Man Utd transfer roundup: Di Maria and Rafael to leave
Here is the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.
Monday was dominated by two players who are set to leave Old Trafford in the coming days – Angel di Maria and Rafael.
Di Maria has been pictured in Doha ahead of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, while Lyon have confirmed Rafael will join on a four-year deal.
As for incomings, Ed Woodward has reportedly flown out to Barcelona to complete a deal for Spanish forward Pedro.
There were hopes that he would be joined by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos but a fresh report from Deportes claims that he will instead sign a new long-term deal with the Spanish club.
Meanwhile, PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that he could have played his last game for the Parisians.
It is an interestingly timed comment given Di Maria’s impending move to PSG and the fact that Louis van Gaal hinted he is in the “process” of signing a mystery player last month. Could he be coming to Old Trafford? Probably not, but one can dream!
Rafael is set to bring his eight-year career at Manchester United to an end as he is on the verge of completing a move to Olympique Lyon.
In a message posted on Twitter late this afternoon, the Brazilian has expressed his gratitude to the club and the fans for the support during his career.
“Since I signed with the club I lived incredible moments, after all were 8 years wearing the shirt of one of the biggest clubs of the world,” he wrote.
“Thank you ManUtd FC. I also want to thank all employees who always treated me with great affection and gave me greater attention…
“Thank you Sir Alex Ferguson for always believing in my work and for all the doors that you opened up to me. Now it’s a new path, a new challenge, God bless me!”
Rafael could have been United’s right-back for the next decade had he stayed fit but, sadly, after an excellent 2012-13 campaign, he managed only 29 Premier League appearances over the last two seasons.
PSG defender and Brazil captain Thiago Silva believes Angel Di Maria will make a step up once he formalises his move to the French champions.
The Argentine underwent a medical ahead of a proposed £44.3m transfer to the French capital and Thiago Silva welcomed his soon-to-be teammate by claiming the former Real Madrid man was moving to a bigger club.
Louis Van Gaal is convinced that Pedro will turn Manchester United into title contender, as the Spaniard would add pace and creativity to United’s options up-front.
With Angel Di Maria close to completing a switch to PSG, United are reportedly closing in on the Barcelona striker, as the United manager looks to bolster the options at his disposal in the final third of the pitch.
Roy Keane has claimed that Manchester United have returned to the approach they adopted in the late 1980s, which is not guaranteed to bring them any silverware this season.
The former United captain said Louis Van Gaal was playing a dangerous game by signing a host of players in the hope of them gelling together, adding United were unlikely to mount a serious title challenge this season.
Louis Van Gaal has told Manchester United to sell David De Gea before the end of the transfer window, as the Dutchman looks to put an end to the transfer saga.
The Spaniard has been a long-time target for Real Madrid but United have refused to sell him, even though De Gea has only 12 months left on his current deal and has made clear he’s not interested in signing a new contract at Old Trafford.
Louis Van Gaal has reportedly admitted that signing Angel Di Maria was a mistake and his decision to allow the Argentine to join PSG is motivated by a desire to cut his losses.
The former Real Madrid man joined United for a club record fee of £59.7m last summer but, after starting the season in thrilling fashion, cut an increasingly frustrated and disinterested figure as the season progressed.
Manchester United unveiled their new kit for the upcoming season at midnight last night. It is the first Adidas-produced kit United will wear for over two decades, as the German manufacturer has replaced Nike as United’s technical sponsor after signing a 10-year deal worth £750m.