Manchester United will have a crucial summer transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer attempts to launch a credible title push next season.
Last month’s Europa League final saw the Red Devils come agonizingly close to winning their first title under Solskjaer, but they were defeated in a thrilling penalty shootout by Villarreal.
They also finished second in the Premier League, indicating that a few signings will be necessary to push them closer to glory in the 2021/22 season.
Varane offered United pay rise
Manchester United have named Raphael Varane as a priority summer transfer target, according to Spanish publication Defensa Central, who claim the Red Devils are willing to offer the Real Madrid centre-back a lucrative £10.3 million per year contract.
Varane, who earns £4.3 million a year at Real Madrid, would get a hefty pay hike if he joined United.
The France international is claimed to have rejected a contract offer from Los Blancos, who offered him £7.7 million per year.
Ronaldo contacts United
Cristiano Ronaldo’s representatives have reportedly approached United about a possible return to Old Trafford, according to ESPN.
After a difficult 2020/21 season in which they failed to retain the Italian title, the Portugal captain only has a year left on his current Juve contract and is rumored to be considering his next move.
His representatives are claimed to have spoken to Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid, all of whom could be interested in signing him.
Pogba set for contract talks
According to ESPN, Paul Pogba is expected to meet with United this summer to negotiate a possible contract extension.
Pogba is approaching the end of his current contract, which means he will be eligible to start discussing a free transfer elsewhere at the turn of the year.
And, with few clubs willing to pay for him in the upcoming transfer season, United officials are eager to sign the France midfielder to a new contract in order to prevent losing him for free in 2022.
Everton ready to part with Allan for Ramsey
Aaron Ramsey could be back in the English Premier League if Rafael Benitez’s bid satisfies Juventus and the Everton manager seems set on doing anything for the Wales midfielder.
Apparently, Benitez is willing to let Brazilian midfielder Allan move to Juventus just to have Ramsey join the Toffees squad.
To an extent, he is the only one that has shown interest in the Welshman.
Ramsey came out great on Friday when he scored a goal in Wales’ 2-2 draw game against the Czech Republic, but the 30-year old hasn’t had a good run for his club recently, so it is unclear whether Benitez wants him for his experience, or if the Everton coach thinks that Ramsey has more to offer.
Calciomercato claims that Juventus coach Max Allegri has demanded to have Allan included in the deal to acquire Ramsey. Since Allan’s coordination with fellow midfielder Doucoure has aided Everton a whole lot this season, it is surprising that Benitez would forgo him for an “out of form” Ramsey.
Comparing Ramsey to Allan three years ago would have had the former take the upper hand, but their current worth is probably the opposite, placing such a deal under speculation.
Since nothing has been finalized and anything can happen before a player transfer, it remains to be seen what Rafael Benitez will decide, whether Ramsey will join or replace Allan at Goodison Park.
McKennie rejects West Ham, wants Tottenham move
Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri recently pointed out McKennie as one of the players that he has not included in his plan for the new season.
Allegri has already prompted his club to bring in Axel Witsel from Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for the 22-year-old and the club will only sign the Belgian after they manage to offload McKennie in order to cut down on their wage bill.
Juventus and West Ham have been in talks over a move for McKennie, but now according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport yesterday, the young talent has allegedly rejected West Ham and wants to join Tottenham instead.
The Serie A club has been in talks with Tottenham too as another potential destination for the American with the two clubs agreeing on a fee under £40 million.
West Ham boss David Moyes wants to strengthen his side even further, despite a perfect start to the season, scoring 8 goals in their two opening games, and winning both to top the league table.
The club is already closing in on landing Kurt Zouma from fellow London club Chelsea. Zouma underwent medical yesterday in France, after he flew there for personal reasons.
However, The Hammers want their own medics in England to look at the results before finalizing the deal.
Moyes would love to improve other areas too and missing out on a chance to land a versatile player like McKennie is a huge blow to the club, especially now that they are competing with some of the best clubs for European silverware.
The USA international mostly takes up a central midfield role but has also played as an attacking midfielder, a defensive midfielder and a centre back in the past while at Schalke and Juventus.
He can be a go to during emergency situations and provide quality cover if need arises.
McKennie played 34 times in Serie A last season, under Andrea Pirlo netting five goals and making two assists.
Ronaldo terms speculations about his future as “disrespectful”
Cristiano Ronaldo issued a statement in response to reports linking him to both Manchester United and Manchester City, calling the conjecture “disrespectful.”
In an Instagram post on Monday, Ronaldo wrote: “Anyone who knows me is aware of how focused I am on my work.”
“Less talk and more action, this has been my guiding motto since the start of my career. However, in view of everything that’s been said and written recently, I have to set out my position,” stated the Portugal captain.
“More than the disrespect for me as a man and as a player, the frivolous way that my future is covered in the media is disrespectful to all the clubs involved in these rumours, as well as to their players and staff.”
Ronaldo’s deal with Juventus ends in less than a year, which means the Serie A giants will have to trade this summer to recover a transfer fee for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.
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