Aug 17, 2023

Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Maguire to stay, Spurs 'to sell' Hojbjerg, Alonso 'rejects' move, Spinazzola talks

Erik ten Hag has stepped up his pursuit of a left-back and a midfielder before Friday's transfer deadline with a number of options on the Red Devils' shortlist with some late moves in mind

There's now just four days left of the 2023 summer transfer window and Manchester United do not have much time left to get their deals done.

Erik ten Hag's side have already spent heavily in the window with the signings of Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund. The squad still needs some major surgery, however.

The Red Devils look to be closing in on a move for goalkeeper Altay Bayindir, who will become the club's fourth addition. Ten Hag still wants a left-back and a midfielder though, and there are plenty of options for the Dutchman to consider.

Marc Cucurella, Marcos Alonso and Rico Henry could all fill the gap in defence and it appears that talks are ongoing for all three. Talks have also opened regarding some surprise names including Nicolas Tagliafico and Leonardo Spinazzola.

Regarding the midfield vacancy, Fiorentina star Sofyan Amrabat has been linked all summer. Bayern Munich star Ryan Gravenberch could also be on his way to Old Trafford in a swap deal involving Scott McTominay.

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According to the Athletic, Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has completed his medical ahead of a permanent move to Crystal Palace.

The report states that Henderson is set to join Palace for an initial £15m plus £5m in add-ons. As a result, United are now expected to sign Fenerbahce goakeeper Altay Bayindir to act as Andre Onana's back-up.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is a transfer target for Manchester United in the closing week of the transfer window – and Jose Mourinho has already explained just why any club should be interested in the Denmark midfielder.

The Tottenham midfielder has been identified as a late target by Erik ten Hag’s side. United have been in the market for an additional deep-lying midfielder all summer, with Sofyan Amrabat of Fiorentina also on their radar.

Earlier this summer, Spurs had agreed a £30million deal to sell Hojbjerg to Atletico Madrid but the deal collapsed as personal terms could not be agreed. All parties are believed to be open to a deal this week should agreement be found on a transfer fee.

Hojbjerg spent the first half of his career in Germany at Bayern, with loan spells at Augsburg and Schalke, before joining Southampton in 2016 – where he was a key player across four seasons. He was then signed by Mourinho at Tottenham, where he has made 146 first-team appearances.

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Manchester United have told Harry Maguire that he will NOT be leaving Old Trafford before the end of the transfer window.

Red Devils' boss Erik ten Hag had previously told the club hierarchy to move Maguire on this summer but amid his move to West Ham falling through, he is now set to stay with the club.

That decision has been made given the limited time that the Red Devils have to find a replacement, according to The Guardian.

Manchester United do not look like signing Marcos Alonso this summer with the Spaniard reportedly not sold on a move to Old Trafford.

According to Marca, the former Chelsea star is not thrilled at the prospect of linking up with the Red Devils and would prefer to stay with Barcelona.

It is suggested that he has rejected the chance to join them on loan with the offer of a further season's contract.

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Former Manchester United star Gary Neville has said that the Red Devils will be keen to add a midfielder and a left-back before Friday’s transfer deadline.

He said: “They’ve got better players in this summer but there’s no doubt they want another player or two, a left-back and a central midfield player. I think they need that or else they’re going to be put under real pressure, particularly when all the other competitions kick in."

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Former Man United striker Romelu Lukaku could be set to assist Jadon Sancho in leaving Old Trafford.

The Belgian striker is set to leave Stamford Bridge and will join Italian side Roma on loan. That could open up a gap in the Blues' squad for a new attacker and according to London World, they admire Sancho.

Arsena's Emile Smith Rowe is also among those who could be drafted in.

Turkish side Besiktas have reportedly opened talks with Mason Greenwood in an effort to sign him.

The Red Devils have already announced that he will leave Old Trafford. As per Sabah Spor, Besiktas have added him to their list of targets.

