Recently we reported that Monaco midfielder Nampalys Mendy was a target for United.
Described as the ‘next Makelele’ the option of acquiring him on a free transfer looked a clever one. However, neither club nor player, or even agent for that matter, had commented on the rumours; until now.
Cristiano Ronaldo definitely knows how to tease football fans around the world. In fact, the Portuguese star is as good as creating unsubstantiated excitement as he is as gliding past opponents.
Earlier this afternoon the Real Madrid star took to Twitter to deny rumours that he had renewed his contract with the Spanish giants, setting thousands of United fans – and conspiracy theorists – in a frenzy. While from a purely syntactical point of view Ronaldo did not deny he would extend his current deal, simply than he had not done so yet, the tweet was immediately considered as a strong indication that the Portuguese intends to leave the Spanish club this summer.
When David Moyes officially takes charge at Old Trafford in two weeks, the file briefing him on potential transfer targets will contain only a couple of names, judging by the papers’ insistence to recycle the same rumours, week after week.
That said, United are today linked with a new player, albeit one whose name is regularly associated with the club virtually every time a transfer window opens. The Mirror reports that United have agreed a deal to sign Ezequiel Garay from Benfica for £17m.
New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his approval at United’s decision to appoint David Moyes as manager following Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure.
The Portuguese, who at one stage had widely been tipped to succeed Ferguson, was adamant the former Everton manager deserves the opportunity to manage Manchester United after spending a decade at Goodison Park.
Cesc Fabregas yesterday distanced himself from a move to Manchester United, insisting he wants to prove himself at Barcelona and that he’s not considering a return to Premier League.
The former Arsenal captain had been linked with a £25m move to Old Trafford but, in an interview with Spanish radio Onda Cera, he categorically dismissed the rumours surrounding his future.
Manchester United have signed 20-year-old Uruguayan, Guillermo Varela, on a five year contract after agreeing a deal with the defender’s former club Penarol last week.
Varela will represent his country later this month at the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey before joining up with his new team mates.
Varela represents the first signing of the Moyes era at Old Trafford after he took over from Sir Alex Ferguson who retired at the end of last season.
For the second time in the space of three years, Manchester United striker, Wayne Rooney has made the headlines with news reports indicating the 27 year old favours a move away from Old Trafford. New manager David Moyes is expected to hold talks with the England striker to convince him to commit his future to the red devils. Many United faithful, both players and fans alike, are pushing for a Rooney stay, but a few think otherwise. The question remains as to whether or not United should cash in on their prized asset.
Over the last couple of seasons, Sir Alex Ferguson’s well documented reluctance to recruit a midfielder became a cause of frustration for many Reds, with United’s engine room often falling short in big games due to a lack of physicality and technique. Things, however, could soon change.
The Mirror today reports that David Moyes has made Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara one of his priorities, after sending scout Jim Lawlor to Israel to monitor the progress of Spain U21’s captain at the European Championships and, at least according to the tabloid, United have already begun talks with Alcantara’s dad.