The latest Old Trafford transfer rumours revolve around Serbia midfielder Sasa Lukic.
According to reports, Manchester United will face competition from Leeds United to sign Torino midfielder Sasa Lukic, who is set to return from his World Cup adventure with Serbia.
According to reports, Erik ten Hag wants to bring in another midfielder.
After initially targeting Declan Rice to address long-standing concerns in the position, Erik ten Hag shifted his focus to Barcelona playmaker Frenkie de Jong after his appointment in the summer. However, the Dutchman chose to remain at the Nou Camp, and United eventually acquired Casemiro from Real Madrid.
Rice and De Jong are still being linked with moves to Old Trafford, but other options are on their radar, with Lukic now reported to be one of them following his impressive displays for club and country. Lukic joined Torino in 2016 and has 30 caps for Serbia, who were eliminated from Group G in Qatar.
It indicates that his focus has shifted back to his immediate domestic future. According to Torino Granata, Leeds is first in line for his signature, with United and Roma keeping an eye on the situation.
Lukic’s contract has 18 months left on it and would cost around £13 million. He is currently said to be paid £33,000 per week.
Several publications are reporting that United will pursue Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer when his contract with Borussia Monchengladbach expires next summer. As of now, the German club and Sommer, 33, have not reached an agreement on an extension of his eight-year contract.
Sommer has been mentioned as a possible replacement for long-serving United goalkeeper David de Gea, who is nearing the end of his contract. United do have an option on the Spaniard, but after 11 seasons, it may be time to move on in the goalkeeping department.
According to Bild and Voetbalzone, United are interested in Sommer, while Inter Milan is also interested. Cameroon international Andre Onana is currently the San Siro’s top choice.
When Harry Maguire returns to Manchester United, he will face a familiar challenge.
Nobody should be sᴜrprised that Harry Maguire is performing admirably in his third international tournament in a row.
Isaac Adongo rose in Ghanaian parliament, just when you thought there couldn’t be a more unpredictable Manchester United-related story.
“There was a player named Maguire in England,” Adongo says. The mere mention of Maguire elicits a ‘ooh’ from a fellow legislator.
“He was a Manchester United player.”
Maguire, Harry He works as a defender. He was tackling everyone and throwing his body around (for Leicester and England). He was widely regarded as the world’s best defender. Manchester United went out and purchased him.
“He became the most dangerous threɑt at the heart of Manchester United’s defense!” Taking on Manchester players and assisting opponents.”
Cackles of laughter erupt in a scene that could pass for a Ghanaian remake of Yes, Minister.
“Mr. Speaker, when even opponents fail to score, Maguire will!” Six other MPs can be seen in the video, laughing like hyenas.
“Mr Speaker, you may recall that in this country, we also have an Economic Maguire,” Adongo continues, referring to Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia.
It’s hard not to laugh at the video that went viral on Wednesday, even if the analogy was as ill-advised as Luis Suarez’s substitution against Adongo’s countrymen. Maguire was the standout center-back of the World Cup’s group stage, and his partnership with John Stones was one of the most commanding. Even when performing at the highest level, poor Maguire remɑins a comic figure.
Surprisingly, Adongo may be correct. Regardless of how well Maguire performs with three lions on his shirt, he will always be judged on how he performs in the red of Manchester United.
Ronaldo was skeptical of Maguire.
Maguire’s contributions at both ends in Qatar should come as no sᴜrprise, save for the odd misinformed columnist who suggested he be dropped from England’s 26-man squad entirely. Maguire was near-flawless in England’s runs to the World Cup semi-finals and European Championship finals in Russia 18 months ago. Because of his enviable and recent tournament experience, he was guaranteed to start against Iran.
Rio Ferdinand is the only England centre half to have reached such heights in consecutive tournaments in recent memory. His performance at the 2002 World Cup earned him a British record transfer fee of £29.1 million to Manchester United, and his dominance in Germany four years later launched his two-year reign as the best centre-back in the world.
That is the obvious distinction. Ferdinand maintained his reputation with Sir Alex Ferguson’s final great United team for two years. In the Moscow final, Ferdinand wore the captain’s armband around his bicep. Captain Maguire entered this World Cup as United’s fourth-choice center half.
Maguire will be relieved in private. Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his final training session at Carrington. Last season, their strange power strᴜggle left the United captain frιghtened, and Erik ten Hag put an end to it by dropping both.
As dubious as Maguire’s captaincy is (disclaimer: this correspondent believes he should be stripped of it early this year), he has professionally accepted his peripheral status. Ronaldo? He pushed the toys into the pram. Not exactly captain material.
Ronaldo expressed reservations about Maguire to Ralf Rangnick, and Maguire’s camp was disappointed by Ronaldo’s lack of solidarity in the aftermath. Ronaldo is so concerned with his image that he is advised by a woman who curated brand Beckham, and the wise PR move was to keep a distance from Maguire.
It was successful. When an injured Maguire sat in the directors’ box for last season’s final home game against Brentford, he rose from his seat to applaud the substituted Ronaldo, but it was too muffled for one fan, who yelled, “Show some f——-g respect!”
Many United captains have strᴜggled to keep their cool when they sense the end is near. Wayne Rooney’s private dealings were made public in the final days of Louis van Gaal’s reign, Nemanja Vidic delivered his verdict on David Moyes by signing a pre-contract with Inter Milan before springtime, and Roy Keane paid the price for playing the pundit.
One of Maguire’s harshest critics, Keane, may wonder why the defender hasn’t played the captaincy card after only one Premier League start in three months – and that was only because Victor Lindelof was ill. Maguire is unlikely to upset the apple cart.
Maguire has been outstanding in the World Cup.
Unless Senegal sᴜrprises England or Kylian Mbappe destroys him next week, Maguire should return to Manchester with a better reputation. After an outstanding Euros, it was reasonable to regard him as world-class, thanks in part to his forced absence from United’s run-in, when Maguire’s strengths were more visible with him in the stands.
Maintaining tournament form over the course of a club season is a familiar challenge for Maguire, and one he failed to meet last season. With the pit bull Lisandro Martinez, United’s player of the season thus far and a cult hero among supporters, he swapped his shirt for an Argentina flag during the celebratory scenes at Fulham.
Martinez has only started once for Argentina, but his defensive contributions have been more decisive than those of fellow center backs Cristian Romero or Nicolas Otamendi.
Raphael Varane can’t go a month without an injᴜry or ailment, and Lindelof’s health is questionable. Maguire will undoubtedly be given an opportunity, but whether he takes it is another matter. He was clumsy in his return against West Ham in October, and Lindelof was reinstalled in the starting lineup for both games the following week.
If England wins the World Cup, Maguire may receive a standing ovation in Parliament.