Transfer news: Man Utd accelerate talks, Aubameyang demands, Antony on strike – Express

  • September 8, 2022

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We are reaching the business end of the summer transfer window and there are likely to still be plenty of deals taking place before we reach deadline day on August 31. Manchester United are still the club everybody is talking about, and there was finally some good news for Red Devils fans on Friday as the club confirmed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro.
The experienced Brazilian will bring some much-needed winning mentality to the dressing room at Old Trafford. But manager Erik ten Hag is not going to be happy to stop there, with rumours suggesting that the Dutchman wants at least three more signings in the coming weeks.
Elsewhere, another team that have had a busy time of it so far is Chelsea. The Blues have already brought in the likes of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Marc Cucurella. And they are now being linked with a stunning move for United centre-back Harry Maguire following the England star’s miserable start to the campaign. Could we see developments in that one today?
And with other big clubs such as Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle all expected to continue splashing the cash until the very end, anything could happen in the next 11 days.
But you can keep across all the latest news on this fine Sunday morning over at our new transfer blog by clicking HERE.
Manchester United target Antony is set to be uninvolved in Ajax’s Eredivisie clash with Rotterdam tomorrow according to Fabrizio Romano
The Brazilian has missed training in the last two days as he seeks to try and force a move away from the Dutch champions. 
The Red Devils have had two bids rejected for his services with Ten Hag hopeful of being reunited with his former star. 
Hakim Ziyech could be set to return to Ajax according to reports. The Chelsea star has fallen out of favour at Stamford Bridge having made just 14 starts last season. 
The move would come as a blow to Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag who is said to be interested in a move for the Moroccan, who he previously coached in Amsterdam. AC Milan are also believed to be interested in the player. 
Ziyech joined Chelsea in a £34million deal in 2020. 
Earlier we told you Aston Villa had made a bid for Watford star Ismalia Sarr and it now appears the teams have come to an agreement. 
Sky Sports report that a £25million deal has been agreed between the parties with the potential for future add-ons. 
Sarr was not involved in Watford’s 0-0 draw with Preston with manager Rob Edwards suggesting his absence was injury related. 
The 24-year-old has scored 25 goals in 95 games since joining the club in 2019. 
Manchester United have no intention of selling Harry Maguire despite interest from Chelsea. 
The United captain was the subject of a shock approach from the Blues with the club willing to offer Christian Pulisic in exchange. 
However, the Guardian has reported that the club do not want to sell the England international as he is still seen as a key player by Erik ten Hag. 
READ THE FULL STORY HERE Harry MaguireAston Villa have reportedly made a bid of around £21million plus add-ons for Watford star Ismalia Sarr. 
The Senegal star has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace and Liverpool during the summer but now could be set to join the Villians according to Abdellah Boulma
Watford could also lose another one of their attacking talents in Joao Pedro with Newcastle continuing to push for his signature. The Hornets are believed to want a £30m fee for the Brazilian’s services. 
Barcelona have demanded that Chelsea respect the club’s prior agreement for Marcos Alonso rather than try and include him in the deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 
The Catalan giants believe the Blues are trying to inflate the original fee for the Spanish defender in their attempt to sign the striker. 
Chelsea have offered Alonso plus £16million for the Gabon captain however the Blaugrana would prefer to see the two deals done separately and hope to receive £25m for the striker.
Wantaway Leicester defender Wesley Fofana did not react when his current club opened the scoring against Southampton. 
The Frenchman has been subject of multiple bids from Chelsea as Thomas Tuchel looks to add to his backline. 
Brendan Rodgers left the 21-year-old on the sidelines for the fixture against the south-coast side as he believed the centre-half was not in the right head space. 
The Foxes went on to lose 2-1 as Che Adams scored twice to cancel out James Maddison’s opener. 
Manchester United target Antony has missed Ajax training for a second time as he tries to force a move away from the Dutch champions. 
The Brazilian was absent from training earlier this week after the club rejected a £63.8million bid from the Red Devils for his services.
Erik ten Hag is keen to be reunited with his former star as he looks to add a left-footed player to his attack. 
READ THE FULL STORY HEREAntonyManchester United target Moises Caicedo reportedly ‘does not fancy’ a move to Old Trafford. 
The Brighton midfielder was a target for the Red Devils back in January 2021 but joined the Seagulls instead. He has since broken into the first team and impressed during the team’s recent 2-1 over Erik ten Hag’s men. 
However, Ecuadorian outlet Studio Futbol report that the Red’s current state of disarray has left the 20-year-old reluctant to sign. 
United’s fierce rivals Liverpool are also believed to be interested in his signature.
Everton and Nottingham Forest look set to miss out on Brighton & Hove Albion striker Neal Maupay this summer.
According to The Athletic, Fulham are now firm favourites to secure the Frenchman’s services and talks over a £15m deal are advanced.
Maupay has fallen out of favour with Graham Potter at the Amex Stadium and still only 26, has plenty to offer in the Premier League.
He’s set to provide competition for Aleksandar Mitrovic as Fulham bid to stomp out their yo-yo status.
Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro has landed in Manchester to undergo a medical ahead of his £70m transfer to Manchester United, according to AS.
The 30-year-old Brazilian is set to put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Old Trafford, with the option of a further year.
United could complete the signing as early as this weekend, potentially with the view of unveiling him when they face Liverpool on Monday night.Man Utd's new midfielder Casemiro.Everton have started discussions with Jordan Pickford over a new contract at Goodison Park.
The Mail report Everton are looking to secure their goalkeeper’s future after his crucial role in their Premier League safety last season.
Pickford’s current contract expires in 2024, and Frank Lampard has hailed him as a ‘massive player’ for the club.
