With just over three weeks remaining in the transfer window, Manchester United are scrambling to make late additions to the squad.
Though the Frenkie de Jong saga is now well into its 13th week with no resolution in sight, United are finally getting closer to reinforcing their midfield. A fee has been agreed with Juventus for the transfer of Adrien Rabiot, though personal terms still need to be agreed.
United are also considering a €68million (£57.5m) bid for Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The 27-year-old is contracted to Lazio until 2024 and the Serie A club have been seeking a buyer for the Serbia international for some time.
However, the club have moved no closer to adding a forward after pulling out of a move for Marko Arnautovic and missing out on Benjamin Sesko to RB Leipzig.
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United dealt Gakpo transfer blow
Manchester United transfer target Cody Gakpo’s comments have dampened Erik ten Hag’s chances of signing the player after his side’s earned their place in the next round of this season’s Champions League.
United have recently stepped up their activity in the transfer market as they look to bring in reinforcements to Old Trafford before the window closes on September 1. The club would have had their targets in mind ahead of the summer, but the opening day defeat to Brighton seems to have intensified their pursuit of several players.
It was far from the perfect start for Ten Hag’s side as they found themselves 2-0 down after just 39 minutes. The midfield pairing of Scott McTominay and Fred failed to take control of the game as the duo were sloppy in possession.
Former Manchester United director Michael Knighton, who famously came close to buying the club in the 1980s, has confirmed that he is planning to submit a formal bid to buy the club from the Glazer family.
The American owners are under increasing pressure to sell the club following a disappointing summer in the transfer market and a whole catalogue of errors that have been made in recent years. Hundreds of supporters staged a protest against the Glazers ahead of Sunday’s season opener against Brighton & Hove Albion, marching from Media City to Old Trafford ahead of kick-off.
The protest grew in size as it approached the stadium, resulting in the club megastore being forced to pull its shutters down twice. Once inside the stadium, anti-Glazer chants filled the Old Trafford air with just ten minutes of the game played, as Avram Glazer made his first to Old Trafford for a Premier League fixture in almost 12 months.