Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Sir Jim Ratcliffe TAKEOVER TALKS, Casemiro £50m deal edges closer, Cristiano Ronaldo update | The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have struggled to complete their desired signings this summer, but there could be some good news for fans on the non-playing side.

SunSport can reveal that Britain's richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is ready to plough his £15bn fortune into buying the club from the Glazers.

Meanwhile United have had a boost in their pursuit of Casemiro, with Real Madrid deciding not to stand in the Brazilian's way if he wants a move to Old Trafford and their £50m valuation is met.

And Cristiano Ronaldo may yet be on his way to former club Sporting, but the Portuguese side can only afford to sign him on a free transfer.

United are also eyeing up a loan deal for Chelsea's Christian Pulisic.

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  • Alex Cole

    Ten Hag looks to Begovic deal for De Gea support

    Manchester United reportedly wanted to sign Asmir Begovic from Everton in a shock transfer.

    That’s as Erik ten Hag desperately searches for a new backup No1 before deadline day.

    United have just Tom Heaton as back-up for David de Gea after Dean Henderson joined Nottingham Forest on loan.

    Veteran stopper Lee Grant also retired this summer.

  • Alex Cole

    Ten Hag has two weeks to sort it out, says Adam

    Charlie Adam reckons Erik Ten Hag only has TWO weeks to sort things out at Manchester United… or facing losing his job.

    The 36–year-old old admits the Dutchman hasn’t had the support he should have from his new club.

    Adam told BetfredTV: "Ten Hag only has two weeks to sort it all out because there’s only one person that’ll lose their job and it’s not the players.

    "He’s got a big decision to make, whether he wants to get rid of Ronaldo then the club has to give him a solution to do that. I don’t believe Ronaldo is the only issue though, there’s more to it than that.

    "Ten Hag hasn’t been backed in the way that Manchester United should back their manager.

    "They should have been spending £200-£300 million this window, having a clear out and getting themselves ready to compete. They’ve not done that."

  • Alex Cole

    Boycott vs Liverpool would ’paint a picture'

    Paul Parker says United fans boycotting the home Liverpool clash on August 22 would “look terrible”.

    Supporters want to turn one of the Premier League’s most famous clashes into a protest over club owners the Glazers.

    But ex-United defender Parker told futfanatico.com: “There is no bigger game in this country than Manchester United Vs Liverpool.

    "It’s one of the biggest games in the world because of the support these two clubs have worldwide.

    “The problem is you got so many people who have already paid for their flights to come in. Some of them have never been to Old Trafford before in their life and just want to be there.

    “So there are going to be a lot of people. It might be only half-full which will look terrible. 35,000 in that stadium will look terrible. That would maybe paint a picture as well.

    “I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen this weekend.”

  • Alex Cole

    Chelsea want £58m for Pulisic

    Chelsea might force Manchester United to pay £58million if they want Christian Pulisic.

    The Blues reportedly want the the full fee they paid Borussia Dortmund for the USA star, now 23, four years ago.

  • Alex Cole

    Icardi still an option?

    Mauro Icardi’s wife has reportedly held talks with Galatasaray over the Manchester United target.

    Agent Wanda Nara is looking for a new club for the Argentina striker, 29, after PSG from him out.

    Chelsea and Tottenham, as well as United, have previously been linked with the 29-year-old.

    The ex-Inter Milan hero appears unlikely to return to Serie A as Monza are thought to have dropped out of the running and Sampdoria’s interest is rated as slim.

  • Alex Cole

    United offered Milik

    Manchester United have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Arkadiusz Milik.

    The Marseille hitman has attracted interest from a number of teams with a string of impressive displays for club and country.

    And the Ligue 1 side are said to be keen on cashing in on the Poland international before the transfer window closes on September 1.

    That's according to Amazon Prime Sport, who claim the French giants have "proposed" the striker to several clubs – including United.

    The Red Devils' Premier League rivals Everton are also said to be interested in signing the 28-year-old.

    Italian big boys Juventus are also reportedly keen on the striker – who Marseille have slapped a £17million price tag on.

  • Chisanga Malata

    Morning, United fans

    Cl;ub owners the Glazers could be bought out, Sporting Lisbon step up their Cristiano Ronaldo hunt and United bid £110million for Joao Felix.

    Sadly for many fans, though, any takeover seems far away.Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe  says he's "definitely interested" in a buy-out – if he gets the chance.

