With each passing day, things seem to get a tad more absurd yet strangely interesting as far as Manchester United’s business in this summer transfer window is concerned. Having captured the signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw at the end of last week, United have since been linked with Arturo Vidal, seemingly made Mats Hummels their number one priority and were allegedly offered Angel Di Maria on a silver plate.
Leaving the trio aside for a second, however, the most interesting rumour that’s surrounded United in recent weeks is the one according to which Louis Van Gaal would be ready to shell out €50m – £40m – for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado.
Marouane Fellaini’s chances of being at Manchester United next season could have taken a blow after the Belgian international admitted his future will be decided after the World Cup.
Reports have emerged during the week linking the former Everton man with a move away from Old Trafford after Louis Van Gaal reportedly labelled the Belgian “not a Manchester United player”, and with United looking to offload some of their under-performers this summer, Fellaini’s career at Old Trafford could come to an abrupt end.
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.