Manchester United could soon be adding a world-class winger to their squad, with reports in Spain suggesting that Angel Di Maria is on the verge of leaving Real Madrid after his agent, the ever-present and incredibly powerful Jorge Mendes, was instructed by the European champions to find a buyer for the 26-year-old.
With Real Madrid president Florentino Perez seemingly determined to bring Colombia’s World Cup star James Rodriguez to the Bernabeu this summer, the Spanish giants might have to sell one of their stars before pursuing the Monaco playmaker and Di Maria looks set to be the latest high-profile casualty at Real, 12 months after Mesut Ozil was allowed to leave as Perez welcomed Gareth Bale to Madrid.
Manchester United have made Mats Hummels their number one priority this summer, with Louis Van Gaal looking to bridge the gap left by the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
Hummels has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, but Borussia Dortmund have made clear they do not intend to part ways with the German international, while Hummels himself has admitted being happy at the Westfalenstadion and not looking for a move this summer.
In news that will surprise absolutely no one, Marouane Fellaini might have to find himself another club before next season, given Louis Van Gaal is seemingly intent to offload the Belgian international, with reports claiming the Dutchman has gone as far as making obvious that Fellaini “isn’t a Manchester United player.”
After arriving to Old Trafford on deadline day last season for a staggering £27m, Fellaini became the embodiment of David Moyes’ disastrous season as, much like his manager, the Belgian looked totally out of his depth, clueless at the best of time and an extremely poor deal from a financial point of view.
Manchester United will have to pay £37m if they’re to secure William Carvalho’s signing, as Sporting Lisbon have made clear that they will only part ways with the 22-year-old if Carvalho’s release clause is paid in full.
Yesterday, reports in various Portuguese newspapers suggested that United were set to open talks with Sporting with an initial bid thought to be in the region of €30m (£23.7m) but the Lisbon club have swiftly declared that United’s only chance to sign Carvalho this summer is to trigger his buy-out clause.
Manchester United are set to submit an official bid for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, according to reports in the Portuguese media. United have tracked the 22-year-old for months now and were thought to have agreed a deal for the midfielder back in April soon before David Moyes was relieved of his duties and ushered through the exit door at Old Trafford.
The former United manager and his scouts watched Carvalho almost 20 times last season and the club looks set to open talks with Sporting Lisbon for the youngster, who was one of the standout players in the Portuguese league last season and who has attracted interest from a host of European clubs, including Barcelona, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Thomas Vermaelen looks set to move to Manchester United this summer, with different sources suggesting that Louis Van Gaal is determined to bring the Belgian centre-back to Old Trafford to replace the departed Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand and the 28-year-old could be United’s third summer signing, following the arrivals on Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera at the end of last week.
The Arsenal captain was first linked with United almost two weeks ago but he has since denied he had any intentions of leaving the Emirates, while the North London club issued a statement dismissing the rumours linking their captain with a summer move as simple speculations.
Manchester United turned down the opportunity to sign Colombia star James Rodriguez for as little as £5m a couple of seasons ago, preferring instead to pursuit other options and, to add insult to injury, ended up signing Bebe – £2m more expensive than Rodriguez and with a fraction of the talent.
United were first approached by intermediaries in 2010, the Guardian reports, when Rodriguez, 18 at the time, was carving out a reputation for himself at Club Atletico Banfield in the Argentine’s first division, having made his professional debut a year earlier when he became the youngest ever foreigner to play in the Argentine top-flight.
Manchester United look to have clinched their third deal of the summer, with Holland centre-back Stefan De Vrij thought to have agreed a move to Old Trafford in a deal worth £8m.
With United looking to fill the gap left by the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala and Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels were linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer but it looks as if Louis Van Gaal has instead opted for the Feyenoord defender.