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Man United transfer round-up: Ralf Rangnick suffers midfield blow but new target emerges

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It’s been a season to forget for Manchester United fans… and there are still 19 Premier League fixtures left to play.

Ralf Rangnick’s team are currently seventh in the table, four points behind Arsenal in fourth with a game in hand.

Many Red Devils supporters will be desperate for the interim manager to bring in some fresh talent and let a few players go in January.

Reports suggest Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones and Donny van de Beek could all leave the club in the coming weeks to play regular football.

But who could arrive? Here are the latest transfer rumours from Old Trafford, including an update on Eric Bailly’s future.

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Real Madrid are the most likely to sign United target Franck Kessie this summer, according to Catalan outlet El Nacional.

The AC Milan midfielder, 25, has been linked with a host of clubs in recent months,including Tottenham, Liverpool and the Red Devils.

Kessie, who’s played 159 Serie A games since joining Milan from Atalanta in the summer of 2017, is out of contract at the end of the season.

“I want Kessie in my team,” said ex-Milan striker Antonio Cassano in March, as quoted by Milan Live. “He scores, he assists, he has personality, he has quality, he doesn’t lose the ball, he is intelligent.

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“I’m watching him carefully… he reminds me of the Yaya Toure of the best times. He is a different player, but in terms of impact. He is holding Milan’s midfield alone.”

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United are reportedly interested in signing Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic this summer, according to Italian outlet Calcio Mercato.

The Serbia international, 27, is reportedly viewed as a cheaper alternative to West Ham ace Declan Rice, who is rated at £100million.

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The Red Devils may also struggle to sign Rice if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this season, with the Hammers battling them for fourth place.

Lazio are thought to have slapped a €70million price tag on Milinkovic-Savic – around £58.5m.

The 28-cap international joined the Italian side in the summer of 2015 and has gone on to make 213 Serie A appearances, scoring an impressive 44 goals from the middle of the park.

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

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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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Man United facing two-way transfer problems as Erik ten Hag looks to offload six stars

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Manchester United are focused on trying to bring in at least three new signings before deadline day to halt a season already mired in crisis.

But offloading existing players has become just as problematic for United as persuading new names to join Erik ten Hag’s abject side, which currently sits rock-bottom of the Premier League.

United want to get rid of at least six players – Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Axel Tuanzebe, James Garner and Brandon Williams – before deadline day in a fortnight’s time.

But so far there have been no takers for United’s cast-offs, with many on such exorbitant wages or simply not considered good enough for other clubs to decide to take them on.

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Although United managed to sell Andreas Pereira to Fulham for £8.5million and send Alex Telles out on loan to Sevilla for the season, shifting other players to raise funds is proving tricky.

Bailly, who failed to even make the nine-man bench for ten Hag’s first two United games, has been told he can leave, but no club has so far made a firm move for the 28-year-old defender.

West Ham, Marseille and Monaco have all expressed interest in the Ivory Coast international, but with two years left on a deal worth £100,000-a-week, Bailly’s wages are proving a stumbling block.

Those clubs interested in Bailly want to take him on loan, with United continuing to pay a significant chunk of his wages. It is a similar story with most of the players United want to jettison.

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United, in contrast, want a permanent sale, to raise revenue to reinvest in the players ten Hag needs to bolster his squad after beginning his tenure with defeats to Brighton and Brentford.

Bailly’s situation is indicative of the lack of effective leadership at United, which has seen the club hand lucrative, long-term contracts to players who have barely featured in recent seasons.

In the case of Bailly, he signed a contract extension in April 2021, keeping him at United until 2023, with the option for a further year. Yet since signing that new deal, Bailly has made just eight Premier League appearances and has not made a competitive appearance for United since December last year.

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It is a familiar story with Jones, who in February 2019 penned a new deal until 2023, with an option for an extra year, but in that time has made just 21 appearances. There has been little interest in Wan-Bissaka, bought from Crystal Palace for £50m in 2019 under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but who has been told by ten Hag to find a new club.

Yet while United are struggling to persuade players to come to Old Trafford, getting them out of the door is proving just as taxing, symbolic of a club in decline and without any coherent strategy.

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