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Manchester United reach agreement with Juventus for Ronaldo, Mbappe latest and Premier League live news and updates – The Athletic

August 28, 2021 at 8:20 AM EDT

The Athletic will bring you the latest news from the Premier League and around European football on Friday.

The transfer market hotted up on Thursday with the news that Manchester City have been holding talks with Cristiano Ronaldo’s representatives over a possible move.

However, in a dramatic turn of events rivals Manchester United confirmed on Friday afternoon that they have reached an agreement to bring the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back to Old Trafford.

Elsewhere, negotiations between PSG and Real Madrid over the signing of Kylian Mbappe are still ongoing after the Spanish club put in a second bid for the French star on Thursday.

Join Paavan Mohindru throughout Friday and Saturday for the latest news and updates from across the game.

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August 28, 2021 at 8:20 AM EDT

Palace confirm signing of midfielder Hughes from WatfordCrystal Palace have completed the signing of Will Hughes in a deal worth in the region of £6 million.

The deal with Watford for the former England under-21 international could rise closer to £10 million with potential add-ons.

Hughes has now become Palace’s sixth summer signing – joining Marc Guehi, Joachim Andersen, Michael Olise and Remi Matthews, who all joined on permanent deals, while Conor Gallagher was loaned in from Chelsea.

Patrick Vieira’s side have failed to score in any of their three games in all competitions this season – but there have been signs of progress, says The Athletic’s Crystal Palace writer Matt Woosnam.

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It’s going to get worse before it gets better at Palace, but don’t panic

August 28, 2021 at 7:10 AM EDT

Elsewhere on The AthleticThere is live coverage of Manchester City against Arsenal, with all the build-up, match action and post-match reaction.

Join us for that here.

Amitai Winehouse·Managing Editor, News

August 28, 2021 at 6:37 AM EDT

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Amitai Winehouse·Managing Editor, News

August 28, 2021 at 5:57 AM EDT

Champions League fixture list in fullWe’ve got the full Champions League draw for you over on our news platform.

Manchester United will kick their Champions League campaign off with a trip to Young Boys, while Chelsea take on Zenit St. Petersburg at home on September 14.

Liverpool host AC Milan on September 15, with Manchester City being visited by RB Leipzig. Elsewhere on the opening day of the group stage, Barcelona host Bayern Munich and Malmo take on Juventus.

September 15’s other highlights include Inter Milan against Real Madrid and Besiktas hosting Borussia Dortmund.

Amitai Winehouse·Managing Editor, News

August 28, 2021 at 5:17 AM EDT

Manchester City unveil Silva and Kompany statuesWhile their neighbours are on the cusp of unveiling a former player as a new signing, City have shown off a tribute to some legends of their own.

They have unveiled their statues of David Silva and Vincent Kompany this morning.

Amitai Winehouse·Managing Editor, News

August 28, 2021 at 4:54 AM EDT

Hello and welcome!After an incredibly hectic day in the market yesterday, capped off by Manchester United agreeing a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, we are back with more news and updates.

Stay with us throughout the day for more.

Amitai Winehouse·Managing Editor, News

August 27, 2021 at 6:02 PM EDT

Have a lovely evening!That’s it for today’s blog posts on all the latest transfer news.

Thank you for tuning in on what has definitely been one of the most hectic days of the transfer window this summer!

We will leave you with amazing piece by The Athletic’s Laurie Whitwell and others who have provided all the inside information as to how Manchester United reached an agreement to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus.

Read more below.

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Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United: How the deal was done

August 27, 2021 at 4:48 PM EDT

West Brom confirm the signing of Jayson Molumby West Bromwich Albion have confirmed the signing of Brighton Jayson Molumby on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

The 22-year-old has become the club’s sixth signing of the summer and will likely be a contender for one of the two central midfielder roles.

Fellow summer signing Alex Mowatt is already making an impact at West Brom.

The Athletic’s Nancy Frostick analysed 90 minutes of Mowatt’s impact during West Brom’s 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers. Read more below.

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Long, raking balls and a sublime volley: Watching Alex Mowatt for 90 minutes

August 27, 2021 at 2:46 PM EDT

Chelsea close to finalising new Andreas Christensen contract, Anjorin could leaveChelsea are close to finalising a new long-term contract with Denmark international Andreas Christensen.

