Manchester United transfer news LIVE: Neymar ‘advanced talks’ and Casemiro’s ‘role’ in transfer

Manchester United transfer news LIVE: Neymar 'advanced talks' and Casemiro's 'role' in transfer

Manchester United took a step towards securing qualification for next season’s Champions League with victory over Bournemouth.

United travelled to the Vitality Stadium for their last away day of the campaign as Erik ten Hag’s outfit remain in the fight to secure a place in Europe’s top club competition. And they ended up taking a big step thanks to Casemiro’s overhead kick in the first half which sealed a 1-0 triumph.

The win, combined with fifth placed Liverpool only drawing at Anfield against Aston Villa, means United are now three points clear of Jurgen Klopp’s outfit. United also have a game in hand over their rivals.

The game in hand United have will be at Old Trafford on Thursday evening when they take on Chelsea. United know that a point from one of their final two encounters of the top flight season will secure a place back in the Champions League.

Ten Hag’s side are level on points with Newcastle United, but the Magpies are ahead of United on goal difference. Eddie Howe’s men host relegation-threatened Leicester City on Thursday when United host Chelsea, who have had a dismal season and will finish in the bottom half of the table.

Ahead of the encounter at Old Trafford, it remains to be seen if top scorer Marcus Rashford will be fit to feature against the Stamford Bridge outift. There is also the question of the ongoing sale of United by the Glazer family, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al Thani lodging bids – we’ll bring you any updates on any of these subjects in today’s live blog.

Today’s big talking point: Has Luke Shaw’s form this season done Erik ten Hag a favour in the transfer window this summer? Have your say here.

Keep up to date with all the latest United news with our blog updates below.

Timber future admission

“I met him (Mislintat) here at De Toekomst and then we spoke briefly and one-on-one. He spoke longer with my agent. As far as I know, Ajax wants to keep me here,” he told Algemeen Dagblad.

“Beyond that, I can hardly say anything about it. Talks about that will probably follow soon. Actually, I am now in the same situation as last year. I don’t know yet whether I will make that step now. I’m happy to be at Ajax – here you can always show yourself.”

Ajax defender Jurrien Timber is reportedly a target for Liverpool(Image: Nesimages/Michael Bulder/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Casemiro’s ‘role’

More on Neymar. The report sates that Casemiro has been involved in trying to broker the deal. Of course, the pair know each other from the Brazil national team.

Neymar has been linked with Manchester United by French media.(Image: ©Icon Sportswire All Rights Reserved)

‘Advanced’ Neymar talks

L’Equipe in France claim that Manchester United are in ‘advanced’ talks with Paris Saint-Germain over Neymar.

One we have seen before but it feels highly unlikely that United would make a move for the 31-year-old.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar is reportedly considering a summer move(Image: Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

United ‘told’ eye-watering price of Osimhen

United will reportedly have to fork out £130m to bring Victor Osimhen to Old Trafford.

The Napoli striker is on Erik ten Hag’s summer transfer shortlist, albeit Harry Kane is the primary target.

However, the 24-year-old would not be a cheap secondary option to the England captain with the Daily Mail claiming Osimhen will cost £130m.

It adds that the club are also tracking Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic with Chelsea also in the market for both players.

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United players did what Fernandes asked them to vs Bournemouth

Bruno Fernandes urged his Manchester United teammates to ‘do their job’ against Bournemouth and the Reds are now within touching distance of securing a top-four place after heeding his message.

United took a huge step towards qualification for next season’s Champions League with a hard-fought 1-0 win at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, with Casemiro’s brilliantly-improvised overhead kick enough to hand the Reds a first away win since mid-April.

Erik ten Hag’s side were within minutes of having a top-four place confirmed, with Liverpool behind at home to Aston Villa until Roberto Firmino levelled the scoreline in the 89th minute – a gap that was set to be four points is now three.

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Nice captain questions Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s running of club

OGC Nice club captain Dante says there has been a lack of clarity about the direction owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe wants the club to head in amid several fan boycotts.

The Ineos billionaire is rivalling Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad al-Thani in the takeover race at Manchester United with the process expected to shortly conclude. Ineos’ sports portfolio contains franchises within Formula One and cycling as well as football.

Club skipper Dante has spoken about the running of the club after a mass turnaround of players last summer saw several regulars leave while the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Ross Barkley and Aaron Ramsey arrived.

