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Manchester United transfer news RECAP

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England heroes Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford are on their way back to Manchester United after their heart-breaking World Cup defeat by France on Saturday night. Maguire and Shaw both started all five matches in Qatar as the Three Lions coasted through to the last-eight while Rashford also made his mark with three goals at the tournament. However, there was to be no trophy at the end as France, Croatia, Morocco and Argentina continue to battle for international glory. Closer to home, Erik ten Hag and his non-World Cup players are back in the UK too after their warm-weather camp in Spain. United were beaten in both friendly matches, but there were several positives for the manager as younger members of his squad were handed opportunities. Ten Hag also has one eye on the January window amid ongoing speculation over Cody Gakpo and other proposed targets. Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol has, seemingly, emerged on the radar as well with European outlets linking the RB Leipzig player with a move to United or neighbours Manchester City. Catch up with the latest news, views and transfer rumours with dedicated blog updates below.22:35Liam WoodScroll below for transfer updatesSo that brings our latest United transfer blog to a conclusion.Scroll below for news, rumours and updates from Old Trafford.21:47Liam WoodClubs submit Gvardiol offers – reportsReports suggest United have submitted an offer for Croatia defender Josko Gvardiol.Chelsea and City are, also, thought to have put forward their own requests to RB Leipzig.Gvardiol, 20, has earned rave reviews for his performances at the World Cup.Foot Mercato claim those three Premier League clubs have tabled bids for the centre-back with City thought to have underlined their intent with £86m including add-ons. No response has been made with Tottenham in the market for him, too. (Image: DeFodi Images via Getty Images)21:20Liam WoodTwo remain standing at World Cup20:52Liam WoodMbappe comments on Rashford postFrance superstar Kylian Mbappe has shown his softer side by responding to a heartfelt message posted by Marcus Rashford after England suffered another gut-wrenching World Cup elimination.Mbappe was kept relatively quiet by England, despite his glittering form, but did manage to grab some on-pitch attention when he wildly celebrated Harry Kane missing a decisive penalty late on.Read the full story here (Image: Jam Media/Getty Images)20:15KEY EVENTUnited target Mendy signing – reportsErik ten Hag wants to sign Ferland Mendy from Real Madrid – according to reports.Despite having England defender Luke Shaw at the club, Ten Hag went back to the Eredivisie this summer to sign Tyrell Malacia and bolster his left-back options. But is another move on the cards in that very same position?Reports from Spanish publication Defensa Central credit United and Chelsea with interest in the 27-year-old and he appears to be deemed surplus to requirements. Mendy was also omitted from the World Cup squad by Didier Deschamps. (Image: Europa Press via Getty Images)19:37Liam WoodVote for Footballer of the Year19:00Liam WoodNext six Premier League fixturesMaguire, Shaw and Rashford have now jetted home from Qatar.Here are the Premier League games that await after their returns;Tuesday, December 27 vs Forest (H) at 8pmSaturday, December 31 vs Wolves (A) at 12.30pmTuesday, January 3 vs Bournemouth (H) at 8pmSaturday, January 14 vs Man City (H) at 12.30pmSunday, January 22 vs Arsenal (A) at 4.30pmSaturday, February 4 vs Crystal Palace (H) at 3pm18:12Isaac JohnsonErik ten Hag’s impact on United squad detailedDavid de Gea says United players are benefiting from Erik ten Hag’s intense training sessions, explaining how the squad is “learning a lot”.The goalkeeper’s deal expires in the summer but, as the Manchester Evening News revealed, United are aiming to trigger his year-long extension clause.In the meantime, he seems impressed by his manager’s input:”I think we are enjoying it, we are training really hard with him. They are long training sessions, tactics, everything and I think we are heading the right way.”Read all of De Gea’s quotes here (Image: James Gill/Getty Images)17:25Isaac JohnsonOPINION: United are in no position to take Gonçalo Ramos gambleManchester United will look to sign a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo next month, and an obvious answer might be the man who has already replaced him at international level.There is a well-known warning against signing any player on the back of an impressive World Cup showing, but Gonçalo Ramos might well be an exception to the rule given how well he has performed at club level this campaign as well.Ramos, 21, was already catching attention prior to grabbing headlines in Qatar and has been enjoying a breakthrough season for Benfica with 14 goals and six assists to his name.Read the piece in full here Goncalo Ramos of Portugal celebrates16:55Isaac JohnsonUnited ‘told Tyler Adams transfer is a no go’Leeds will not entertain any offers for Tyler Adams despite United reportedly holding an interest in the USMNT captain.The midfielder has played all but one game for his club this season