    But the Glazers are reportedly only willing to consider selling a MINORITY stake.

    As for unhappy icon Ronaldo, old club Sporting remain the most serious suitor so far for the 37-year-old.

    United are hungry for attacking replacements but it's thought Atletico Madrid have rejected a huge offer for Felix.The Portugal hero, 22, has a startling £295m release clause.

    Old Trafford chief Erik ten Hag is said to be monitoring Chelsea trio Callum Hudson-Odoi, Kai Havertz and £58m-rated Christian Pulisic. But the Blues feel sure they'll beat United to Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. 

    Finally, Ten Hag is understood to be pondering dropping centre-back Harry Maguire at home to Liverpool on Monday.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Talks over selling minority stake'

    The Glazers are in talks to sell a minority stake in Manchester Unitd to private equity firm Apollo, according to reports.

    It comes as pressure mounts on the United owners to sell up, with plans planning a protest at the next home game against Liverpool.

    The backlash has reportedly prompted some family members to put their shares up for sale – though brothers Avram and Joel are set to retain a controlling stake.

    According to MailOnline Apollo are interested in purchasing a stake in the club – so far preliminary discussions have taken place.

    But the proposed deal almost certainly will not be completed before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

    As part of the deal Apollo could bring in other investors, though that is unlikely to include Sir Jim Ratcliffe or former Red Devils director Michael Knighton.

    The British pair are both interested in buying the club, with Knighton plotting a "hostile" takeover bid.

    Knighton is getting a consortium of investors together but it could cost more than £5billion to buy the club. That is why he is hoping for Ratcliffe's support. The INEOS CEO is a United fan and is keen to own one of Britain's biggest clubs having failed in his bid to buy Chelsea earlier this year.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Revenues soar despite Covid hit

    Premier League club revenues grew eight per cent to £4.9billionin 2020-21 season despite Covid almost wiping out matchday takings. writes TOM BARCLAY.

    That is according to the latest annual football finance review from respected number-crunchers Deloitte.

    Supporters were shut out from the majority of fixtures in the 20-21 campaign because of the pandemic.

    It hit all clubs in the pocket with total matchday revenue falling to just £31million for Premier League sides.

    Yet England’s top flight was still the only one of the ‘big five’ European leagues – including La Liga, Ligue Un, the Bundesliga and Serie A – to improve total operating profits in the year.

    Cumulatively, that figure rose from £49m to £479m.

    The increase is largely down to deferred cash from broadcasters, who paid out a £330m rebate which had been suppressed from the previous campaign.

    Yet pre-tax losses remained high, even if they did go down from just shy of a billion pounds in 19-20 to £669m. 

    It was the third straight year Premier League clubs have reported pre-tax losses, with only Wolves, Sheffield United, Man City and Leeds reporting a pre-tax profit in 20-21.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Harry spot under threat

    Erik ten Hag is considering dropping Harry Maguire for Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool, reports claim.

    The Red Devils skipper has had a start to the season to forget, playing the full 90 minutes in each of his side’s two embarrassing defeats.

    Former Real Madrid star Raphael Varane has begun the season on the bench but is thought likely to return to the starting XI on Monday night.

    He replaced £55million summer signing Lisandro Martinez at half-time during the 4-0 defeat to Brentford last weekend.

    But according to the Manchester Evening News, it may be Maguire that drops out against the Reds, rather than 5ft 9in Martinez.

    Maguire, 29, was left out of United’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal in April by then-interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blues push Utd hard over Pul

    EXCLUSIVE: Chelsea will play hardball with Manchester United over Christian Pulisic, writes ANDREW DILLON.

    Crisis-club United want to sign the Blues’ American star on loan.

    Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for their unsettled winger from any club, but will drive a hard bargain when it comes to doing business.

    Pulisic, 23, cost £58million when he joined from Borussia Dortmund three years ago and the Londoners want all their money back even though Pulisic is now a fringe player.

    New chairman Todd Boehly and his board of directors are also believed to prefer a permanent sale rather than the loan idea being put forward by United.

    The Premier League’s bottom club are under increasing pressure to bring in new players to ease a disastrous start to the season under new boss Erik ten Hag.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd to up Antony bid

    United are tipped to make an increased offer for Ajax winger Anthony.

    It's thought Erik ten Hag's old club want much more than £60million for the nine-cap Brazilian, 22.

