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Erik ten Hag handed major boost with green light given to complete first Man United signing



Feyenoord are reportedly ready to consider offers for highly-rated left-back Tyrell Malacia with Erik ten Hag hoping to make him his first signing as manager of Manchester United.

The new Red Devils boss is eager to kickstart his Old Trafford reign with a strong summer transfer window, and while the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Jurrien Timber have been heavily linked, Malacia is looking a much more likely option.

According to Dutch outlet Voetbal International, French giants Lyon have had two bids rejected by Feyenoord for their 22-year-old starlet.

However, it is stated that the Eredivisie side are prepared to facilitate a transfer and help Malacia reach the next step of his promising career, which chiefs at De Kuip believe the Dutch defender is ready for.

Already a fully-fledged Netherlands international with three caps to his name, Mirror Football exclusively reported back in April that Ten Hag wanted to sign Malacia and the chances of a deal happening have now been majorly boosted.

Born in Rotterdam, the attack-minded Malacia is a local hero at Feyenoord after joining the club as a nine-year-old schoolboy. Lively on the ball, his tenacious style of play has seen him described as a “pitbull” by fans.

A host of scouts, including those from United, watched Malacia impress during his side’s 3-2 victory over Marseille in the Europa Conference League semi-finals.

While at his former club last summer, Ten Hag was unable to sign the talented tackler due to Ajax’s historic rivalry with Feyenoord.

Malacia himself wants to wait until after returning from international duty to make a decision on his future, having watched from the bench as Holland thrashed Belgium 4-1 on Friday.

Feyenoord are open to selling Malacia

Having narrowly lost the Conference League final 1-0 to Jose Mourinho ‘s Roma, he will have the bit between his teeth to step-up his career this summer whether that be in his home city or Manchester. For now, Malacia will hope to appear against Wales on Wednesday evening in the Nations League.

The Netherlands then host Poland at his home stadium on Saturday, another chance to shine under ex-Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal. Malacia is keeping level-headed, though, and recently told RTV Rijnmond : “I am definitely ready for the next step. But first I want to focus on the Orange squad and play here.

“I feel like everything happens for a reason and everything is written. If this is the right time, now is the right time. I’m not really into it, but it’s in the back of my mind. But I don’t want to talk about it. [Van Gaal] praised me. You have to perform at your club, I’m doing that nicely.

“But I want to show in every international match that I’m supposed to play. He then tries to take my opinion out of me. At first I mainly looked the cat out of the tree, but now I share it too. Other than that, I’m still calm, I mainly let my feet do the talking.”


Barcelona and Chelsea advancing with deal for veteran star, formal offer expected today



In a major development, as reported by Toni Juanmarti, Chelsea are ready to present a formal offer for Barcelona striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the next few hours.

The 33-year-old veteran has been on the radars of Chelsea in recent weeks as they desperately look for a new striker following the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel worked with Aubameyang at Borussia Dortmund in the past and is pushing for a reunion.

Barça were believed to have been reluctant to let go of the forward, especially with Memphis Depay already on his way out.

However, their need to generate funds and free up space on the wage bill to successfully register players could see the club cash in on the ex-Arsenal skipper.

As per the report, talks between Chelsea and Barcelona are advancing and the Blues are now expected to table a formal offer imminently, with all parties involved keen on getting the deal over the line at the earliest possible.

The 33-year-old joined Barcelona only during the January window earlier this year, arriving as a free agent after Arsenal ripped up his contract. He quickly became a key player for Xavi Hernandez’s side, playing a part in their second-place finish in La Liga.

However, Robert Lewandowski’s arrival this summer has seen Aubameyang drop down the pecking order to the second-choice No. 9 at Camp Nou.

Along with Chelsea, Manchester United have also shown an interest in the former Arsenal captain. However, Aubameyang is believed to have made it clear that if he leaves Barça, it would only be for Chelsea.

With a formal offer from the Blues expected imminently, things could pick up pace in the coming hours, and Aubameyang could soon be on his way back to London.

Chelsea were believed to have made a bid for Aubameyang already, although Juanmarti clarifies that it was only a verbal offer.

Their first formal offer will now be tabled in the coming hours, which could see Aubameyang secure a swift return to England.

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Barcelona plan to offer €30 million for 24-year-old La Liga defender



Even though we are just a few weeks away until the transfer window slams to a shut, Barcelona remain active in the market and are still looking for ways to strengthen their squad.

The Catalans have roped in a slew of top-quality stars in the month of July, including star striker Robert Lewandowski. Although they are yet to sign a player in August, Xavi has set his sights firmly on a few players.

One of those players in question is Juan Foyth. The Villarreal starlet has been identified as the ideal replacement for Sergino Dest as Barcelona look for a reliable right-back that can offer more quality than the American international.

Indeed, Barça have been left frustrated by Dest’s lack of progress at Camp Nou. They are prepared to sanction the exit of the former Ajax starlet, with Manchester United among the clubs in contention to snap him up by the end of the month.

While Dest’s exit from Camp Nou could soon be on the horizon, Barcelona are actively trying to lure Foyth away from Villarreal. The club are even weighing up an offer for the young Argentine, according to Gerard Romero.

The reputed Spanish journalist suggests Barça are considering a bid of around €30 million plus add-ons for Foyth, in an attempt to convince Villarreal this summer.

The Catalans are aware of the fact that the Yellow Submarines rate the defender highly due to his tremendous success in La Liga. In addition to his form, he offers a lot of versatility to the table and with time on his side, he could be a smart long-term investment for the club.

However, it remains to be seen whether Villarreal are open to sanctioning the exit of one of their prized defensive assets, especially at this stage of the transfer market

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Man Utd ready to agree net £34million+ contract for signing, guarantee stability for decades – AS



Manchester United are serious about signing a world class star in the form of Casemiro and reports suggest that they are ready to agree a mammoth contract to convince the player.

As per today’s version of AS (news image provided below), the Real Madrid superstar is really tempted by the offer made by the Red Devils.

The famous Spanish news source have mentioned that Man Utd have tabled a five year deal that will make the midfielder earn a net salary of more than £34million (40 million euros).

Casemiro is now in a massive dilemma. United’s offer is so succulent that it guarantees the midfielder and his family’s stability for ‘decades’.

On the other hand, by accepting such a contract, the Brazilian international will have to give up on immediate sporting glory.

Moving to Old Trafford would mean swapping Champions League for Europa League and it is a hard decision to make for someone who is currently a European Champion and has won the continent’s premier competition five times.

AS claim the situation must be resolved soon. If Casemiro gives the green light to leave, then Real Madrid would demand a fee of at least £68million (80 million euros) to sell him.

The Samba star is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world but the Los Blancos have already prepared for the future by signing youngsters like Camavinga and Tchouameni, who can effectively play in the DM position.

At Old Trafford, Ten Hag does not have a specialist holding midfield star and someone like Casemiro will largely improve the squad. However, the question is, should Man Utd spend £68million to sign a player who will turn 31 next year?

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