Manchester United News – Red Devils Edging Closer to First Major Transfer Deal as Ten Hag and Glazer Owners Clash Looms

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 Manchester United News – Red Devils Edging Closer to First Major Transfer Deal as Ten Hag and Glazer Owners Clash Looms

 Manchester United face a significant task if they want to narrow the distance between themselves and their local rivals, Manchester City, in the upcoming season. The Red Devils concluded the Premier League campaign in third place, trailing Pep Guardiola’s team by 14 points. They were also defeated by City in the FA Cup final, although they did manage to secure the Carabao Cup.

Looking ahead to the next season, numerous players have been rumored to join Old Trafford, but the ongoing takeover drama threatens to disrupt Erik ten Hag’s plans for the transfer market. 

Let’s take a look at the latest news emerging from Old Trafford in the past 24 hours.

Red Devils ‘close’ to Disasi deal

Manchester United appear to be on the verge of securing their first signing of the summer transfer window, with Monaco’s Axel Disasi close to joining the club.

Despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the ownership situation at Old Trafford, the Red Devils are determined to have an active transfer window. The Glazer family, who expressed their intention to sell the club last November, are yet to confirm a preferred bidder.

 A Qatari billionaire recently added to the turmoil by submitting a fifth and final offer for the club, leaving the decision in the hands of the Glazers and potentially attracting interest from Sir Jim Ratcliffe, another potential buyer. 

Nevertheless, Manchester United are pressing ahead with their transfer plans, and Disasi seems set to be their first acquisition. L’Equipe, a French outlet, reports that the central defender is close to completing a move to Old Trafford.

Reportedly, Manchester United have no qualms about meeting Monaco’s €40 million (£34.5 million) asking price for Disasi, although formal negotiations between the clubs are yet to commence. 

The 25-year-old defender has had several impressive seasons with Monaco, initially catching attention with his performances for Reims before moving to Monaco in the summer of 2020. Since then, he has made 129 appearances for the club, including 49 this season. Notably, Disasi has contributed six goals and four assists, and his form has earned him three caps for the French national team.

Disasi has two years remaining on his contract with Monaco, and if the transfer to Manchester United materializes, he would be the second high-profile defensive departure from the French club this year, following Benoit Badiashile’s move to Chelsea in January. 

Additionally, Disasi would be the second defender to join Manchester United this summer, as the club also holds an interest in Napoli’s Kim Min-Jae. Signs point to the South Korean player becoming a United player, with officials at Napoli reportedly preparing for his departure and identifying Giorgio Scalvini from Atalanta as a potential replacement. 

These recent developments regarding Disasi come shortly after Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag held talks with the club’s recruitment department, outlining his summer demands, which included a new defender, a midfielder for the number eight role, and an established striker.

Ten Hag also expressed the need for a goalkeeper, a right-back, and additional midfield and forward options. If Manchester United manage to secure deals for both Disasi and Kim, it could further cast doubt on the future of Harry Maguire.

 The Red Devils’ captain is already expected to leave the club this summer, with Tottenham emerging as potential suitors for his services in the Premier League.

Ten Hag’s Mac Allister hijack falters

Liverpool have officially signed Alexis Mac Allister, a midfielder from Brighton, for an initial fee of £45million. The 24-year-old Argentine player has agreed to a five-year contract with the Reds until 2028, following a successful medical examination earlier in the week.

It is reported that Liverpool will pay Brighton a reduced amount between £45-50million, with the possibility of additional payments based on performance. 

Mac Allister expressed his excitement about the move, stating that it is a dream come true and he is eager to begin his journey with the team and meet his new teammates.

The signing of Mac Allister marks the beginning of a potentially active summer transfer window for Liverpool. The club recognizes the need to bolster their midfield, especially after the departures of James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keita on free transfers.

 Despite interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, Mac Allister has made the decision to join Jurgen Klopp’s team, even though Liverpool will not be participating in the Champions League next season.

Ten Hag on Glazer collision course

Erik ten Hag’s ambitious plans for summer transfers could face obstacles from the Glazers, even if the Manchester United takeover situation is resolved soon. The Dutch manager expects support in the transfer market after securing a Champions League spot with a third-place finish. However, the uncertainty surrounding the club’s ownership leaves him uncertain about the available funds for signings.

Ten Hag’s main priority for the 2023/24 season is to acquire a top-quality striker, but he also intends to strengthen the defense and midfield, including a potential deal for Chelsea’s Mason Mount. 

After successfully turning around United’s fortunes, Ten Hag aims for an assertive and ambitious approach in the summer transfer window. 

However, this may clash with Joel Glazer, who holds the power to approve any incoming transfers and has highlighted the club’s financial limitations.

According to The Athletic, sources close to the situation suggest that Ten Hag’s plans could create “friction” with Glazer. While the lengthy takeover process is reportedly nearing its conclusion, neither Sir Jim Ratcliffe nor Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al-Thani, who recently submitted a new bid for the club, are expected to be involved in transfer decisions or assist Ten Hag before the takeover.

 Limited finances make a deal for Ten Hag’s primary target, Harry Kane, unlikely. Moreover, even if Manchester United were willing and able to offer £100 million for Kane, it remains to be seen if Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy would approve selling their star player to a domestic rival, considering Kane will be available on a free transfer in a year.

The club is also optimistic about finalizing a deal for Mason Mount. The 24-year-old midfielder is likely to be allowed to leave Chelsea this summer as he has failed to agree on a new contract. Mount, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Liverpool recently, will be a free agent next summer, prompting Chelsea to seek a transfer fee for their academy graduate.

 They value him around £70 million, but it is highly unlikely that Manchester United would pay such a sum due to his contract situation. A resolution is anticipated in the following weeks, with Mount expressing interest in a move to Old Trafford.

 Manchester United News – Red Devils Edging Closer to First Major Transfer Deal as Ten Hag and Glazer Owners Clash Looms

 Manchester United News – Red Devils Edging Closer to First Major Transfer Deal as Ten Hag and Glazer Owners Clash Looms

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