Amongst others in the press Craig Hope of The Mail is reporting that Steve Bruce would like to tie down several of his current squad on long term deals. They include Martin Dubravka, Matt Ritchie, Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden. Click here. It would appear on the face of it a bit of achallenge for Bruce to achieve that given Dubravka, Ritchie and Shelvey are all well over the red-line age of 25 and if they saw out their contracts would result in no sell on value which is something that might bring Mike Ashley out in hives.

It is reported Sean Longstaff will be offered better terms when the season starts though given Ashley’s approach to the club it is inconceivable he will not be sold in one of the next 2-3 transfer windows should the right offer arrive for him.

As was reported yesterday there appears to be little progress in completing some of the much reported deals you’d be forgiven for believing might be the difference between stopping in the Premier League next season and relegation. There have been reports the deals for PSG left back Stanley N’Soki and Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin as well as Amiens right back Emil Krafth have hit problems over fees and wages offered. There is no shock in all of this.  Thus far the club has done little more than recycle the Perez money for Joelinton and made no other first team squad signings – with more made of signings for the Development Squad than they deserve really. Perez, Rondon, Joselu and Diame all left the first team pool in May. We’ve also seen Colback and Aarons pushed in front of the media in the last week and frame their falls from grace at United down to unfathomable disputes with Benitez rather than being short on quality and in Aarons’ case a bit of nonsense in a Newcastle bar and a failure to crack anything at any level after some flashes of promise.

You can only guess that Bournemouth’s readiness to shell out £25m for Liverpool’s Harry Wilson will end United’s interest in that player. We just can’t compete with clubs like Bournemouth.

There were other reports linking goalkeeper Freddie Woodman to a permanent move to Arsenal or a similar perhaps loan deal to Celtic. There are reports that Woodman has signed a new deal from United extended to 2021. The latest however is Woodman will join Swansea City in the Championship on a season long loan.

The Mail also reckons United are interested in Axel Tuanzebe, the Man U defender 21 but any move to SJP is reported as being dependent upon Harry Maguire leaving Leicester to go to Man U.- click here 

The transfer window closes exactly one week today.