chasing a deal for the Leicester City midfielder but have seen their chances dwindle of doing a deal this summer and now, despite Xhaka previously saying he had come close to leaving, the club could have to do without a new addition.

Xhaka is now part of a new leadership group at the Emirates Stadium, a possible indication that he may remain at the club and throw a move for Tielemans into doubt.

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Kante replacement

With Tielemans becoming less and less attainable this season, Arsenal have reportedly turned their attention elsewhere.

According to the Express, Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs including the Gunners and Manchester United. Having been previously compared with Kante, Arsenal’s desire to sign Caicedo is understandable.

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South American football expert Tim Vickery said, “A year ago he was saying that Kante of Chelsea is his role model but he is already more than that. He already offers more in the final third.”

Yeremi Pino flight explained

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has cleared the air regarding Yeremi Pino and denies that a bid has been made for him.

Romano told CaughtOffside, “Many clubs have been following Yeremi Pino for months, he is a top player of the future that at least three Premier League clubs have been monitoring for some time.

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“No proposals have been made yet to Villarreal, who would like more than €50m for their young star; it will not be an easy negotiation.

“As for the rumours about Arsenal – Edu was not travelling to Spain to meet Villarreal, also because Pino’s agents are based in the UK (Stellar Group).”

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Erik Ten Hag believes £64,000 a week player will agree to join Man United – Report

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Despite signing two defenders this summer, Manchester United’s backline has been terrible this season and yet another defender is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Yesterday, we covered a story (via Sport) claiming that the Red Devils have submitted an offer to sign Sergino Dest, who has received a clear message to leave Barcelona.

Today, the Spanish news source have covered another report and stated that the American international has not been able to impress in the last two years, moreover, he failed to convince Xavi in pre-season. Therefore, his exit is considered essential.

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Erik ten Hag wants to get rid of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer so that he can complete the signing of Dest, who is valued at 20 million euros.

The Catalan media outlet claim the Dutch manager believes that the 21-year-old Barca defender will agree (say Yes) to join Man United.

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Ten Hag really needs to understand that players from the Netherlands or connections with Ajax are not guaranteed to solve the conundrum at Old Trafford.

Under Van Gaal, Depay and Blind failed to shine for Man United. For Ten Hag, thus far, the likes of Eriksen, Martinez and Malacia have not settled.

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Now, he is pushing to sign another ex Ajax player in the form of Dest. The American was a hit in the Eredivisie but has proved to be average in the La Liga.

The youngster’s current contract at the Nou Camp will expire in 2025 and he earns around £64,000 a week (The Sun).

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