It's been a horrific start to the season for Manchester United with two defeats in their first two games. Sadly, for Erik ten Hag, the summer transfer window hasn't been much better with United desperately needing reinforcements, without much joy.
With the Frenkie De Jong transfer looking more unlikely as time goes on and the Cristiano Ronaldo saga still dragging on, we will take a look at the latest developments and rumours surrounding Manchester United.
Manchester United rumoured transfer targets
Last week, news circulated that Manchester United had agreed a transfer fee with Juventus for the signing of French midfielder Adrien Rabiot. After a week of negotiating with the player and his agent, who is also his mother, it looks like talks have broken down with trusted transfer specialist Fabrizio Romano saying "deal is completely 'off' and won't change unless something crazy happens on player side".
Romano also said that the Red Devils had no intention to pay a record salary and signing on fee to the Juventus man.
Juventus have received Manchester United message on Adrien Rabiot: deal is completely 'off' and won't change unless something crazy happens on player side. 🚨🇫🇷 #MUFC
Man Utd have intention to pay record-salary and also huge signing fee. Other targets now discussed internally. pic.twitter.com/JKTNU0OPb7
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 17, 2022
One of the names that started to circulate around social media was Leicester's Jamie Vardy. It was reported by The Athletic via Metro that Manchester United were keen to bring Vardy to Old Trafford on an initial one-year-deal.
Vardy is now 35-years-old and would have perhaps been an ideal signing for United five years ago, but with injuries becoming more frequent for the former England striker, Vardy perhaps would not be what Manchester United need. Saying that, the club are desperate to bring a goalscorer in and if Ronaldo does end up finding a new club, a one-year-deal for Vardy could be a good short term fix.
Fabrizio Romano wrote on Twitter on Monday saying:
"Manchester United had direct talks with Matheus Cunha’s agents as with many others in the last few days.
"No agreement reached with Atletico Madrid as things stand.
"Atletico want more than €50m to sell Cunha this summer."
However, Cunha's release clause is believed to be €100m, which likely prevents a deal.
Andy Mitten from The Athletic is reporting that Erik Ten Hag is keen to bring USA international Christian Pulisic to the club on a loan deal. Pulisic has slipped down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge in recent years and with the arrival of Raheem Sterling, Pulisic is only going to see less game time this season.
The former Borussia Dortmund man came to the Premier League with very high expectations but never reached the heights he once promised. Pulisic could find regular game time at United a better option that warming the bench for Chelsea.
Another Chelsea player that is being linked with a move to Manchester United is Hakim Ziyech. The Moroccan previously worked under Ten Hag at Ajax and was instrumental to the side who enjoyed a great Champions League run in the 2018/19 season.
Reliable Manchester United journalist for Goal, James Robson has said that United are interested in bringing the attacking midfielder to the club.
Still the feeling at United is that they want to know how much they will end up spending on a holding midfielder in relation to what they do up front.
Ten Hag would like Ziyech & still likes Antony.
But a No6 is the absolute priority.
— James Robson (@jamesalanrobson) August 16, 2022
With news circulating about Rabiot rejecting Manchester United's proposed personal terms, attention seems to be turning to Real Madrid defensive midfielder Casemiro. The Brazilian has been an ever-present in the Real Madrid starting team over the past six years, where he had worked up a tremendous partnership with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
Journalist Fernando Okallas called the mooted transfer 'virtually impossible'.
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 17, 2022
Pierre Emerick Aubameyang
We know Barca will have to sell some players before the transfer window closes, so it's no surprise to Man Utd linked to Aubameyang. While Chelsea are pushing hard for the deal, Gerard Romero revealed today that Manchester United are now in the mix.
El Chelsea sigue apretando fuerte para llegarse al delantero. Y el Manchester United también se ha unido a la puja por Auba.
El futbolista guarda silencio de momento.
Xavi le gustaría que se quedara en la plantilla
Carpeta abierta@JijantesFC #mercato
— Gerard Romero (@gerardromero) August 17, 2022