Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Rabiot deal being worked on, Arnautovic £7m BID, Sesko offer on the table, Ronaldo latest | The Sun

Man Utd transfer news LIVE: Rabiot deal being worked on, Arnautovic £7m BID, Sesko offer on the table, Ronaldo latest | The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly made a £7m offer for Marko Arnautovic.

The hot-headed Austrian currently plays for Bologna and is said to be seen as an ideal character for a dressing room short of confidence.

Arnautovic, who was more popular on the pitch than off it during successful spells at Stoke and West Ham, could be used as a stopgap before the signing of Benjamin Sesko is delivered in a later transfer window.

Sesko is said to have received an offer from Man Utd, but his club Salzburg are reported to be of the view that they can earn a higher fee next summer.

Meanwhile Sporting Lisbon's manager has given an update on his club's pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo.

And on the pitch, Erik ten Hag's lost his first game as manager 2-1 at home to Brighton.

That result appears to have added new impetus to the search for transfers, with a deal for Adrien Rabiot of Juventus being lined up as the Frenkie de Jong saga rumbles on.

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  • Sam Dymond

    United 'working on' Rabiot deal

    Manchester United have begun negotiations with Adrien Rabiot while their move for Frenkie de Jong remains in jeopardy.

    The Athletic report that the Red Devils are busy 'working on' a move for the Juventus midfielder.

    And Old Trafford officials must now decide whether to push forward with a deal for the French international – or continue to wait on how the De Jong saga pans out.

    Rabiot has one year remaining on his current deal with the Serie A giants, and is thought to be open to a move to the Premier League.

  • Sam Dymond

    Bologna reject United's Arnautovic offer

    Bologna have supposedly rejected Manchester United's opening offer for forward Marko Arnautovic.

    Gianluca Di Marzio reports that the Serie A club have dismissed a bid of around £7.5m for the 33-year-old.

    Erik ten Hag has identified the former Stoke and West Ham star as a short-term solution to his attacking problems at Old Trafford.

    The United boss and his coach Steve McClaren know the Austrian well from their time together at FC Twente.

    Arnautovic struck 14 goals in Serie A last season, but the stories linking him with the Red Devils have been met by criticism from fans.

  • Sam Dymond

    Target Sesko to stay put

    Benjamin Sesko will not be heading to Old Trafford – yet.

    RB Salzburg's 19-year-old wonderkid has emerged as a target for Manchester United and other Premier League clubs this summer.

    And there had been reports that a £45m had been tabled for the Slovenian striker.

    However, according to Fabrizio Romano, Sesko will NOT be leaving Salzburg in this transfer window.

    The Austrian club are planning to keep their star until at least 2023 with the aim of securing an even bigger transfer fee.

  • Sam Dymond

    Laporta wants to keep Frenkie

    Barcelona president has struck a blow to Manchester United's hopes of capturing Frenkie de Jong after revealing he wants to keep the Dutchman at the club.

    It has previously been understood that the LaLiga giants needed to sell the midfielder in order to ease their financial burdens.

    However, this weekend Laporta said: “Frenkie’s our player and we want him to stay at Barcelona, he wants to stay too.

    "With him and his teammates, we have a very powerful midfield. He has offers, but we want him to stay.”

    United have been locked in negotiations with club and player for three months, but also face competition from Chelsea.

  • Jake Lambourne

    Good morning, Manchester United fans

    Erik ten Hag claims losing to Brighton shows he has a 'hell of a job' AND needs Cristiano Ronaldo.

    And United skipper Harry Maguire blamed a 'nightmare first half' for the 'worst possible start' to the season.

    Pascal Gross' double set up Brighton's well-deserved 2-1 win before wantaway sub Ronaldo inspired some improvement from the struggling Red Devils.

    But United's growing pressure brought only Alexis Mac Allister's own goal in reply.

    New bos Ten Hag said: “It’s definitely a set-back. It’s a real disappointment and we have to deal with it.

