Sir Jim Ratcliffe has heard nothing from Manchester United since declaring an curiosity in shopping for the membership — ESPN’s Insider Notebook has the newest. PLUS: Barcelona are apprehensive about Antoine Griezmann’s future at Atletico Madrid.
Britain’s richest man given quick shrift by Man United
Sir Jim Ratcliffe has heard nothing from the Glazer Family about his curiosity in Manchester United, greater than per week after asserting his curiosity in shopping for the membership, sources have advised ESPN.
Ratcliffe, value a reported £9.8 billion ($11.6bn), has prompt he’s keen to open negotiations a couple of takeover at Old Trafford as fan strain mounts on the Glazers.
Sources have advised ESPN the Glazers are searching for funding to assist fund the redevelopment of Old Trafford, though Ratcliffe, who made a £4.25bn ($5.2bn) bid to purchase Chelsea in May, could be eager for a full takeover. However, there was no indication the Glazers wish to relinquish management.
The Glazers have confronted opposition from United followers since launching their leveraged buy-out in 2005.
They have been accused of saddling United with a whole lot of thousands and thousands in money owed and draining the membership of cash via dividend funds. Meanwhile, the protests are being performed out in opposition to a backdrop of little or no success on the pitch.
Around 10,000 supporters joined a protest in opposition to the Glazer Family’s possession forward of the 2-1 win over Liverpool on Monday. Fan teams say they’re planning comparable demonstrations at each dwelling sport this season or till the membership is bought.
United haven’t received the Premier League title since 2013 and haven’t received a trophy of any variety since 2017. They completed sixth final season to overlook out on a spot within the Champions League.
When Chelsea have been bought earlier this yr, the membership fetched a worth of as much as £4.25bn and it’s estimated United could be valued at significantly extra if a sale was to undergo. Sources have advised ESPN that Ratcliffe’s place is unchanged. — Rob Dawson
Barcelona, Atletico in dispute over Griezmann switch
Barcelona are involved about what would possibly occur with Antoine Griezmann subsequent summer time, sources have advised ESPN, with the LaLiga membership believing Atletico Madrid will search to keep away from paying the agreed €40 million to make the ahead’s transfer everlasting.
Griezmann returned to Atletico final yr on a two-year mortgage deal, with a clause stating that they might be obliged to pay Barca €40m if the France worldwide performed no less than 45 minutes in 50% of the video games for which he’s obtainable over the 2 seasons. Last yr, Griezmann did so in 30 of the 37 video games for which he was obtainable, match and never topic to suspension — however in Atletico’s two league video games to this point this marketing campaign, he has performed simply 28 minutes in opposition to Getafe and one other 28 minutes in opposition to Villarreal.
Barca and Atletico held a collection of conferences over the summer time to debate the scenario, with sources telling ESPN that Atletico have been making an attempt to persuade Barca to supply them a greater deal.
Sources mentioned Diego Simeone nonetheless believes Griezmann is able to find his greatest type — after scoring simply three league objectives final season, his worst ever tally, and going 9 months with out discovering the online in LaLiga — however the membership imagine €40m is extreme for a participant who turns 32 subsequent yr. Barcelona will not be eager on taking Griezmann again both, and his annual wage of over €20m would trigger additional issues for a membership already struggling to satisfy LaLiga’s squad spending limits.
Various potential options have been mentioned — together with Griezmann decreasing his wage calls for, or the golf equipment renegotiating the phrases of their settlement — with Atletico pointing to the instance of Philippe Coutinho, who Barca allowed to hitch Aston Villa for half the unique €40m sum laid out in his mortgage deal. — Moises Llorens and Rodrigo Faez
Leicester sweating on monetary future
Leicester City face a frantic finish to the switch window as a consequence of the brinkmanship employed by a number of rivals regarding the Foxes’ future accounts, sources have advised ESPN. Multiple intermediaries with information of the scenario imagine that Leicester are beneath strain to maneuver gamers on as a consequence of Financial Fair Play issues and their projected losses for the 2021-22 season.
Defender Wesley Fofana has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea for weeks — Leicester turned down a 3rd provide value £70m on Tuesday — whereas Newcastle have had two bids rejected for playmaker James Maddison.
Midfielder Youri Tielemans has one yr left on his contract and is unlikely to signal an extension amid curiosity from Arsenal and different golf equipment, however stays at Leicester with lower than per week left within the window.
Furthermore, different gamers deemed surplus to necessities, together with Jannik Vestergaard and Caglar Soyuncu, haven’t attracted affords near their valuations.
Sources have advised ESPN that Leicester’s monetary difficulties are broadly recognized and as a consequence, golf equipment are lowballing them with affords under the respective asking costs. Tielemans, for instance, is a free agent subsequent summer time however Leicester are thought to need as a lot as £40m, whereas they proceed to demand £80m for Fofana, a world-record payment for a defender.
