Man Utd transfer news – Van de Beek agreement, Gomes yet to sign, Sanchez latest

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United have started well since returning to action earlier this month.

A 1-1 draw with Spurs on June 19 was followed up with a league win over Sheffield United before Saturday’s narrow victory against Norwich City in the FA Cup.

Despite Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba beginning to show their quality together in a good run of form, United have continued to be linked with a number of names across world football.

Solskjaer’s side remain short of depth in several areas and addressing that in the next transfer window will be a key area of interest for the club’s hierarchy.

Here are the latest United transfer rumours.

Gomes yet to sign contract extension

Highly-rated youngster Angel Gomes is yet to sign a contract extension after failing to agree terms over a new deal with the club.

Solskjaer admits the 19-year-old looks set to depart the club on Tuesday when his contract expires, with the midfielder set to become a free agent.

As reported by Sky Sports, the youngster looks set to move elsewhere in a bid to earn senior minutes, which have been hard to come by at United this season.

On Gomes' contract situation, Solskjaer noted: "I've not heard from him last night or this morning so it seems like they haven't managed to agree anything.”

Van de Beek may leave this summer, says Ajax boss

United transfer target Donny van de Beek could leave Ajax in the next transfer window, according to boss Erik ten Hag.

The Ajax manager suggested that three first-team players might leave the Dutch capital in the next window – including Andre Onana and Nicolas Tagliafico, who have been linked with Premier League moves.

For United, the possibility of Ajax letting midfielder Van de Beek leave this summer could boost their chances of adding key depth in the middle of the park.

Ten Hag told Het Parool: “The transfer market will start in August – the top leagues are now being played out, so the money flows are maintained.

"The market value of players will be slightly depressed, but not much. Based on their performance and ambition, a number of our players also want to make the move abroad.

"Agreements have been made with Andre Onana, Donny van de Beek and Nicolas Tagliafico, but it remains to be seen whether the market is indeed breaking loose.

"For Onana and Van de Beek, another year of Ajax could certainly be an option, for Tagliafico it is slightly different because of his age.”

Sanchez future in doubt as Inter talks continue

Alexis Sanchez’s future is yet to be decided as Inter Milan CEO Giuseppe Marotta stated that the two clubs have failed to agree an extended loan deal.

The 31-year-old is currently earning £400,000-per-week at Old Trafford and the club are said to be keen on selling Sanchez to create transfer funds for elsewhere in the squad.

For United, the prospect of failing to loan Sanchez or indeed sell him could prove to be a major stumbling block in trying to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. Whilst they are keen to sell the Chile international, Inter’s CEO said that a deal is yet to be done for a loan extension.

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Marotta told Sky Sports: "This is a great regulatory anomaly that needs to be resolved because we are still dealing with Chelsea and Manchester United today to try to extend their loans."

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Solskjaer admits "hurt" over Liverpool triumph and challenges Man Utd stars

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits seeing Liverpool win the Premier League title hurts.

The Manchester United boss watched on on Thursday night as Jurgen Klopp's men were crowned champions after Man City's loss at Chelsea.

It ends Liverpool's 30-year wait for a 19th league title, during which time they have been outstripped by United, who have claimed 13 Premier League crowns for themselves in the intervening period.

This season, United, like the rest of the league, have been some way behind.

Solskjaer congratulated Klopp and his side on a “deserved” success on Friday morning.

But he insists that he is now already looking to hunt down their bitter rivals, and is calling for greater consistency from his United stars in their bid to do just that.

“Any team that wins the championship or Premier League deserve it and deserve credit. It's a hard league to win so well done to Jurgen and his players,” he said.

“Every time you see anyone else lift the trophy it hurts, I reckon that's the feeling everyone associated with Manchester United, players or supporters.

“We want to get back to winning ways and that's our challenge.

“We are in a position now we have to improve, one we have to get in the Champions League, higher up in the league and start challenging.

“To get that consistency and efficiency is the challenge.

“At our best we are very good, but we have to do that whatever day it is, do it again and again, that's the challenge for our players going forward.”

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United infamously went 26 years between 1967 and the first of Alex Ferguson’s 13-Premier League titles in 1992-93.

Solskjaer insists that, with United now seven years since their last title, the challenge is to ensure they do not repeat such a feat.

“The run of titles we won under Sir Alex isn't going to be easy for anyone to emulate or copy. He was a master of staying at the top,” said Solskjaer.

“Our challenge is to make sure we don't go 26 yrs until the next time we win it or more, we're going to do everything we can to shorten the distance or go past them.”

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Man Utd confirm release of nine players but seek Angel Gomes resolution

Manchester United have confirmed the release of nine young players.

But the Premier League side are offering financial support, extra training and information packages to interested parties, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Demetri Mitchell, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Ethan Hamilton, Dion McGhee, Largie Ramazani, George Tanner, Aidan Barlow, Kieran O’Hara and Alex Fojticek are all departing when their contracts expire next week.

Five of those – Mitchell, Ramazani, Borthwick-Jackson, Hamilton and O’Hara – have first-team experience at the club.

Borthwick-Jackson is the biggest name of the bunch, having spent time on loan at a number of clubs after making 14 first-team appearances under Louis Van Gaal.

The club have decided not to release any player under the age of 19 due to the unique circumstances brought by Covid-19.

Those outgoing will receive financial support until the end of August, while United have also created video and stats packages to help them as they seek new clubs.

Head of academy Nick Cox said: “With some of the younger pros that are ending their contracts, we are putting packages in place so that when the season resumes they will come back for a few months with some financial support and a training programme to help them with the next stage of their career.

“This club is a family and looks after its family members. The last thing we wanted to do during this situation was to deliver bad news and release boys into the unknown.

“We made the decision not to release any of the boys [under-9s to under-18s].

"The number one priority was getting them back with smiles on their faces, and we will deal with those decisions at another time. We have a duty to help them through this difficult time.”

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Angel Gomes, part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-team squad, remains despite his contract also coming to an end.

United are still keen to keep him at the club and are offering a new long-term deal.

Solskjaer last week said he did not believe an agreement was "too far away".

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Nemanja Matic admission made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Sheffield Utd display

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Nemanja Matic could earn himself a new contract at Man Utd if he can keep up his current form.

The Serbian midfielder's time at Old Trafford looked to be up earlier in the season amid reports he was set for a move elsewhere.

Injury problems at the club have given Matic ample chances to impress though, and he has been a consistent performer for his side.

He started in United's 3-0 win over Sheffield Utd on Wednesday, and Solskjaer believes the star is currently at the top of his game.

Solskjaer told United’s  official website : “Nemanja is playing some of his best football.

"He’s had a good pre-season for the first time in many, many years and today he was dictating the game and his experience is vital for us.

"I’m very, very happy that we’re seeing the best of Nemanja and he’ll be important for us and then, of course, it’s down to performances and if Nemanja wants to stay but at the moment he’s in great form."

The 32-year-old still has a year left to run on his current contract at United, though with competition for places in the midfield rife, he may look to move on at the end of next season.

United have just tied down Scott McTominay until 2025, with the option for a further year, while Fred has been one of the club's standout performers this season.

Both players started against Spurs, but were rotated to the bench for the visit of Sheffield Utd.

Matic was included in the starting XI instead, alongside Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba, but he seems happy to share responsibilities going forward.

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“It is always good to play with top players and we are lucky we have top players in every position. [Against Sheffield United] I played with Bruno and Paul and we did really well," Matic said.

“It was a good formation and I am sure in the future we can improve a lot together also with Scott [McTominay] and Fred when they play with us.”

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