It is said that they are talking to his representatives and are investigating what his fitness level is sitting at.

Man United have reportedly launched talks with Lyon regarding a deal for Argentine left-back Nicolas Tagliafico.

According to The Independent, the Red Devils are keen on a permanent deal for the defender. It is reported that the French side want to receive around €6m (£5.15m) plus bonuses for his services.

However, a deal is some way off with United preferring a loan move. Tagliafico is said to be open to a move to Old Trafford.

Amid their ongoing search for a left-back, the Red Devils could turn to Leicester star Luke Thomas.

The Foxes' academy graduate has not played a minute of competitive football this season under Enzo Maresca. According to The Mail, Leeds are exploring the option of taking him on-loan.

However, he could also emerge as an option for Man United as an emergency signing.

Sticking with the Danish midfielder and it appears that a move is gathering momentum.

According to Sky Sports, the Red Devils have made contact with Spurs to see if they can sign Hojbjerg.

He has just two years left on his contract in North London and it is previously been reported that Spurs would be willing to cash-in on him.

Christian Eriksen could potentially play a role in Manchester United’s attempts to sign in Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg after convincing him to move to Tottenham.

The latter revealed: “I called Christian [Eriksen] and had a chat. I had some questions that I would have had clarified. And that was really positive. The talk I had with Christian, strengthened my desire and feeling to move to Tottenham.”

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Manchester United have been forced to drop their demands for midfielder Scott McTominay.

According to The Telegraph, the Red Devils initiallly put a £45m asking price on the midfielder. However, with no clubs willing to pay that, they have been forced to accept that they may have to sell him for less.

McTominay has been linked with a loan move to Bayern Munich over recent days.

Man United's chances of signing Barcelona defender have been handed a huge boost with the Spaniards already starting to identify replacements.

According to Sport, they have three options under consideration. The first is Man City defender Joao Cancelo, who has been linked with a move to Catalonia all summer.

There are also two young players who could be drafted in. Gerard Martin and Edu Sanchez have appeared for Barcelona B this season and could potentially be welcomed into the first team..

With Altay Bayindir seemingly on his way to Old Trafford, he could potentially be joined by one if his Fenerbahce teammates.

According to a number of reports in Turkey, the Red Devils are now interested in defender Ferdi Kacioglu as they aim to swoop for a left-back before the end of the window. Fotospor have claimed that he is a name under consideration at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Milligazette have suggested that both Bayindir and Kacioglu could be announced together. Maybe one to keep an eye on...

Whilst Cucurella is getting lined up for a potential switch to Old Trafford, it appears that the Red Devils are keeping their options open.

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, they have submitted an enquiry for Roma fullback Leonardo Spinazzola. It is not detailed if they have followed through with a bid or further interest.

The Italian was previously being eyed by Saudi side Al-Shabab.

The Red Devils might just have inched closer to signing the left-back that they really need.

United have already been linked with a swoop for Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella and it appears that he is open to a switch to Old Trafford. According to Spanish outlet Marca, he would 'welcome' a move to Man United in the immediate future.

It is said that the Red Devils are already discussing terms of a switch with Chelsea.

Manchester United have certainly been linked with a host of names over the past 24 hours.

That includes stars such as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Rico Lewis, Ryan Gravenberch and much more.

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Good morning all and welcome along to Mirror Football's live Manchester United transfer blog.

The Red Devils have been linked with a host of signings before Friday's transfer deadline so let's get cracking.

That concludes today's Man Utd transfer live blog, return same time same place tomorrow for more rumours and reports...

Sofyan Amrabat was left out of Fiorentina's 2-2 draw with Lecce in Serie A yesterday, as speculation mounts over a move to Man Utd.

But time is running out. The Italian team have set a deadline of Monday night for United to submit a bid.

