Man United Transfer News: Latest on Frenkie de Jong, Christian Eriksen and other summer 2022 window player signings, loans & deals

Manchester United fans can expect to see new manager Erik ten Hag make his first moves in the transfer market this summer, and his decisions will be crucial to the club’s chances of arresting their Premier League slide.

The three-time champions of Europe start the 2022/23 campaign in the Europa League after finishing sixth in the English top flight in 2021/22, compounding a season in which they rarely looked like challenging for the Champions League, FA Cup or EFL Cup.

Record signing Paul Pogba has been released, alongside attacking midfielder and academy product Jesse Lingard and veteran Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani.

Ten Hag is likely to have a sizeable budget to work with as he takes over at a club that is still a financial powerhouse despite their struggles to contend for honours in recent seasons.

The Sporting News is rounding up the key updates — all day, every day — below. 

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Latest Man United transfer news

Last update: Jun 19, 17:09 ET / 22:09 BST

Manchester United ‘close to agreement’ for Frenkie de Jong

Manchester United are said to be ‘close to agreement’ on a fee for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, with a sum of around £68.7 million believed to be enough to convince the cash-strapped Catalan giants to sell, as reported by Sport.

The midfielder has been a key target of new manager Erik Ten Hag since his arrival at the club, whilst the two also worked together to a very successful degree at Ajax from 2017 to 2019. Reports have indicated that de Jong wished to stay at Barcelona, but ten Hag may do well to change his mind.

Money is not a problem for the Old Trafford side, as they try and convince the 25-year-old to move to the Premier League.

UPDATE (Jun 15): After the Netherlands beat Wales 3-2, De Jong was questioned on his future again. This time the midfielder described Manchester United’s interest in him as flattering but added that he is already at the ‘biggest club in the world’.

He said: “You’re always flattered when teams show interest in you as a player. I am at the biggest club in the world at the moment and I feel fine there, so no news.”

UPDATE (Jun 13): De Jong was asked about his future at Barcelona after the Netherlands 2-2 UEFA Nations League draw with Poland. However, the 25-year-old remain tight lipped over the situation stating he “could not say anything,” as links to United continue.

UPDATE (June 8): Barcelona are thought to be “seriously studying” an offer from Man United for de Jong, according to Marca. The offer is believed to be around £51 million up front, with another £17 million in add-ons.

United ‘ready to pounce’ for Robert Lewandowski

There could be a dramatic twist if reigning Best FIFA Men’s Player Robert Lewandowski fails to realise the move to Barcelona from Bayern Munich he has been agitating for. Barca need to shift players from their wage bill to afford Lewandowski’s £400,000-a-week pay packet — and United will step in if they can’t, according to a report.

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The Poland captain’s representatives “put out feelers” to Premier League sides when Bayern announced Lewandowski, who has a year remaining on his contract, would not be allowed to leave for free, The Sun claimed on June 11.

United want a striker and could capture Lewandowski in a deal similar to their swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus in August 2021, the report suggests. Lewandowski scored 57 goals in 55 games last season and is said to be available for a maximum of £20 million if his first-choice destination falls through.

Ajax winger Antony’s agents travel to Europe for talks with Red Devils

GOAL Brasil has detailed on June 9 that the agents of Ajax winger Antony have travelled to Europe to commence talks over the 22-year-old potentially moving to Manchester United.

The attacker has a good relationship with new Red Devils manager Erik Ten Hag, becoming a key player under his stewardship in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons. 

Should Antony join Manchester United from Ajax, his first club Sao Paulo will be entitled to a portion of the fee, which is proposed to be around the £50 million mark.

Manchester United make offer to Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen, out of contract after returning to play with Brentford, is wanted by multiple parties this summer. Erik Ten Hag is said to have been blown away by his performances and desire in his second half of the season cameo at Brentford, following his sharp return to football after suffering a cardiac arrest at UEFA EURO 2020 last year.

Of course, the new Red Devils manager has previous with the Denmark international, as Ten Hag let Eriksen train with Ajax to help build up his fitness in order to find a new club.  Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are also in the hunt for the attacking midfielder, who would be available on a free transfer should he decide not to pen an extension at his current employers.

UPDATE (June 14): United have made an offer to the free agent, according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein.

“I have different offers and options which we are considering, and then we make a decision,” said Eriksen. “I would love to play Champions League football again. I know how much fun it is, but it isn’t essential for me.”

UPDATE (June 13): Reports from the Daily Express claim Eriksen is considering his options after being offered a renewal to become Brentford’s highest-paid player. United are on the list of clubs monitoring the situation, despite Spurs being able to offer him Champions League football in 2022-23, with an announcement expected next week.

UPDATE (June 7): United were among at least 11 teams, scouting sheets from the game have shown, who were at Austria’s match at home to Denmark in the UEFA Nations League on Monday.

Eriksen had another excellent game as Denmark won 2-1 against former United boss Ralf Rangnick’s new team, hitting a post with a spectacular long-range shot during the second half. The midfielder frequently changed position during the match to keep Austria guessing where his deliveries might arrive from, helping Denmark to make it two wins out of two following their victory in France in their opening game of the campaign.

