Transfer news: Manchester United fall short with first Branthwaite bid, 18 y/o target prefers Real Madrid

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De Ligt's agents are busy

Matthijs de Ligt’s agents are believed to be meeting with an array of Premier League clubs – not just Manchester United.

Ralf Rangnick hails Michael Olise

Austria and France kicks off at 8pm.

Here’s a quote from Austria manager Ralf Rangnick on Michael Olise, who has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.

“He has never been called up by France but I love Michael Olise. If only he had Austrian origins! 

“He is an exceptional player. He is quick, a strong dribbler, technically gifted and he works when he loses the ball. Whenever I saw him play, he had a smile on his face.

“I am not unhappy that Deschamps didn’t call him up!”

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 27: Mykhaylo Mudryk of Chelsea runs with the ball whilst under pressure from Michael Olise of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on December 27, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Zirkzee's agent complicates transfer

Remember Kia Joorabchian? The agent that convinced Carlos Tevez to jump for greed after his time at Manchester United.

Joorabchian now represents Joshua Zirkzee at Bologna, which means United may have to deal with him again shortly.

United have been heavily linked with the Dutch striker, who impressed during his first season in Italy following a transfer from Bayern Munich.

However, Joorabchian hasn’t changed his ways as an agent it seems. Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport (H/t Manchester World) claims that he is demanding £12.6m in agent fees to facilitate any deal.

That, on top of Zirkzee’s €40m release clause, would be close to £50m for the Netherlands international.

BOLOGNA, ITALY – JANUARY 05: Joshua Zirkzee of Bologna FC looks on during the Serie A TIM match between Bologna FC and Genoa CFC at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara on January 05, 2024 in Bologna, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
"Come here" - Transfer plea from Bruno Fernandes?

I know Bruno Fernandes’ focus right now is on Euro 2024, but does anyone else think this caption on Instagram is a message to Manchester United? 😅

Joao Felix has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past, with agent Jorge Mendes attempting to strike a deal.

The Portugal star spent last season on loan at Barcelona.

Bruno Fernandes and Joao Felix in Portugal training | Euro 2024 | via Instagram
Thomas Frank discusses Ivan Toney's future

Brentford manager Thomas Frank is working as a BBC pundit for Euro 2024.

Frank waxed lyrical over Ukraine striker Artem Dovbyk ahead of their 3-0 defeat against Romania this afternoon, saying: “Yeah definitely, there’s a lot of clubs looking at him I don’t doubt that.

“I can see him in the Premier League in the future as well, I like his left foot, it’s really, really good…”

Mark Chapman then asked Frank if he saw the Girona forward in a Brentford shirt.

Frank added: “You never know… no I don’t think so. I think we have a pretty good striker in Ivan Toney…”

Toney has been tipped with a move away from Brentford this summer, with Manchester United among a list of potential suitors.

England’s Ivan Toney attends a training session in Jena, eastern Germany on June 11, 2024, ahead of the UEFA Euro 2024 football championship. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)
Crystal Palace put £65m price tag on Marc Guehi

The Telegraph claims that Crystal Palace will demand at least £65million for Marc Guehi this summer.

Palace have not given up hope of keeping Guehi, who is starring for England at Euro amid links to Manchester United.

Guehi has two years left to run on his current deal at Selhurst Park, but talks over an extension have been put on hold.

The England international has also been linked with a move to Tottenham this summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 17: A black armband is seen on Marc Guehi of England during the UEFA EURO 2024 European qualifier match between England and Malta at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
Manchester United line-up Marc Guehi swap deal

Manchester United have reportedly turned their attention to Crystal Palace and England defender Marc Guehi.

According to TEAMTalk, Palace are prepared to receive offers this summer for Guehi, who is valued at £50million.

United would rather lower than figure by offering Aaron Wan-Bissaka in exchange.

England’s defender #06 Marc Guehi and Serbia’s forward #07 Dusan Vlahovic vie during the UEFA Euro 2024 Group C football match between Serbia and England at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen on June 16, 2024. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP)

Stretty News has long believed that Wan-Bissaka has a preference to return to London.

James Overy signs for Manchester United

Manchester United have signed 16-year-old James Overy, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The former Perth Glory right-back moved to England with his family a year ago.

He is expected to play for United’s U18s next season.

Greenwood and Sancho on the way out

According to the Manchester Evening News, Mason Greenwood could be one of the first sales at Manchester United this summer.

Greenwood is looking for a new club, like Jadon Sancho, but well-placed sources have told Samuel Luckhurst that Greenwood’s probably departure is more “advanced” than Sancho’s.

VILLARREAL, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 16: Mason Greenwood of Getafe CF controls the ball whilst under pressure from Yerson Mosquera of Villarreal CF during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Villarreal CF and Getafe CF at Estadio de la Ceramica on February 16, 2024 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
Flamengo want Facundo Pellistri

Facundo Pellistri is attracting interest from Flamengo, according to Uruguayan journalist Sebas Giovanelli.

Flemengo want to sign the winger, but no further details have been provided in what is a vague update.

Pellestri spent last season on loan at Granada and is yet to make himself a regular at Manchester United, which is why he could be sold this summer.

I reckon he’s behind Amad Diallo in the pecking order at United.

VILLARREAL, SPAIN – MARCH 03: Facundo Pellistri of Granada CF runs with the ball under pressure from Alex Baena of Villarreal CF during the LaLiga EA Sports match between Villarreal CF and Granada CF at Estadio de la Ceramica on March 03, 2024 in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)
Gary Neville understands Benjamin Sesko transfer decision

Gary Neville understands why Benjamin Sesko has postponed a transfer to the Premier League, despite being linked with moves to Manchester United and Arsenal before signing a new deal at RB Leipzig.

