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Man United ‘closely following’ defender who has a “strong bond” with Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Atalanta defender Merih Demiral – and they’re hoping his close bond with Cristiano Ronaldo could help to lure him to Old Trafford.

United are set for a busy summer, with the club hierarchy poised to finally appoint a permanent successor to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It’s also anticipated that United will be busy in the transfer market in a bid to rebound from their underwhelming Premier League campaign.

United have struggled defensively this season, with club captain Harry Maguire arguably the biggest culprit.

The England star has been in dreadful form, with a number of people calling for the 29-year-old to be dropped and stripped of the captaincy. Meanwhile, his defensive partner, Raphael Varane, has been plagued by niggles during his maiden season in England.

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And according to Fanatik, one player United have identified as a summer target in the wake of their defensive struggles is Demiral. The Turkish international has thrived since joining Atalanta from Juventus, with the 24-year-old racking up 32 appearances so far this term.

His impressive form has alerted the attention of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, as well as United – who are ‘closely following’ Demiral’s progress. Atalanta reportedly hold a £23.4million option to turn the defender’s temporary spell into a permanent one at the end of the season.

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However, it’s anticipated that Demiral’s big-name admirers will make a move to snap up the Juventus ace in the summer – regardless of whether or not Atalanta exercise their purchase option. And the Italian outfit may not stand in Demiral’s way if they are offered a ‘reasonable profit’.

While United may not be able to offer Demiral Champions League football in a bid to entice him to Old Trafford, it’s hoped that the defender’s close bond with Ronaldo could prove to be persuasive.

The pair played together for a number of years at Juventus, with Demiral admitting earlier this season that Ronaldo was “one of the best people” he’d ever met as he talked up the Portuguese superstar’s impact at Old Trafford.

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”I can easily say that it’s better to have him in your team rather than against you,” Demiral told Football Italia earlier this season when discussing Ronaldo. “He always makes the difference. Look at what he’s done in the Champions League. Would Manchester United be in the last 16 without him? No.

“There’s a strong bond between Cristiano and me. He’s always helped me and we often chat on WhatsApp. I think he is one of the best people I’ve ever met.”

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

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Charlie McNeill called up to Manchester United first team training

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Erik ten Hag has called up Charlie McNeill to first team training, with the young striker pictured in training on Wednesday.

The call up is a great way for McNeill to make an impression on the Manchester United manager, amid a tricky start to the season.

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McNeill was an unused substitute in Manchester United’s final pre-season friendly in at Old Trafford against Rayo Vallecano.

This was the closest the young striker has come to the first team, and he was back with the under-21s to start the season

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McNeill was a substitute in United’s most recent under-21 fixture, with Spanish striker Mateo Mejia preferred.

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But it was McNeill who got the nod to join Erik ten Hag’s most recent training session, where he was pictured alongsie Christian Eriksen, James Garner, Scott McTominay and Tyrell Malacia

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