and was selected to lead his country at the World Cup, featuring in the goalless draw with England.But TEAMtalk reports that United, who supposedly have a ‘genuine interest’ in Adams, will be left disappointed in January with Leeds holding firm.16:15KEY EVENTFans’ Footballer of the Year awardThere is still time to select your Manchester United player of the year for 2022.United have four contenders for the accolade, which you can read all about here Vote below to give your pick the best chance of scooping the accolade:15:42Isaac JohnsonHannibal “happy” to be back from World CupBirmingham-loaned Hannibal Mejbri says he is glad back to be in England after not featuring much for Tunisia at the World Cup.The 19-year-old was given just 10 minutes of action, coming on late in the goalless draw with Denmark as his country failed to make it out of the group.Speaking upon his return, as per BirminghamLive, Hannibal said: “I didn’t play a lot in the World Cup so I was happy to come back here and get some minutes and show what I can do.”I came here for the season. We [Man United] speak after every game – and for the moment nothing. I am enjoying playing for this club, I enjoy the fans, now we just need to work on the small details to be a better team.” (Image: 2022 DeFodi Images)14:58Isaac JohnsonOPINION: Three ways United could line up with Goncalo RamosManchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that the club will be looking to sign a striker during the upcoming January transfer window.United are light on options at centre-forward following Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent exit from the club.His exit has left United with just one senior out-and-out striker in the form of Anthony Martial, whose fitness has proven somewhat fragile so far this season.After scoring a hat-trick in Portugal’s 6-1 win World Cup win over Switzerland last week, Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos is the latest name to be heavily linked with the prospect of a move to Old Trafford. (Image: 2022 Visionhaus)14:33Isaac JohnsonFelix ‘free’ to leave Atletico MadridSpanish outlet AS (via Sport Witness) reports that Atletico Madrid will not stand in Joao Felix’s way if he wantes to leave the club.In fact, it claims agent Jorge Mendes has been working on a potential exit for his client for a little while, with the attacker being priced at €100m (£94m). The report says United are leading the way for Felix, with PSG and Arsenal are also keeping a close eye on developments.Erik ten Hag has admitted he is searching for a forward in January amid the exit of Cristiano Ronaldo last month. (Image: Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images.)14:02Isaac JohnsonUnited ‘monitoring’ PulisicUnited are said to be tracking the situation with Christian Pulisic at Chelsea ahead of a potential loan bid.The Mirror adds that Chelsea would prefer to sell the American for around £40m after failing to build up momentum at the Blues due to constant injuries. The report claims Pulisic would be willing to move, with Newcastle also interested. The playmaker featured for the USA in their goalless draw with England at the World Cup and ended the tournament with a goal and two assists as his country made it to the last 16. (Image: Photo by Richard Sellers/Getty Images)13:29Isaac JohnsonAmazon linked with potential United bidThe Athletic is reporting that global brand Amazon have been ‘mooted’ as possible bidders for United after the club was put up for sale by the Glazers.It claims ‘some close to the talks’ identified the company as a potential suitor, although a spokesperson from Amazon said: “Amazon declined to comment on rumour and speculation.”The business has a sleeve sponsorship of with Serie A table-toppers Napoli and brodcast two Premier League matchdays on streaming service Prime. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is thought to have a net worth of over $100bn.The Athletic claims the Glazers wish to enact a full sale of the club to a potential bidder in the first quarter of 2023. (Image: PA Wire)12:45George SmithThe countdown to the semi-finals is on12:00KEY EVENTUnited’s stance on Garnacho’s futureUnited are understood to be remaining relaxed about Alejandro Garnacho’s future at the club amid ongoing reports linking him with a move to Real Madrid.The youngster has burst onto the scene in recent months and has established himself as a first-team player under Erik ten Hag. He scored twice for the Reds just prior to the World Cup break, including a dramatic winner against Fulham at Craven Cottage.Naturally, his performances and potential have generated interest, reportedly from Madrid.Click here to read more.11:26George SmithBenfica ‘increase’ Ramos asking priceAccording to a report by the Daily Express, Benfica have impressed their valuation of striker Goncalo Ramos by £45million since the conclusion of Portugal’s World Cup campaign.Ramos, who is being strongly linked with a move to United, made headlines last week after scoring a hat-trick in Portugal’s 6-1 win over Switzerland.He is now reportedly valued at £70million, whereas he was valued at £25million ahead of the tournament. (Image: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images.)10:35George SmithUnited’s next six fixtures:United are just over a week away