    “We gave two easy balls away and the organisation was a big mistake. 

    “We have to take the lessons and learn quickly from it. We don’t have time and we have to deliver.”

    Ten Hag believes United clicked better once Ronaldo came on and debutant Christian Eriksen retreated into a deeper midfield role.

    And centre-back Maguire said: “We started well and had control of the game. Then we conceded the first goal and that knocked us badly. 

    "We stopped playing from then. We need to look at not letting that first goal set us back as much as it did. But we have to be better on the ball."

    But pundits like Old Trafford legends Paul Scholes and Roy Keane, plus fans on social media, slated midfield pairing Fred and Scott McTominay.

    Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic’s brother appears to have confirmed United have come in for the 33-year-old Bologna striker.

    Journalist Andreas Heidenreich says Danijel Arnautovic told him: “It’s true that there’s a bid from a well-known club."

    Finally, Ten Hag reportedly "appreciates" the talent of PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo, who has also been linked to Arsenal and Leeds.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Marko brother 'confirms Utd bid'

    Marko Arnautovic's brother appears to have confirmed Manchester United have come in for the Bologna striker.

    Journalist Andreas Heidenreich says Danijel Arnautovic told him: “It's true that there’s a bid from a well-known club.

    “I’m in contact with Bologna to see if that can be realised."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Toon fans are stout of this world

    Geordies are the largest fans in the Premier League, a poll found.

    Beer and pie-loving Newcastle United supporters have waistlines of 38½ inches on average.

    Brighton fans are the slimmest at just 30in.

    Leicester City fans are the second tubbiest with 38in waists, and Wolverhampton Wanders supporters are third on 37½.

    Bournemouth are the second slimmest at 32in in the survey by freebets.com betting site.

    Spokesman Tim Agnew said: “It is pretty clear who ate all the pies — it is Newcastle fans.

    “But what really surprised us is just how slim the south coast supporters are, with Bournemouth and especially Brighton fans being super slimline.”

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    8 Everton — 35½in.
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  • Ian Tuckey

    Blues ‘offer £59m plus Alonso for Utd target De Jong’

    Chelsea have bid £59m plus Marcos Alonso for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, reports in Spain say.

    Barca still need to cut their pay bill to register summer recruits like Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie.

    And although the Spanish giants say they want to keep Manchester United target De Jong, freeing the Holland midfielder’s wages would be a major financial boost.

    Now it’s claimed Chelsea are in contact with Barca, have made an offer and are willing to include Spain wing-back Alonso in any package.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ‘Utd target’ Sangare signs new PSV deal

    Ivory Coast midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, who was linked to Manchester United and West Ham, has signed a new five-year PSV Eindhoven contract.

    The anchorman, 24, was reportedly a United target early in the transfer window before the Hammers were said to have shown interest in the past week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Danny played through the chain barrier

    Brighton manager Graham Potter praised Danny Welbeck, who put together a stunning performance against former club Manchester United even though he suffered from a stomach bug.

    The Seagulls spoiled new United manager Erik ten Hag's debut at Old Trafford as they beat the Red Devils 2-1 thanks to a brace by Pascal Gross.

    Potter praised his players but was especially impressed with Welbeck as he played sick and still dominated Harry Maguire as well as Lisandro Martinez.

    The Brighton boss wasn't surprised by the forward's resilience as he knew he would have "strapped the toilet on to his backside" to play for his team.

    Potter said: “He [Welbeck] would have strapped the toilet on to his backside to play, it would have slowed him down though. He was amazing.”

    The Brighton boss added: "You can see how many times we have won here as a club, it is not easy so when you do get the three points it is nice to celebrate.

    "The guys were amazing, it was a top performance, one of real charisma and personality and I am really proud of them. It was a fantastic effort from the players and we deserved the win over the course of the game. It’s a historic win for us so it’s something to be happy about.

