Man Utd transfer news: Atletico Madrid decide on second bid as Joao Felix offer rejected | Soccer | SPORTS

Atletico Madrid have rejected Manchester United’s offer for Matheus Cunha just like they did when the Red Devils came calling for Joao Felix, according to reports in Spain. Erik ten Hag is seeking more reinforcements as the close of the summer transfer window edges closer. But it appears their La Liga counterparts are in no mood to sell two of their best players at the current moment in time.

Manchester United are starting to look desperate.

Having spent the bulk of the summer chasing the likes of Frenkie de Jong and Antony, of Barcelona and Ajax respectively, they’re now looking at other targets as they look to strengthen the squad.

Earlier in the week, it emerged United had launched a massive £114 million bid in an attempt to sign Felix from Atletico.

They’re also interested in Cunha, however, with the Samba star on their radar as they look to provide competition for Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial.

Now, though, AS claims Atletico have rejected an offer worth around £33m for Cunha from United.

They believe the 23-year-old, who scored six goals and registered four assists from 29 La Liga games last season, has the potential to get even better in the future.

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And it seems as though United are wasting their time as they look to bring both Cunha and Felix to Old Trafford before the transfer window slams shut.

The report adds that Atletico have also received an offer from Juventus for Alvaro Morata, who has also been linked with United.

Yet they’ve turned down an approach for the Spain international, who is eager to prove himself to Diego Simeone this season.

It’s stated that although big sales would have been an ‘economic relief’ for Atlético, they don’t want to sell their best players.

They’re hopeful of dethroning Real Madrid as champions of Spain, having previously won the title under Simeone in 2014 and 2021.

And they’re also targeting Champions League glory, too, having reached the finals in 2014 and 2016.

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United are hoping to add to their squad late in the transfer window, having lost their opening two league fixtures against Brighton and Brentford respectively.

But that’s something easier said than done, with John Murtough and Richard Arnold struggling to provide Ten Hag with fresh faces.

Former United star Gary Neville, meanwhile, recently criticized the club’s transfer business in recent years.

And he labeled his old side as a ‘graveyard for footballers’ insisting Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bruno Fernandes have been their only two good recruits since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.

He said: “United have flip-flopped between managers and strategies.

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“I was excited about a lot of those signings, even last year with Sancho, Raphael Varane and Ronaldo.

“It has become a graveyard for footballers this football club.

“Seventy-five per cent of those signings have not worked. Four or five per cent have worked – that is a horror story.

“We have blamed the players a lot over the last ten years.

“When a school is underperforming, they get put in special measures by the government and you don’t blame the kids.”

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And he added: “If they don’t bring players in or players don’t perform and they sell Ronaldo, I think they can finish in the bottom half of the Premier League.

“They are absolutely demoralized and shot to pieces.

“Erik ten Hag in pre-season got them to a confident level but they have gone back to default.

“To not get the players he wanted is an absolute shocker.

“United will ride the wave and get through this season but will have to live through the rockiest times since getting relegated 40 years ago.”

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