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Pundit gives reasons why Barcelona may sign this United flop, Red Devils fans will celebrate

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Kevin Campbell suggested that Spanish giants Barcelona are interested in Man United centre-back Harry Maguire despite his flops last season and he won’t be “unsurprised”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker said the 29-year-old’s attributes would be well-suited to Barcelona than Man United.

Recall that Maguire struggled for the Red Devils in the 2021-22 campaign and was blamed for most of the goals conceded by the Red Devils.

Campbell, who delivered weekly punditry for La Liga TV in 2021, suggested Maguire was a Barcelona-esque player.

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“I’m not surprised that they are interested,” he told Football Insider.

“Harry Maguire gets a hard time. When things go well, nothing is said. As soon as things go bad, the fingers gets pointed at him.

“He is still a capable centre-half. He is good on the ball and he has never let England down.

“Some might say he is not good enough but other teams will be thinking, ‘Do you know what, I will take him.’

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Meanwhile it was earlier feared that the England international defender would be sold this summer but from all indications, new manager Erik ten Hag is willing to give him the chance ahead if the new season.

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Luke Shaw makes interesting claim about new United signings

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Man United left-back Luke Shaw has welcomed the club’s new addition, saying that their coming has helped the team and has improved the atmosphere.

Shaw spoke with club media ahead of the beginning of the 2022/23 season, and praised the positivity of the United dressing room.

“It’s good,” he said. “I think it’s always been good. We all get on really well and we’re like a family.”

According to him, the fact that he and his United team-mates welcomed the new signings with open arms brings a lots of positives to the club.

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He added that the close bond between the players, along with the teachings of Ten Hag, will help the Reds in the long term.

“We aim to create a family atmosphere and, with that, everyone feels together and close and that makes things better out on the pitch,” he added. “There is definitely a good vibe and it’s been really enjoyable with the new manager and his ideas.”

The Red Devils did not start the summer transfer window with plenty of deals but seems to be taking it gradually as they approach their first game of the season.

Having missed out of the Champions League, the target of the team would be a return to the elite league next season.

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Pundit fears United losing their top target to EPL side soonest

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Football pundit Alex McLeish has expressed fears that Man United could lose their top target and Barcelona star Frankie de Jong to their Premier League rivals Chelsea.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider the former Aston Villa manager said it seems like De Jong would prefer a move to London instead of Manchester and it will be a “real blow” to the Red Devils.

The pundit expressed this fears after reports had claimed that Chelsea are holding talks with Barcelona over a potential move for the 25-year-old.

Man United had previously reached an agreement with the Spanish side worth around £70million for the midfielder.

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The Netherlands international is however reluctant to to make a decision about where his future lies.

When asked if it will be disappointing for United if De Jong chooses the Blues, McLeish told Football Insider: “It’s definitely a blow if he decides to go to Chelsea.

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“Let’s face it, it was always in the news, we heard about it every day, we were all privy to the deal going one way or the other.

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“For one of your great rivals to come in at the last minute, at the 11th hour and take him away from your clutches, that will be a real blow to United.

“Frenkie de Jong, by the sound of things, would love a London move.“

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Ronaldo’s destination after United exit hinted by pundit

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Football pundit and Spurs insider John Wenham, who regularly breaks news about the club on his Lilywhite Rose social media channels has hinted that Cristiano Ronaldo foukd head to Spain when he leaves Man United.

He however also hinted that will the veteran will remain at Man United this summer but a January move is on the cards.

Ronaldo has insisted that he wants to play in the Champions League next season, a wish the Red Devils can not grant him, reason why he has informed the club of his wish to leave.

Wenham insists Ronaldo’s wage demands are too high for him to be sold this summer and instead claims he will leave Old Trafford in January.

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“He’s on too much money, he is going to end up staying,” Wenham told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“I think it will be one where, by January, if he isn’t involved then some of the clubs he turned his nose up at, maybe a return to Sporting, that might happen.

“I certainly feel for now that he will stay at man United. There will be games where they need him to come on and do his stuff and he will, because he always does.

“For me, if I was in charge, he would still be the number one striker, make no mistake about that.”

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United finally learn how to handle Ronaldo’s future saga

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Man United hero Rio Ferdinand has urged his former club to ensure that the future of veteran player Cristiano Ronaldo should be sorted out one way or another so as to avoid a ‘hangover’ for the Red Devils heading into the new season.

Ronaldo is understood to be keen to leave Man United this summer after they failed to qualify for the Champions League last season but the Red Devils have remained adamant that the Portugal captain will remain beyond this summer.

Speaking to The Mirror, Ronaldo said: “As players, you just want the situation ironed out and sorted out immediately. You don’t want it lingering on and dragging on, I think Harry Kane had that with Spurs last year.”