    “We had an idea about how to attack and then, when we could, we tried to press and put them under pressure. We were brave in what we did.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Erik realises it's a 'hell of a job'

    Erik ten Hag admits he has a ‘hell of a job’ on his hands after Manchester United slumped to an opening day defeat.

    Skipper Harry Maguire blasted a ‘nightmare start’ as Pascal Gross struck twice to give Brighton a first win at Old Trafford in 113 years.

    New boss Ten Hag pointed to costly individual errors and warned fans the team’s problems cannot be turned around quickly.

    The Red Devils were booed off at the interval while there were more jeers at the end despite an improved second half.

    Ten Hag said: “It is a hell of a job. It’s definitely a set-back. It’s a real disappointment and we have to deal with it.

    “I am not satisfied, totally, because we lose and it’s not necessary. We should have done things better.

    “We gave two easy balls away and the organisation was a big mistake. We made it clear how to deal with situations. It was unnecessary.

    “We have to take the lessons and learn quickly from it. We don’t have time and we have to deliver.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea 'want Dest for Alonso'

    Barcelona "hope" to sign Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso by Monday – with Sergino Dest possibly going the other way.

    That's the claim from the Mirror, amid other reports that the Blues could use Alonso as leverage in a swoop for midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

    It's even suggested Spaniard Alonso has told Chelsea team-mates he'll be off before the transfer window closes.

    The Blues and United are also interested in USA right-back Dest, 21.

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Fans in shocking brawl at Old Trafford'

    This is the shocking moment a brawl erupted between Manchester United fans at Old Trafford.

    The scrap broke out as the Red Devils crashed to a 2-1 opening day defeat against Brighton.

    A video posted on social media showed two men grappling in the South Stand as the game carried on in the background.

    Stunned onlookers attempted to get involved by trying to break up the unsightly melee.

    The short clip ended with the two men squaring up to each while shouting in front of dozens of supporters.

    It is unclear what triggered the fight between the pair.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Man Utd and Arsenal eye Cody

    Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag ‘appreciates’ PSV Eindhoven winger Cody Gakpo – also linked to Arsenal and Leeds.

    The seven-cap Dutchman, 23, is rated at £40million.

    And it's thought United are showing greater interest because Ajax are standing firm on valuing Brazil wideman Antony at £55m-plus.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Arnautovic brother 'confirms Marko bid'

    Marko Arnautovic's brother appears to have confirmed Manchester United have come in for the Bologna striker.

    Journalist Andreas Heidenreich says Danijel Arnautovic told him: “It's true that there’s a bid from a well-known club.

    “I’m in contact with Bologna to see if that can be realised."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blues 'get serious' over De Jong

    Chelsea are “ready to go big” in pursuing Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong after making contact with barcelona.

    That’s according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who also claims the Holland midfielder is in no mood to slash his wages as needed to stay at Barca.

    The Red Devils remain favourites to land boss Erik ten Hag’s former Ajax superstar.

    And it’s still thought De Jong would prefer to stay with the Spanish giants.

    But Romano said: “Frenkie has no intention to accept a salary cut.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    'Utd target' Sangare signs new PSV deal

    Ivory Coast midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, who was linked to Manchester United and West Ham, has signed a new five-year PSV Eindhoven contract.

    The anchorman, 24, was reportedly a United target early in the transfer window before the Hammers were said to have shown interest in the past week.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Blues 'offer £59m plus Alonso for Utd target De Jong'

    Chelsea have bid £59m plus Marcos Alonso for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, reports in Spain say.

    Barca still need to cut their pay bill to register summer recruits like Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie.

    And although the Spanish giants say they want to keep Manchester United target De Jong, freeing the Holland midfielder's wages would be a major financial boost.

    Now it's claimed Chelseaare in contact with Barca, have made an offer and are willing to include Spain wing-back Alonso in any package.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Stats amazing

    United had 63% of the possession and 17 goal-attempts – two more than Brighton – yet were still well-beaten.

