Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has backed the club to sign Barcelona’s Frenkie De Jong because the midfielder has intentions of coming to Old Trafford this summer.
Ferdinand also believes Manchester United still have a good chance of signing De Jong, or else they would have distanced themselves from the situation.
Man United are trying to sign De Jong and it is believed Barcelona are willing to accept their offer, but the Dutch star wants to stay in Spain.
De Jong previously played under new Man United manager Erik ten Hag at Ajax.
“If Man Utd had an inkling that he was not looking to come to Man Utd, I don’t think they would still be in the race,” Ferdinand tells Mirror Football.
“I don’t think they would be in the conversation – they would distance themselves straight away.
“The fact Man Utd have not distanced themselves – and the relationship Erik ten Hag will have with Frenkie de Jong from their time together at Ajax – says to me the player still has the intentions to come to Man Utd.
“But the situation is not as clear cut as that, as we can see. For me, it’s not ideal. Man Utd have got a couple of problems going on at the moment in the transfer window. Man City and Liverpool, [it’s been] plain sailing. They have got their business done, they’re fine, they are working towards the start of the season from a much cleaner base.”
EPL: He was superb – Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer reveals player that caused Man City problems
Newcastle legend, Alan Shearer has identified winger, Allan Saint-Maximin as the player that caused Manchester City problems after their 3-3 draw at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Shearer said Saint-Maximin was superb against Man City on Sunday, adding that he was very difficult to stop during the encounter.
Saint-Maximin put in a brilliant display as Newcastle drew with Pep Guardiola’s side at home.
The 25-year-old French star set up goals for Miguel Almiron and Callum Wilson and was fouled for a free-kick which Kieran Trippier curled into the top corner.
Reacting after the game, Shearer told BBC Sport, “Allan Saint-Maximin ran Kyle Walker ragged. The England full-back had his socks on inside out at full-time. I can’t remember a player running past him as many times as that in a game. There is no doubt Saint-Maximin has the ability. His final ball was superb against City.
“The Frenchman has provided four assists for Callum Wilson in the league now – the most he has given for any Newcastle player – which just shows the understanding that the pair have. If they can stay fit, then they will create chances, particularly if Saint-Maximin plays like that. When he is on song, he is very difficult to stop.”
Transfer: Cristiano Ronaldo finally speaks on his Man United future
Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo has responded to news about his future on Instagram.
There are reports linking the Portugal internal away from Old Trafford, with the football icon said to have told Red Devils’ hierarchy he wants to leave the club.
Ronaldo ended his summer exile on Tuesday to return to the United’s training ground, along with his agent Jorge Mendes, for showdown talks with the club over his future.
In that meeting, Mendes is also said to have told United chiefs that they already have an offer from a club and his five-time Ballon d’Or winning client was adamant about leaving.
But taking to social media, Ronaldo wrote: “Keep going that one day you got some news right.”
Aribo, Bassey exit good for Rangers – Ibrox legend, Laudrup
Rangers legend, Brian Laudrup reckons the departure of Nigerian duo, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey is good for the club.
Aribo and Bassey were key members of the Gers squad that made it to the final of the UEFA Europa League and won the Scottish Cup last season.
Midfielder Aribo has moved to Premier club, Southampton, while Bassey linked up with Eredivisie champions, Ajax Amsterdam last week.
Bassey will have the opportunity of playing in the UEFA Champions League, while Aribo has now fulfilled his dream in the Premier League.
Laudrup stated that the money made from the duo’s sales will help strengthen the squad.
“If you split last season into two halves, there was an argument for Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey being the two best players at Rangers, “Laudrup told Daily Mail.
“At times, Aribo was almost unplayable prior to Christmas.
“Bassey then showed astonishing development in the second half of the campaign to make him one of the most sought-after young defenders in Europe.
“A couple of months back, I would have winced at the prospect of both departing Ibrox this summer.
“But it’s happened. And the result is actually exciting. Because the huge money earned from their sales holds the key to this season’s Premiership title race.”