Decision Cristiano Ronaldo, Antony, Dubravka, Gakpo, Dest and more on deadline day

Manchester United are set for a busy few hours with targets yet to cross the border ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.

Antony’s arrival in a €100m deal from Ajax was the biggest signing of the window, adding to the signings of Casemiro, Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen earlier this summer.

United have strengthened on the pitch with back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Southampton, and Erik ten Hag’s side have a testing week ahead, starting with a trip to Leicester tonight and then Arsenal on Sunday.

Behind the scenes United may well be putting the finishing touches to some last-minute signings, particularly as uncertainty over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future continues. Who else can come and go before the window closes?

Cristiano Ronaldo

It’s decision day for Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes. The Independent Miguel Delaney explained earlier this week that Mendes made a last-minute bid to take Ronaldo on loan to either Napoli or Sporting Lisbon in order to win his client the Champions League.

As Delaney explains, the extent of Ronaldo’s wages – understood to be in excess of £500,000-a-week – has been one of the major obstacles to a move this summer, with most top clubs feeling his impact is no longer worth the money.

After United announced their deal with Ajax for Anthony, Ten Haag suggested Ronaldo would still be needed at Old Trafford this season – despite the 37-year-old starting the last two matches on the bench. “We need numbers there,” Ten Haag said when asked about Ronaldo. “We need not only quantity but also quality.”

Sergino Dest

Erik ten Hag had explored signing a right-back ahead of the final two days of the window and By the Independent Miguel Delaney reports that Barcelona defender Sergino Dest has been identified as the most viable option on the market. The independent first reported United’s interest in the American international two weeks ago, and talks have become more concrete since then.

However, Ten Haag confirmed that United will keep hold of Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer and, when asked if the arrivals of Antoni and Dubravka would spell the end of their transfer business, he said: “I think yes, it will be end of this period. but when there is a great opportunity, we must always be alert at this top club. Aaron will stay inside. So this team, we’ll go from September to at least January, but we’ll play this team this season.”

And this morning it was reported that the full-back will join AC Milan on a season-long loan.


Manchester United have confirmed he has signed Antony from Ajax. The deal will see United pay €95m (£81.3m) guaranteed, plus a further €5m (£4.2m) in add-ons.

Antony becomes the second player to follow manager Erik ten Hag from the Dutch champions to Old Trafford after defender Lisandro Martinez. United initially paid €57.37m (£48.3m) for the Argentina international – a fee which could rise by another €10m to around £56.7m – and Ajax are now ready to get an even bigger windfall.

Anthony is the second most expensive signing in United’s history, after Paul Pogba’s arrival from Juventus in 2016 for a world record £89.6m, and could feature against Arsenal on Sunday.

Martin Dubravka

Martin Dubravka is on the verge of a move to Old Trafford after Newcastle and Manchester United agreed loan terms with an option to buy. United have insisted on a loan with option to buy the 33-year-old Slovakian for around £6m and Dubravka will provide competition to long-term No 1 David de Gea. Interest has waned in relation to Eintracht Frankfurt Kevin Trapp since the club asked for 25 million euros.

Cody Gakpo

After it was announced that a deal had been reached with Ajax for Antoni and with Dubravka set for his medical, United’s transfer window appears to be complete in terms of income. United, however, were interested in PSV Eindhoven Cody Gakpo, the whole summer. Another winger with considerable potential, the 23-year-old may still be a target in the future, but the signing of Antony is likely to end his chances of a move this summer.

However, United may be forced into action if there is competition before the deadline. There are a number of clubs circling Gakpo following PSV’s exit from the Champions League, with Everton and Leeds joining Southampton. The Telegraph reports PSV rejected a bid of around £25m from Southampton earlier this week, while transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims Leeds are now frontrunners.

Memphis Depay

Memphis is set to stay at Barcelona and see out the remaining year of his contract, according to Sport in Spain. United are said to have explored the idea of ​​bringing the Netherlands international back to Old Trafford, but no deal will happen.

Frankie de Jong

Manchester United’s summer pursuit of Frankie de Jong is over. Having worked under Ten Haag at Ajax, Miguel Delaney reported last month that De Jong favors a move but expects Barcelona to pay deferred wages as the Catalan club continue to struggle financially.

Barcelona may still need to sell De Jong to make their strange summer of business work – as Carl Matchett explains.

James Garner

Midfielder James Garner is expected to leave before the deadline with By the Independent Mark Critchley reports that Everton are favorites to win the race to sign the 21-year-old on a permanent basis.

Garner has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs since United said they would listen to offers of around £15m earlier this month. He impressed on loan in the Championship last season, helping Nottingham Forest win promotion via the play-offs, but he returned to Old Trafford facing competition for regular minutes.

The arrivals of Casemiro and Christian Eriksen saw him drop further down the pecking order and Garner was not mentioned by Erik ten Haag when listing his midfield options last week.

Who else could leave?

Marseille have signed a defender Eric Bailey with long-term borrowing for the purpose of permanent relocation. According to reports, the deal includes an obligation to buy if add-ons are met, while Marseille will also cover the 28-year-old’s full wages during the loan. And after landing Hannibal Mejbri on loan, Birmingham are now chasing United’s youngster Tahit Chongin a permanent agreement.

What did Erik ten Haag say?

“Will this be the end of the signings? I think so, [Antony and Dubravka] for this window, it will be the end. But when there’s a big chance, you always have to be alert as a top club.”

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