Tottenham Hotspur have enjoyed a hectic summer transfer window in terms of incomings, but there is still room for departures.
And Calciomercato report Lazio are interested in signing Antonio Conte outcast Sergio Reguilon before the deadline.
Lazio have joined Serie A rivals Atalanta in eyeing a move for the Spanish left-back, who is now third in Conte’s pecking order behind Ivan Perisic and Ryan Sessegnon.
Manchester United have agreed to loan Eric Bailly to Marseille for the 2022/23 season.
RMC Sport report Marseille have an option to buy the Ivorian centre-back at the end of his stint and are in talks with his representatives to finalise the details of his contract.
Bailly’s exit will spell the end of a six-year spell at Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho made him his first signing as manager in 2016.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has seemingly confirmed Manchester United target Sergino Dest will be allowed to leave this summer.
Dest had reportedly been told by Xavi that he didn’t feature in his plans. And while the Barca boss has regularly denied that he wants Frenkie de Jong to leave, he showed different energy regarding Dest.
When asked about the right-back situation at the Nou Camp, Xavi said: “We wanted to sign Azpilicueta, and it couldn’t be. We’ll have to see what we do. Sergino Dest? He knows about the situation.”
Erik ten Hag wants to sign a right-back this summer, and Dest is emerging as an increasingly likely option.
West Ham United are interested in signing Southampton centre-back Jan Bednarek this summer.
According to talkSPORT, West Ham have joined Aston Villa and an overseas club in looking to recruit the 26-year-old Pole.
Southampton are said to be likely to sell him if the price is right.Southampton defender Jan Bednarek.Casemiro has broken his silence after Manchester United agreed a £70m deal to sign him from Real Madrid on Friday.
The 30-year-old midfielder will join United on a four-year contract, with the option of a further year, after undergoing a medical.
And he has taken to social media to say goodbye to Real, where he spent nine successful years.
He wrote: “I have lived the most amazing story that I ever thought. I hope to return some day to what will always be my home.
“Not in a thousand lives will I be able to give back to you Real Madrid and to Madrid fans what you all have given me.”
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Jamie Vardy has ended speculation surrounding his future by committing his short-term future to Leicester City.
The 35-year-old has signed a contract extension until 2024, continuing his 10-year stint at the King Power Stadium.
Vardy had been lightly linked with Manchester United this summer, but he has shown his intention to continue at Leicester beyond the deadline.
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Antony has admitted he can’t promise he will be at Ajax beyond the summer transfer window amid rife transfer links to Manchester United.
The Red Devils saw a £67.5m offer rejected on Wednesday, and Antony skipped training in the aftermath as he pushes to reunite with Erik ten Hag at Old Trafford.
And in a recently-published interview with Telegraaf, before the bid went in, the Brazilian winger was coy on his future when asked.
He said: “No, to be perfectly honest, I can’t [promise I’ll stay at Ajax].”
Arsenal are set to offload more deadwood by sending Nicolas Pepe to Nice on a season-long loan. report the £72m flop is set for a return to France after his agent, Louis Ferrer, was spotted at Nice’s stadium on Friday.
Pepe’s exit could help Mikel Arteta bolster his attacking ranks further amid links to PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo and Wolves’ Pedro Neto.
Tottenham Hotspur have joined AS Roma and Inter Milan in the race to sign Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah this summer.
According to the Evening Standard, Chalobah has concerns over his game time under Thomas Tuchel and could look for a permanent or loan exit.
However, he is under contract until 2026 and Chelsea are currently blocking his departure in fear they will be left short at the back.
But that could change if Tuchel recruits his third defender of the summer in the final two weeks of the window.
Chelsea could, in fact, end up with Jules Kounde, who they’ve seemingly missed out on twice over the last two summer transfer windows.
The Blues were priced out of a move last summer before agreeing a £55m deal this time around before Barcelona swooped in for his services
However, according to Cadena SER, Kounde will be allowed to leave the Nou Camp on a free transfer if Barcelona fail to register him before the end of the transfer window.
And it could open the door for Chelsea to complete an absolute coup if they’re still looking for a centre-back after the deadline.Barcelona defender Jules Kounde.Manchester United failed with a £67.5m offer for Antony earlier this week, which many believed would spell the end of their pursuit.
But after receiving encouragement of the Ajax winger’s desire to move to Old Trafford, they could be preparing a bid the Dutch champions can’t refuse.
According to Foot Mercato, United are preparing to return to the negotiation table for Antony with a mind-boggling £84m approach.
The Brazilian was at Ajax’s training ground on Friday but trained away from the team and may be taken out of the starting line-up on Sunday amid his interest in joining United.
And such a bid, making him the second most expensive player in the Red Devils’ history, could push through a move.
Chelsea have emerged as shock suitors for Manchester United captain Harry Maguire in the final two weeks of the transfer window.
The Blues are pursuing Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana but could soon turn to cheaper alternatives…
And the Mail report Chelsea would be open to signing Maguire, with United target Christian Pulisic moving the other direction.
With Raphael Varane rumoured to be replacing the England international against Liverpool on Monday, his World Cup status could be at risk if he stays at Old Trafford.
And a move to Stamford Bridge could prove enticing…
Manchester United are set to complete the £60m signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, with the Brazilian expected to undergo a medical this weekend.
But the Red Devils aren’t expected to finish their as Erik ten Hag demands further backing in his first transfer window as manager.
United could make as many as seven summer signings in total…
Ten Hag will now prioritise a forward, with Ajax’s Antony and PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo firmly leading targets.
He also wants a new right-back, but that will depend on whether United can offload Aaron Wan-Bissaka amid talks with Crystal Palace.
A new goalkeeper is also expected to arrive at Old Trafford to provide competition for David de Gea.
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