Premier League transfer news, latest, Manchester United withdraw Frenkie de Jong offer, Adrien Rabiot, Tottenham rumours, Wesley Fofana fee
Manchester United’s desperate transfer search has seen them withdraw one offer as they prepare to launch another – while negotiations continue over a third star.
The Red Devils’ search for a new striker led them to Spain and Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian striker Matheus Cunha.
The 23-year-old scored seven goals last season and eight the year before for Hertha Berlin in Germany, but has already earned seven caps for the Brazil national team.
Atletico Madrid are looking to sell players, fellow strikers Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann are also said to be up for grabs.
But United are apparently set on Cunha and line up a £45million offer, with the Daily mail claiming the player is ready to accept a move to England.
TalkSport report that a bid worth around £42million has already been accepted by the La Liga club.
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United are reportedly remaining in talks with Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, whom the Italian club are desperate to move – but the deal has been delayed by difficulties agreeing personal terms. The clubs are set to agree a deal worth around £15million, according to Sky Sports.
United have so far signed Christian Eriksen, Lisandro Martinez and Tyrell Malacia this window, but their dismal start to the season – back-to-back defeats putting them bottom on the ladder – has prompted Erik ten Hag to keep bringing in reinforcements.
Meanwhile, after months of chasing Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong to no avail, Manchester United have reportedly moved on.
Dutch football journalist Marcel van der Kraan told Sky Sports News: “Manchester United have officially withdrawn their offer to Barcelona. They had this £72m (A$124m) offer on the table for weeks and there was a deadline on it that passed.
“Manchester United had to make a decision on this before the deadline and withdrew the whole package on everything they had agreed.”
The talented Dutchman hopes to stay at Barcelona – but the club want to oust him and have threatened legal action over his contract, which was signed by the former board during the pandemic. Chelsea are also interested in the player, who played for Barca in his first game of the season.
FOFANA FURIOUS AGAINST THE FOXES
Leicester City superstar centre-back Wesley Fofana is growing increasingly frustrated with the Foxes over their extreme demands for his asking price.
Leicester are said to have turned down two offers worth around £60m from Leicester for the 21-year-old, and set a sky-high price of over £80m for the 21-year-old Frenchman – although he played a complete prime minister. Championship season and not yet capped by France.
The previous record for a centre-back was the £80million Leicester sold Harry Maguire to Manchester United in 2019 – although Maguire was a renowned international with England at the time and far more experienced domestically.
Manager Brendan Rogers said after the weekend’s loss to Arsenal that the club were “not looking to sell” their young prospect.
He said: “Naturally if there is interest from another club, that is looked at by the club.
“He’s a top young defender and there aren’t many at his age. Another year here for him at least would be really important for his development, but he’s quite calm and relaxed in the situation.
“He is aware of the interest. He understands where we are as a club and where we see it.
Fofana hopes to join a Champions League side such as Chelsea in hopes of making France’s squad for the World Cup.
LIVERPOOL WON’T PANIC BUY
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said the club will not dive into the transfer market to solve their midfield injury crisis, saying they will wait for the ‘right midfielder’ and ‘rather solve the problems with the boys we have”.
With Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain injured and Naby Keita recovering, Liverpool’s midfield stocks suffered another blow in their season opener when Thiago Alcantara was injured.
Captain Jordan Henderson also wasn’t fit enough to start either of their two draws to open the season.
“It’s easy for us to bring in a midfielder, it’s not that easy to bring in the right midfielder – for financial and contractual reasons,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “Most of the time they go hand in hand.
“It’s not that we refuse to sign a player if he has an injury problem. It’s a different season to the start of pre-season, when everyone told me we needed a new midfielder – it was about the kind of midfielder. And that’s a completely different discussion – we didn’t need a new kind of midfielder.
“But if the right midfielder had been available, we would have gone there too. Now the situation has changed slightly, that’s true. But it can only be the right midfielder, it’s not easy.
“That’s because it’s 2022 and people have four, five, six year contracts – and that’s why we have to be calm and work through the issues with the boys we have.”
LO CELSO BACK IN SPAIN
Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso has joined Spanish side Villarreal on loan for the rest of the season.
Lo Celso spent the second half of last season on loan at Villarreal and returned after failing to earn a place in Antonio Conte’s squad at the start of the new Premier League campaign.
Tottenham have inserted a break clause in the loan deal which allows them to listen to Lo Celso’s standing offers if they want to sell the 26-year-old in January.
Lo Celso joined Tottenham from Real Betis in 2019 and made 84 appearances for the north London club.
The Argentina international played 22 times for Villarreal last season, helping Unai Emery’s side reach the Champions League semi-finals.
Burnley manager Vincent Kompany has confirmed the Clarets are trying to sign Stuttgart winger Darko Churlinov, saying: “He’s a player we like, it’s no secret, but he’s still some details to settle, the player is not there yet, it is in progress. ”
Sky Sports report that Watford have turned down a £17.5m offer from Newcastle United for striker Joao Pedro, who played