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Man United ‘focused on two other deals’ in addition to Frenkie de Jong transfer



Manchester United are currently focused on completing three deals for new boss Erik ten Hag with Frenkie de Jong being prioritised alongside two other potential arrivals, according to reports.

The Red Devils have long been linked with Barcelona ace De Jong and remain in discussions over a transfer.

But United also hope to conclude moves for Porto midfielder Vitinha and Derby County prospect Malcolm Ebiowei very soon. The trio have been earmarked as three arrivals Ten Hag is keen to complete.

The 25-year-old De Jong previously played under Ten Hag at Ajax and has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford since the culmination of the Premier League campaign.

The Holland international is reportedly valued by Barcelona at around £70million, which will take up a large part of United’s summer budget.

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Vitinha, who previously spent time on loan at Wolves, made 30 league appearances for Porto last season. The 22-year-old’s impressive performances have caught the eye of those at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Derby winger Ebiowei was thrust into the Derby first team by United legend Wayne Rooney midway through the campaign. The 18-year-old scored once in 16 games but proved a handful with his trickery.

According to journalist Jonathan Shrager, deals for the trio are being prioritised by United ahead of their other targets. Old Trafford bosses are in discussions with the representatives of Vitinha and Ebiowei.

United are yet to confirm the first arrival of Ten Hag’s tenure despite the Dutchman tearing up his Ajax contract prematurely to begin work at the Premier League club.

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He has been busy putting plans in place to ensure the Red Devils improve on a disastrous campaign.

De Jong is widely believed to be his top target but there remains distance between United and Barca over their valuations. Despite talks with Porto over fellow midfielder Vitinha, the club are yet to submit a bid.

United could have a higher chance of attracting teenager Ebiowei to Manchester, with the youngster free to sign for a club after leaving Derby. Southampton and Crystal Palace are also interested in the versatile forward.

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Derby boss Rooney said of the youngster after a win over Blackpool last season: “I thought he was excellent all game, the best player on the pitch. It was one of the best performances I have seen from a young player, consistently for 90 minutes, in a long time.

He deserved that because he has worked extremely hard. His attitude is incredible, he wants to learn and he is an exciting young player.

.“His attitude is very good. He has got an enormous amount of ability, he is brave, he will take the ball, he is not afraid to take players on, to get tackled, to make mistakes. So he has got a really bright future.”


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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