The summer shopping spree has begun for clubs all over the world. Many clubs all over the world are on the market in order to strengthen their squads for the upcoming soccer season, with Premier League giants Manchester United being one of them.
The Red Devils will be taking part in the upcoming Champions League, and manager Erik Ten Hag has claimed on multiple occasions that they will be challenging for titles. However, with Cristiano Ronaldo leaving the club in January, and Anthony Martial’s worrying injury records, United are in dire need of bolstering their attacking lineup.
Goalkeeper, midfielder, and striker are Erik Ten Hag’s top transfer window priorities, but so far, neither have materialized. Take a closer look at the Red Devils’ summer transfer activities below:
Manchester United pull out from Harry Kane race following Tottenham’s stiff stance
United manager Erik ten Hag was focused on bringing in a top-tier striker this summer, and Harry Kane was at the top of his wish list; Spurs are unwavering in their demand for £100 million to part with the England captain.
However, due to Tottenham’s high asking price for a player who will turn 30 next month and only have one year left on his contract, as well as the difficulties of negotiating with Spurs chief Daniel Levy, United see the deal as unlikely to go through at this time.
Manchester United are currently looking at other options for new striker as Harry Kane deal is not advancing at all 🚨🔴 #MUFC
Man Utd feel Tottenham never wanted to sell Kane to them and have no plans to enter into two-months saga.
Rasmus Højlund, one of the names in the list. pic.twitter.com/N0v8qd99PC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 14, 2023
Chelsea rejects cut price £40M bid from United for Mason Mount
In addition, Chelsea “immediately rejected” Manchester United’s initial offer for Mason Mount, who has only one year remaining on his contract. The offer is thought to be worth £40 million.
United are not willing to overpay for the 24-year-old Chelsea academy graduate in his final year of his current contract. If the transfer does not go through, United will pursue other options, including a move for Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Moises Caicedo.
BREAKING: Chelsea have immediately rejected Manchester United's opening bid of £40m for Mason Mount 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/OmYPnVLSCO
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 14, 2023
Takeover turmoil continues with summer transfer window on the horizon
The Glazers’ confirmation that they were open to selling Manchester United was almost seven months ago, but the takeover process continues to drag on.
Two parties are vying for ownership of the club; the first is the British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe, and the second is the Qatari banker Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani. While Ratcliffe seeks a controlling interest, the latter is more interested in absolute power.
Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani and Sir Jim Ratcliffe are waiting for the Glazers to announce their final decision this week. The American family must settle on a full sale, handing over control in exchange for a majority investment, selling off a minority stake, or making no deal at all. Sheikh Jassim is rumored to be able to help Ten Hag’s summer transfer plans if he is elected to take over the club.
🚨🚨 Rio Ferdinand with a BOMBA!!!
"From my perspective, Manchester United takeover is imminent. We're hearing the Qatari bid is the one which will be accepted. Hallelujah, please let it happen.”
— UF (@UtdFaithfuls) June 15, 2023
There is widespread anticipation among Manchester United supporters for updates on the takeover and any potential new player signings. Who do you think Manchester United would target next? Let me know in the comments!