12 May 2022 00:32:33
Can any Ed shed any lights on De Jong rumour please?

{Ed002's Note - Frenkie de Jong (CM) Tolisso upgrade for Bayern Munich but Barcelona don't want to sell although if a significant offer (perhaps €90M) were made their financial situation would mean they would have to consider it. During discussions between Barcelona and Chelsea, options for a number of players were discussed but Chelsea do not again want protracted negotiations which led nowhere over another player last summer - they may make a take it or leave it offer including a player or perhaps two. Manchester City may provide another solution using Laporte as part of the deal - and don't be surprised if PSG or Manchester United switch their attention to him but both have preferred targets. I would doubt he will move.}

1.) 12 May 2022
12 May 2022 13:24:20
Hi Ed002,

Thanks as always for detailed information!

I know you've kindly provided information about Defensive Midfielders in the past but it increasingly looks likely (if rumours are to be believed! ) that United's list of options are dwindling rapidly, mainly because of no CL next year:

Rice (too expensive this year and no CL)

Phillips (doesn't seem keen because of Leeds rivallry)

Tchouemeni (Seems off elsewhere - and no CL)

De Jong (Doesn't seem keen without CL football)

Bissouma (no wants seems to want to take him whilst off-field issues ongoing)

Laimer (not really DM and seems off to Bayern)

Kamara (seems off to Athletico)

Thus doesn't really seem to leave us with much choice if we're being realistic about not being able to persuade any of them to come! Maybe just Palhinha now!

Don't suppose you'd mind giving us an update on potential DM players - and who we might be able to rule out - and if United have shown any interest in any new targets, such as Ibrahim Sangare (PSV) or Maxence Caqueret of Lyon?

(And does ETH have a preferred choice at all, maybe different from the club targets? )

Thus apologies for panicked tone but would be most grateful for any update if there is one; if not, will just look back at previous MF update and hope we can maybe persuade one of them to join!

Many thanks as always for any info you feel able to share.

{Ed002's Note - Ibrahim Sangare is heading elsewhere and the club have shown no interest. Maxence Caqueret - there have been discussions with another club but I think a new contract is likely. There is interest in Palhinha, Konrad Laimer, Rice, Bissouma and Phillips but not being in the Champions League could impact any move. There have been approaches and discussions with Monaco over Tchouemeni, but not involving Manchester United. I am not aware of any approach for De Jong. Amadou Haidara is of interest to RR still, but there is interest from elsewhere. The club only ever spoke to the agent of Kamara, never the club.}

2.) 12 May 2022
12 May 2022 13:27:41
Hi Ed002,
Is Amadou Haidara still a target for United?

{Ed002's Note - For RR.}

3.) 12 May 2022
12 May 2022 14:20:19
Thank you so much for the detailed update - really really appreciated, thank you.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

4.) 12 May 2022
12 May 2022 14:27:35
So essentially we are once again trying to convince a player who doesn't want to join us to join us. Seems like a good plan.

5.) 12 May 2022
12 May 2022 15:13:03
If we end up with De Jong it is possible we don't go after a true holding midfielder which reading about EtH style would seem to fit.
For me Kamara on a free would be good or Laimar who has been likened to Kante with his workrate etc whilst also being good on the ball.

6.) 12 May 2022
12 May 2022 18:18:36
I don't want us to sign anybody who needs convincing, we might be a mess at the minute but with the right players and some hard work on the training pitch we will be back in the cl in 23/ 24.

7.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 13:46:42
Danny eth needed convincing are you happy with him?

8.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 14:02:31
Danny, any top player will need convincing to join us atm.

If you are a player with top clubs with realistic chances of winning titles why would you turn them down for a side that hasn't really challenged for a league title in the last decade?

9.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 15:37:48
In truth you should have to convince any player. They should have a list of questions about their role, their fit, the plan for the future and where you see them in that plan.

I would be more worried about a player who didn't need convincing that everything was in place than one who did.

10.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 22:19:51
Ken I'm sure he needed a bit of convincing than a player would. The reason being our treatment of former managers. Shappy I'm not so sure any top player needs convincing to go to a big club, whether or not they are winning trophies or in the cl. if they do then they aren't right for the club or ther for the right reasons. the name on the front of the shirt will always be bigger than the name on the back.

11.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 22:46:27
Danny if you're a top player and one or two of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG, Juventus, Chelsea, City or Liverpool are interested in signing you. Then I'm sure they will need a lot of convincing to move to United.

12.) 13 May 2022
13 May 2022 23:35:30
They play for money, that's (almost) all the convincing they need.
None of them play for the love of the club. I thought academy players might be different, but i'm not so sure anymore.

13.) 16 May 2022
16 May 2022 10:04:34
Nonsense Danny. Players are not waiting for united or any club to come in for them. When they get an offer they need convicing it's the right move for them and their family no different to you or me.