The 2022 summer transfer window closed at 11pm on September 1; Manchester United signed Antony, Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Christian Eriksen, Tyrell Malacia and Martin Dubravka,
Friday 2 September 2022 08:40, UK
With the 2022 summer transfer window closed, we round up the done deals, and some of the players linked with moves in and out of Manchester United.
Manchester United were one of two ‘Big Six’ clubs to break through the £100m spending mark this summer on two occasions, with the Old Trafford club investing £227m.
United’s spending continued right up until Deadline Day, with the £87m move for Antony from Ajax rounding a positive first window for Erik ten Hag. But there were times this summer when Manchester United’s stance on transfers appeared to be descending into chaos.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s future provided a months-long distraction and there was just as much uncertainty over incomings as a string of mooted signings fell through, that of Frenkie de Jong chief among them.
Their hunt for a new midfielder, from De Jong to Adrien Rabiot to Casemiro, all fine players but all of whom offer very different qualities, summed up the ever-changing parameters of their recruitment and the same was true in attack.
And, if a 33-year-old Marko Arnautovic was at one point deemed to be the answer, what exactly was the question?
All of that aside, United have just about saved face in the transfer market, aided by their upturn in performances on the pitch. Ten Hag has already been able to mould the squad in his image and now has the tools to do the same to the team.
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Manchester United completed the signing of Brazil winger Antony from Ajax for a fee of £86m on Deadline Day.
The 22-year-old signed a long-term deal at Old Trafford, and is in line to make his home debut against Arsenal on Super Sunday – live on Sky Sports Premier League.
The move to United sees Antony reunited with ex-Ajax boss Erik ten Hag, who has already recruited defender Lisandro Martinez from his former club, and Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord.
Manchester United are exploring the possibility of a late deal for Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest.
If they can secure a move, they will allow Aaron Wan-Bissaka to leave with both West Ham and Crystal Palace both interested in signing him.
Dest played under Erk ten Hag at Ajax.
Frenkie de Jong – Manchester United had reportedly “not given up” on somehow tempting Frenkie de Jong to join the club on Deadline Day after months of failed negotiations (Daily Express, September 1); Manchester United transfer chiefs remained convinced De Jong could still become a signing for the Old Trafford club before the summer window closed (Daily Mail, August 23).
Sergino Dest – Manchester United explored the possibility of a late deal for the Barcelona right-back, who eventually joined AC Milan on Deadline Day (Sky Sports News, August 30); Barcelona and Manchester United were reportedly in discussions over a swap deal that would have taken Dest to Old Trafford and seen Aaron Wan-Bissaka go the other way (Daily Mirror, August 30)
Matt O’Riley – Manchester United scouted Celtic midfielder O’Riley only eight months after his transfer from MK Dons (Manchester Evening News, August 30)
Moussa Dembele – Dembele rejected a final contract offer from Lyon, fuelling speculation about a summer transfer to Manchester United (Daily Mirror, August 25).
Memphis Depay – Manchester United were plotting an outlandish £8m swoop for ex-flop Depay, five years after his first spell at Old Trafford (Daily Star, August 24).
Christian Pulisic – Manchester United faced disappointment in their attempts to prise Pulisic away from Chelsea (Mail on Sunday, August 21); Chelsea were willing to allow Pulisic to join Manchester United on loan if he agreed to extend his contract first (Daily Mail, August 18); Chelsea were considering loan offers for Pulisic but would have only let him leave the club permanently if they were able to recoup the £58m he cost when signed from Borussia Dortmund in 2019 (The Sun, August 18).
Moises Caicedo – Manchester United were interested in signing Brighton defensive midfielder Caicedo (Sky Sports News, August 18).
Asmir Begovic – Manchester United were considering a move for Everton’s Bosnian goalkeeper Begovic (Daily Mail, August 19).
Jurrien Timber – Manchester United suffered yet another blow in their pursuit of a summer transfer target as Timber extended his contract with Ajax (The Sun, August 19).
Joao Felix – Manchester United were linked with yet another top European star in their miserable quest for reinforcements this summer, with Atletico’s Felix touted as an Old Trafford target (Daily Mail, August 18).
Sasa Kalajdzic – Sources close to the Stuttgart striker Kalajdzic claimed he wanted to move to Manchester United; Austria international Kalajdzic had entered the final year of his contract and he was thought to be one of a number of strikers United were looking at (Sky Sports News, August 12).
Cody Gakpo – PSV Eindhoven star Gakpo confirmed Manchester United were keen on signing him (The Sun, August 29).
As many as nine Manchester United players could leave Old Trafford in the next 10 days as Erik ten Hag continues to wield the axe (The Sun, August 24).
Harry Maguire – Man Utd manager Erik ten Hag says he had no plans to let club captain Maguire leave before the September 1 transfer deadline, despite interest from Chelsea and uncertainty over the defender’s future (Daily Express, August 27).
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – Manchester United rebuffed West Ham and Crystal Palace approaches for Aaron Wan-Bissaka (The Athletic, August 30); Barcelona and Manchester United were reportedly in discussions over a swap deal that would have seen Wan-Bissaka and Sergino Dest trade places (Daily Mirror, August 30); Crystal Palace were open to bringing Wan-Bissaka back to the club in a bid to end his Manchester United nightmare (The Sun, August 20).
Donny van de Beek – Ajax were told there was no chance of taking Van de Beek back to Holland – because Erik ten Hag was convinced he can still play a key role at Manchester United (The Sun on Sunday, August 21).
Amad Diallo – Sunderland held talks with Manchester United about taking Amad Diallo on loan for the 2022-23 season (The Athletic, August 31); Manchester United star and former Rangers loanee Diallo was ‘eyed up’ for a loan move by Ligue 1 side Nice (Scottish Sun, August 20).
Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United believed Ronaldo could make a dramatic U-turn and buy into Erik ten Hag’s revolution after the club’s spending splurge (The Sun, August 31); Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes reportedly re-opened talks with Chelsea as the Manchester United star seeks a last-gasp exit from Old Trafford (Daily Star, August 30); Manchester United striker Ronaldo could still join Chelsea with his agent Mendes reportedly returning to hold talks with the west Londoners (The Sun, August 29); Ronaldo expressed frustrations about having to take a 25 per cent pay cut after Manchester United missed out on a Champions League spot, according to a report (Daily Mail, August 29).
Amir Ibragimov – Manchester United fended off interest from top European clubs to tie down wonderkid Ibragimov to a new contract (Daily Mirror, August 31).
Antony – Ajax, £86m
Tyrell Malacia – Feyenoord, £14.7m
Christian Eriksen – Brentford, free
Lisandro Martinez – Ajax, £56.7m
Casemiro – Real Madrid, £59.5m
Martin Dubravka – Newcastle, loan
Eric Bailly – Marseille, loan
Dean Henderson – Nottingham Forest, loan
Paul Pogba – Juventus, free
Juan Mata – released
Jesse Lingard – Nottingham Forest, free
James Garner – Everton, £15m
Nemanja Matic – Roma, free
Edinson Cavani – released
Lee Grant – released
D’Mani Mellor – Wycombe, free
Reece Devine – Swindon, free
Paul McShane – released
Connor Stanley – released
Paul Woolston – released
Dylan Levitt – Dundee United, undisclosed
Andreas Pereira – Fulham, £10m
Alex Telles – Sevilla, loan
Alvaro Fernandez – Preston, loan
Ethan Laird – QPR, loan
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