June 12, 2021

Man Utd transfer round-up as Cristiano Ronaldo ‘makes contact’ over return

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it clear that Manchester United must improve the squad, if they are to truly contend next season.

United did finish as runners-up in the Premier League, but were a distant 12 points behind eventual champions Man City.

Defeat in the Europa League final ended the season on a sour note, with the manager admitting that the starting XI would need to be improved by new arrivals.

“I’ve been delighted with the effort, the desire, the determination of all of the players, I can’t fault them at all,” Solskjaer said in Gdansk. “But as I said, two or three players to strengthen the starting XI and the squad all together is important for us to go even further.

“I’m sure our contenders or challengers will also want to improve and we want to improve as much as we can.”

With that in mind, here are the latest Manchester United transfer rumours…

Ronaldo ‘reaches out’

Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Juventus this summer, according to reports
Cristiano Ronaldo could leave Juventus this summer, according to reports

Cristiano Ronaldo ’s representatives are currently making contact with some of Europe’s top clubs, in order to gauge their interest in the Portuguese legend.

The 36-year-old has one year remaining on his current deal with Juventus, but could look to leave the club during the upcoming window.

According to ESPN , Manchester United are one of three clubs that Ronaldo’s entourage have reached out to.

Along with United, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have been spoken to, although it isn’t yet a done deal that he will leave Turin.

He is planning to hold talks with newly appointed Massimiliano Allegri after Euro 2020, where Ronaldo is hoping to guide Portugal to glory.

United ‘in the race’ for Saul

Solskjaer’s side have emerged as a potential rival to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

Saul Niguez helped Atletico Madrid as they charged to the La Liga title
Saul Niguez helped Atletico Madrid as they charged to the La Liga title

Reports in Spain claim that Saul is ‘desperate’ to leave the Wanda Metropolitano after falling down the pecking order in 2020/21.

In total, the Spaniard made just 22 starts as Diego Simeone’s side beat Barcelona and Real Madrid to the La Liga title.

Mundo Deportivo suggest Saul is determined to leave and has named the Red Devils and rivals Chelsea as potential suitors.

He does have a release clause in the region of £129million (€150m) in his contract, but with the deal expiring in 2026, the club would accept an offer worth around £69m (€80m).

Chelsea’s Haaland stance

Chelsea chiefs are refusing to rule out a move for Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

The Norwegian has been extensively linked with a move to Old Trafford, ever since Solskjaer failed to bring him to the club in 2020.

After a blistering season in the Bundesliga, the 20-year-old is expected to cost more than £150m.

Erling Haaland is in demand across Europe's elite clubs
Erling Haaland is in demand across Europe’s elite clubs

The United boss has refused to rule out the possibility of signing another striker in the upcoming window, even though Edinson Cavani extended his stay at the club.

But if they are to sign Haaland, they will need to fend off Chelsea, who are exploring whether a move would be viable.

The Telegraph report that with Thomas Tuchel prioritising a move for a striker, they are unwilling to give up on Haaland until exhausting all possibilities.

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