David De Gea has become the subject of increasing interest from Real Madrid who have identified the 24-year-old as the heir to Iker Casillas’ long-standing throne as number one goalkeeper.
Signed from city rivals Atletico Madrid in 2011 for £18.9 million, De Gea has developed into one of the best goalkeepers in Europe and is arguably the reason why Manchester United have a strong chance of finishing in the top four. A number of outstanding saves throughout the season has allowed Louis Van Gaal’s side to pick up crucial points in their pursuit of returning to the Champions League, but there is belief that De Gea sees his long-term future at the Santiago Bernabau.
Robin Van Persie has admitted he hasn’t scored enough goals this season and that he’s not sure whether United will opt to extend his contract past 2016.
The Dutchman is under contract for another 18 months but has failed to score in over a month and has admitted he has yet to open negotiations with United over a new deal and conceded that, at 31 years of age, his destiny might not be entirely in his hand.
Adnan Januzaj will not leave Manchester United on loan or on a permanent basis this month, after Louis Van Gaal blocked PSG’s attempt to lure the Belgian away from Old Trafford.
Arguably the only positive of David Moyes’ disastrous tenure, Januzaj has started just five games in all competitions this season but Van Gaal has made clear he has no intentions to part way with the 19-year-old.
Manchester United will face competition from Real Madrid in their bid to sign Athletic Bilbao’s centre-back Aymeric Laporte. The 20-year-old has been on United’s radar for over 18 months and with Louis Van Gaal determined to bolster his defensive options, the France U21 international has emerged as one their main targets.
However, if United are to reunite Laporte with former team-mate Ander Herrera at Old Trafford, they’ll face a strong challenge from Real Madrid, who are also keen on the Athletic Bilbao defender.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has admitted that Paul Pogba has a price and that Juventus could be forced to consider an offer for the Frenchman, but only in case of a massive bid.
Pogba has scored 22 goals in 113 games for Juventus since joining the Serie A giants in the summer of 2012 but has since been linked with a return to Old Trafford, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid also interested.
West Ham United are “confident” of signing Darren Fletcher in the January transfer window, with reports suggesting the Hammers could announce the deal as early as Monday.
Fletcher is out of contract at the end of the season and has found first team opportunities hard to come by this season, despite having been named vice-captain by Louis Van Gaal. The 30-year-old has started just four games this season and has attracted interest from West Bromwich Albion and Valencia, among the others.
Radamel Falcao’s agent has claimed that his client would have been better off playing under Sir Alex Ferguson than other Louis Van Gaal, adding that the former United manager would have been able to get the most out of him.
Having criticised Van Gaal for omitting Falcao from the squad for the game against Southampton, Jorge Mendes has now gone a step further by insinuating that the former Atletico Madrid striker would have had a much bigger impact had he joined United when Ferguson was still in charge.
Nani has claimed Manchester United are keen for him to return to Old Trafford on a permanent basis once his loan to Sporting Lisbon expires.
The 28-year-old was allowed to join his former club on loan in August, as Louis Van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements, but the Portuguese insists he’s still wanted by United and that he’s been ensured he has a long-term future at Old Trafford.