Football FanCast updates you with all the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip, with the summer window set to close on 1st September.
United have been quite busy in the market, having made four additions to the squad, but they don’t appear to be finished just yet.
On the latest transfer roundup, a fresh incoming rumour emerges whilst a potential loan swap could be on the cards…
Monday 28th August
Rico Henry enquiry
Daily Mail: Manchester United have enquired about Brentford left-back Rico Henry.
United are in the market for a left-back after the injuries to Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia. Henry has been identified as a possible replacement whilst moves for Marc Cucurella, Marcos Alonso and Sergio Reguilón are also under consideration.
Henry has been one of the Bees’ best performers since their promotion to the Premier League two years ago and is in contention for an England call-up ahead of September’s fixtures against Ukraine and Scotland.
The 26-year-old has represented the Three Lions at youth level but is yet to make his senior debut.
Any forthcoming deal for Henry is expected to require a sizable sum of money with the former Walsall defender under contract until 2026, with the option of a further year,
It remains to be seen whether the Red Devils can afford to outlay another hefty transfer fee, having already spent £164m this summer.
Brentford are thought to be more willing to consider sanctioning a sale at the end of the season.
McTominay to Bayern?
Bild: Bayern Munich are considering a loan move for Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay.
United-linked Ryan Gravenberch could head the other way as he is unhappy at his lack of game time at the Bundesliga champions.
A swap deal would appear to benefit both parties with Thomas Tuchel eager to sign a number six before the transfer window slams shut on Friday.
McTominay has only played seven minutes of football this season and could be allowed to depart.
The Scotland international has been the subject of interest from West Ham United, but they have seemingly cooled their pursuit of the midfielder.
Friday 25th AugustEvans nears contract
The Telegraph: Manchester United are close to agreeing a one-year deal with centre-back Jonny Evans.
The veteran defender has featured for the Red Devils throughout pre-season following the expiry of his contract at Leicester City and he now looks set to extend his stay for the duration of the campaign.
The 35-year-old is currently on a short-term contract but Erik ten Hag has been impressed with his performances in training and feels he could be an experienced option in his defensive ranks, thus deciding to keep him on board past his original deal.
That has subsequently cast doubts over the future of Harry Maguire and where he now stands in the pecking order. United had a £30m agreement in place for his transfer to West Ham United but that move failed to come to fruition.
The England international is thought to be willing to fight for his place in ten Hag’s side after being stripped of the captain’s armband.
Evans played in a behind closed doors friendly against Burnley this week and he could be in line to make his second competitive United debut in the coming weeks, 16 years on from his first.
He isn’t expected to start many games this season but he could feature predominantly in domestic cup competitions in order to rest the first-choice pairing of Raphaël Varane and Lisandro Martínez.
Tuesday 22nd August
Pellistri in exit talks
Manchester Evening News: Manchester United are in talks with Premier League new boys Sheffield United over a loan deal for Facundo Pellistri.
The 21-year-old is highly thought of by United, but the club are open to letting him depart in a bid to gain more first-team minutes.
United are happy with his progress, though feel the Uruguayan could benefit from regular starting opportunities. He was limited to just 10 appearances last season, with only one of those coming from the start.
Although, the move isn’t exactly a routine one. Premier League clubs can only register two domestic loan players at one time and the Blades are looking to reinforce elsewhere with other potential loan deals.
That could significantly delay the proposed transfer as Paul Heckingbottom’s side aim to finalise their business before committing to the United youngster.
This certainly looks like a deal that could rumble on until the final stages of the window, which is due to close in less than two weeks’ time…
Friday 18th August
Pavard deal stalls
Fabrizio Romano: The deal to sign Benjamin Pavard has stalled after Harry Maguire’s move to West Ham United collapsed.
The Red Devils had a £30m agreement in place with the Hammers for the sale of Maguire, but the east Londoners walked away from the deal after growing increasingly frustrated with waiting for the England international to agree on the terms of his exit from Old Trafford.
Bayern Munich defender Pavard, who has less than one year remaining on his contract, is prepared to leave the Bundesliga champions and was believed to be keen on a move to the Red Devils.
But that move is now in jeopardy as United continue to be wary of Financial Fair Play regulations. It appears Ten Hag’s side will have to move on a player before they can sanction a deal for the 49-cap France international.
Bayern rejected United’s opening offer last week as head coach Thomas Tuchel wants to keep Pavard. However, it is thought they have a €30m (£25.6m) valuation of the player, so if United are able to stump up the cash, the move could still be on.
There is also interest from Inter, who are now eyeing the 27-year-old and are expected to submit an official proposal.
United eye Gravenberch
Alfredo Pedullà: Manchester United have contacted Bayern Munich over the potential signing of Ryan Gravenberch.
The midfielder, who joined Bayern last summer, is thought to be keen on a move away after struggling to find regular starting opportunities last term.
Gravenberch reportedly has two offers from the Premier League, with one of those thought to be from Liverpool, but he would like to work under compatriot Ten Hag, who managed him during their time together in Amsterdam.