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Man United have already signed two perfect players for Frenkie de Jong ahead of expected deal

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Manchester United are expected to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, despite negotiations with the Catalan giants dragging on.

The Netherlands international is Erik ten Hag’s top target, having previously played under the 52-year-old at Ajax.

And, in Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek, the Red Devils have already signed two players in recent years who can be perfect alongside the midfielder.

Manchester United are looking to bolster their midfield, especially after losing Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic on free transfers.

And the club are aggressively pursuing a deal for De Jong, just three years after Barcelona snapped up the midfielder from Ajax.

If he does move to United, it’s possible that De Jong will go straight into the team. With Pogba and Matic gone, there’s certainly a hole that needs filling.

And it’s also a possibility that he’ll be deployed alongside Van de Beek, who he played with at Ajax, and Fernandes.

It would be no understatement to say that Van de Beek has underwhelmed since his move to Old Trafford two years ago.

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But there’s a player in there somewhere, as he showed during his time at Ajax.

Van de Beek was regularly overlooked by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who never wanted him in 2020 in the first place. Jack Grealish, of Aston Villa at the time, was his preferred target.

And he didn’t get much of a chance under Ralf Rangnick, either, with the German shipping the Netherlands international out on loan to Everton.

Van de Beek didn’t live up to expectations at Goodison Park, either.

But he’s set to be given a lifeline at United by Ten Hag, who previously coaxed the best from him during their spell at Ajax together.

If United can get Van de Beek back to his best, then De Jong would be a dream partner in crime in the middle of the park.

The duo struck up a strong partnership at Ajax, with the pair both possessing energy, creativity and discipline in abundance.

Though Van de Beek was used as a No 10 during his spell in Amsterdam, Ten Hag may also move him further back to play alongside his compatriot.

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And that would then allow Fernandes to play further ahead.

The Portugal international is a chaotic player. For every moment of brilliance, there are also moments where he looks disgruntled and as though he’s trying too hard.

Last season, Fernandes scored 10 goals across all competitions – having notched 28 the previous campaign.

But with De Jong and Van de Beek offering solidarity in the middle of the park, he’d likely be given more opportunities going forward.

United signed Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon back in the January transfer window of 2020.

And deploying both him and Van de Beek alongside De Jong would give United a midfield that’s capable of doing it all.

The Red Devils have been patient when it comes to landing the Barcelona star, with the fallen Premier League giants still aiming to wear Barcelona down.

And there remains an expectancy they’ll get this deal over the line, especially after Richard Arnold confirmed an entourage was in Barcelona negotiating for the midfielder.

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Speaking to fans at a pub on Saturday, Arnold said: “As a club we’re doing everything possible to get the deal done.

“I’ve been up for days trying to get it done.

“The money is there but there’s things standing in our way which I can’t say.”

And Arnold also slammed United for their poor transfer dealings in recent years, too, saying: “We’ve [expletive] burned through cash. We spent a billion pounds on players, we spent more than anyone in Europe.

“I am not thrilled with where we are; it doesn’t sit easy and we’ve got to get this sorted. You can’t go to our training ground and go, ‘show me where that billion pounds is here’.

“I don’t think we’ve done well with the money we’ve spent historically.

“We’ve blown through an enormous amount of money. Last year was a [expletive] nightmare. I was hating every minute of it.”

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Report: Chelsea agree personal terms with Inter Milan superstar

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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

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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

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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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