from resuming their campaign. With that said, here is a quick look at their next six fixtures:Burnley (H) – Carabao Cup 4th round – December 21Nottingham Forest (H) – Premier League – December 27Wolves (A) – Premier League – December 31Bournemouth (H) – Premier League – January 3Everton (H) – FA Cup 3rd round – January 6Man City (H) – Premier League – January 14 (Image: 2022 Simon Stacpoole/Offside)09:50George SmithOPINION: Three reasons why United should avoid Felix transferTalk of Joao Felix possibly joining United is gathering pace. The Portuguese international could be offloaded by Atletico Madrid next month and United are being heavily linked with a move for his signature.However, considering United want to sign a striker next month, especially one with a good record in front of goal, Felix is not that man, despite being an impressive talent.Click here to read our analysis. (Image: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images.)09:19Richard FayDe Gea shuts down Spanish journalist over Garnacho questionDavid de Gea told a Spanish journalist Alejandro Garnacho is going nowhere after being questioned about a possible move to Real Madrid for the teenager.Garnacho joined up with the rest of the United squad in Andalusia for warm-weather training, including two friendly matches against Cadiz and Real Betis, last week. The electric winger featured in both games, and the Spanish press took their chance to ask Garnacho about a potential move to the Bernabeu after the defeat by Betis. Yet De Gea intervened, as he told reporters: “We won’t let him leave.”08:56Richard FayTen Hag compares Marcus Rashford to Kylian MbappeErik ten Hag believes Marcus Rashford can reach the same level as Paris Saint-Germain talisman Kylian Mbappe.”From the first moment, I recognised huge potential,” Ten Hag said of Rashford prior to England’s quarter-final defeat to France. “And now to get out the potential, I believe when Marcus’s positioning is on the back of the defending line, there is almost no better player in the world.”There is Mbappe in this moment, a type like him. But when he (Rashford)’s getting in that position, he’s great and you see he’s really improved also out of possession.”You can read even more here.08:17Richard FayGlazers ‘failed’ in bid to buy out siblingsThere is still no real update to give on United’s takeover stance right now.However, The Athletic lift the lid Joel and Avram Glazer’s failed attempt to try and buy out their siblings last summer.It’s claimed that they felt buying out brothers Edward, Kevin, and Bryan – as well as sister Darcie – would ‘free them to run the club in a more unified, streamlined manner’.They felt having four different voices on the board clogged progression, allowing issues to become prolonged and protracted – like refurbishing and revamping Old Trafford.Joel and Avram Glazer will consider offers for Manchester United (Image: Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty )07:47Richard FayTwo players remain involved in World Cup16 United players headed to the World Cup and now only two are left.Lisandro Martinez will feature in the first semi-final when Argentina face Croatia on Tuesday night and Raphael Varane will play with France face Morocco on Wednesday night.Given that there is also a third-plac play-off tie, they’ll both be away until next weekend.Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez have shone in recent weeks07:30Richard FayGonçalo Ramos price-tag ‘rises’ by £45m following World CupUnited have been keeping an eye on Gonçalo Ramos for a while but will now have to pay a premium to sign him.07:16KEY EVENTUnited make decisions on five players’ contractsErik ten Hag has indicated Manchester United will extend the contracts of the five players approaching the last six months of their deals.David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, Fred and Marcus Rashford are technically out of contract on June 30 but United have the option of an additional year with each player.You can read the full story here.07:09Richard FayPSG ‘to test’ Rasford resolve with huge contract offerParis Saint-Germain will reportedly make a bumper contract offer to sign Marcus Rashford.The Mirror reports that PSG are happy to make Rashford one of the best-paid players on the planet and are understood to be putting together a package that could be worth up to £850,000 a week. (Image: 2022 Craig Mercer/MB Media)Liam WoodMbappe comments on Rashford postFrance superstar Kylian Mbappe has shown his softer side by responding to a heartfelt message posted by Marcus Rashford after England suffered another gut-wrenching World Cup elimination.Mbappe was kept relatively quiet by England, despite his glittering form, but did manage to grab some on-pitch attention when he wildly celebrated Harry Kane missing a decisive penalty late on.Read the full story here (Image: Jam Media/Getty Images)Liam WoodOdds-on Gakpo to earn move?United have been heavily linked with a swoop for Cody Gakpo next month.Here are the latest frontrunners for his signature as per bookmakers SkyBet;Manchester United – 2/1Newcastle United – 7/1Leeds United – 9/1Barcelona / Liverpool – 10/1Arsenal – 12/1Tottenham Hotspur – 16/1*Odds were correct at 22:00 on December 11. Subject to change.

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