Manchester United’s top stories from Friday’s national newspapers…
1. Manchester United’s scouting department have been working around the clock and around the globe in order to prepare for the arrival of new boss Erik ten Hag, report Daily Express.
2. Daily Express report that Nigerian international and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has reportedly disclosed that he would prefer a move to Arsenal over the likes of Manchester United and Newcastle this summer.
3. Daily Mail hold that Man United have reportedly ‘accepted’ that awarding a three-year contract to Eric Bailly was a ‘mistake’, as the Ivorian defender nears an exit from the club.
4. Edinson Cavani has revealed he would have dumped Manchester United last summer if he was aware that Cristiano Ronaldo was joining the club from Juventus, report Daily Mail.
5. According to Daily Star Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have reportedly told their team-mates they are all but set on leaving Manchester United in this summer’s transfer window.
6. Daily Mirror report that former Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has claimed that a number of West Ham players said that they would refuse to take a bath with a gay team-mate during his brief time at the London Stadium in 2018.
7. Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s focus and desire is to remain and fight for his place at Manchester United next season. He will wait to talk with new boss Erik ten Hag to see where he fits into his plans, as reported by Jonathan Shrager.
8. Lyon, Marseille, Newcastle and Roma have all made contact recently to show their interest in Manchester United centre-half Eric Bailly, reported Jonathan Shrager.
9. Manchester United have made an enquiry over Reims forward Hugo Ekitike. Sources have said Ekitike, who’s attracting interest from Bayern Munich, Arsenal, and Newcastle United, would be available for around €15m, report ESPN.
10. Erik ten Hag will be presented with a list of targets Manchester United have been working on ahead of his arrival and will have the power of veto over what is proposed, as well as being able to put forward his own names for consideration, according to ESPN.
11. According to Rob Dawson, via ESPN, Ralf Rangnick was not pleased with Hannibal Mejbri’s cameo at Anfield – he was reprimanded by Rangnick for a reckless and erratic display and punished with a return to the under-23 team.