Manchester United have agreed on a fundamental level to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
Erik ten Hag is expecting a functioning week in the transfer market in the wake of watching his new charges tumble to a 2-1 first day of the season rout to Brighton. After a generally certain pre-season, which saw Ten witch start to execute his changes, the Dutchman was given a perfectly clear showcase of the size of task he has on his hands.
Marko Arnautovic is accepted to be one target and have proactively seen an offered of £7.6million turned down for the Austrian.
That would give Ten Hag another choice going ahead, however wouldn’t take care of the most serious issue inside his squad, which is in the central of midfield. Indeed, even before the Brighton destroying, there was a reasonable requirement for a new midfielder, having seen Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Juan Mata all leave on a free.
Frenkie de Jong has been the top target for Ten Hag for the entire summer, but there is growing frustration regarding Barcelona ’s stubborn approach to negotiations. That’s where Rabiot comes in with the Juventus star on their list of alternatives, with United bosses hoping to thrash out a deal.
The 27-year-old is into the final year of his deal with the Italian giants and could be a more affordable option than the mooted £71.5m it would take to sign De Jong. The Manchester Evening News. report that a fee has now been agreed with Juventus, with finer details set to be ironed out with the player’s agent, his mother, Veronique.
Additionally, Turin news outlet JuveDipendenza suggest Scott McTominay could go the other way, with the Bianconeri earmarking him as a potential replacement for the injured Pogba. Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is set to be a huge fan of the Scotland international’s tactical discipline, despite coming in for flack for his showing vs Brighton.
Chelsea drops Fofana update after initial tests on knee injury
Wesley Fofana’s knee injury is better than initially feared after the first set of tests returned positive results.
The defender suffered a knee injury in a collision with Rafael Leao in the 38th minute of Chelsea’s 3-0 home win against AC Milan, as his night ended in frustrating fashion having scored his first goal for the club earlier in the match.
There is hope that Fofana could return before the World Cup, with Chelsea’s final match before the tournament taking place away to Newcastle on November 12.
The centre-back is likely to miss this weekend’s clash against Wolves and the away match at San Siro against Milan next week.
Fofana was seen leaving Stamford Bridge on crutches on Wednesday night, with his right knee in a brace as there were worries he may have suffered a serious injury.
Speaking in his post-match press conference after Chelsea’s victory over Milan, Blues boss Graham Potter admitted he was unsure how bad it would prove to be for Fofana.
‘We’ll have to scan it tomorrow and see how he is but there’s nothing to report at the moment,” Potter said.
“That’s the one disappointing thing about the evening so we have our fingers crossed. We’re concerned but I don’t want to speculate on it now.
“These things happen. He’s a young guy and a strong guy but we’ll support him.”
Erik ten Hag explains decision to substitute Jadon Sancho in Omonia victory
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has confessed that he was unimpressed with the left side of his team in the first half of Thursday’s 3-2 victory over Omonia Nicosia, leading to him substituting both Jadon Sancho and Tyrell Malacia at half-time.
United were woeful in the first half and trailed at the break after Sancho and Malacia conspired to give away the ball for the cheapest of counter-attack goals, and both were hooked at the interval.
Sancho was replaced by Marcus Rashford, who went on to bag a goal and an assist, while fellow substitute Anthony Martial also scored just moments after being introduced on the hour mark.
Asked to explain his logic behind removing Sancho while his team were losing, Ten Hag said: “It [the goal] was not what I wasn’t happy with, it was the movement with our ball.
“The width on the left side, for me, was no good first-half – the movement from behind the defending line.
“So I hoped with Luke [Shaw] and Marcus we get more effect from that and so in my opinion that happens.”
Asked what he told Rashford and the rest of the team at the break to inspire a comeback, Ten Hag told BT Sport: “More runs, we are too static, we have to make the opposition move to get behind – that is why we made two subs.
“The subs really had an impact today.”
The boss added: “I would call it stay composed. It can always happen, football is a game of mistakes. I agree with you, first 30 or 35 minutes, we played quite well, the only thing we didn’t do was score a goal.
“When you score a goal you make your life easy, we didn’t. Then we concede a goal and it was the worst 10 minutes from the game from us. After half-time, we dealt well with the setback.”
Serena Williams vs Venus Williams: Who is the better tennis, Learn about Serena
Michael Jordan’s Expensive and Luxurious Car Collection
Europa League & Europa Conference League roundup: 06/10/22
Best site to watch football live (Free and premium)
Best app to buy sports tickets 2022
10 Footballers who went to university during their careers
Football1 week ago
Argentina 3-0 Jamaica: Leo Messi nets brace (Highlights)
EPL4 days ago
Twitter reacts as Haaland and Foden score hat-tricks in thumping Manchester derby win
EPL5 days ago
Wilfried Zaha hits back at Reece James in social media spat
EPL2 weeks ago
Bukayo Saka named England Men’s Player of the Year
EPL2 weeks ago
Richarlison reflects on decision to join Tottenham amid Arsenal & Chelsea interest