Manchester United latest transfer news as Neymar, Mason Mount dominate early 2023 summer window chatter

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Manchester United have reportedly started looking into the possibility of signing Neymar, which would be the blockbuster move of the Red Devils' 2023 summer window.

The club have also been linked to Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, who would surely bolster a midfield mainly manned by Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Scott McTominay, and Fred.

But the Neymar talk has dominated the headlines. According to L'Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain are planning to sell the Brazil international and the Red Devils are interested in the winger. However, it is said that the English side want to pursue a loan deal instead of a permanent transfer.

The record Premier League champions added to their Brazilian contingency last summer with the signings of Casemiro and Antony, but Neymar would certainly be a step up.

Here's what Man United manager Erik ten Hag said on the rumours as recently as May 24.

Man United players out

Name Position To Transfer fee
Phil Jones Central defender Free agent End of contract
Marcel Sabitzer Central midfielder Bayern End of loan
Wout Weghorst Striker Burnley End of loan
Jack Butland Goalkeeper Crystal Palace End of loan

Man United players in

Name Position From Transfer fee
Alex Telles Left-back Sevilla End of loan
Eric Bailly Central defender Marseille End of loan

Man United join Mason Mount race

As part of the planned changes at Old Trafford, Erik ten Hag is also rumoured to be considering a move for Chelsea star Mason Mount, according to reports from The Guardian.

Mount is potentially on his way out of Stamford Bridge, after stalling over a long-term contract at his boyhood club, with Arsenal and Liverpool already registering an interest in the England international.

The report claims United are ready to open with a £55m bid to test Chelsea's willingness to part ways with the 24-year-old. The positive news for Man United is that Mount is apparently leaning toward joining the Red Devils, according to The Athletic, which could help push the deal through.

It's now up to Chelsea and what they will decide to do with Mount entering the final year of his contract with the Blues (expires June 2024).

Negotiations begin with Neymar?

Manchester United will reportedly negotiate with the player first to make sure that he is interested in a move before talking to the French club about potentials terms of a transfer.

If the transfer does go through, it is likely that Man United will need to sell at least one attacker.

But it's worth noting that after the news broke in France, reports in England quelled the buzz with Man United clearly moving swiftly to silence the rumours.

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Martial's time in Manchester could be over

Fans lost their patience with Martial after the striker walked straight down the tunnel after being substituted in their win over Bournemouth.

According to RMC Sport, Ten Hag is ready to sell the Frenchman as he has not lived up to standards both on and off the pitch. 

Sabitzer deal could become permanent

Sky Sport Germany has reported that Man United are interested in permanently signing Sabitzer from Bayern in the summer. 

The 29-year-old's loan spell with the Red Devils has been successful, helping them return to the Champions League for the 2023/24 season.

There has been no development as of yet due to the ownership situation at Man United. Once that is sorted, the deal could progress a lot quicker.

Man United transfer rumours and reports

As with every transfer window, Man United have been linked with a range of players from different leagues to help bolster their squad for the following season.

Barcelona duo Ronald Araujo and Frenkie De Jong have been linked with moves to Old Trafford, while Danish forward Rasmus Hojlund could also play a role in the side next year.

Name Position Age Club Nationality Transfer value Source
Mason Mount Midfielder 24 Chelsea England £55 million The Guardian
Ronald Araujo Central defender 24 Barcelona Uruguay £70 million Fichajes
Federico Chiesa  Winger 25 Juventus Italy £50 million Calciomercatoweb
Frenkie De Jong Central midfielder 26 Barcelona Netherlands £60 million Fichajes
Davide Frattesi Central midfielder 23 Sassuolo Italy £22 million CaughtOffside
Rasmus Holjlund Striker 20 Atalanta Denmark £35 million The Times
Kim-min Jae Central defender 26 Napoli South Korea £56 million Il Mattino
Declan Rice Central midfielder 24 West Ham England £120 million Multiple
Marcus Thuram Striker 25 Borussia Monchengladbach France Free Fichajes

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Man United squad 2023/24

The table below shows the Man United players who are currently under contract for the upcoming season. Unless David de Gea signs a new deal with the club, Ten Hag could be in the market for a new goalkeeper, too.

The Red Devils are populated most in the defensive area, but the likes of Harry Maguire and Brandon Williams are both linked with moves away from the team.

Position Players
Goalkeepers (1) Dean Henderson
Defenders (13) Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof, Eric Bailly, Teden Mengi, Luke Shaw, Tyrell Malacia, Alex Telles, Brandon Williams, Alvaro Fernandez, Diogo Dalot, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Midfielders (9) Casemiro, Scott McTominay, Christian Eriksen, Fred, Donny van de Beek, Zidane Iqbal, Kobbie Mainoo, Bruno Fernandes, Hannibal
Forward (9) Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, Anthony Elanga, Alejandro Garnarcho, Antony, Amad Diallo, Shola Shoretire, Facundo Pellistri, Anthony Martial
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Joel Sritharan is a freelance writer for Sporting News UK.