Are you a professional soccer player? Or a billionaire? Man Utd probably want you as part of their crazy summer – The Warm-Up

THE GREAT STORIES OF THURSDAY

Man Utd want everyone

Breathe deeply, one and all. Over the past few days, Manchester United have reportedly increased, ended or recorded their interest in: Antony, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Moises Caicedo, Casemiro, Matheus Cunha, Moussa Dembele, Sergino Dest, Joao Felix, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mauro Icardi, Illan Meslier, Thomas Meunier, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Alvaro Morata, Christian Pulisic, Adrien Rabiot, Yann Sommer, Jamie Vardy, Hakim Ziyech, and probably a handful of others we don’t remember anymore*.

Transfers

Chelsea will continue to spend lavishly as they target £50m-rated Gordon – Paper Round

08/14/2022 At 11:13 PM

Yes indeed they single handedly keep the transfer window alive considering the majority of Premier League clubs have probably already called it a day, you know, with the season already starting and points already on the line .

As Jason Burt – the Telegraph reporter among those trying to stay through this mad dash for players – poetically puts it – United are “throwing a lot of names against a wall to see if any of them stick around”.

Definitely, with reports claiming they now want to do five signings before the window.slap. That’s right, it doesn’t matter that Erik ten Hag was confirmed as Manchester United boss on April 22, giving them the summer and even part of the spring to write up a recruitment plan, with two weeks until they only make their way through Europe. , hoping a player doesn’t realize they’re in the cart until the contract is signed and the sad reveal video is released.

Could it be Casemiro? Who is apparently tempted to quit the Champions League winners because a bigger and longer salary is on offer? Could it be Aubameyang? Seven months after leaving Arsenal? Could it be Pulisic? Straight from a Premier League rival?

Who really knows, but as United search high or low, Atletico’s Twitter admin has had his say on a matter…

*We couldn’t bring ourselves to mention Frenkie de Jong

Save us, Sir Jim!

Staying with United, of course, a report from Bloomberg claiming the Glazers are looking to sell a minority stake in the club has resulted in several phone calls for billionaires around the world.

Former Manchester United manager Michael Knighton told ITV News that he himself contacted a few billionaires as the Glazers had ‘damaged the brand’ and the club from a ‘theatre of dreams to a theatre’ of nightmares”.
He even said ‘if we can smoke the great Sir Jim to buy Manchester United my consortium will hit the air’, and wouldn’t you know it, Sir Jim Ratcliffe is indeed interested in buying the club he actually supports.

UK Chairman of INEOS Group Jim Ratcliffe poses as he arrives for the 73rd edition of the Red Cross Gala at the Casino de Monte-Carlo on July 18, 2022

Image credit: Getty Images

There is of course a catch, beyond the £6billion valuation, in that the Ineos boss would eventually want full control, but for a man whose company owns a cycling team, a sailing team, as well as Ligue 1 club Nice and Swiss side FC Lausanne-Sport, Ratcliffe is already known to hold Premier League interests, having failed to buy Chelsea earlier this year.

“If the club is for sale, Jim is definitely a potential buyer,” Ratcliffe’s spokesman said.

“If something like this were possible, we would be interested in discussing a long-term ownership.

“It’s not about money spent or not spent. Jim examines what can be done now, and knowing how important the club is to the city, it seems like the time has come for a reset.

Ronaldo warned

And staying with United, once again there was also news yesterday that Cristiano Ronaldo had been cautioned by Merseyside Police following an incident following their loss to Everton in April last season.

The case is now over, Merseyside Police have said, with the Daily Mail claiming Ronaldo agreed to pay compensation after he appeared to snatch a phone from a boy’s hands.

Ronaldo apologized at the time, although the boy’s mother alleged ‘assault’ when speaking to the Liverpool Echo about the incident four months ago.

IN CHANNELS

This was doing the rounds yesterday, well that’s damn funny. Wakey, wakey, Salah and Trent, the season is on.

RETRO CORNER

Maybe Manchester United will replace Michu next?

It’s been 10 years to the day since he kicked off his superb Premier League season with Swansea…

COMING

Not too much football, unless the Europa League and Conference League qualifiers are your jam. West Ham are in Europa League qualifying action against Viborg FF.

Elsewhere, snooker is on Eurosport and Discovery+, while there’s tennis to stay later with Norrie and Raducanu among those in the action. The.

Transfers

Tuchel prepared for Hudson-Odoi and Gallagher outings – Ronde papier

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Transfers

Rashford happy to stay at United despite talks with PSG – Paper Round

08/11/2022 At 9:59 PM

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