Ten Hag intensifies search for De Jong at Man United; Neymar made available by PSG

Erik ten Hag is set to step up his search for Frenkie de Jong at Manchester United: ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the latest. ALSO: Neymar could be on the move.

Jump to: PSG soap opera continues amid Neymar talks | Barcelona pushes the mass exodus | Bale, Di Maria snubbed | Prem clubs interested in Carmo

Ten Hag will intensify the search for De Jong

Manchester United are ready to test Barcelona’s determination Frankie de Jong despite doubts about whether they are the midfielder’s first choice if he leaves the Camp Nou, sources told ESPN.

United want a midfielder this summer and De Jong, who worked with Erik ten Hag at Ajax during their time at Ajax, is one of the names being considered.

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Despite playing a key role for Barcelona last season, there is a feeling at Old Trafford that the LaLiga giants may have to part with the Dutch international to fund their summer transfer deal. Sources told ESPN that De Jong would have to be convinced to join United, particularly after they withdrew from the Champions League, but a move has not been entirely ruled out.

Intermediaries working on behalf of Barcelona have tried to find potential suitors for the 25-year-old and, although Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich have asked to be kept informed, United’s interest is strongest. Sources have told ESPN that Manchester City are distancing themselves from De Jong and choosing to focus on Leeds United instead. Calvin Phillips as a replacement for fernandinhowho will leave the club this summer.

United have also shown interest in Phillips, but sources said he would be reluctant to move to Old Trafford given Leeds’ intense rivalry with United.

Barcelona are already looking for replacements for De Jong, whose transfer fee is said to be around £75m. United are unlikely to meet those terms and would have to try to agree a lower fee, but there is a belief that Barcelona’s financial situation could leave room for compromise. — Rob Dawson

The PSG soap opera continues while Neymar makes himself available

Paris Saint-Germain has done neymar available for transfer this summer, sources told ESPN, and the club is looking for a new direction following Kylian MbappeThe surprise of the extension of the contract.

PSG’s stance marks another U-turn at the club, following Mbappe’s decision to stay on when he seemed certain to leave on a free transfer. Neymar signed a new contract at the club last year and has three years left, but PSG hope to get rid of him this summer.

Mbappé’s new deal, which runs until 2025, marks a new era for the club, with sporting director Leonardo expected to step down soon, to be replaced by Luis Campos, an Mbappé ally, following his successful run. together in Monaco.

Campos was in Monaco when Mbappé burst onto the scene and won the Ligue 1 title in 2017, as well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals. The 57-year-old has a reputation for spotting top talent and securing big transfer fees for hidden gems, with Mbappe one of the many notable successes. Campos joined Monaco in 2013 and four years later the club won its first title in 17 years. He will be officially announced as PSG’s new manager in the coming days, but he is already working to shape the team, according to sources, focusing on younger players.

– Inside story: Mbappé’s big change of heart

Neymar, 30, is in Qatar with some of PSG’s sponsors and said this week that he wants to stay at PSG, but the Ligue 1 champions want to generate transfer funds to shape their squad. The Brazilian international joined PSG for a world-record €222m from Barcelona in 2017, but has appeared in just 50% of the club’s games since joining, amid a recurring string of injuries.

Neymar’s hefty salary, which costs PSG around €35m a year, may prove a stumbling block should any interested club come forward to make an offer, but Chelsea have a long-standing interest in the striker. . –Julian Laurens



Julien Laurens and Gab Marcotti discuss Neymar’s future amid reports PSG want him gone.

Barcelona pushes the mass exodus

Barcelona will tell more than 10 players that they are free to leave the club this summer as Xavi Hernandez plans to renew the squad after a trophyless season at Camp Nou, sources have told ESPN.

However, sources add that it will not be easy to relocate many of the unwanted players due to their reluctance to leave and their high salaries.

Xavi has already confirmed conversations with Riqui Puig, Oscar Mingueza, Martin Braithwaite Y Samuel Umtiti in which he informed them that they are not part of his long-term plans. Clement Lenglet, Ferran Jutglaborrowers Luuk de Jong and Adama Traore and those who return from loans in other places, such as Francisco Trincao and Miralem Pjanicthey are also likely to be invited to leave.

There is also uncertainty about the future of Ousmane Dembele Y Daniel Alvesboth out of contract next month, while sources add that Barca’s financial situation could force them to listen to big offers for memphis payment Y Frankie de Jong.

However, despite Barca’s desire to mark the changes, they are already running into obstacles. Both Braithwaite and Pjanic have spoken of their desire to serve out the final two years of their contracts, while the high salaries earned by the likes of Lenglet make it difficult to find a suitor. — Sam Marsden and Moises Llorens

Bale, Di María snubbed by Atlético

Gareth Bale and Ángel Di María have been offered to Atletico Madrid as potential free transfers this summer, sources confirmed to ESPN, but the LaLiga club have rejected the possibility of signing either player.

Bale, 32, will leave Real Madrid after nine years at the club when his contract expires in June, while Di Maria, 34, will leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires.

Spanish radio station COPE first reported on Monday that Bale’s representatives had offered him to Atletico, saying the discussion had taken place in a meeting with the club’s sporting director, Andrea Berta. Sources told ESPN that Atletico appreciated the offer, but felt the finances involved in such a deal would make it difficult to justify, given Bale’s age. If they had to beef up his attack, they would rather focus their efforts on a player who could contribute to the team over a longer period of time.

Bale prepares for Real Madrid’s Champions League final against Liverpool in Paris on Saturday after a season-ending injury. Sources close to the player told ESPN that decisions about his future would not be made until after he has played for Wales in their June games, which include a World Cup qualifying play-off final against Scotland or Ukraine. Bale and his family have been happy living in Madrid despite his reduced role in the team in recent years, and his family remained in the Spanish capital during his 2020-21 loan at Tottenham.

Atlético have also been offered Di María, who played his last game for PSG last weekend, starting and scoring in a 5-0 win over Metz at the Parc des Princes. He has made 295 appearances for the Ligue 1 club since he signed from Manchester United in 2015, scoring 92 goals.

“I’m calm. There’s time, I have to think,” he told ESPN on Saturday. “It’s not just my decision, I will always think of my family and then myself. I will decide what is best for everyone.” — Alex Kirkland and Rodrigo Faez

carmo in demand

Several Premier League clubs are considering a summer move for the Braga centre-back. David Carmosources have told ESPN.

The 22-year-old is highly regarded in Portugal and has been called up to Fernando Santos’ squad for Nations League matches against Spain, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in June.

Sources told ESPN that an offer of around €25m would secure a move away from Braga with several English clubs already registering interest.

Manchester United are among the clubs looking for a left-footed centre-back this summer to balance out their defense and have placed Villarreal at centre-back Pau Torres in your list of options. –Rob Dawson

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