Manchester United could be set to bid for Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen in January, as Louis Van Gaal aims to solve his team’s defensive crisis.
The Belgian international is growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of first team opportunities at White Hart Lane and Spurs coach Mauricio Pochettino is said to be unimpressed with Vertonghen’s attitude and omitted him from the starting XI for Spurs’ 2-1 defeat against Stoke before the international break.
Manchester United look set to test Athletic Bilbao’s resolve in January with an offer for 20-year-old defender Aymeric Laporte, who’s also on Arsenal and Chelsea’s radar.
According to reports in some of today’s newspapers, United have moved ahead of their rivals in the chase for the young centre-back after contacting Athletic via intermediaries – here’s hoping they weren’t the same who tried to finalise the deal for Ander Herrera in the summer of 2013 – as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his defensive options.
At long last Manchester United might be edging closer to offload Anderson on their books once and for all, with, rather incredibly, two clubs interested in the Brazilian.
According to the Daily Mirror, United are prepared to allow Anderson to leave for free in January, even though his contract doesn’t expire until the end of the season, such is the desire to finally get rid of the Brazilian.
Louis Van Gaal is determined to sign Ron Vlaar in January as he attempts to solve the defensive crisis that has crippled Manchester United since the start of the season.
With Jonny Evans having only just returned to training, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo out injured and Chris Smalling suspended after his brainless sending off in the derby, United only have two centre-backs available, but Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair are too raw to be relied upon for a whole season.
Manchester United might have to pay as much as £12m to sign Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar in January.
According to ESPN, Villa will accept the probability of losing their centre-half but Paul Lambert will only allow his club captain to leave if Villa’s financial demands are met.
Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane said he turned down a move to Manchester United because the club had just signed Phil Jones and the Frenchman feared that might limit his first team opportunities.
The French defender was one of European football’s most promising prospect when he left Lens in the summer of 2011, with Real Madrid beating PSG and United in the race to the then 18-year-old.
David De Gea is set to have his wages doubled as Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer the Spanish keeper a new five-year deal worth £120,000-a-week.
News of the new deal, which according to the Daily Mirror will be offered to the Spaniard before Christmas, comes as speculation linking Real Madrid with a move for the 23-year-old intensified over the last couple of days.
Manchester United have again been linked with a move for Arturo Vidal, with Juan Mata considered to be the man holding the key to a possible deal for the Chilean midfielder.
According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport, Juventus will allow the 27-year-old in January and United look to be in pole position to land the Chilean as they could offer Mata to the Serie A champions. With the arrival of Radamel Falcao and Angel Di Maria, Mata’s opportunities have been limited this season, even though the Spaniard has netted twice this season and will start games against West Brom and Chelsea given Wayne Rooney’s suspension.