Despite the season being not over for another three weeks, newspaper are dedicating an increasing number of columns to transfer rumours and, as usual, United find themselves right in the middle of it. The next few months could be absolutely crucial for United’s future, something Sir Alex Ferguson hinted to in the immediate aftermath of last week’s title celebrations as he stressed the importance of planning ahead.
As the dust began to momentarily settle after Monday night’s triumph, the thoughts of many Reds have turned to the transfer window. Yes, there are another four games to win to finish the season in style, and the thought of Robin Van Persie receiving a guard honour on Sunday is a very tantalising one, but winning the title doesn’t masquerade the fact that United need to strengthen.
It was July 28, 2010, the setting, Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas. The final fixture in the annual Manchester United North American pre-season tour, which saw the Red Devils take on M-L-S All-Star team. This was a match where he made his debut.
Coming on as a second-half substitute to the cheers and support from his country’s people, it didn’t take him long to make an impact. Missing his first chance at goal off a beautifully crossed ball from Tom Cleverley. He would not let the next opportunity pass him by.
A few lingering reports about Wayne Rooney’s departure from Manchester United suggest he could find a way out via ex-Barcelona manager, Pep Guardiola and his new club Bayern Munich this summer.
Guardiola is apparently keen on Rooney after long admiring his talents. Once labelling Rooney as ‘one of the greatest players in the World’. Guardiola would be willing to pay an asking price in the region of £20m for the 27 year old according to various reports.
Franz Beckenbauer has thrown his support behind the transfer saying “I would be very, very happy if Wayne Rooney decided to come to Bayern Munich”
The Poland international has long been linked with a move away from the German champions, with Manchester United among the favourites to land him.
Now his representative, Cezary Kucharski, has claimed that the 24-year-old already knows where he is going, hinting that he will leave Dortmund this summer.
October 2010, Wayne Rooney does the unthinkable, he flirts with the enemy. We all know the story, we all know the outcome, many were also surprised that, for whatever reason, Sir Alex chose NOT to dish out the kind of treatment he’s become synonymous with when players cross the line.
Stam felt it, Keane felt it, Kanchelskis, Hughes and Ince felt it, so too Beckham.
Sir Alex has always been ruthless when dealing with players who get a bit too big for their boots to the detriment of the club or, more importantly, to his dressing room.
There was no shortage of Man Utd transfer news and gossip this January and, despite the window shutting until the summer, February is proving no different.
More and more news stories appear to suggest United’s possible summer transfer target, Robert Lewandowski of Borrussia Dortmund, is NOT a target for apparent rival pursuers, Bayern Munich. Great news for United who may not be willing to enter a bidding war for a player entering the final year of his contract.
According to ESPN, Manchester United are set to make an £8 million bid for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama before the January transfer window closes this week.
Celtic are, however, likely to reject any January offer due to the player’s importance to them during their ongoing Champions League campaign, but it would be seen as a statement of United’s intent to jump to the front of the chasing pack for his signature.
The Kenyan’s performances have attracted interest from a number of clubs in the last few months and, with several preparing to open talks with the Scottish Premier League champions and the player, it is believed United feel they must act now.
Ajax are due to open contract talks with rising star Viktor Fischer amid renewed interest from Manchester United.
Fischer has enjoyed a stunning start to his Ajax career, scoring five goals in his first 10 games. That’s faster than former Ajax luminaries Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who took 11 matches, and Marco van Basten, who needed 13.
United have kept tabs on Fischer for some time and the forward is seen as one of the brightest talents at Ajax for some time.
In the movie Love Actually, Alan Rickman’s secretary and lover addresses her boss’ question as to what she’d like for Christmas with a sharp, conclusive reply: “I don’t want something I need,” she says, “I want something I want.”
If you’ll excuse the excursus in the romantic-comedy branch of British cinematography, you’ll find that the quote is United’s policy in the transfer window in a nutshell.
With Manchester United facing the prospect of losing Nani in the not to distant future, Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be closely monitoring Angel Di Maria’s situation at Real Madrid.
Nani could decide to leave United in the summer as talks over a new contract have failed to find a resolution.
The Portuguese winger’s current deal expires in 2014 but the club are already planning for his departure.
Manchester United have stepped up there interest in Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay after sending scouts to watch the Argentinean international last weekend, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is on the look-out for long-term replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and is understood to have identified Benfica stopper Garay as a potential candidate.
Manchester United are braced to receive a £22million bid for David De Gea in the summer from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Iker Casillas was dropped in Real’s game against Malaga, and it seems Jose Mourinho is on the hunt for a long-term replacement for the Spain captain.
The two are known to have a stormy relationship at the club, and although 31-year-old Casillas has previously said he’d like to finish his career at Real, recent comments have indicated that he might be open to a move.
With Christmas done and dusted, the January transfer window is less than a week away, meaning that tabloids across the country are starting to flex their muscles in a bid to produce a different rumour every day.