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Man United transfer round-up: Ten Hag wants four more signings with ONE now very ‘close’ to be completed

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Manchester United continue to labour in their efforts to sign new players this summer and as we approach the end of June, not one fresh face has walked through the doors since Erik ten Hag took over at the end of last season.

The Dutchman has a huge task ahead of him as he looks to rebuild a depleted squad, and it has now been revealed that he wants five new signings this summer.

Although he has so far failed in those efforts, the first could be just around the corner as Antony’s deal from Ajax is reportedly ‘close’ to completion.

Below are the all all the latest transfer stories coming out of Old Traffor, Credit of mirror Football

Ten Hag wants five signings

Erik ten Hag’s mission this summer is to make a start on a complete rebuild of the Manchester United squad and it has been revealed by the Manchester Evening News that the Dutchman has requested five new signings in order to get the ball rolling.

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Yet in the month since United’s last game of the 2021/22 Premier League season, not one deal has been agreed on and things are looking bleak, while the upcoming campaign starts in just under seven weeks. However, it is hoped that things will pick up, as club officials work tirelessly on negotiations.

The Red Devils have already been strongly linked with Ajax trio Antony, Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez, of which a deal for the former is suspected to be nearing completion, while Christian Eriksen and Ten Hag’s top target Frenkie de Jong are also on the list.

Antony signing now ‘close’

After plenty of reports linking Manchester United to Ajax defensive duo Jurrien Timber and Lisandro Martinez, the Red Devils have stepped up their pursuit of teammate Antony, with a deal for the Brazilian winger now described as being ‘close’ to completion.

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According to The Sun, United are in advanced negotiations with the Eredivisie champions and will reportedly agree on a £40 million fee for the Brazilian, with club officials having flown to Amsterdam on Monday for official talks.

Antony recorded 12 goals and 10 assists in 33 appearances last season as he played a key role in Ajax claiming the Dutch title for the third time of Ten Hag’s tenure, and has been on the radar of other European clubs this summer.

United prepared for Martial to stay

It was expected by many that Anthony Martial would depart Manchester United on a permanent basis this summer after sealing a loan move to Sevilla for the remainder of the 2021/22 campaign back in January, having fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford under both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.

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The Frenchman had an underwhelming spell with the La Liga side, however, and recorded just one goal and one assists in 12 games during his four month stay, which followed up just one goal in 11 appearances for United in the first part of the season.

As a result of this, there are now a lack of options for Martial beyond this summer and as reported by the Manchester Evening News, the Red Devils are braced for the forward to remain at Old Trafford for the 2022/23 campaign as “nobody is breaking the door down” for his services.

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Barcelona youngster in line to bench Jordi Alba for Real Sociedad clash – report

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As Barcelona drew 0-0 against Rayo Vallecano for the season opener, Jordi Alba was among the five to be substituted off to make way for offensive depth. The Spaniard is usually among the brightest offensive outlets in the team, but failed to make an impact last week.

Alba also looked out of his depth during pre-season, and it was reported that people within Barcelona were surprised that he started over Alejandro Balde.

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The 18-year-old was impressive during the run-up to the league opener, and was expected to take Alba’s place in the lineup.

While that did not happen vs Rayo, Javi Miguel reports that he is in line to start against Real Sociedad as the left-back. Xavi has informed Balde about his decision, and has told him to train with high intensity leading up to the game.

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Balde has been linked with an exit from Barcelona, especially given Marcos Alonso’s imminent arrival. However, an impressive performance at Anoeta could open the doors for his continuity.

The Chelsea defender has reportedly completed his move to Barcelona, subject to registrations and signatures. The club plan to announce it in the coming days if they are able to register Jules Kounde in time for the game.

Balde played in every single one of Barça’s pre-season fixtures, even registering an assist — to Raphinha —, against Inter Miami.

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Barcelona fans will hope the gamble pays dues, especially because it will likely not go down well with Alba, who is one of the team captains

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Barcelona yet to receive any offers for exit-bound right back, price tag sits at €20m

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Barcelona are said to be pushing Sergino Dest towards an exit, but a recent report from journalist Adria Albets has confirmed that the player does not have any offer at the moment.

Regardless of what has been said in the past, neither have Manchester United tabled any formal offer for the right-back, nor have they made contacts with the 21-year-old’s representative.

For the moment, Barcelona are clear pretty clear about offloading Dest but in order to fulfil the operation, they are demanding in excess of €20 million.

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For that particular reason, his agents are finding it hard to find a suitor as no club is willing to match the valuation for a player who is already fallen down the pecking order.

Xavi has so far preferred to use make-shift centre-back, Ronald Araujo, as a full-back. And while the Uruguayan has done well at times, it’s pretty clear that the team is looking to bring in a full-time right-back this summer.

For that, several players such as Hector Bellerin, Juan Foyth, Diogo Dalot, Thomas Meunier and Jeremie Frimpong have been considered, but there remain several complications in carrying out the operation

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To begin with, Villarreal’s valuation of €42 million for Juan Foyth is proving to be a hindrance.

Barcelona are finding themselves in this situation mostly because their attempt to sign a certain Cesar Azpilicueta failed.

Meanwhile, as far as Dest is concerned, he knows in order to get regular minutes, he needs to move away from Camp Nou, but Barcelona’s asking price of €20 million is putting a stop to his desire.

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Manchester United were thought to be weighing up a fresh move worth €20 million for the defender, but the Premier League side is yet to make any formal move. Hence, the Dutch-born American defender continues to train within the Barcelona ranks for the time being.

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

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Report: Chelsea prepared to listen to offers for their ‘huge talent’, will demand nearly £60m

Chelsea would reportedly prefer to sell Christian Pulisic rather than loan him out this summer.

According to The Sun, Manchester United are interested in signing the 23-year-old Blues attacker on loan

is understood that Chelsea would rather offload the American on a permanent basis, though.

The report says they’ll listen to offers for Pulisic during the next couple of weeks, but want to recuperate the full £58million they paid for him a few years ago.

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With Chelsea demanding nearly £60million for the forward, will any club step forward with a bid?

Chelsea prefer to sell Pulisic

It makes little sense doing Man United a favour by sending them Pulisic on loan, so you can fully understand why a permanent transfer would make much more sense.

Described as a “huge talent” earlier this year by Gary Neville, Pulisic is a player that frustrates supporters at Stamford Bridge.

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The winger can produce moments of brilliance in the final third, but there’s no major consistency in his game.

He finished last season with eight goals and five assists in 38 matches across all competitions, which wasn’t a bad return considering he missed a couple of months with an ankle problem

However, the United States international can’t seem to become a real favourite under Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel.

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His 2019/20 campaign is proof of what a talented player he can be.

The forward had 21 direct goal contributions in 34 Blues appearances, but it was a familiar case of injuries interrupting him whenever he builds up some momentum.

It would be quite a surprise if a clubs willing to fork out a near-£60million sum for him.

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