    Sky Sports claim Ajax could receive an offer for the 22-year-old this week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd could cost more than £5bn

    Manchester United could cost a potential buyer in excess of £5billion, according to reports.

    The future of the club is up in the air with a host of parties keen to take over from the Glazers.

    Former United director Michael Knighton is preparing a "hostile" takeover bid but the British businessman is reportedly worth just £7million.

    Despite that he is organising a consortium to oust the Glazers – and wants help from fellow Brit Sir Jim Ratcliffe.

    With Ratcliffe's help Knighton is hoping to complete a full purchase of the club, which could cost more than £5bn according to Goal, dwarfing Chelsea's £2.5bn value.

    Ratcliffe, a Red Devils fan who tried to buy Chelsea a few months ago, is believed to be keen to take over and is hopeful of holding talks with the Glazers.

    He is reportedly ready to pay what is required to complete a purchase AND is willing to put in what is necessary to modernise a crumbling Old Trafford.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea want £58m for Pulisic

    Chelsea might force Manchester United to pay £58million if they want Christian Pulisic.

    The Blues reportedly want the the full fee they paid Borussia Dortmund for the USA star, now 23, four years ago.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Sir Jim 'definitely a potential buyer'

    Billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, is "definitely a potential buyer" of Manchester United.

    The Lancashire chemical engineer and businessman, 69, was previously interested in taking over Chelsea.

    And Ratcliffe has confirmed his interest in United – albeit at first possibly purchasing a minority stake from the Glazers.

    His spokesman told the Times: “If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer.

    “If something like this was possible, we would be interested in talking with a view to long-term ownership."

    "This is not about the money that has been spent or not spent. Jim is looking at what can be done now and, knowing how important the club is to the city, it feels like the time is right for a reset."

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  • Ian Tuckey

    Maguire ‘could be axed for Liverpool clash’

    Erik ten Hag is considering dropping Harry Maguire for Manchester United’s clash with Liverpool, reports claim.

    The Red Devils skipper has had a start to the season to forget, playing the full 90 minutes in each of his side’s two embarrassing defeats.

    Former Real Madrid star Raphael Varane has begun the season on the bench but is thought likely to return to the starting XI on Monday night.

    He replaced £55million summer signing Lisandro Martinez at half-time during the 4-0 defeat to Brentford last weekend.

    But according to the Manchester Evening News, it may be Maguire that drops out against the Reds, rather than 5ft 9in Martinez.

    Maguire, 29, was left out of United’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal in April by then-interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Auba could snub Utd for Chelsea

    Ex-Arsenal skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could reject Manchester United and move to Chelsea instead this summer, according to reports.

    Barcelona are open to selling the striker, 33, as they look to recoup funds.

    Aubameyang only joined the Catalan club in February and scored 11 goals in 17 LaLiga appearances last season, sparking interest from Chelsea and United.

    Erik ten Hag is keen to add the forward to his squad and United have reportedly held talks with Barca about a move.

    But if Barcelona do let Aubameyang leave the striker would rather join Chelsea, report the Daily Mail.

    The Gabon international worked with Thomas Tuchel previously at Borussia Dortmund and he was a big hit in Germany, scoring 141 goals in 213 appearances for the club.

    A move to the Blues would also allow Aubameyang to return to London, where he spent four years with the Gunners.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Boycott vs Liverpool would look 'terrible'

    Paul Parker says United fans boycotting the home Liverpool clash on August 22 would "look terrible".

    Some supporters want to turn one of the Premier League's most famous clashes into a protest over club owners the Glazers.

    But ex-United defender Parker told futfanatico.com: That’s not good.

    "There is no bigger game in this country than that (Manchester United Vs Liverpool). It’s one of the biggest games in the world because of the support these two clubs have worldwide.

    "The problem is you got so many people who have already paid for their flights to come in. Some of them have never been to Old Trafford before in their life and just want to be there.

    "They are going to want to still go in and spend a lot of money to go there. 

    "So there are going to be a lot of people. It might be only half-full which will look terrible. 35000 in that stadium will look terrible. That would maybe paint a picture as well.

    "I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen this weekend."

  • Ian Tuckey

    'United could go down'

    Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker says the Red Devils shouldn't rule out relegation this season.

    Erik ten Hag's men are bottom of the Premier League with two dire defeats.

