Fabrizio Romano gives update on Manchester United moves for Lisandro Martinez and Frenkie de Jong

The weekend has passed and Manchester United haven’t quite got any transfer deals over the line yet. The pressure is building on the club to get players in before the team flies out on pre-season tour.

Tyrell Malacia is closest, the deal with Feyenoord is complete and he is set to undergo the final part of his medical on Monday and potentially be announced the same day, Fabrizio Romano reports.

Two more pursuits are ongoing, with United still chasing Frenkie de Jong and Lisandro Martinez.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano has provided updates on the situations of both players, and the outlook still seems positive from a Manchester United perspective.

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United moves for Lisandro Martinez and Frenkie de Jong

United are attempting to sign Ajax’s player of the season, Lisandro Martinez. The Mirror reported at the weekend that United had offered £39.6 million, which was better than Arsenal’s offer for the Argentina international.

Romano reports Martinez is determined to play in the Premier League, and United manager Erik ten Hag is ‘confident’ over a potential deal for the player.

United are in pole position to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona, although this move has not been at all easy.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta was quoted by the Athletic over the weekend claiming the Spanish club have ‘no intention’ of selling De Jong.

However, this has largely been perceived as posturing, with the deal still expected to go ahead.

Spanish newspaper Sport reported if De Jong was going to stay at Barcelona, he would have to accept a salary reduction, which Marca report would have to be a ‘drastic’ cut in wages.

Fabrizio Romano reports a wage reduction would be ‘very unlikely’ for the Netherlands international, and says talks between the club are still ongoing.

United are cutting it fine to do these deals before the club fly out on pre-season tour. The first match is scheduled for July 12 in Thailand.

It is important to start tying up moves for De Jong and Martinez, because there is an emerging problem in attack with Cristiano Ronaldo, and a need to sign an attacker.

United are also still waiting on an answer from Christian Eriksen, who is yet to signal his decision over a new club, and is currently a free agent.

  • Manchester United v Liverpool: July 12, 2pm UK time, venue: Thailand.
  • Manchester United v Melbourne Victory: July 15, 11.05am UK time, venue: Australia.
  • Manchester United v Crystal Palace: July 19, 11.10am UK time, venue: Australia.
  • Manchester United v Aston Villa, July 23, 10.45am, venue: Australia
  • Manchester United v Atletico Madrid, July 30: 1pm, venue: Norway
  • Manchester United v Rayo Vallecano, July 31: 4pm, venue: Old Trafford
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