    The Red Devils also won the corner count, 6-2, despite the Seagulls' 2-1 away victory.

    But Brighton's top performers, like ex-United striker Danny Welbeck and two-goal Pascal Gross, did far more than any of the home players.

    That includes Red Devils' sub Cristiano Ronaldo, who helped United up their game but understandably lacked full fitness after so little pre-season training.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Bayern rule out Sane joining Red Devils

    Bayern Munich have dismissed talk of Manchester United nabbing Leroy Sane.

    The Red Devils have been linked with the ex-Etihad winger, 26, who has 45 Germany caps.

    But Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told Sky90: “There's no truth to that. He’s an important player for us."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Utd interest in Arnautovic 'up to £6.8m'

    Manchester United have made a surprise move to land former West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic.

    The Red Devils are desperate to land a new central striker and have earmarked the 33-year-old Austrian who is currently with Bologna.

    A move worth around £6.8million has been discussed by the two clubs but a deal has yet to be agreed.

    Not surprisingly, Arnautovic is believed to be keen to be reunited with Erik Ten Hag at Old Trafford.

    The pair previously worked together at FC Twente when current United No2 Steve McClaren was in charge.

    He went on to play for Stoke and West Ham in the Premier League before moving to China in 2019 and he then went to Italy last season.

  • Ian Tuckey

    Maguire: We lacked creativity

    Skipper Harry Maguire admits United lacked the creativity for their 'nightmare' first half' in the 2-1 defeat to Brighton.

    The centre-back said: “We spoke about getting the next goal (at 2-0 down at the break).

    "I think in the second half you saw good parts to our game but overall we didn’t do enough.

    "We had a lot of pressure and a lot of ball but we need to be a bit more creative and we need to improve on that

    “It’s something we need to address or it’ll keep happening."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Ten Hag insists Utd showed right attitude

    Erik ten Hag claims it was mistakes not poor effort that cost United defeat at home to Brighton.

    The Old Trafford boss told sky Sports. "I am not satisfied, totally not happy because we lost and it was totally not necessary. We should have done things better.

    "I knew before it was not easy to construct it and develop it, this takes time but I know at the top you don't have time.

    "The reaction in the second half we were acting as one team, we were battling for the result.

    It wasn't that we didn't battle or didn't have the right attitude, we made mistakes.

    "We have to take the lessons and learn from it."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Erik: Dismal defeat showed we're better WITH Ron

    Erik ten Hag called United's opening-day 2-1 home loss to Brighton a 'real disappointment' and admitted they improved once wantaway legend Cristiano Ronaldo came on.

    New boss Ten Hag is determined to keep Ronaldo but wants the 37-year-old to build u his fitness quickly.

    The Dutchman told Sky Sports: "Definitely a setback. A real disappointment this but we have to deal with it.

    "I knew from the start it would not be easy, it is a process and it takes time but we don't have time, we have to win games. We should have done it better.

    "I analysed it and it was unnecessary how we gave away two easy balls. I think the organisation was a big mistake. We have to analyse and have to take the lessons."

    And of Ronaldo, he added: "I think so. It was clear to see the second half we were better in the midfield with Eriksen down and Ronaldo up, then we created. It was a pity we didn't score then.

    "It all takes time, you cannot force it. He is one week in training, a little bit more now. He has to do more to get fit and this game will help him. He will be better next week."

  • Ian Tuckey

    Chelsea 'make contact' with Barca over Frenkie

    Chelsea are "ready to go big" in pursuing Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong after making contact with barcelona.

    That's according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who also claims the Holland midfielder is in no mood to slash his wages as needed to stay at Barca.

    The Red Devils remain favourites to land boss Erik ten Hag's former Ajax superstar.

    And it's still thought De Jong would prefer to stay with the Spanish giants.

    But Romano said: “Frenkie has no intention to accept a salary cut."

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