    And ex-England ace Parker told  futfanatico.com: “I know it’s only two games, but funnier things have been said before and have come true.

    "'I can’t see Leicester winning the league. Don’t be silly.' There you are!

    "Manchester United getting relegated. They could be, though. This could be the same scenario at this moment in time.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Joao blow adds to Utd strike woes

    Manchester United have had a £110million bid REJECTED for Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix, according to reports.

    The 22-year-old Portuguese attacker has a startling £295m release clause attached to his deal at the Metropolitano Stadium.

    And the LaLiga giants are not willing to let him go easy, with AS claiming they have declined the huge offer from Erik ten Hag's men.

    The Red Devils are keen to bolster their attacking options before the end of the transfer window.

    They are particularly determined to do so amid uncertainty surrounding the future of Felix's compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The 37-year-old has made it clear his desire to leave Old Trafford in search of Champions League football.

    And this has left Ten Hag scrambling around for solutions.

    United have been linked with a host of forwards including Marko Arnautovic, Mauro Icardi, Jamie Vardy, Matheus Cunha and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Atletico reject Utd's£110m Joao Felix transfer bid'

    Atletico Madrid have reportedly turned down a £110million bid from Manchester United for Portugal attacker Joao Felix.

    The 22-cap star, 22, is said to have a £295m buyout clause.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Lis in for Cris

    Sporting Lisbon have reportedly stepped up their interest in Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo, writes DYLAN TERRY.

    The Portuguese superstar, 37, has made it clear his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer in search of Champions League football.

    But he has struggled to find a suitor who would take him – with Chelsea and Bayern Munich both ruling out a bid.

    However, one option which seems to still be on the table is a loan or permanent return to his former club Sporting Lisbon.

    Ronaldo came through the club's youth set-up before leaving for United in 2003.

    According to Foot Mercato, Hugo Viana, a former team-mate of Ronaldo's and now the sporting director at Lisbon, is working hard to convince the Real Madrid legend to return to the club.

    Sporting can offer Ronaldo Champions League football – something United are unable to provide.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Martinelli can be 'next Suarez'

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand reckons Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli could be the "next Luis Suarez".

    Ex-Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has taken the limelight from the Gunners' perfect Prem star tof two wins.

    But on his Youtube channel Ferdinand focued on Jesus' fellow Brazilian.

    Former England defender Ferdy said: “Martinelli, if he stays fit, this guy, I’ve told you this before what Arteta told me, he could be the next Suarez-type player.

    "Even Brendan Rodgers, he said that Arsenal have gone up a level with their additions, so it looks positive with you guys."

    Liverpool and Barcelona legend Suarez, 35, who has netted 68 goals in 132 games for Uruguay, rejoined first club Nacional in the summer.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blue Devils?

    Manchester United have reportedly sounded out THREE Chelsea fringe players for moves as their desperate search for an attacker continues.

    Erik ten Hag is frantically seeking forward reinforcements after walking away from a deal for Marko Arnautovic.

    A trio of Chelsea stars are the latest to emerge as potential targets, according to the Evening Standard.

    One of those is Callum Hudson-Odoi, who is expected to leave Stamford Bridge on loan before the transfer window slams shut.

    Although Newcastle are also keen on borrowing the 21-year-old winger, who will not be allowed to leave Chelsea permanently.

    Hudson-Odoi was pulled from an U21s game on Monday as he closes in on a loan switch.

    Christian Pulisic is also targeting more first-team action and is ready to listen to offers for his services. The American star favours a loan to Old Trafford over the likes of Newcastle, Juventus and Real Madrid, according to The Athletic.

    Another forward who wants out is Hakim Ziyech. Yesterday it was claimed United are ready to launch an official bid for the 29-year-old winger.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Red Devils face huge hit if they miss top 4

    Manchester United will take a HUGE financial sponsorship hit if they fail to qualify for the Champions League this year.

    The Red Devils have a ten-year agreement with mega sports brand Adidas worth £750million, which includes a number of bonuses or penalties based on performance.

    And as pointed out by broadcaster Kieran Maguire, with United finishing sixth last term, should they fail to qualify for the Champions League for the second season in a row – they will see a 30 per cent reduction in sponsorship revenue.

    That would mean United would receive £22.5m LESS from sponsors Adidas.

    Considering United's start to the season, they may have to start preparing for that loss in sponsorship.

    Erik ten Hag's arrival at Old Trafford was optimistically well received.

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