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Man Utd’s summer transfer net spend after signing Ronaldo and selling James

Man Utd have confirmed the return of Cristiano Ronaldo as their summer spending exceeds £100m but the imminent departure of Daniel James will affect their net spend

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Manchester United have announced the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo, taking their net spend this summer to £90m.

The Portuguese star rejoins the club 12 years after leaving for Real Madrid.

A deal was struck with Juventus and a fee of around £20m has been paid to the Italian side.

Ronaldo joins Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane in moving to the red half of Manchester this summer.

The winger was signed from Borussia Dortmund, having been on United’s radar last summer, and Varane was snapped up having entered the final year of his contract at Real Madrid.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a host of options in attack following their recent additions.



Cristiano Ronaldo has completed his return to Man Utd
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It means minutes will be at a premium for some and Daniel James is set to join Leeds.

The Welshman was close to joining the Yorkshire side in 2019 before a move collapsed but a £25m switch is now close.

That, coupled with loan moves for other players, means United have recouped around £30m this summer taking their net spend to £90m.

According to the Telegraph the Red Devils wanted to spend a net sum of between £75m – £100m.

Solskjaer has enjoyed his best window of recruitment since taking charge in 2019 as he eyes further progression.









However United have missed out on some of their other targets, namely Kieran Trippier.

The England right-back was linked with a return to his homeland having spent two years at Atletico Madrid but the Spanish side have rebuffed interest thus far.

A central midfielder was also on the club’s radar with Declan Rice and Edouard Camavinga linked.

Former United skipper Roy Keane admitted at the weekend that, despite the Ronaldo fanfare, the league remains beyond them.

He said on Sky Sports: “There’s no doubt in my mind he’s still a world-class player. We have discussed the pluses and minuses but I see the hunger and the desire there; it’s not a pay-day for him.







“He is already worth fortunes. We saw at the Euros he won the Golden Boot, he’ll have the incentive of the World Cup.

“He’s a clever guy. He’s coming back to United to win stuff. I don’t think he’ll be the difference in terms of winning the big trophies – Man Utd still have the same problems with or without Ronaldo and that’s midfield – but an FA Cup or a League Cup is more than possible.

“He’ll want more than that. He’ll bring a winning mentality to the dressing room, he’s a fitness freak and I think he’s one of the most intelligent players I’ve seen in my life. He’s adapted his game and he’s a winner.”




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