Man Utd transfer roundup: Di Maria and Rafael to leave
Here is the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.
Monday was dominated by two players who are set to leave Old Trafford in the coming days – Angel di Maria and Rafael.
Di Maria has been pictured in Doha ahead of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, while Lyon have confirmed Rafael will join on a four-year deal.
As for incomings, Ed Woodward has reportedly flown out to Barcelona to complete a deal for Spanish forward Pedro.
There were hopes that he would be joined by Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos but a fresh report from Deportes claims that he will instead sign a new long-term deal with the Spanish club.
Meanwhile, PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted that he could have played his last game for the Parisians.
It is an interestingly timed comment given Di Maria’s impending move to PSG and the fact that Louis van Gaal hinted he is in the “process” of signing a mystery player last month. Could he be coming to Old Trafford? Probably not, but one can dream!
PSG defender and Brazil captain Thiago Silva believes Angel Di Maria will make a step up once he formalises his move to the French champions.
The Argentine underwent a medical ahead of a proposed £44.3m transfer to the French capital and Thiago Silva welcomed his soon-to-be teammate by claiming the former Real Madrid man was moving to a bigger club.
Roy Keane has claimed that Manchester United have returned to the approach they adopted in the late 1980s, which is not guaranteed to bring them any silverware this season.
The former United captain said Louis Van Gaal was playing a dangerous game by signing a host of players in the hope of them gelling together, adding United were unlikely to mount a serious title challenge this season.
Manchester United unveiled their new kit for the upcoming season at midnight last night. It is the first Adidas-produced kit United will wear for over two decades, as the German manufacturer has replaced Nike as United’s technical sponsor after signing a 10-year deal worth £750m.
Louis Van Gaal has admitted he “does not know” where Angel Di Maria is and has refused to get drawn on speculations that the Argentine winger could be heading to PSG this summer.
Speaking after United’s 2-0 defeat in a friendly against the Ligue 1 champions, the Dutchman said he was not aware of any deal to bring the club’s record signing to the French capital, even though PSG’s manager Laurent Blanc claimed an agreement was “close”.
Ashley Young has admitted his future is still up in the air, as he is still to be offered a new contract by the club.
The United winger is out of contract at the end of next season and despite an impressive campaign, which transformed him from pantomime villain into a player leading by example, Young is yet to sign a new deal.
Marouane Fellaini has insisted he will fight for his place in his side next season and claimed the way Manchester United are perceived has changed since Louis Van Gaal replaced David Moyes 12 months ago.
The Belgian will miss the first three domestic games of the season after receiving a straight red card against Hull in the final game of the last campaign, which prompted him to apologise to the United manager on the first day of the summer break.
Wayne Rooney has said he’s relishing the opportunity to be Manchester United’s number one striker yet again, after a season in which he was often deployed out of position.
With Robin Van Persie and Radamel Falcao no longer at the club, Rooney, who scored just 14 goals last season – the lowest scored by a leading United scorer for 33 years – will be United’s main man up-front next season, as revealed by Louis Van Gaal last week.