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Four candidates revealed for our United player of the season – vote now

Four United stars have really stood out this season, two of whom only joined last summer.

The Reds lifted their first trophy in nearly six years in February when clasping hands of the League Cup.

An FA Cup final awaits next month too with the club on the brink of a top four finish.

Find out who our candidates for player of the year are here, and cast your vote >>>

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United stars Casemiro, Antony and Sancho send messages to Vinicius Jr

Manchester United’s Brazilian trio Casemiro, Fred and Antony are among those to send messages of support to Vinicius Jr after he was racially abused during Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat at Valencia.

On Sunday, the winger was targeted by a section of the home supporters with racist chants. Vinicius Jr had attempted to bring the referee’s attention to the abuse but his complaints fell on deaf ears.

The 22-year-old was sent off deep into second half stoppage time after an altercation with Valencia’s Hugo Duro.

After the final whistle, the forward published a statement on Instagram declaring La Liga as ‘belonging to racists’.

Read on here >>>

Casemiro and Vinicius Jr pictured together at the Qatar World Cup(Image: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

West Ham target ‘Wan-Bissaka’

West Ham have set their sights on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, according to the Daily Mail.

The right-back has enjoyed a resurgence during the second half of the season, and is now Erik ten Hag’s first-choice right-back.

However, his future remains undecided with United in talks for Jeremie Frimpong of Bayer Leverkusen, who plays in the same position.

United are working on a new deal for Diogo Dalot, meaning Wan-Bissaka could leave to avoid losing game time.

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Lindelof ‘quite unhappy’ at United

A report from InterLive has mooted that Victor Lindelof is ‘quite unhappy’ with his position in the pecking order at United.

The defender has started the last nine matches due to injuries to Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez.

He is likely to start the FA Cup final with Martinez out for the season. However, his future at United is unclear with the Sweden captain not among Erik ten Hag’s first XI picks.

Lindelof admitted in March that he would be “assessing his options” this summer.

Shaw has become the United defender Jose Mourinho wanted

When the spiral started at Manchester United last season Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw were culpable so often they seemed conjoined.

Privately, Shaw felt he was exposed amid his willingness to cover for Maguire. A confidant advised Shaw to be more selfish.

There is scant evidence of selfishness throughout Shaw’s eight years with United. He has regained form this season, arguably his best two terms on from his stellar 2020-21 campaign.

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United ‘ahead of Arsenal’ in race for Rice

A report from the Daily Mail (as per the Metro) says that West Ham seem to think United have the upper hand in the race for Declan Rice.

The midfielder is being tipped to leave the Hammers this sumemr with a number of clubs interested, including Arsenal.

Rice is keen to play Champions Legaue football, so both clubs are said to be of interest. However, West Ham are set to hold out for a large fee, possibly for nine figures.

West Ham star Declan Rice could move to Arsenal as soon as June (Image: Rob Newell)

Liverpool ‘join United in race’ to sign Marc Guehi

Liverpool have a reported interest in Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi, who has also been linekd with United.

The England international has caught the eye with his leadership at the back at Selhurst Park.

United may bring in a defender this summer, although only if one of their own leaves first. The Daily Mail says Guehi could be one player United jump for, if so.

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Jack Butland on David de Gea

Speaking to club media, the Crystal Palace loanee goalkeeper said:

“He’s [De Gea] been great for me since I’ve come in, been really positive and helpful, and I’ve enjoyed working with him. So it’s been good fun and he deserves it.

“I think it might be his second Golden Glove. I’m surprised he hasn’t had more, but such is the quality of the league. He’s a top goalkeeper, he deserves it and he’s been vitally important in those clean sheets.

“Where we’re at in the league right now, he’s played a big part in that and he fully deserves the Golden Glove.”

(Image: Michael Steele/Getty Images.)

Today’s top story: Nott Forest keen on buying Henderson

Nottingham Forest are eager to bring in United goalkeeeper Dean Henderson on a permanent basis.

The 26-year-old was loaned to the City Ground outfit for the season, although missed the second half of the campaign through injury.

However, despite his setback, Forest are willing to keep him for the long run.

Read the full story here >>>

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OPINION: United have four transfer priorities in 18 months to get closer to City

“The squad needs greater depth, and the attack has to become more fluid, but there are also some positions where an upgrade is obvious. A title challenge might be beyond United next season, but after two more summer transfer windows, they should have no excuses. By then Erik ten Hag will have moulded this squad into his own image and the players will have a greater understanding of his methods and his ethos. Year three should be United’s peak under Ten Hag.”