The Athletic revealed last month that talks were underway and it is understood an agreement is now close.

Christensen has played 130 matches for Chelsea, including 27 last season as Thomas Tuchel’s side won the Champions League.

Meanwhile, academy starlet Tino Anjorin is weighing up his options and could leave the club before the transfer window closes on Tuesday night.

Lokomotiv Moscow are one of a number of clubs that are looking to sign him on a permanent deal, others have made a loan enquiry. There is interest in England and across Europe.

The head of the Russian club’s development department, Ralf Rangnick, is pushing the move, nothing is close to being agreed yet.

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Christensen finally blossoming into the elite modern defender Chelsea’s academy staff believed he could be

August 27, 2021 at 2:38 PM EDT

Van Gaal: Van de Beek needs to playLouis van Gaal says Donny Van de Beek needs more game time at Manchester United after he was left out of the Netherlands squad for next month’s World Cup qualifiers.

The midfielder was on the bench for United’s opening two Premier League games this season and was ruled out of the European Championships earlier this summer with injury.

Van de Beek has struggled to make an impact since signing from Ajax for £40m in August 2020, and made just four Premier League starts last season.

Van Gaal said: “I told him that he needs to start playing games. I spoke with Van de Beek last night for 45 minutes, but I am not going to tell you anything.

“This is between Donny and me. I am capable of advising players.”

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Van de Beek’s physical transformation plan to try and reignite Manchester United career

August 27, 2021 at 2:16 PM EDT

Nuno: ‘Nothing has changed’ for NdombeleNuno Espirito Santo says midfielder Tanguy Ndombele will not be involved in Tottenham’s Premier League game against Watford on Sunday.

The club-record signing has not featured in any of Spurs’ four matches this season – and failed to make an appearance in pre-season either.

Ndombele has been looking to leave the club this summer, but the Spurs boss said despite training, the former Lyon man is not being considered for selection.

“We speak yesterday and we speak the day before, Tanguy is with us.

“He’s not been an option. Nothing has changed really.”

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Why Ndombele wants to leave Tottenham (and why the club are willing to let him go)

August 27, 2021 at 1:52 PM EDT

‘We wrote a pretty beautiful story together’ – Ronaldo on Juventus spellCristiano Ronaldo has posted a goodbye message to Juventus on Instagram after sensationally re-signing for Manchester United.

“Today I depart from an amazing club, the biggest in Italy and surely one of the biggest in all of Europe. I gave my heart and soul for Juventus and I’ll always love the city of Turin until my final days.

“The “tifosi bianconeri” always respected me and I tried to thank that respect by fighting for them in every game, every season, every competition. In the end, we can all look back and realize that we achieved great things, not all that we wanted, but still, we wrote a pretty beautiful story together.

“I will always be one of you. You are now part of my history, as I feel that I’m part of yours. Italy, Juve, Turin, tifosi bianconeri, you’ll always be in my heart.”

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From match No 1 to match No 1,000 – how Ronaldo sought perfection on the pitch

August 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM EDT

Watford agree to sign Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko for fee in region of £5mWatford have confirmed a deal to sign Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko for a fee in the region of £5m.

The 32-year-old will arrive at Vicarage Road on a two-year deal and arrives on the same day that Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira confirmed they are close to signing Watford’s Will Hughes.

The French international departs north London after making 202 appearances since joining from Newcastle United in 2016.

Sissoko becomes the 11th first-team signing for Watford this summer, and will compete for a place in the side with fellow midfield reinforcements Imran Louza, Juraj Kucka, Ozan Tufan and Peter Etebo.

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The four signings who cost just £3m and lit up Watford’s Premier League return

August 27, 2021 at 12:46 PM EDT

Ronaldo is back – ‘Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester’Manchester United’s official statement earlier read:

“Manchester United is delighted to confirm that the club has reached agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo, subject to agreement of personal terms, visa and medical.

“Cristiano, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner, has so far won over 30 major trophies during his career, including five UEFA Champions League titles, four FIFA Club World Cups, seven league titles in England, Spain and Italy, and the European Championship for his native Portugal.

“In his first spell for Manchester United, he scored 118 goals in 292 games.