The numerous delays have brought about points throughout the squad — Fofana was neglected of final weekend’s defeat to Southampton, with supervisor Brendan Rodgers saying he was not in the precise way of thinking to play, and also will miss this weekend’s sport in opposition to Chelsea for a similar motive.
They have taken only one level from their opening three Premier League video games and required a penalty shootout to edge previous League Two facet Stockport County within the Carabao Cup second spherical.
Rodgers desires to revamp his squad however is aware of Leicester have to lift funds earlier than they will signal new gamers. Other golf equipment know Leicester want time to behave and due to this fact imagine the strain created by Thursday’s deadline will construct to the purpose they settle for a decrease provide for no less than one in every of their star names. Either method, a busy finale to the window awaits. — James Olley
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Ten Hag decided to maintain Maguire
Erik ten Hag desires to maintain Harry Maguire at Manchester United regardless of dropping the defender for the victory over Liverpool, sources have advised ESPN.
Club captain Maguire was criticised for his performances throughout defeats to Brighton and Brentford and regardless of public backing from Ten Hag, misplaced his place for Liverpool’s go to to Old Trafford on Monday. It has raised the chance that Maguire may go away the membership forward of subsequent week’s switch deadline and the 29-year-old has been linked with a transfer to Chelsea, who’re dealing with resistance from Leicester of their bid to signal Fofana.
But sources have advised ESPN that Ten Hag desires to maintain Maguire, even when he has to attend to win again his place. Ten Hag desires 4 senior centre-backs in his squad forward of a busy season that may even embody a break for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar throughout November and December.
Eric Bailly has been loaned to Marseille, whereas Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe are each obtainable for switch, leaving him with Maguire, Raphael Varane, Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof. — Rob Dawson
Bellerin and Arsenal in talks to terminate deal
Hector Bellerin’s future stays unsure with lower than per week of the switch window remaining as contract termination talks with Arsenal proceed, whereas each Barcelona and Real Betis face issues in signing the defender, sources have advised ESPN.
In what one supply near the scenario describes as an advanced take care of “a lot of moving parts,” Bellerin is in negotiations to agree a monetary bundle for the ultimate yr of his contract with the Gunners which might then free him to hitch one other group. Arsenal have agreed contract terminations with a number of gamers lately — together with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi amongst others — and talks are ongoing with Bellerin to do the identical.
Betis and Barcelona are but to point they’re keen to pay a switch payment and so the emphasis is on Bellerin and Arsenal to achieve a deal first. However, sources have additionally advised ESPN that Betis and Barcelona have to resolve points with registering gamers as they search to adjust to La Liga’s monetary laws.
Betis want to lift funds, most clearly via participant exits, to register a few of their current gamers whereas Barcelona’s issues are effectively documented — Jules Kounde, signed from Sevilla for €55m in the summertime — remains to be unregistered.
There are different golf equipment who’ve expressed an curiosity in Bellerin, however the 27-year-old is eager on returning to Spain after shifting to Arsenal as an adolescent in 2011. — James Olley
Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal observe Celtic starlet
Celtic midfielder Matt O’Riley is attracting loads of consideration from a few of Europe’s largest golf equipment, together with Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, in response to ESPN sources.
O’Riley moved to Celtic from MK Dons in January for £1.5m and his type and statistics have caught the attention of groups throughout Europe, with sources saying there may but be a late transfer for him on this switch window. Celtic have little interest in dropping the 21-year-old, sources mentioned, however a bid within the area of £15m-£20m could possibly be tempting on this window, although it’s anticipated his worth will improve this yr if he continues his spectacular run.
If a bid is forthcoming on this switch window then sources advised ESPN that Newcastle United and Leicester City are the more than likely who’ll be making an attempt to tempt the English-born Denmark U21 midfielder to the Premier League. Scouts from Wolfsburg and Lille have additionally watched O’Riley play and have come away impressed. — Tom Hamilton
Lyon upset by Forest’s switch strategy
Only a number of days in the past, it appeared prefer it was only a matter of time earlier than midfielder Houssem Aouar grew to become Nottingham Forest’s 18th signing of a busy summer time.
The 24-year-old France worldwide had an settlement with the Premier League membership and Forest have been about to make a proposal to Lyon for him. However, their bid was considerably shocking, sources have advised ESPN. The quantity — €10m with add-ons — was good worth for a participant with one yr left on his contract and who under-performed the earlier season.
But what stunned Lyon was the construction of the deal proposed by Forest, who wished to pay the €10m in six instalments of €1.6m over the size of his contract.
Lyon, who desire a €15m switch payment for Aouar, weren’t proud of the proposal and felt disrespected. The two golf equipment are nonetheless in contact and the switch stays a risk, sources have advised ESPN, however Forest have some work to do. — Julien Laurens