Manchester United have reportedly agreed with Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, who looks set to become Louis Van Gaal’s first signing of the summer after United decided to trigger the midfielder’s release clause.
Spanish newspaper Marca reports that United decided to pay the €36m (£28.7m) clause for the midfielder who has already traveled to England and is expected to pun pen to paper on a four-year deal worth €3m (£2.3m) a year and both clubs could announce the deal as early as today.
Manchester United’s quest for a new centre-back could soon become more complicated as reports in the Dutch press suggest Porto are ready to open talks with Feyenoord for the signature of 22-year-old Bruno Martins Indi, who, alongside a number of other members of the Holland squad, was reportedly on Louis Van Gaal’s radar.
Ducth football magazine Voetbal International claims that the Portuguese club are looking to make the most of United’s current situation – with Van Gaal set to be involved with Holland until the round of 16 at least – and pip United in the race for the centre-back, with Feyenoord thought to be open to discussion for a fee of around £6.5m.
Manchester United could be set for a surprise move for former Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, after reports from Italy suggest the Reds are determined to open talks with AC Milan over a possible transfer for a fee of around £6m.
De Jong is the latest Dutchman to be linked with a move to Old Trafford since Louis Van Gaal was appointed as David Moyes’s successor, with Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport claiming United’s interest in the 29-year-old has increased steadily since the start of the World Cup and a bid might follow suit.
Manchester United will face strong competition from Chelsea in their quest to sign Porto and France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, after Barcelona pulled out of the race for the 23-year-old, who’s been on United’s radar for months now.
The French international looked poised to move to Manchester City at the end of the season, but the Premier League champions have since cooled their interest after reports suggested Mangala himself wasn’t particularly keen to moving to the Etihad and would prefer a move to either United or Chelsea.
Antonio Valencia has signed a new three year deal with United which will keep him at the club until 2018.The 28 year old Ecuadorian winger has been a key figure in United’s plans since joining from Wigan in 2009 and has made almost 200 appearances for the club but while Valencia has been a regular starter for United in recent years, his goal scoring record is certainly not be the best and he’s somewhat regressed over the last two seasons.
The Ecuadorian, however, certainly possesses the right attitude and since arriving at Old Trafford he’s never shied away from responsibilities and his taciturn, yet dependable demeanour has been appreciated by the supporters.
Although new United manager, Louis van Gaal, is busy chasing World Cup glory with his Dutch side in Brazil, the big Dutchman is still finding time to begin assembling a United team capable of challenging for the Premier League in his first season.
RedRants understands van Gaal held recent talks with new assistant manager, Ryan Giggs, about his plan to crack ONE transfer deal before any others are processed.
Wilfried Zaha could make a surprise return to Crystal Palace this summer if, as expected, the South London will enquire about their former player once their manager, Tony Pulis, returns from Brazil where he’s been on commentary duties for the World Cup.
United signed the 21-year-old for £15m in January 2013, beating Arsenal in the race to the player many considered one of English football’s hottest property, before allowing Zaha to remain at Selhurst Park for the remainder of the season, one which ended with Palace promoted to the Premier League thanks also to his eight goals and 10 assists.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has played speculations linking him with a move to Old Trafford this summer and insisted he’s happy to fight for his place at the Emirates, despite losing his place in the starting XI to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
Earlier this week, the Telegraph reported that the 28-year-old had agreed a deal in principle with United to move to Old Trafford in the summer, as United and Arsenal were expected to sit down in an attempt to reach an agreement for the transfer of the Belgium international, whose contract at the Emirates runs out in 12 months.