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Man United chief John Murtough eyeing £51m ace with ’escape clause’ that Ralf Rangnick loves



Manchester United’s director of football John Murtough is reportedly interested in bringing RB Leipzig playmaker Dominik Szoboszlai to Old Trafford, according to reports.

The 21-year-old, who has been admired by United-linked managerial candidate Ralf Rangnick for some time, is widely regarded as one of European football’s most exciting young talents.

Szoboszlai burst onto the scene with Red Bull Salzburg back in 2019, earning links to a number of Premier League sides as a result of his age-defying performances.

He went on to earn a move to sister club Leipzig in January of this year, preceding manager Jesse Marsch’s subsequent arrival in the Bundesliga from Salzburg.

The Hungarian maestro has since emerged as a key man for his new club, chipping in with six goals and assists from just 10 league appearances.

He has also established himself at international level, racking up 17 appearances for Hungary since making his debut two years ago.

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Szoboszlai is already being tipped to leave Leipzig in search of bigger and better things in the near future and it seems as though United could soon be willing to offer him a way out.

The Red Devils have been tracking his progress since last summer and would be keen on securing his signature if the opportunity arises, according to SportBILD.

The report claims that Szoboszlai, like many of his Leipzig team-mates, has an ‘escape clause’ written into his contract as a way of allowing him to join a big club.

It is said that he can leave for between £51million and £60m, a figure that would give Leipzig a profit of around £20m on the fee paid to Salzburg over the summer.

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United are believed to be considering whether to pay Szoboszlai’s release clause, while Atletico Madrid have also been credited with a desire to sign him for themselves.

The versatile forward has long been revered by Rangnick, who has been mentioned as a potential candidate to replace under-fire United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in recent weeks.

The former reportedly identified Szoboszlai as a priority target for AC Milan, the club he was expected to manage after entering advanced talks with the San Siro giants last year.

They eventually decided to snub Rangnick and tie down current boss Stefano Pioli to a new deal, but not before Szoboszlai had already spoken to the German coach to discuss a move.

Rangnick previously spent time as Red Bull’s Head of Sport and Development, during which he oversaw the player’s emergence at Salzburg.

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If the 63-year-old is appointed to succeed Solskjaer at United in the near future, it seems likely that Szoboszlai could be the first name on his radar with regards to the transfer market.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether United will be able to tempt the Leipzig man into joining the club either in January or when next summer rolls around.

The Red Devils have raided the market for exciting young forwards on plenty of recent occasions, with the likes of Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo arriving at Old Trafford during Solskjaer’s time in charge.

Szoboszlai remains under contract at Leipzig until the summer of 2026, but if United are prepared to match his reported exit clause, a move could soon be on the horizon.


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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