He added: “But I think the reasons are different. Cristiano, there’s been issues behind-the-scenes with his family and health and stuff like that. You have to take that into consideration.

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“But if the reports are true – that he’s looking to move and what not – then you kind of want the club to nail that down, so there isn’t a hangover going into the season.

“I’d like to think – if you’re looking at this as a supporter – this will be sorted out one way or the other.”

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Respected journalist hints at the sad thing happening to Ronaldo over United future

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Respected Journalist, Luke Edwards, has claimed that it is a sad development that Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to secure a move to a UEFA Champions League club this summer transfer window.

The veteran player had told the Red Devils of his desire to leave as the club missed out on Champions League qualification last season.

Ronaldo has just returned to join the team as he was not a major part of United’s preseason.

It is understood that he seeks a Champions League club but none has agreed to sign him, including PSG, Madrid and Juventus.

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Speaking on the Transfer Gossip Daily podcast (via BBC), Edwards said: “It’s a sign of how his powers are fading.

“What we have seen this summer is a rare misstep from the great PR machine that surrounds CR7. The fact is he has tried to say to Manchester United I want to go. He has tried to play hardball with them.

“His agent (Jorge) Mendes has come over and said he still wants to leave; he’s refused to take part in training, and basically what’s happened is none of the top clubs in Europe has wanted him, and it’s a bit sad.”

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Ferdinand names the better team between Arsenal and United after summer transfer window

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Man United hero Rio Ferdinand now holds the opinion that Arsenal are now a better side than the Red Devils because of their summer transfer activities.

The Gunners have had five additions so far with Arteta also hinting that more deals will happen while the Red Devils have had a number of additions with their new manager, Erik ten Hag.

Ferdinand still thinks Arsenal are the better side at this moment in time. “They are”, he told the Vibe with Five YouTube channel when asked if the Gunners are ahead in their rebuild.

“We’ve got a new manager, it’s obvious, we’ve got a new manager who’s come in and try and implement all his ideas, we’re going to be behind you in that sense. Both the clubs have been in a state so we’re fighting over nothing.

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“I’m saying in terms of where we’re at, we’re both shambolic compared to history.” Ferdinand also urged Arsenal fans to trust Arteta considering the progress the north London outfit have made under the Spaniard’s tutelage over the last few months.

He added: “I just feel he’s been very very, kind of, definitive in what he’s doing. [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, the superstar, big money signing, the man who’s got the biggest contract at the club, he weren’t happy with a couple of things, made a decision, get out you’re not for me.

“If he’s going to be able to do that with your biggest talent, who’s on the biggest money, you’ve got to stick with him, trust the process. Now they’ve opened the cheque book, bought Jesus etc you’ve got to trust what he’s doing.

“Are they in a better position at the start of this season and than where they were last season? 100%. So why shuffle the pack?”

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Pundit makes damning claim on European club signing Cristiano Ronaldo this summer

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Kevin Campbell has claimed that no Champions League club will be willing to pay Cristiano Ronaldo’s sizeable wages if they decide to come for him.

This is coming after Ronaldo said he wants to leave Man United for a Champions League club.

He therefore urged the veteran player to “get his head down” and stay at Man United for one more season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker said: “It is a lot of money” for clubs to Ronaldo.

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” It is a lot of money to invest in somebody who is 37, nearly 38.

“Ronaldo is one of the best to ever do it. But there comes a time where you have to look at it and say, ‘Not for me.’ I think that is what we are seeing now.

“The clubs that can afford to pay him his wages and want him are probably outside of Europe.

“He will not want to do that though. He would rather stay in Europe.

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“If I was him I would get my head down at stay at Man United.”

Meanwhile, Ronaldo, who has just returned to Old Trafford since last season was pictured smiling with his teammates during one of the training sessions.

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Barcelona president finally makes stunning claim on Ronaldo transfer saga

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Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reacted to reports that Cristiano Ronaldo is keen to leave Man United and seeks an exit to a big European side for Champions League football.

It is understood that the veteran has been offered to several big sides but was rejected.

There are also claims that Barca were interested in the Real Madrid legend.

But Laporta insisted that they never considered signing Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.

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In his words, “There is always a lot of news during the summer transfer window.

“We have a very good relationship with Mendes. I’ve known him for a long time. Jorge is one of the best agents. He knows how to do his job and I respect him. But the topic of Ronaldo is only part of the ‘little history’ of football. It’s a very sweet story, but you’ll always hear a lot of conflicting news about it.

“Ronaldo is a very good professional and he is still in good shape. Cristiano is a very ambitious and competitive player and I’m sure he has a lot of options. He is still a player for Manchester United, an outstanding club that I have a lot of respect for. His future is none of my business.”

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