According to the Daily Mail (via Metro), Manchester United could be rejected by Chelsea forward Christian Pulisic in the coming days. The American international has struggled for game time under Thomas Tuchel and was recently linked with a potential loan move to the embattled Red Devils.
Following the summer arrival of Raheem Sterling, first-team opportunities are likely to become even rarer for the American and he is widely expected to consider a move.
Reports over the last week have also claimed that Chelsea were willing to negotiate a swap deal with Manchester United, with Harry Maguire moving the other way.
However, the aforementioned report suggests that the former Dortmund midfielder has opted to remain at Stamford Bridge for the time being, following crunch talks with his manager. Pulisic is believed to be ready to fight for his future at Stamford Bridge and is not encouraged by being seen as a potential backup option for United.
Manchester United have, however, intensified their attempts (via 90min) to sign Brazil winger Antony from Ajax and have also lined up PSV forward Cody Gakpo as a fall-back option.
Clearly, Pulisic's potential unavailability will not particularly hamper the Red Devils' plans this window. Erik ten Hag will continue to focus on his task, which is the monumental rebuild required to revive the sleeping giants of Manchester.
Chelsea made an enquiry for Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire: Report
The transfer window took an unexpected turn after reports from the Daily Mail of the Blues' interest in Harry Maguire came to the surface. The Stamford Bridge hierarchy were looking at a potential swap deal which could have seen Pulisic move to Old Trafford in exchange for Maguire joining the Blues.
However, with Pulisic reportedly disinterested in the move, Chelsea will need to look for another route to bring in Maguire if they seriously want him. While the Manchester United skipper has had to deal with criticism due to poor performances over the last season, Chelsea reportedly remain interested.
The Blues are also reportedly pushing to sign Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana but are currently struggling to make the deal happen. Maguire, on the other hand, has been marked as an easier alternative to the Foxes' stalwart centre-back.
Chelsea have already made defensive reinforcements this summer, signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli and Marc Cucurella from Brighton & Hove Albion.