“[He’s got] goals, youth and physically,” Neville said on ITV. “I think we are moving back to having a big physical striker up front, the game seems to have flipped a little bit by having big defenders and big strikers.

“He is someone who has so much potential and you can see why Premier League clubs are interested. But I can also see why, what is being suggested, he is staying at Leipzig for another year.

“It will give him the chance to grow without the spotlight you get on you in the Premier League and just develop his game a little bit more.”

Napoli not happy with Kvaratskhelia's agent

Italian outfit Napoli are not happy about recent comments from Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s agent.

The Georgian’s agent said in an interview yesterday that his client was planning to leave Napoli after Euro 2024, putting clubs like Manchester United on alert.

However, a statement from Napoli reads: “In reference to the statements of Kvaratskhelia’s agent, Mamuka Jugeli, and his father Badri, Calcio Napoli reiterates that the player has a contract for another three years with the club.

“Kvaratskhelia is not on the market. It’s not agents or fathers who decide on the future of a player under contract with Napoli, but the Calcio Napoli club!!! End of story.”

Manchester United cool interest in Juventus defender

Manchester United cooled their interest in Juventus centre-back Gleison Bremer due to the Italian side’s reluctance to engage in talks, according to Tuttomercatoweb.

The report adds United have shifted their focus elsewhere after agreeing on personal terms with Everton starlet Jarrad Branthwaite.

United are also being linked with Lille’s Leny Yoro and Sporting Lisbon’s Antonio Silva.

Manchester United want further talks with Yoro's entourage

Leny Yoro is one of Manchester United’s many centre-back targets.

The French youngster is attracting interest from United, Liverpool and Real Madrid.

CaughtOffside claims Liverpool are prepared to give Yoro a long-term contract, while United are keen to hold more talks with his entourage.

It has been reported by multiple outlets that Yoro’s preference is a move to Real Madrid.

Lille’s French defender #15 Leny Yoro (L) fights for the ball with Clermont-Ferrand’s Kosovar forward #18 Elbasan Rashani (R) during the French L1 football match between Clermont Foot 63 and Lille LOSC at the Gabriel-Montpied stadium in Clermont-Ferrand, central France, on December 10, 2023. (Photo by ARNAUD FINISTRE / AFP)
Manchester United to meet Goncalo Inacio release clause

According to A Bola, Manchester United are prepared to match Goncalo Inacio’s £50.8million release clause.

The report states that Liverpool could provide competition for United after expressing an interest in the Sporting Lisbon centre-back, who is representing Portugal at Euro 2024.

United have been linked with a number of centre-backs this summer, after agreeing on personal terms with Everton starlet Jarrad Branthwaite.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – OCTOBER 5: Goncalo Inacio of Sporting CP in action during the Group D – UEFA Europa League 2023/24 match between Sporting CP and Atalanta BC at Estadio Jose Alvalade on October 5, 2023 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Gualter Fatia/Getty Images)
Kvaratskhelia's agent sends message to Premier League clubs

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s agent has revealed that his client is planning to leave Napoli this summer.

Manchester United are among a host of Premier League clubs to be linked with the Georgian star.

Kvaratskhelia’s agent Mamuka Jugeli told Sport Imedzi, as quoted by The Express: “We want to leave Napoli, but now we’re all waiting for the Euro 2024.

“With (Antonio) Conte, Napoli have big plans. I’m sure they will qualify to the Champions League again next season and fight for the Scudetto. But that doesn’t mean that Kvaratskhelia wants to stay there, I don’t mean it.

“I didn’t talk with Khvicha about this issue, the most important thing for him is (the) national team.

“Our goal is the team that plays in the Champions League. The worst thing is that if he stays here, Khvicha will lose one year because of that… we are worried.”

UDINE, ITALY – MAY 04: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of SSC Napoli looks on during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and SSC Napoli at Dacia Arena on May 04, 2023 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
Japan goalkeeper linked to Manchester United again

Manchester United remain interested in Japanese international Zion Suzuki.

The Japan international was subject to interest from United last year, but the 21-year-old opted to join Sint-Truidense in Belgium instead.

Speaking to GiveMeSport, journalist Dean Jones said: “United have never lost interest in the player so it does not surprise me to see new stories about them wanting him.

“The problem is he does not fancy sitting on the bench playing second fiddle to Onana and there really is no sign that Onana is going anywhere soon.

“He has said he would like to test himself in the Premier League but if he said ‘no’ to United a year ago then I don’t see why that would change now, because he still wants to be a number one. And one position not up for grabs this season is United’s first-choice ‘keeper.”

STVV’s goalkeeper Zion Suzuki fights for the ball during a soccer match between Oud-Heverlee Leuven and Sint-Truidense VV, Saturday 20 April 2024 in Leuven, on day 4 (out of 10) of the Europe Play-offs of the 2023-2024 ‘Jupiler Pro League’ first division of the Belgian championship. BELGA PHOTO VIRGINIE LEFOUR (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR / BELGA MAG / Belga via AFP)
Welcome

Good morning and welcome to today’s Manchester United live transfer blog.

I’ll update this page throughout the day with the latest transfer news surrounding United.

The last transfer live blog was on Friday when we reflected on how Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has agreed on personal terms ahead of a move to United. The Reds must reach an agreement with Everton over a transfer fee.

Over the weekend, we learned that United failed with their initial bid for Branthwaite. The offer falls well short of their valuation for the highly-rated defender.

Lille’s Leny Yoro is another defensive target but his preference is to join Real Madrid this summer, as per The Express.

Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day.

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