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Manchester United transfers: The ins and outs of the summer window

| 30.07.2022

Manchester United transfers and rumours

Erik ten Hag has already made an impact as the new Manchester United manager by making three signings with potentially more to follow.

Ten Hag raided his former club Ajax to sign Argentina centre-back Lisandro Martinez, having also signed Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia, but the future of Cristiano Ronaldo remains up in the air.

We’re taking a look at potential Manchester United transfers and players that have been linked with the club during the summer window, while we are also rating the best transfers of the summer.

Who have Manchester United signed?

Dutch defender Malacia became Ten Hag’s first signing, joining for around £13million from Feyenoord on a four-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months.

The 22-year-old left-back said: “It’s an incredible feeling to have joined Manchester United. This is a new chapter for me, a new league with new team-mates and a tremendous manager leading us. I know from playing against his teams in the Eredivisie, the qualities that he has and what he demands of his players.

“Whilst I know that I am still young and will continue to develop, I can promise the United fans that I will leave everything on the pitch every time I pull on the red shirt.”

Malacia was followed by the arrival of Denmark international Eriksen on a three-year deal. The 30-year-old midfielder spent the second half of last season at Brentford having returned to action just months after collapsing on the pitch during Euro 2020.

He said: “Manchester United is a special club, and I cannot wait to get started. I have had the privilege of playing at Old Trafford many times but to do it in the red shirt of United will be an amazing feeling. I have seen Erik’s work at Ajax and know the level of detail and preparation that he and his staff put into every day. It is clear that he is a fantastic coach.”

Eriksen was soon joined by the £51m arrival of Martinez, who made 120 appearances for Ajax in three seasons, scoring six goals. Martinez worked with Ten Hag throughout his time at the Johan Cruyff Arena, so he is a player the Dutchman knows well.

Manchester United signings:

Lisandro Martinez (Ajax – £56.7m)
Tyrell Malacia (Feyenoord – £13m)
Christian Eriksen (Brentford – free transfer)

Who has left Manchester United?

France midfielder Paul Pogba is the highest-profile departure from the United ranks, rejoining Juventus on a free transfer after his contract expired.

The World Cup winner spent a hit-and-miss six seasons on his return to Manchester United but left the club for nothing as he did the first time he signed for Juve.

Nemanja Matic has been reunited with Jose Mourinho for a third time at Roma on a one-year contract having spent five seasons at Old Trafford.

Free agent Jesse Lingard spent 11 seasons at United and despite interest from West Ham where he enjoyed a successful loan spell, the attacking midfielder decided to join Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest.

Uruguay striker Cavani and Spanish midfielder Juan Mata are also available on free transfers after their contracts expired.

Manchester United departures:

Andreas Pereira (Fulham – £8.5m)
Paul Pogba (Juventus – free)
Nemanja Matic (Roma – free)
Jesse Lingard (Nottingham Forest – free)
Edinson Cavani (released)
Juan Mata (released)
Dean Henderson (Nottingham Forest – loan)
Alex Telles (Sevilla – loan)

Who have Manchester United been linked with?

Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona)

The saga of the summer has involved Netherlands midfielder De Jong, who is wanted by Ten Hag at Old Trafford. A potential deal has taken many twists and turns, with De Jong reportedly owed £17m in deferred wages.

To complicate matters De Jong would prefer to stay at Barca and is said to be against joining United because of the way the club is run. Chelsea are also thought to be interested in signing the former Ajax star, but their offer is much lower than United’s £70m. Will he join United before the transfer window closes? Who knows?!

Antony (Ajax)

United are thought to be interested in a move for Antony, but Ajax’s £70m asking price is proving to be a sticking point.

The 22-year-old Brazilian forward scored 10 goals last season, including two in the Champions League, but the clubs seem miles apart in his value.

Who could be leaving Manchester United?

The biggest story of the summer is the potential departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has told the club he would like to leave if a suitable offer is made, although United do not want to sell the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United

Ronaldo is finally back in Manchester with his agent Jorge Mendes to discuss future, having missed the pre-season tours to Thailand and Australia to attend to a family matter in his native Portugal.

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Warren Barner