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Manchester United To Sell 5 Players 



Manchester United are willing to let go of five first-team players in the transfer window to make way for new signings, according to the Manchester Evening News.

The Red Devils believe they will have to sell in order to reinforce their squad this summer – with new manager Erik ten Hag looking to recruit a central defender in the transfer market.

While the former Ajax boss is willing to give certain players at Old Trafford a clean slate, reports have emerged that five defensive players are up for sale in the upcoming months.

Ten Hag has inherited a United defence that is both overcrowded and underperforming, with their back-line conceding 57 goals in the league last year – their worst defensive season since 1978/79.

It’s understood that Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Brandon Williams, Axel Tuanzebe and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have all been told they can leave the club this summer as the Red Devils look to rebuild at the back.

Both Williams and Tuanzebe completed respective loans last season but they failed to have a big enough impact to warrant a place in United’s squad next year.

Meanwhile Jones, Bailly and Wan-Bissaka have simply fallen out of favour and are deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford – with the club confident they can sign apt replacements in summer.

Though the Red Devils are yet to make a summer signing, it’s not for want of trying – with the club launching moves for Ajax duo Jurrien Timber and Antony, as well as Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

United will search for a new centre-back to challenge Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane for a starting spot – after their £30million move for Timber came crashing down last week.

Timber’s Ajax team-mate Lisandro Martinez and Pau Torres of Villarreal are other potential options at the back. 

Ten Hag’s top target remains to be Frenkie de Jong, his former player at Ajax, but any move for the Dutchman will likely come as a result of a number of club departures. 

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Wayne Rooney Quits As Derby County Coach



Manchester United legend, Wayne Rooney has quit as Derby County manager with immediate effect despite a report they are finally on the brink of exiting administration.

The England record goalscorer departed just three days before the Rams were due to report for pre-season training.. Rooney had one year left of a lucrative contract.

The news comes after Derby were relegated from the Championship to third-tier League One this past season having been handed two separate points deductions for entering administration and breaching financial rules earlier in the season.

“Over the course of the Summer I have been closely following developments regarding the ownership of Derby County,” Rooney wrote in a club statement.

“Today I met with the administrators to inform them of my decision that it was time for me to leave the club. In fairness to them, they tried tremendously hard to change my decision but my mind was made up.

“My time at the club has been a rollercoaster of emotions, both highs and lows, but I have to say that I have enjoyed the challenge.

“Personally, I feel the club now needs to be led by someone with fresh energy and not affected by the events that have happened over the last eighteen months. I will remember my time at Derby with great pride and affection and would like to thank all my staff, players and of course the fans for their incredible support. I will never forget you and hope to see you all again in the near future and in happier times.”

Last week, American businessman Chris Kirchner withdrew his bid to purchase the club.

“Finally, I am aware that the club still have interested parties who wish to take over the running of the club,” Rooney added. “To them I say this, Derby County is a great club with a great history and great fans. I wish you all the best and much success for the future.”

A spokesperson for Derby’s administrators admitted they were disappointed with Rooney’s decision.

“The joint administrators are very disappointed that Wayne has taken the difficult decision to leave the club and we have spent some time today trying to persuade him to stay but understand his reasons for wanting to go,” they wrote. “We are extremely grateful to him for his excellent work in the face of challenging on-field circumstances in the 2021/22 season and admire the manner in which he has led the team, the club and the local community through various off-field issues.

“The joint administrators recognise that staff and supporters will be frustrated and equally disappointed by this news, but we all wish him, his wife Coleen and their four boys every success in the future and we are sure they will always be welcomed back.

“All parties recognise the need to conclude a sale of the business and assets of the Club, as a matter of urgency and the joint administrators wish to reconfirm that Wayne’s departure will not affect those ongoing, positive discussions.”

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Sadio Mane Passes Mo Salah To Become Africa’s Highest Paid Player As Top Nine Listed



Sadio Mane’s recent move to Bayern Munich has seen him become the highest paid African player – surpassing former teammate Mohamed Salah.

The Senegal star chose to call time on his six-year Liverpool stay this summer with one year left on his deal. A switch to Bayern could earn the Reds just over £30m as the 30-year-old embarks on a new challenge, all while pocketing £250,000-a-week.