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OPINION: Casemiro is proving why United must give Ten Hag what he needs this summer

“When you dive a little deeper into the statistics relating to United’s attacking output this term, you soon discover that Casemiro has been one of their most potent attackers. After scoring the winner at Bournemouth, he has now chipped in with six goals and six assists this season, meaning only Rashford and Fernandes have more direct goal contributions this term than the Brazilian’s tally of 12. Fred, Antony and Martial all have 11 when you combine their goals and assists tallies, meaning Casemiro has been United’s third most successful attacker this season. Considering he was added to Erik ten Hag’s squad to offer a much-needed defensive presence in midfield last August, it is a statistic that is quite hard to overlook.”

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Atalanta manager blames United interest for dip in Hojlund form

Atalanta chief Gian Piero Gasperini has suggested that interest from United in Rasmus Hojlund led to his form suffering this season.

Hojlund scored his 15th goal of the season, across his time in Italy and Austria, on Saturday during the 3-1 victory over Verona in Serie A. That, however, marked his first goal since March.

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(Image: Stefano Nicoli/Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images.)

OPINION: Shaw has helped United streamline their transfer plans

“Thanks to Luke Shaw, United don’t urgently need to strengthen in central defence. A lot of experienced central defenders could be on their way out of Old Trafford this summer. We already know that Phil Jones is leaving and is set to be followed out of the door by Axel Tuanzebe. Eric Bailly has spent the season out on loan at Marseille and has a contract until the summer of 2024, with the option of another 12 months on top of that. He is clearly surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and his sale could bring in much needed funds.”

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OPINION: Amad can fill two roles for United next season

“Sunderland are blessed with creativity in the wide areas, meaning Mowbray, in an attempt to get Patrick Roberts, Jack Clarke and Amad on the pitch at the same time, had to test the water and experiment. Roberts, formerly of Manchester City, is most dangerous on the right, meaning Amad tucked inside and operated as a No.10. As the statistics highlight, he flourished in that position, meaning United manager Erik ten Hag, who plans to welcome Amad back into his squad ahead of next season, could see what he is capable of from a central area in United colours.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Forest keen on £30m Henderson move

Nottingham Forest are keen on signing United goalkeeper Dean Henderson in a permanent deal worth £30million.

The shot-stopper, who recently suffered a fresh injury setback, has spent this season on loan at the City Ground.

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Ten Hag plays down Martial rift

Erik ten Hag has quashed suggestions of a rift between himself and Anthony Martial after the latter was substituted during the second half of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

The Frenchman was taken off just before the hour mark and was replaced by Wout Weghorst. He walked straight down the tunnel after going off, prompting suggestions that he was furious with Ten Hag for being taken off. However, the Dutchman has suggested that was not the case at all.

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(Image: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images.)

OPINION: Martial just agreed with biggest criticism of United this season

“United moved beyond the 50-goal mark against Wolves but they remain well short of the rate their rivals at the top score at, with Manchester City (92), Arsenal (83), Newcastle (67) and Liverpool (60) not struggling to put opponents to the sword. Marcus Rashford has shouldered the scoring burden for the majority of the campaign, scoring 29 of United’s 100 goals in all competitions, which makes his absence for any match a genuine concern.”

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Kudus ‘wants to leave Ajax’ amid United links

According to a report by The Athletic, Ajax forward Mohammed Kudus has informed the club that he ‘wants to leave’ this summer.

The Ghana international has been closely linked with a move to United in recent months and it is understood that Reds chief Erik ten Hag believes he has the credentials to play in the Premier League.

Kudus is under contract at Ajax until 2025, but reportedly rejected a new deal last month and informed the club of his intentions to leave this summer.

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Mason plays down Kane gesture amid United interest

Interim Tottenham Hotspur boss Ryan Mason has played down suggestions that Harry Kane was waving goodybe to Spurs’ fans after their 3-1 defeat to Brentford on Saturday.

Despite taking a first half lead, Spurs were beaten in their final home game of the season, meaning their end-of-season appreciation lap was dominated by negativity.

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United ‘monitoring’ Arsenal ace

According to a report by The Athletic, United are ‘monitoring the situation’ of young Arsenal midfielder Ethan Nwaneri.

