With the transfer window progressing, Manchester United have finally began to make moves. Tyrell Malacia has already been confirmed and has been included in the pre-season squad for their tour to Thailand, whilst Henderson has already confirmed his move to Nottingham Forest.
A move for Cristian Eriksen is all but confirmed. A verbal agreement is in place between the club and the player, with a 2 year deal proposed. He has not travelled with the squad to their first-phase of the pre-season tour, although it is expected that he will be in Manchester on Friday to confirm his move. It is thought that he will then meet up with the squad during pre-season, although it is unclear when or where this will occur.
With regards to Lisandro Martinez, personal terms will not be an issue for the player. The player wants the move, and has chosen Manchester United over Arsenal. However, an issue lies with the valuation of the player. United submitted a €50m bid on Thursday evening, with the expectation it would be expected - given Ajax valued the player at that price. However, on Friday, following a meeting within Ajax, it was decided that the bid would be rebuffed, instead asking United to go North of the €50m valuation. It is thought that the player had a gentleman's agreement with Ajax, regarding his sale, following his contract extension in October 2021, so a failure to fulfil the agreement could cause discontent within the Argentine's camp.
Alternatives to Lisandro Martinez have been looked at, including Villarreal's Pau Torres - who has a €55m release clause. However, interest is thought to be somewhat weak, and United would only move for him should a move for Martinez become impossible. They're viewed as similar profiles, and would hence be a "one or the other" signing, as one source described it. Matthijs de Ligt is also appreciated by ten Hag and Manchester United, although a move would depend on a breakdown in Bayern Munich's pursuit of the defender - given Bayern remain his priority. United would be willing to pay the fee(€70-90m) that was requested by Juventus to make a deal happen. However, United have once again stressed that their focus remains on Lisandro Martinez.
Frenkie de Jong also remains an active operation for Manchester United. It is thought that whilst United have an agreement in principle with Barcelona, they are now attempting to have United increase their offer. This is due to a significant issue regarding the Dutchman's wages, as he took a pay-cut during the pandemic, and an issue with repayment is now arising. Hence, Barcelona have attempted to have United pay a greater guaranteed fee, so they can pay the Dutchman. Interest from Chelsea is thought to be real, although exaggerated. A bid is yet to be submitted by Chelsea, although the player's interest firmly lies with Manchester United - should he be forced to leave the Camp Nou.
Manager Erik ten Hag is also thought to have contacted Brian Brobbey regarding a move to Old Trafford. He is rated at £13m by German side RB Leizpig, and United do certainly hold an interest in the player. Currently, nothing is advanced, however a reunion is certainly on the cards, with United short in firepower up front.
Free Agent Paulo Dybala is also of significant interest to United. As reported days ago, it is thought that United have a contract offer on the table for the Argentine, although he is yet to signal his intentions to United. Sources have stressed that the Argentine wants to understand his role in Erik ten Hag's side and the goals of the project prior to committing to signing. Additionally, it is currently unknown whether the offer is of interest to Dybala financially. Dybala's agent was at United's Mayfair offices today, with movement expected soon on the deal, as United do not want to stall on the deal. It is thought he is considered perfect for ten Hag's "versatile forward" criteria, and would not be a replacement for Ronaldo, rather he would be an addition.