Gary Neville has warned Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta he needs to "go back to basics" ahead of a huge Premier League clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

"I would say that for me, looking at Arsenal, there is this element of experimentation," he said on Sky Sports. "Full-backs think they can play midfield, midfielders think they can play at full back. Sometimes you need to go back to basics. I’d expect next week Mikel Arteta is going to end that experiment and go with a solid back four."

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Chelsea wing-back Marc Cucurella is on Manchester United’s shortlist for a late summer deal – but the Spaniard has already spoken out about the ‘pressure’ of playing at bigger clubs.

"I play all my career in a [smaller] club so we don't have this pressure," Cucurella told ESPN earlier this summer. "When you come to these big clubs, you feel this pressure and sometimes it is not easy to play with this pressure because you know you need to win every game.

"Sometimes you need to adapt as well to these situations, but this is part of life. Sometimes you have good years, bad years, but the most important thing is to learn and have energy to improve."

This may be relevant to United’s interest – the club who have the largest following of any Premier League club and who generate more noise than any other

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Harry Maguire’s future at Manchester United remains undecided as the summer transfer window reaches its final few days.

Maguire has been the subject of firm interest from West Ham over the past few weeks, but remains a United player. The Hammers agreed a £30million transfer fee with United for earlier in the window and appeared to be on the brink of signing him, only for the move to collapse.

West Ham were ultimately unable to finalise personal terms with the 30-year-old, who has two years left on his £190-000-a-week contract at Old Trafford. With Maguire taking a pay cut to move to east London, United would have had to agree a pay-out for the England international.

David Moyes’ side moved onto other deals, signing Edson Alvarez and Mohammed Kudus from Ajax, Southampton ’s James Ward-Prowse and Stuttgart’s Konstantinos Mavropanos. But The Sun claimed over the weekend that they had since reignited talks and were willing to pay more to sign Maguire.

Man United have made an approach to Brentford over a possible move for defender Rico Henry, according to The Daily Mail.

With Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia sidelined, Erik Ten Hag is looking at options in the transfer market.

Manchester United are hoping to sign a new left-back before the transfer window slams shut and Brentford's Rico Henry is among the players being targeted.

United have drawn up a shortlist of potential options after Luke Shaw suffered a muscle injury which looks set to sideline him for several months. Fellow left-back Tyrell Malacia is also out injured, while Brandon Williams has joined Ipswich on loan.


Erik ten Hag is set to be handed a new contract by Manchester United before the end of the year, despite the uncertainty surrounding the club's ownership.

United have been on the market since last November but the Glazer family are yet to decide whether or not to sell. Ten Hag, 53, has been steering the ship amid the speculation and after ending the Red Devils' six-year trophy drought earlier this year is due to be rewarded with a new deal.

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Bayern Munich are interested in signing ScottMcTominay on loan, according to Bild Sport.

The German giants are considering a swap deal, with Ryan Gravenberch potentially heading the other way.

Ryan Gravenberch has conceded that he "doesn't know" whether or not he will leave Bayern Munich before Friday night's transfer deadline.

The Dutch midfielder, 21, has been linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months, with both Liverpool and Manchester United known to be admirers of the former Ajax star.

Gravenberch, who was given his senior debut by Erik ten Hag in Amsterdam, made just three starts in the Bundesliga last season and is keen to play regular football this season. Both Liverpool and United are monitoring Gravenberch's situation ahead of the transfer deadline - but even the man himself is unsure whether or not he'll be given the green light to move on.


Anthony Martial has been offered to Real Madrid, according to MD.

Having lost Vinicius Junior to injury, it's been reported United have proposed a loan deal with an option to buy at the end of the season.

Martial came on as a substitute in Saturday's win over Nottingham Forest but has fallen behind Rasmus Hojlund in the Old Trafford pecking order.

United are set to complete the £4.3 million signing of Turkey international goalkeeper Altay Bayindir later today, the Daily Mail has reported.

The move will pave the way for Dean Henderson to join Crystal Palace for £15 million, with a further £5 million promised in add-ons.

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