Manchester United’s recruitment team have kickstarted their summer transfer activity despite finding themselves in the midst of a never-ending sale process.
The Glazer family, United’s current owners, have received multiple offers from Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani, but are yet to pick their preferred bidder. However, it appears it is business as usual at Carrington.
John Murtough, the club’s director of football, has made his first concrete move of the summer transfer window, submitting an opening offer for Mason Mount.
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On Wednesday, the Red Devils submitted a bid worth £40m for the England star, as per Fabrizio Romano. Chelsea have rejected United’s opening offer, but Murtough plans to bid again for the dynamic midfielder.
Mount has already held talks with Ten Hag’s side and is ready to move to Old Trafford. His contract runs out next year, and as things stand, the Chelsea academy product has no plans to sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea have little leverage in the negotiations, as they don’t want to lose him for nothing in 2024.
The hierarchy at United have also taken another big transfer decision. As per The Guardian, they’ve ended their interest in Harry Kane.
Ten Hag earmarked the England captain, who scored 30 goals in the Premier League last season, as his priority signing. But United feel the money it will take to convince Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, to let go of the 29-year-old is ‘unrealistic’.
With Napoli talisman Victor Osimhen also likely to cost a fortune, United have set their sights on talented forward Rasmus Hojlund. It is thought Atalanta could ask as much as £50m for the 20-year-old, who scored nine times in Serie A last term.