Manchester United have revealed the new kit for the upcoming 2014-15 season and, sadly, it looks as tacky as we all expected after watching the trailer United released just over a week ago.
An enormous golden “Chevrolet” logo has replaced the “AON” brand that had characterised United’s shirts over the last three seasons, while the white collar returns after a two-season long absence and a label inside the collar carries the words “Youth, Courage, Greatness” which isn’t every United missed under David Moyes but, according to United’s official website, the pillars upon which the club is built.
Strange though as it might sound, Marouane Fellaini looks to have attracted interest from a few European clubs and reports in Italy claim Fiorentina could soon be open talks with United for the Belgian midfielder.
Last week reports suggesting that Louis Van Gaal had told Ed Woodward “Fellaini wasn’t a United player” emerged, before the former Everton man told Sky Sports that he “had nothing to prove” despite a dismal debut season at Old Trafford and that he remained confident his future would be resolved this summer.
Manchester United look set to open talks for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal this week, with reports in both the English and the Italian media suggesting that United are growing increasingly confident of being able to lure the Chilean away from Turin, providing the offer put together is tempting enough for the Serie A champions.
United have monitored Vidal’s situation for months now but, after the 28-year-old impressive performances at the World Cup, they have seemingly decided to grab the bull by its horns and will test Juventus’ resolve with a first formal offer, which could arrive as early as this week.
Patrice Evra could leave Manchester United early next week, after having reportedly found an agreement with the club which will allow him to move to Juventus this summer.
The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for over 12 months, first as David Moyes launched in what proved to be an ultimately fruitless pursuit of Everton’s left-back Leighton Baines and then when United had emerged as front runners in the race to sign England international Luke Shaw.
Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic was today unveiled as an Inter Milan player, at the Serie A club’s official season launch and Vida had some words for his former club and on his new adventure.
“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it has won the Champions League and many domestic trophies,” said Vidic, who left Old Trafford as a free agent at the end of last season after spending eight and half years at United since arriving from Spartak Moscow in January 2006.
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.