Wages are currently a sticking point in Liverpool’s negotiations with Salah, who too has 12 months left on his deal. The Reds have a firm wage structure, which they would have to break to retain the Egyptian’s services. The forward is seeking a reported £400,000-a-week despite currently earning £220,000-a-week.

Premier League players currently make up seven of the top nine earning African stars. Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez and Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey sit joint third on the list, each pocketing £200,000-a-week. The latter joined the north Londoners from Atletico Madrid two years ago.

Partey’s teammate Nicolas Pepe is also on the list, albeit he has endured a less than impressive time since his club-record move from Lille. The Gunners spent £72m on the Ivorian, who earns weekly wages of £140,000. In his three years at the Emirates he has scored just 27 times.

Pepe narrowly earns more than compatriot Wilfried Zaha, who has spent the last eight years at Crystal Palace. The winger has pushed for a move elsewhere on several occasions, only for the Eagles to stand firm on each occasion as they remain determined to hold on to their star man.

Liverpool’s Naby Keita is subject to the club’s wage structure and earns narrowly less than several of his fellow Africans, banking £120,000-a-week at Anfield. The Guinea midfielder moved to Anfield for more than £50m back in 2018 but has been unable to fully unlock his potential on Merseyside.

Andre Ayew, previously of West Ham United and Swansea City, and PSG’s Achraf Hakimi are the only two players on the list plying their trade outside of England. Ayew made a move to Qatar in 2021, now playing for Al Sadd, the team formerly led by Xavi. Hakimi meanwhile left Inter Milan for a huge fee to join up with PSG only last summer and, like most of their squad, is handsomely rewarded financially.

Highest paid African footballers

1. Sadio Mane £250,000-a-week

2. Mo Salah £220,000-a-week

3. Thomas Partey £200,000-a-week

3. Riyad Mahrez £200,000-a-week

5. Andre Ayew £180,000-a-week

6. Achraf Hakimi £176,000-a-week

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Bayern Munich Rejects Cristiano Ronaldo Transfer Propoasl



Bayern Munich have reportedly rejected the opportunity to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United.

The 37-year-old only returned to Old Trafford last summer and has another year on his contract, with the option to extend that deal until 2024. But after a campaign which saw United record their lowest ever Premier League points tally – the Red Devils are in the midst of an overhaul.

Erik ten Hag is undertaking his first summer in charge and has already seen the likes of Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata depart. The former Ajax boss is expected to implement a system which incorporates a high press, a style that doesn’t come naturally to the veteran forward.

Ten Hag has insisted Ronaldo will be an important part of his project, having scored 24 goals in all competitions despite a difficult season collectively. Ronaldo himself has also stated he is looking forward to working with the new boss, but that has done little to stem the tide of speculation.

Spanish news outlet AS reported this week that Ronaldo is growing increasingly concerned at the club’s direction in the transfer market – having thus far failed to sign a single player. Barcelona ’s Frenkie de Jong remains United’s top target, but other moves appear to be on hold until negotiations with the Blaugrana are confirmed.

That has Ronaldo concerned, with LiverpoolTottenhamManchester City and Arsenal all improving already. Sky Sports in Germany report that the Portuguese’s agent and long-time confidant Jorge Mendes looked to engineer an exit and offered his client to German champions Bayern Munich.

However, there will be no move to the Allianz for Ronaldo, with the club’s director Hasan Salihamidzic speaking out on the speculation. ” Cristiano Ronaldo is a top player with an outstanding career. However, the rumour that is circulating is a rumour that has nothing to do with it.”

It is added that Bayern compiled a list of four reasons for not pursuing a move for Ronaldo, who could have been seen as a replacement for wantaway forward Robert Lewandwoski . The primary reason is said to be their determination to maintain a wage structure considering the goalscoring icon currently pockets around £500,000-per-week from his current employers.

Along with his salary, there was a concern with his age and perhaps most significantly, his ability to play in a high-pressing system, with a focus on players willing to put in the hard yards. Finally, with manager Julian Nageslmann some three years younger than Ronaldo, there were reservations over what his arrival would do to the dressing room dynamics.

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