Manchester United’s despicable situation in the transfer market is understandable. The Red Devils have endured a terrible start to their new era under Erik Ten Hag and seem to be in shambles at multiple levels.
The Premier League club lost their opening two league games including a 4-0 thrashing away to Brentford. Several players have rejected United’s approaches this summer, including Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, and there is now a new addition to that list.
According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, Matheus Cunha has responded to the proposal from Manchester with a resounding no. Moreover, Atletico Madrid also are said to have communicated that they have no intention of parting ways with the Brazilian.
United were reportedly ready to offer €50 million for the striker’s services, but the Spanish side demanded that the player’s release clause be triggered, a figure believed to be upwards of the proposed fee.
Cunha is happy under Diego Simeone’s management and is willing to fight for a starting spot this season.
Though the Brazilian saw only ten minutes of action against Getafe in the league opener, it is clear that the manager trusts him as he was given Luis Suarez’s #9 jersey ahead of the season.
The youngster joined Atletico Madrid from Hertha Berlin in 2021 for a fee of €26 million. His deal with the Spanish side sees him at Wanda Metropolitano until June 2026.
The 23-year-old scored six goals and provided four years in 29 La Liga appearances last season. Given that the season is long and challenging, there is little doubt that Cunha will see s lot of minutes this campaign.
Atletico Madrid have no intention of selling Manchester United target in January – Romano
Despite Jan Oblak’s form falling off a cliff last season, he arguably remains one of Atletico Madrid’s most important players.
Especially during a time when Atleti’s typically resilient defence has been faltering, the Slovenian shotstopper’s presence in the side is unquestionably vital.
However, Manchester United are reportedly attempting to prise away the 29-year-old from the Civitas Metropolitano. A new update from an ever-reliable source has revealed whether a move remains a possibility.
As per the latest information provided by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano on The United Stand, Atletico Madrid will do their best to keep Jan Oblak beyond the current season.
There is some uncertainty surrounding the contract situation of the 29-year-old Atletico Madrid. While it is rumoured that he signed a new deal with the club until 2028 in July, an official announcement is yet to be made.
And Romano insists that the deal is not yet signed and contract discussions with the Slovenian are still ongoing. He adds that Los Rojiblancos are ‘super happy’ with their goalkeeper and want to ensure that they keep him at the club.
But if a new deal is yet to be signed, Oblak’s previous contract stands to expire next year. It has given way to rumours of a Manchester United swoop for him as early as January.
Manchester United’s need for a brand-new goalkeeper remains one of the most talked about conversations in European football. Despite David De Gea’s incredible spell at the club, Erik ten Hag is known to want a goalkeeper that is comfortable with the ball at his feet.
With the Spanish international profiling in the mould of an orthodox number one, the Dutchman’s progressive system demands the presence of a modern goalkeeper, above everything else.
Considering de Gea’s inability to morph his game in order to fit the said style of play, and his current contract expiring in 2023, there have been talks of a new goalkeeper coming in, with a January move for Oblak being touted.
From Atletico Madrid’s perspective, though, as iterated earlier, they are happy with the 29-year-old and are working towards extending his contract at the earliest possible, with Romano adding that they will do their best to ensure that he stays put at the club.
After all, the experienced campaigner has been one of the best players in his position, since his arrival back in 2014. With Oblak also being the vice-captain of the club, it is unlikely that they will sanction such a senior player’s sale in 2023