Christian Eriksen completes free transfer to ‘special’ Man Utd with Lisandro Martinez on the verge of moving

United, however, need to be patient with De Jong. Barcelona and United have reached a formal agreement for the Dutch midfielder with the Catalan giants, who will receive an initial fee of £ 63.6 million with a further £ 8.5 million in addition.

United agreed to increase the guaranteed sum by a further £ 8.4m. and reduce the additions, and it is still unknown whether Barcelona will now use the higher upfront fee to partially cover the cost of the £ 17m they owe De Jong in deferred pay.

Barcelona are considering leaving De Jong at home when they fly to Miami this weekend for the start of their pre-season tour as the player comes under pressure to accept the move.

An agreement cannot be reached until the salary issue is resolved, but Barcelona need De Jong from their books to get the green light from La Liga to be able to register their new contracts, Raphinha, Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie.

United hope the situation is resolved as soon as possible, but they are ready to get stuck, although De Jong have not signed when they face Brighton on August 7 in their season opener. Ten Hag considers his former Ajax player to be an integral part of his plans and believes the current wait will be worth it.

Old Trafford sources say they would not have come this far if they did not think De Jong was ready to join them, despite claims in Spain that the player is not interested in a move.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo has rejected the offer of a two-year contract of € 275 million. (GBP 233 million) with an unnamed Saudi Arabian club, which also submitted a bid of € 30 million. to United as part of the package.

The deal would have made Ronaldo the highest paid player in world football history at £ 2.24m. week, but it is understood that the 37-year-old still wants to play in a competitive league for leading trophies and is not ready to return his to Europe yet.

Ronaldo has asked to leave United, but as Chelsea have ruled out buying the Portuguese star and Bayern Munich and Paris-Saint Germain are distancing themselves from moves, his hopes of a transfer are fading. Atletico Madrid are said to remain an option, but Ten Hag has insisted that Ronaldo is not for sale.


Man Utd tour diary day seven: Star-struck Victory and Nani’s family orders

By James Ducker

Like the recent recruit Christian Eriksen and the impending signing Lisandro Martinez, Cristiano Ronaldo is not expected to join his Manchester United team-mates for the rest of the club’s pre-season tour, now that they are entering their final week.

Ronaldo’s absence on compassionate grounds, which coincided with his desire to leave Old Trafford, has given Anthony Martial the chance to lead the line.

Martial has started well so far with goals in both United’s 4-0 win over Liverpool and 4-1 win over Melbourne Victory at MCG, but Ten Hag has thrown the ball very much into the French striker’s pitch. Aware of how hit and miss Martial can get, the manager has told him he needs to learn to channel his focus.

“I’m sure he can come back even better,” Ten Hag said. “I think when he has the right focus and the right motivation and he works hard, he wants production because he is a good player. I say that when he has the right focus and every day he delivers a lot , then he has production, and it’s up to him. ”


The Melbourne players were gathered outside United’s locker room after Friday’s match at MCG, as one would expect star-struck fans to be, while patiently waiting to swap shirts and take pictures with their famous counterparts.


Not Nani though. The former United winger, who signed for Melbourne this week, was without a doubt the most sought-after player of the night and the last to leave the stadium after doing a plentiful round of interviews, including with United’s official TV station MUTV.

Despite having some time to get to know or train with his new teammates, the former Portuguese winger – who came on late in the match – revealed that he was under strict orders from his son to make sure he played .

“The reason I played tonight was because my son said to me, ‘You have to play!'” Said Nani, who won four Premier League titles and the Champions League over an eight-year stint at Old Trafford. . “So, after a few seconds, he said ‘No, no, no, this is my favorite team, stop playing!’ so I said ‘Okay, I’m playing for you’. “

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