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Fabrizio Romano: Manchester United now want to sign “spectacular” £68m star, imagine him & De Jong



Man United’s rebuild is beginning to take shape under Erik ten Hag with the Dutchman officially starting his position last week.

What’s the word?

The Dutchman is already getting to work in the transfer market with the club thought to be in direct contract with Barcelona to sign Frenkie de Jong.

However, another player is on their radar according to the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano.

Speaking on the United Stand YouTube channel, the Italian reporter revealed interest in Benfica’s Darwin Nunez.

He said: “The situation seems pretty clear with Darwin, they are exploring this possibility. I’m 100% sure that his name has been mentioned internally at Manchester United, so I would keep his name on the list for Man United, he’s a player that they really like, he’s a serious possibility.”

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Previous reports have stated that the 22-year-old could cost in the region of £68m this summer.

Imagine him and de Jong

United’s transfer business last summer was incredibly eye-catching with Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo arriving.

They looked like tremendous acquisitions on the surface but a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League showcased that perhaps they weren’t integrated sufficiently.

Ronaldo still ended the campaign as the club’s top scorer but additions like Sancho for the future is what ten Hag’s rebuild should revolve around.

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Signing a player the former Ajax boss knows well in de Jong would be a fabulous start to the summer but combining him with Nunez would be a mouthwatering thought for all of the fans inside Old Trafford next term.

The Uruguayan scored a mighty 34 goals for Benfica this season and that’s a tally that could become even greater in 2022/23 if he signs for United and lines up alongside the Barcelona man.

De Jong isn’t the most attacking player but his tally of 1.3 key passes per match and 1.6 dribbles a game place him fourth in those respective metrics at United.

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That type of progressive possession and passing play would benefit Nunez, someone who needs the best service possible in order to be a success in the Premier League.

Described as what could be a “spectacular” signing for Man United by their former Uruguayan talent, Diego Forlan, this is a signing that has the potential to get the crowd rocking.

Forget Ronaldo and co, Nunez and de Jong are very much the future of the Red Devils.



Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar




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




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




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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