“Everyone at the club looks forward to welcoming Cristiano back to Manchester.”

How excited are you, United fans? Have your say below!

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Ronaldo’s back! What do you think, Manchester United fans?

August 27, 2021 at 12:35 PM EDT

Manchester United sign Cristiano Ronaldo – ‘He did things to defenders that made you squirm with glee’The most topsy-turvy transfer window ever just took its latest twist.

Cristiano Ronaldo has re-signed for Manchester United, twelve years after leaving Old Trafford for Real Madrid in one of the most sensational returns football has ever seen.

The Athletic’s Jack Lang wrote about Ronaldo’s first spell at Old Trafford as part of The Premier League 60 series.

“The insatiable hunger for self-mastery that eventually propelled him into the stratosphere first took root in Manchester. From around 2006 until his departure for Real Madrid, we had the full bildungsroman: no baggage, no background noise — just a young man in a luminous state of pure becoming.

“Ronaldo did not reach his towering zenith in the Premier League. But we got him when he was at his most frivolous, his most fallible and his most fun.

“And then we got to watch him sand down the raw edges of his game, one by one, until he was on the cusp of greatness.”

Read the full piece below!

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The Premier League 60: No 5, Cristiano Ronaldo

August 27, 2021 at 12:02 PM EDT

BREAKING: Manchester United confirm deal reached to sign Cristiano RonaldoManchester United have agreed a deal to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus!

The Athletic reported earlier on Friday that United were in advanced talks to bring their former number 7 back to Old Trafford after he told Juventus of his desire to leave.

Is this the craziest transfer window ever?

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Is a return to Manchester United a good career move for Cristiano Ronaldo?

August 27, 2021 at 11:56 AM EDT

Klopp: ‘No battle’ between Robertson and TsimikasLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims there is “no battle” for the left-back slot at the club as he ponders a recall for Andy Robertson over Kostas Tsimikas.

The Scotland captain missed his side’s opening two Premier League games with ankle ligament damage sustained in pre-season, but declared he was “ready to play” after signing a new five-year contract at the club this week, with Tsimikas impressing in his absence.

“There is no battle, players don’t battle each other, it’s about who is in good shape. I’m really happy how Kostas performed after a tough first year.

“We have two really good left-backs and it was always the idea to have that.”

Caoimhe O’Neill and Mark Carey analysed Tsimikas’ early season performances – read the full article below.

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Measuring Kostas Tsimikas’s early-season performances up against Andy Robertson

August 27, 2021 at 11:27 AM EDT

Manchester United on verge of reaching agreement with Juventus to sign RonaldoManchester United are on the verge of reaching an agreement with Juventus to sign striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

It is understood the fee is €15 million, plus €8 million in add-ons.

Manchester City are no longer interested in the Portuguese star, leaving United in pole position to re-sign their former number 7.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left the door firmly open for a return to Old Trafford for Ronaldo in his press conference earlier on Friday: “He knows what we feel about him. If he was ever going to move away from Juventus, he knows we’re here.”

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The Premier League 60: No 5, Cristiano Ronaldo

August 27, 2021 at 11:05 AM EDT

United reignite Trippier interest as Dortmund make loan bid for DalotBorussia Dortmund have made a loan bid for Manchester United’s Diogo Dalot. United are said to be considering the offer while at the same time reigniting talks over Kieran Trippier.

United’s pursuit of Trippier was paused earlier in the window due to Atletico Madrid’s demands for a £28 million fee together with Dalot’s good form in pre-season. But dialogue is open again after Dortmund’s approach, while AC Milan are also interested in signing the Portuguese full-back for a second time.

There still remain major hurdles to Dalot leaving and Trippier joining, with sources previously confident neither would happen.

Meanwhile, United are happy to let Amad Diallo leave on loan, but finding a suitable club this summer has proved complicated – you can read more on this story below.

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Amad is available on loan, but Manchester United want it to be to the right club with the right way of playing

August 27, 2021 at 10:44 AM EDT

Discussion: Is a return to Manchester United a good career move for Cristiano Ronaldo?Manchester City have ended their interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo — leaving rivals Manchester United with the chance of landing their former No 7 before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.

Ronaldo has told current employers Juventus he wants to leave the club and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to rule out a sensational return for the Portuguese forward in Friday’s press conference.

