NEWS DIGEST 26.06.2022: English football & tennis news – Newsmap

Good morning readers. Today we are covering the latest happenings on the pitches of English football clubs (and Wimbledon courts) with Newsmap.JS.

Manchester United have directly informed Cristiano Ronaldo that he’s not available this summer after Jorge Mendes discussed a potential transfer with Chelsea owner Todd Boehly. With Bayern Munich also offered Ronaldo’s services, United have come out with a strict stance on his future. ‘High-level’ sources at Old Trafford have told Mirror Sport that it’s been made clear to Ronaldo that he won’t be allowed to leave ahead of Erik ten Hag’s first season in charge. With the 37-year-old unsettled due to United’s lack of transfer activity after their dismal last campaign, Mendes had also spoken to Bayern about his availability. Ronaldo lived up to expectations in his first season back at United after making a sensational return from Juventus last summer. United are having trouble meeting Barcelona’s £80million asking price for priority target Frenkie de Jong – Man Utd tell Cristiano Ronaldo he’s not for sale as agent’s Chelsea talks spark club fury (Express ~ Sport – Football – Premier League)

Manchester United have sent a strong message out as reports link Cristiano Ronaldo with a move away from the club. According to Spanish newspaper Sport, as cited by The Faithful MUFC, Manchester United have reached an ‘agreement’ over a £69million deal to sign Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong. United stance on Cristiano Ronaldo future amid Chelsea transfer reports. Manchester United have hit back at reports suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo is eyeing up an exit this summer, insisting he is not for sale. Reports in Spain suggest Manchester United are getting closer to a deal for Frenkie de Jong – Manchester United transfer new LIVE Cristiano Ronaldo stance as £69m Frenkie de Jong deal ‘agreed’ (Manchester Evening News ~ Sport – Football – Manchester United Transfer News)

Thiago offered up some huge praise for Jordan Henderson this week. Nike and Liverpool released a 36-minute documentary on Jordan Henderson this week. Needless to say, it’s an overwhelmingly positive 36 minutes and it’s very clear that everyone holds Henderson in the highest regard. “He’s one of the best players, midfield players I’ve ever played with in my life,” said Thiago. Just listening to the likes of Klopp, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold speak about Henderson shows how highly everyone regards him. From January 2019 through September 2021, Liverpool only lost two Premier League games with Henderson starting in midfield. The humiliating defeats to Watford and Aston Villa in that timespan stood out because Henderson didn’t play – ‘In my life’: Thiago says his Liverpool teammate is ‘one of the best’ he’s ever played alongside (Rousing the Kop ~ News)

Chelsea have entered a crucial summer where Thomas Tuchel is looking to rebuild his squad. Not only does that mean signing new players to improve the team, particularly in the wake of Antonio Rudiger leaving, but it also means the squad may be refreshed by those who leave too. The new owners are said to have a £200 million war chest in mind to help transform Tuchel’s squad this summer. Given the names, Chelsea are chasing, boosting the Blues transfer pot will be helpful. Six signings have been touted this summer, and with the chase well underway for Raheem Sterling and Matthijs de Ligt, it’s easy to see half of that £200 million figure disappearing very quickly. Timo Werner has been highlighted as a potential makeweight in a deal to land De Ligt from Juventus – Chelsea could land £118.5m injection to help fund Matthijs de Ligt and Raheem Sterling transfers ( ~ Chelsea – Chelsea News – Chelsea Transfer Rumours)

Rafael Nadal has issued a positive fitness update ahead of Wimbledon, claiming he no longer feels the pain that has stifled him over the last 18 months. Nadal returns to Wimbledon for the first time since 2019 this year, searching to continue his relentless hunt for major honours. While Nadal looks set to battle for his first Wimbledon title since 2010, a familiar icon will be absent from the All England Club. “It’s difficult to think about tennis in the last 15 years without thinking of our rivalry,” Nadal added. With Djokovic missing the Australian Open, losing to Nadal at the French Open and potentially facing a ban from the US Open, Wimbledon could be his last shot at adding to his Grand Slam tally this year – Rafael Nadal’s admission could spell bad news for Novak Djokovic and co at Wimbledon (Express ~ Sport – Tennis)

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