Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Frenkie de Jong agent AGREES deal, squad want Cristiano Ronaldo GONE, Knighton takeover | The Sun

MAN UTD have reportedly agreed a deal with Frenkie de Jong's agent for the Dutchman to join the club.

The Red Devils have long since agreed a fee with Barcelona for the midfielder, but it had not looked like they'd be able to get him to join.

However, it looks like they may now have a chance of beating Chelsea to the former Ajax star's signature.

Meanwhile, SunSport can exclusively reveal that the Man Utd dressing room wants the club to SELL Cristiano Ronaldo.

And former director Michael Knighton has confirmed he is getting a consortium together to buy the club back from the Glazers.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    Man United share price decline

    Man United's incredible decline under the Glazers has been revealed through their staggeringly slow growth on the stock exchange.

    Financial writer Kieran Maguire made the revelation a decade after the Glazers first listed United on the New York Stock Exchange.

    The opening share price on that day was $14.

    And incredibly, if a person had invested £1,000 in shares back then, today that money would be worth just £814.

    The figure looks even bleaker against other sporting institutions, with a grand invested in Juventus now returning £2k.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Benzema gives Ronaldo credit

    Karim Benzema has credited Cristiano Ronaldo for helping him up his game when they played together for Real Madrid.

    Benzema admitted: "It’s true that I’ve scored many more goals, but when Cristiano was here, we had a different style of play, I was providing more assists.

    "He really helped me on and off the pitch. But at that time, I did know that I could do more and when he left, it was the time to change my game, change my ambitions and I am doing that well at the moment."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ten Hag tipped for greatness

    Erik ten Hag has been tipped to do great things at Man United by Brighton ace Joel Veltman.

    Veltman was part of the Seagulls squad that ruined Ten Hag's Prem initiation by defeating United on the opening day,

    But he's adamant that his former Ajax boss will turn things around.

    He said to The Argus: "I know how it is, I know how he (ten Hag) plays.

    “Of course, different stadium, different fans, different players but you could see at the beginning we are struggling because of his ideas.

    “So I think he will do great things here."

  • Justin Lawrence

    United linked with ex-Chelsea attacker

    Man United may turn their attention to Atletico Madrid ace Alvaro Morata, reports claim.

    The Red Devils pulled the plug on their pursuit of Marko Arnautovic due to fan pressure.

    And ESPN claim they could seek the services of Morata as they effusively hunt for a new attacker.

  • Justin Lawrence

    United fans branded 'delusional'

    Man United fans have been blasted for their attitude towards the club's approach for Marko Arnautovic.

    United placed a bid for the Bologna ace which infuriated the club's fans.

    But they've been branded delusional by Gabby Agbonlahor.

    He told talkSPORT: "I don’t know who Man United fans think they are. Arnautovic makes that squad a better squad.

    “They’ve got to stop living in the Fergie years. Man United, now, are a club who can’t attract top players.

    “I’d rather Arnautovic in my team than Jadon Sancho at the moment.

    “If he makes that team better for a season, get him in. It’s the manager’s choice, it doesn’t matter what the fans think."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Gender pay gap revealed

    The staggering pay gap between Manchester United's men and women players has been revealed.

    A BBC study this month revealed the average WSL player earns £47,000 a year – around £900 a week.

    Meanwhile, the average male Premier League star earns £60k a WEEK.

    At United, the Telegraph claims most female stars are picking up between £50k-£90k each year, making for an average annual salary of £70k.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Club legend makes shock admission

    Javier Hernandez has offered to return to Manchester United and play for FREE.

    The Mexican forward starred for the Red Devils between 2010 and 2015, helping them to two Premier League title wins.

    He said: "Man, I mean, there are these situations and I know the narratives because of my age and my past.

    "If United came for me then I’d say ‘yes, I’ll play for free.’ Of course, you know, I’d do that.

    "But I also want to be very respectful to my club. I am playing very consistently and in my mind and my world, my conviction is all about winning a championship with LA Galaxy."

  • Justin Lawrence

    A closer look at United bidder

    Michael Knighton was once heavily involved in Manchester United – and he could be in for a second bite of the cherry, NYLE SMITH WRITES.

    The successful Englishman is reportedly preparing a hostile bid to buy United back from the Glazer family.

    Born October 4, 1951, Michael Knighton was raised in Derbyshire and spent most of his youth playing football.

    As a teenager, Knighton represented Coventry City as an apprentice for a year before his career was cut short due to a thigh injury.

    However, this enabled the successful businessman to focus on his studies at Durham University's Bede College where he secured a degree in Physical Education (PE).

