For a large percentage of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United tenure, he has been bombarded with questions regarding his transfer plans. It’s something which is only being fuelled by the noises coming from the board of a limitless budget.
So far, as United tour the USA, van Gaal has humoured journalists with responses filled with a level of patience. LvG has arrived under a cloud of him being a dictator, so you sense he’s keen to dispel this by giving his current crop a chance.
Manchester United are set to bid £12m for Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen after receiving the green light from Arsene Wenger, as the Arsenal manager admitted the Belgian could leave the Emirates between now and the end of the transfer window.
The Guardian reports that United are ready to open negotiations with Arsenal for a player considered to be one Louis Van Gaal’s main targets of the summer, but they’ll face stiff competition from Barcelona, who could have a slight advantage in the race to sign the Belgian, given Arsenal would prefer selling Vermaelen abroad than to a direct rival.
Another day another barrage of clickbait articles posted from around the World regurgitating all the rumours surrounding the endless list of names reported to be targets for Manchester United’s summer spending spree.
The last 24hrs have been especially so with the rumour mill doing overtime on the Arturo Vidal case, but has respected Italian agent, Andrea D’Amico, thrown us the biggest clue yet that perhaps, just perhaps, Vidal really is on his way out of Juventus and into the welcoming arms of Manchester United or can Vidal’s name be added to the illustrious list of those that never happened?
Marouane Fellaini is a wanted man these days, despite a horrible first season at Manchester United, and a couple of Serie A clubs are interested in offering the Belgian a way out of Old Trafford.
According to Belgian radio station RTL, Napoli have been keeping an eye on Fellaini but are reluctant to sign on a permanent basis and would prefer a loan deal, while United are thought to be demanding a fee of £15 for the midfielder, who doesn’t feature in Louis Van Gaal’s plans.
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Edinson Cavani has dismissed rumours that linked him with a move away from Paris St Germain and insisted he’s happy to continue to play for the Ligue 1 champions and that he has no interest in parting ways with the Parisian club.
The Uruguayan striker has long been linked with a move to Manchester United, after emerging as a transfer target for David Moyes in January and speculation over the former Napoli striker intensified towards the end of last season, when Cavani had looked frustrated at being deployed in a wide role to allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play in his favourite position.
Only a couple of weeks after Ed Woodward was eager to stress that, for the second consecutive summer, Manchester United “had no budget”, the club has warned potential investors that the club could fail to attract top players and retain the ones currently in the squad, if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League this season.
A second consecutive season away from Europe’s elite competition would put United in a difficult situation and the Glazers were more than eager to stress the point when they announced their plans to sell a further five per cent of the club.
Wilfried Zaha has admitted David Moyes and him didn’t see eye-to-eye and that he was frozen out by the former United manager last season, but he’s relishing the opportunity to impress Louis Van Gaal.
Zaha signed for United in January 2012 for £15m but remained on loan at Crystal Palace for the remainder of the campaign making the switch to Old Trafford at the beginning of last season, but he was given very few opportunities to impress and was eventually shipped out to Cardiff on loan in January.