Brighton transfer news: Albion have £6.6m full-back ‘on agenda’, West Ham submit ‘£12.7m’ defender bid

Erik ten Hag has issued an update on the status of wantaway Manchester United striker Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of their Premier League opener against Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday.

Saturday, 6th August 2022, 8:01 am

The legendary Portuguese striker has asked to leave Old Trafford in order to play for a club competing in next season’s UEFA Champions League.

The 37-year-old has barely featured in United’s pre-season. Ronaldo did not join the Reds for their tour to Thailand and Australia – citing ‘personal reasons’ – and was left out of the defeat to Atletico Madrid in Oslo last Saturday.

He finally made his pre-season bow last weekend, playing 45 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Rayo Vallecano last Sunday.

Man United forward Anthony Martial has been ruled out of Sunday’s clash with Albion due to injury, opening the door for the ex-Real Madrid and Juventus star to make a sensational return to ten Hag’s team.

Speaking on whether Ronaldo was in line to start against the Seagulls, ten Hag said: “We will see Sunday.”

When pressed further, he added: “I am really happy he is here. We have a top striker. We stick to the plan.”

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