So, would Manchester United be making the right decision if Ronaldo was to come back to Old Trafford? Or should they be prioritising a defensive midfielder during the last few days of the window? Have your say here!

The Athletic UK Staff

August 27, 2021 at 10:35 AM EDT

Everton are ‘not considering’ selling Richarlison — Rafa BenitezRafa Benitez says Everton are “not considering” selling Richarlison despite speculation linking the Brazilian with a big-money move to Paris Saint-Germain.

Reports overnight suggested the 24-year-old was being lined up to replace Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe, although sources close to the player have insisted that no talks have yet taken place between the two clubs.

But speaking ahead of Everton’s trip to Brighton on Saturday, Benitez insisted the striker was not for sale.

“We are not considering selling Richarlison,” Benitez said. “He is our player — we are really pleased with him and hopefully he can score a lot of goals this year for us.”

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Why Everton are happy to let marathon man Richarlison run free for now

August 27, 2021 at 10:24 AM EDT

Manchester United now in advanced negotiations for Cristiano RonaldoManchester United’s move for Cristiano Ronaldo is now gathering pace.

The Athletic reported earlier that United were in talks to sign the Portuguese star after he told Juventus of his intention to leave.

Those talks are now at an advanced stage – with Manchester City no longer believed to be interested in a potential deal, leaving United as the likeliest destination should he leave the Italian giants.

The Athletic UK Staff

August 27, 2021 at 9:02 AM EDT

Juventus working on deal to sign Everton’s Moise KeanJuventus are working on a deal to re-sign Moise Kean from Everton, two years after selling the striker to the Premier League side for £25 million.

Kean has struggled to make an impact at Goodison Park since arriving in 2019 and spent last season on loan at Paris Saint-Germain, scoring 18 goals in 40 games across all competitions.

It is believed PSG explored recruiting Kean on a permanent basis before the acquisition of Lionel Messi earlier this summer and now Juventus are determined to bring the 21-year-old back to Turin.

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August 27, 2021 at 8:41 AM EDT

Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus — AllegriCristiano Ronaldo wants to leave Juventus, head coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed.

On Thursday, The Athletic reported that Ronaldo’s representatives held talks with Manchester City over a possible transfer to the English champions.

In light of Ronaldo’s revelation, Allegri also said he will not select the Portuguese forward for Saturday’s Serie A match against Empoli.

Allegri said: “Yesterday, Cristiano told me that he no longer has any intention to play for Juventus. For this reason, he will not be called up for tomorrow’s game.”

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How would Cristiano Ronaldo fit in at Manchester City?

August 27, 2021 at 8:22 AM EDT

Full Europa League group stage draw confirmedThe 2021/22 Europa League group stage begins on Thursday, September 16, and the full draw is as follows:

Group A: Lyon, Rangers, Sparta Prague, Brondby

Group B: Monaco, PSV, Real Sociedad, Sturm Graz

Group C: Napoli, Leicester, Spartak Moscow, Legia Warsaw

Group D: Olympiakos, Eintracht Frankfurt, Fenerbahce, Royal Antwerp

Group E: Lazio, Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Galatasaray

Group F: Braga, Red Star, Ludogorets, Midtjylland

Group G: Leverkusen, Celtic, Real Betis, Ferencvaros

Group H: Dinamo Zagreb, Genk, West Ham, Rapid Vienna

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August 27, 2021 at 8:03 AM EDT

West Ham get Dinamo and Leicester to play Napoli in Europa League group stageWest Ham will face Dinamo Zagreb, Genk and Rapid Vienna in the Europa League group stage.

Leicester, meanwhile, have drawn Napoli, Spartak Moscow and Legia Warsaw.

The east London side enter the group stage for the first time in their history this season, while Brendan Rodgers’s side were knocked out in last season’s round of 32 by Sparta Prague.

The Athletic’s West Ham and Leicester writers Roshane Thomas and Rob Tanner have more on the draw here.

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At last, the London Stadium is feeling like home for buoyant West Ham

August 27, 2021 at 7:09 AM EDT

Hello and welcome!Welcome to The Athletic’s live news blog for Friday.

Paavan Mohindru will be bringing you news from across the world of football and the latest updates in the transfer market.

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