The attacking-midfielder, 16, made Premier League history back in September after stepping off the bench in the Gunners’ 3-0 win over Brentford, becoming the youngst ever player to feature in the division’s history. He was just 15 years and 181 days old at the time and he is said to have caught United’s attention.

The report claims that United, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, are eyeing up his signature.

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United players make Ten Hag admission

Casemiro has revealed that United’s players are surprised by just how hungry manager Erik ten Hag is to succeed at Old Trafford.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 win over Bournemouth, United are now on the cusp of securing Champions League qualification, needing just a point from their last two games to wrap up a top four spot.

Click here to see what Casemiro has had to say.

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What United need to wrap up a top four spot

Despite Liverpool’s last-gasp leveller against Aston Villa on Saturday delaying United’s return to the Champions League, they can almost reach out and touch it.

The Reds need just one more point from their last two games to be assured of a top four finish and Champions League qualification for next season. They face Chelsea on Thursday night and then Fulham on Sunday, both at Old Trafford.

Newcastle United also need just a point to get the job done, meaning they will secure a fairytale return to Europe’s premier club competition if they avoid defeat to Leicester City at St James’ Park tonight.

Glazers ‘considering’ delaying sale

According to a report by ESPN, the Glazers are ‘considering’ delaying the sale of United until after the conclusion of this season.

INEOS, led by British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and Qatari businessman Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani have lodged bids to buy United and are considered as the frontrunners.

Ratcliffe is keen to secure a majority stake in the club while Sheikh Jassim wants to secure full control.

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United ‘join the race’ to sign Brighton target

According to a report by Football Insider, United have ‘joined the race’ to sign Sassuolo midfielder Davide Frattesi.

The 23-year-old, who is considered as one of the Serie A club’s star players, is also generating reported interest from fellow Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.

Reds boss Erik ten Hag wants to bolster his midfield options this summer and it is thought that he would like to do so by recruiting a younger player compared to his current options.

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Forest to ‘pursue’ permanent Henderson swoop

Nottingham Forest are going to ‘pursue’ a permanent deal for United goalkeeper Dean Henderson this forthcoming summer.

That is according to a report by The Telegraph, who claim that Forest, who sealed Premier League survival over the weekend, want to keep hold of the England international.

Henderson has been sidelined since January through injury and recently discovered that he faces a further setback. Nevertheless, that is reportedly not putting Forest off a permanent move for his signature.

(Image: Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Villa ‘plotting’ Martial move

According to a report by FootballTransfers, Aston Villa are ‘plotting’ a move for United striker Anthony Martial this summer.

Villa are reportedly set to give manager Unai Emery a sizeable transfer budget to strengthen Villa’s squad this summer and Martial is repotedly on his radar.

The Frenchman, as reported by the Manchester Evening News earlier this year, could be sold by United this summer to generate funds for a new striker and other summer targets.

(Image: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

United’s two remaining Premier League fixtures

Following Saturday’s triumph over Bournemouth, United have just two Premier League games left this season. They are:

  • Chelsea (H) – May 25
  • Fulham (H) – May 28

United injury round-up latest

United have several players in the treatment room at the moment as they approach the climax to their season.

Some have already had their seasons ended after picking up injuries so close to the conclusion of the campaign, while others still have a chance of being back on the pitch.

Here’s the latest injury round-up from the United squad.

Marcus Rashford of Manchester United missed the win over Bournemouth due to illness. (Image: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

United Women make history over Man City in front of record crowd

Manchester United put two past City to earn their first-ever win over their local rivals in club history at the top tier. Lucia Garcia nudged the ball into the back of the net in stoppage time to clinch the three points and keep the Reds’ title dreams alive.

Hayley Ladd found the back of the net two minutes after kick-off, while City fought back with ten players when finally, Filippa Angeldahl got the equaliser in the 68th minute. But with six minutes of stoppage time, substitute Garcia’s winner saw United over the line.

The record-breaking crowd, all 7,864 fans at Leigh Sports Village were electrifying as the Reds continued to dominate their visitors the entire evening. Unwilling to give them an inch. City did have chances but were denied by Earps and the woodwork twice before finding the back of the net.

Read our report and player ratings from an important day for the United Women’s team.

Hayley Ladd of Manchester United celebrates scoring the first goal against Manchester City(Image: Photo by Charlotte Tattersall – MUFC/Manchester United via Getty Images)

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