    And then Michael went to St. Cuthbert's College to study philosophy, politics and Mandarin Chinese before becoming a PE teacher as well as teaching geography in 1976.

    But by 1984, the Englishman quit to focus on property interests with his first huge asset being Manchester United.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Inside Ronaldo's hotel in Morroco

    Cristiano Ronaldo has now launched the Pestana CR7 Lifestyle hotel in Moroccan city Marrakech – which has already been put up for a prestigious gong.

    CR7's latest venture has been nominated for Africa's Leading New Hotel 2022 at the World Travel Awards.

    The luxury facility boasts 174 rooms, a spa, business centre, pool and gym.

    Rooms cost from £158 to £372 a night.

  • Justin Lawrence

    West Ham eye Bailly transfer

    West Ham are reportedly weighing up an offer to bring Manchester United outcast Eric Bailly to the London Stadium, JAKE LAMBOURNE WRITES.

    The Hammers are on the lookout for a new centre-back with Issa Diop on the verge of joining newly-promoted side Fulham.

    French star Diop is believed to be closing in on a five-year deal at Craven Cottage in his quest to play first team football.

    And David Moyes will now press ahead with bringing in a replacement for the 25-year-old, with it claimed they could complete a transfer this week.

    According to talkSPORT, the East London outfit have identified Ivory Coast international Bailly and Paris Saint-Germain's Thilo Kehrer as potential options.

    West Ham are keen to wrap up a deal fast ahead of Sunday's trip to Nottingham Forest.

  • Justin Lawrence

    Former director plots hostile takeover

    Ex-Manchester United director Michael Knighton is preparing a "hostile" takeover bid for the Red Devils.

    The 70-year-old served on United's board between 1989 and 1992 and is plotting a sensational return to Old Trafford.

    Speaking to Man United The Religion, he said: "Everyone knows that we need new ownership of this football club.

    "That is my aim, those are my objectives.

    "I’m making good progress, I continue to talk to the people, I’ve got some good pledges with good finance.

    "We are now working on the offer document – remember, it's a hostile bid."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Martial and Pogba blast

    Graeme Souness has ripped into Anthony Martial whilst taking a dig at Paul Pogba.

    He said on talkSPORT: "When you are talking about ‘we are going to miss Martial’, how many opportunities is that young man going to get to be a Manchester United player?

    “He’s proven already to me he’s not for Man United. He can’t deal with the pressure of playing at Man United.

    “It’s a bit like Pogba. I see both of them and I see players in them and qualities that few players possess.

    “But it’s on their terms and they pick and choose when they use it.

    “When you play for a big club you cannot be like that. When you are at a big club you play in a cup final every week.

    “These players are not up for that, they’re not up for the fight. There’s not good being a great player in training or a great player once every six or seven games."

  • Justin Lawrence

    Ronaldo riles up team-mates

    Manchester United players are becoming increasingly annoyed by Cristiano Ronaldo's antics, NEIL CUSTIS WRITES.

    A number would prefer it if he just left rather than the current impasse between player and club go on.

    There is growing anger amongst squad members at Ronaldo’s stance and attitude around the club.

    A United source said: “It is really starting to annoy a lot of players now.

    “He does have his allies in the camp but a lot are fed up with how he is going about things.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    United chief jets to Turin

    Man United's director of football John Murtough will reportedly fly to Turin to complete the signing of Adrien Rabiot.

    United boss Ten Hag conveyed to Rabiot his desire to bring the midfielder to Old Trafford directly, according to The Telegraph.

    And now Murtough's headed to Italy to make Ten Hag's wishes come true, the report added.

  • Justin Lawrence

    United flop joins Marseille

    Man United flop Alexis Sanchez has found a new home with Marseille.

    The winger who failed to light up Old Trafford ended his Inter Milan contract by mutual consent this week.

    But he's set to get straight back into the thick of things after Marseille confirmed he signed for them on their website.

  • Etienne Fermie

    Good morning United fans

    Manchester United have ended their shock pursuit of Marko Arnautovic due to fan backlash.

    The Red Devils made a surprise swoop for the Bologna forward earlier this week – much to the surprise of the Old Trafford faithful.

    But reaction to the move has prompted the Premier League big boys to pull the plug on the deal.

    United are now expected to move on to securing other attacking reinforcements before the transfer window shuts on August 31.

    The Red Devils are also preparing an offer for PSV winger Cody Gakpo.

    And have reportedly turned their attention to Watford winger Ismaila Sarr.

    Reports claim the Senegal star has forced his way on to Erik ten Hag’s shortlist.