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Other Man United transfer rumors

Date Player Publication News
June 16 Dean Henderson Man Evening News,
Daily Mail
The Red Devils goalkeeper is in talks to
leave Old Trafford on loan, with Nottingham
Forest and Newcastle interested
June 15 Vitinha Record,
A Bola
Arsenal and Man United are battling for the winger,
with Porto confirming they rejected a bid from an
unnamed club, wanting his release clause met.
June 14 Denzel Dumfries Corriere Dello Sport,
Daily Mail
Man United are interested by the Inter full-back, and
he could be had for £26 million, preferring a move
to United over Bayern Munich.
June 14 Malcolm Ebiowei Daily Mail The youngster is a free agent after his Derby
contract expired, with Tottenham, Newcastle,
and Crystal Palace also interested
June 13 Tammy Abraham The Sun The Roma striker has emerged as a potential
target for United after a great season in Italy.
June 13 Christipher Nkunku The Independent With a number of clubs interested, RB Leipzig
have informed suitors it will cost a whopping
£100 million to sign the star striker.
June 9 Ibrahim Sangare Sky Sports The PSV midfielder is convinced he will be a
Premier League player next season, with
United reportedly “interested”
June 10 Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain talkSPORT The Liverpool midfielder is on United’s shortlist,
and they want him for £10 million.
June 10 Marco Asensio Angelo Mangiante Talks between United and Asensio’s
representatives are “ongoing.”
June 9 Marcus Rashford The Times Tottenham reportedly reached out to Man United
to sign Rashford but were rebuffed.
June 9 Alejandro Garnacho Man Evening News Man United are set to engage in contract talks
with the 17-year-old winger to ward off outside
transfer interest.
June 8 Wesley Fofana RMC Sport United are reportedly “closely interested” in the
Leicester City man, who would cost upwards of
£68 million despite recent injury trouble.
June 7 Alessandro Bastoni Daily Mail Man United have inquired about the Inter
defender and given a £50 million valuation,
with Tottenham also interested.
June 6 N’Golo Kante Metro Chelsea will reportedly listen to offers for the
French midfielder, with Man United interested
June 4 Adrien Rabiot Man Evening News,
Man United is “intensifying dialogue” around
Rabiot, who could be had for €15 million.
June 3 Andreas Pereira Rob Dawson
Pereira may move to Palmeiras, but if it
falls through, ten Hag wants to give him
another chance in preseason.
May 31 Jurrien Timber The Guardian One of the first links connecting ten Hag
with an Ajax player, reports anticipate a
£25 million bid for the defender.
May 31 Declan Rice Daily Express United will open talks with West Ham when
Rice returns for pre-season
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Man United Transfers: Summer 2022 transfer window

Players In:

Date Player Position Age Club Transfer/Loan Fee

Players Out:

Date Player Position Age Club Transfer/Loan Fee
July 1 Edinson Cavani FW 35 Unknown Free Transfer
July 1 Nemanja Matic MF 33 AS Roma Free Transfer
July 1 Lee Grant GK 39 Unknown Free Transfer
July 1 Paul Pogba MF 29 Juventus Free Transfer
July 1 Juan Mata CM   Unknown Free Transfer

Manchester United confirm Paul Pogba exit

Manchester United have officially revealed record transfer Paul Pogba will leave the club on a free transfer this month.

The French international has not been offered an extension to his expiring contract at Old Trafford and the former £89m (€104.5/$112m) man will now move on.

“My thought process now is to show Manchester they made a mistake in waiting to give me a contract”, Pogba said in his Amazon documentary The Pogmentary, as quoted by The Athletic. “And to show other clubs that Manchester made a mistake in not offering me a contract.

“How can you tell a player you absolutely want him and then offer him nothing?”

Manchester United confirm Juan Mata departure

Following the confirmations of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard’s exits yesterday, Manchester United have now announced that Juan Mata will also be leaving Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of June.

Mata joined United from Chelsea in January 2014 and made 285 appearances, scoring 51 goals.

The Spaniard won the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League during his time at United.

Man United squad 2021-22

Below is the updated Man United first-team squad. New additions during the summer 2022 window are noted in bold:

Goalkeepers (3): David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson, Lee Grant.

Defenders (9): Eric Bailly (CB), Diogo Dalot (RB), Phil Jones (CB), Victor Lindelof (CB), Harry Maguire (CB), Luke Shaw (LB), Alex Telles (LB), Raphael Varane (CB), Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RB).

Midfielders (6): Bruno Fernandes (CAM), Jesse Lingard (CAM), Fred (CM), Scott McTominay (CM), Paul Pogba (CM)Nemanja Matic (CM), Juan Mata (CAM).

Forwards (6): Anthony Elanga (LW), Mason Greenwood (CF)*, Marcus Rashford (LW), Cristiano Ronaldo (CF), Jadon Sancho (LW), Edinson Cavani (CF).

* = Mason Greenwood is indefinitely suspended after his arrest on suspicion of rape and assault, but remains on the Man United squad list

CB = centre back; LB = left back; RB = right back; CM = central midfielder; CAM = attacking midfielder; CF = centre forward; LW = left wing; RW = right wing

The current Man United projected first-choice starting lineup, when completely healthy, currently looks like:

Man United projected starting XI (4-2-3-1): de Gea (GK) — Shaw, Varane, Maguire, Dalot — McTominay/Fred, Pogba — Sancho, Fernandes, Elanga — Ronaldo.