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Man United urged to ‘quickly’ take advantage of midfield star’s clear ‘development’

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James Garner could be earning himself a future at Manchester United thanks to his development out on loan, according to one pundit.

Garner is currently out on loan with Nottingham Forest for the remainder of the season. The Championship side originally took him in January 2021 and he settled in enough for all parties to deem it best to extend their association for another year.

But parent club Man Utd only consented to the decision after extending Garner’s contract first. They have him tied down until 2024.

And there is a chance he will be able to make the grade whenever he returns to Old Trafford.

Garner put in a positive performance for Forest in their FA Cup win over holders Leicester City on Sunday. Indeed, the Man Utd man recorded an assist, sending in the corner for his side’s third goal, which captain Joe Worrall scored.

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It was one of a few contributions that caught the attention of former Premier League defender Martin Keown on co-commentary for the game for the BBC.

Keown said (as transcribed by the Metro): “Again, set-piece, the ball in from Garner is an absolute beauty. Look at the whip on that.

“You can’t underestimate the quality that Garner is putting into this box. He’s on loan from Manchester United. They need to be thinking about getting him back there quickly!”

And pressed on if he thinks United should be taking encouragement from Garner, the pundit added: “I do.

“I like the way he’s developing, growing as a player. Second year here on loan, you can see the development. He’s certainly playing with a lot more confidence right now.”

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James Garner earning Man Utd future, unlike teammate

While James Garner could be heading back to Manchester after his loan spell, another midfielder will be leaving United for good.

Man Utd have agreed to finally sell midfielder Andreas Pereira, who will sign for Flamengo on a permanent deal according to a report.

The 26-year-old moved to Old Trafford as a youngster in 2012 and subsequently rose through the ranks. In fact, he made his debut in August 2014 under then-manager Louis van Gaal.

Since then, though, Pereira has only made 74 more appearances for United. Sixty-three of those came in the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons, when he formed a key part of the first team.

But either side of those spells, he has spent time on loan at Granada, Valencia, Lazio and Flamengo. Lazio tried to sign Pereira permanently last summer, but talks with United did not progress.

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Thereafter, the midfielder moved to Flamengo on a season-long loan last summer. The Brazilian club have since been trying to sign the midfielder permanently in recent months.

Reports have claimed that Flamengo sent club chiefs to England this weekend to discuss a deal with United. And according to UOL Sport, both sides had successful talks and in fact reached an agreement.

The two parties agreed terms for 75 per cent of Pereira’s economic rights. Such a transfer model is common in south America.

However, the Premier League forbids its clubs to partake in co-ownership of players. As such, it remains where the other 25 per cent of the player’s economic rights will go.

Nevertheless, Man Utd will earn €14million (£12million) from Pereira’s permanent sale.

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Barcelona plan to offer €30 million for 24-year-old La Liga defender

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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

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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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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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