    Old Trafford legend Rio Ferdinand has picked his team to play Brentford – and axed midfield partnership McFred.

    Ferdinand told Vibe with Five: “In my midfield, I’m going to play Martinez as the holding midfielder and take Fred out.

  • Alex Cole

    Ronaldo failed to make an impact

    The stage was set for substitute Cristiano Ronaldo to become Manchester United’s saviour on Sunday.

    But he struggled to make his presence felt on the Premier League’s opening weekend.

    With United 2-0 down at home to Brighton, Ron was introduced in the 53rd minute as a replacement for Fred.

    But despite 40 minutes on the pitch, the Portuguese forward touched the ball on just 12 occasions – and only two of those came inside the Seagulls’ penalty area.

  • Alex Cole

    United rebuild will ‘take time’, says Brown

    Former Manchester United defender Wes Brown reckons it will take “two or three transfer windows” for Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United squad to take shape.

    Brown told Sky Sports: “I think if you look back before yesterday’s game I think we all knew it was going to take time.

    “For myself I always knew if anything this window was going to be the most difficult really because the manager is trying to change a few things.”

    He added: “It’s going to take time, I don’t know two or three transfer windows.

    “The positive side is you could see at times we know what we’re trying to do, but I think it’s a confidence thing at the moment as well.”

  • Alex Cole

    More on Ismaila Sarr

    Sarr is starting his fourth season at Watford following last term’s relegation to the Championship.

    He has 25 goals in 94 games for his club, as well as ten strikes for Senegal.

    And Sarr could be the solution to Ten Hag’s attacking crisis.

  • Alex Cole

    ICYMI – United keen on Sarr

    Man Utd have reportedly turned their attention to Watford winger Ismaila Sarr.

    90min claims the Senegal star has forced his way on to Erik ten Hag’s shortlist, especially after last night’s wonder goal against West Brom!

    Sarr, 24, has previously been linked with an Old Trafford switch.

    And United could step up their hunt after pulling out of a controversial move for Bologna’s Marko Arnautovic.

  • Alex Cole

    Rio drops McTominay and Fred in predicted XI

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has picked his team to play Brentford – and axed midfield partnership McFred.

    Ferdinand told Vibe with Five: "In my midfield, I’m going to play Martinez as the holding midfielder and take Fred out.

    "I’m going to play Varane and Maguire [at centre-back]."

    He added: "I wouldn’t pick McTominay or Fred. Listen, whatever happens, Man Utd will improve from the first day against Brighton. Things can only get better."

    Do you agree United fans?

  • Alex Cole

    United preparing an offer for Gakpo

    Manchester United are reportedly preparing an offer for PSV winger Cody Gakpo.

    Melissa Reddy spoke on Sky Sports News about the potential Red Devils bid.

    She said: "Manchester United are priming an offer for PSV winger Cody Gakpo.

    "They have long said they have alternative attacking targets. It will surprise no one when I say Cody Gakpo is a player Erik ten Hag knows, as I said it is the manager driving their recruitment process.

    "Ruud van Nistelrooy being in the PSV dugout might help smooth matters. PSV have had a public stance that they would like to keep their key players, but ultimately they know if a club comes in with major financial resources, they wouldn't be able to decline that.

    "Gakpo is versatile, can play as a focal point if needed. This is another player where you wonder why United didn't try this earlier. He is represented by SEG, who also represent Ten Hag."

  • Alex Cole

    Mum’s the word for Rabiot

    There is said to be ‘only one stumbling block’ with Manchester United’s proposed move for Adrien Rabiot.

    And that, according to Manchester Evening News, is the midfielder’s mother.

    Veronique Rabiot acts as the agent for her son, and is known to drive a hard bargain in negotiations.

    And while United are believed to have secured a deal in principle with Juventus, an agreement over personal terms seems some way off.

  • Alex Cole

    Rabiot a long-term target

    The revelation that Adrien Rabiot is on the radar of Manchester United has been met with derision with many labelling it a panic buy.

    However, as Manchester Evening News’ reporter Samuel Luckhurst explains, the Frenchman has been a target for the Red Devils for many years.

    Indeed, the midfielder was first linked with a move to Old Trafford while a teenager at Paris Saint-Germain in 2014.

  • Alex Cole

    Ron not fit to start

    Erik ten Hag has been forced to answer questions as to why Cristiano Ronaldo did not start against Brighton on Sunday despite a shortage of attacking options.

    However, the Dutch coach explained that the decision was based on fitness.

    The forward was not sharp enough after just a few training sessions with the Manchester United squad.

    I suppose that’s what becomes of spending the whole summer trying for a move away…

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