David Moyes might have endured a dismal inaugural campaign at Old Trafford, but by now the United manager must have earned at least two life-times worth of air miles, given the regularity with which he flies across the continent to scout potential transfer targets.
Moyes was at it again yesterday, as he flew to Lisbon for the semifinal of the Portuguese Cup between Benfica and Porto, where he apparently scouted three of the many “top targets” he has on his book ahead of the summer.
Southampton’s left-back Luke Shaw could be David Moyes’ first signing of the summer, with reports suggesting that United are confident to clinch a deal, thought to be worth around £30m, for the 18-year-old England international.
Shaw has been hugely impressive for Southampton this season, winning his first England cap and forcing himself into contention for a place in the World Cup squad, all while emerging as one of the brightest talents in English football and attracting interest from a host of big clubs.
Manchester United are set to offer £260,000-a-week to Toni Kroos, in an attempt to lure the German international away from the Allianz Arena this summer, after David Moyes has realised that his already uncertain future could be under even more intense scrutiny if he fails to secure world class signings.
Kroos has been on United’s radar for a while, and even though it was largely thought he had used Moyes’ interest simply to earn himself a better contract at Bayern Munich, according to reports in the German press over the last few days, the 24-year-old is now considering his options, before deciding whether to extend his current deal with the European champions, which expires in 2015.
Reports today suggest that Manchester United have agreed a deal worth £35m for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, which will bring the defensive midfielder to Old Trafford after the World Cup, as David Moyes looks to bolster his options in the middle of the park.
United have scouted Carvalho intensely this season and the 22-year-old was also on the radar of a host of other top European clubs – including Liverpool, Monaco, Inter Milan and Real Madrid – but talkSPORT suggests that Ed Woodward has managed to get his man this time around – as indeed had the Mirror a few weeks ago – after failing spectacularly with bids for Ander Herrera and Cesc Fabregas last season.
Reports in today’s newspapers suggest that Manchester United have agreed a deal worth £37m for Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, which will bring the defensive midfielder to Old Trafford after the World Cup, as David Moyes looks to bolster his options in the middle of the park.
United have scouted Carvalho intensely this season and the 21-year-old was also on the radar of a host of other top European clubs – including Chelsea and Real Madrid – but the Mirror suggests that Ed Woodward has managed to get his man this time around, after failing spectacularly with bids for Ander Herrera and Cesc Fabregas last season.
Reports today suggest that David Moyes has shown an interest in Real Sociedad striker Antoine Griezmann, after watching the 20-year-old make his debut for France on Wednesday night against Holland.
United have already faced Griezmann twice this season and while the Frenchman hadn’t been linked with a move to Old Trafford after both Champions League clashes between United and Real Sociedad, Moyes now seems to have stepped up his interest ahead of what promises to be a huge summer for the club.
Manchester United are closing in on Portuguese youngster William Carvalho, according to reports in today’s papers that claim the Sporting Lisbon’s defensive midfielder could soon be on his way to Old Trafford, after the Portuguese giants have identified his replacement in Estoril’s midfielder Goncalo.
David Moyes and his staff have scouted Carvalho for a while now and the Portuguese has been watched in action eight times by United scouts who have been impressed by the 21-year-old’s qualities and have recommended him to the United manager, who is looking to revamp his squad in the next transfer window.
News emerged today that David Moyes is allegedly tracking two Barcelona midfielders, having seemingly not learn a thing from last summer’s double fiasco when his pursuit of Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas ended with the former choosing Bayern Munich over United, while the latter decided to stay put in Catalonia.
The United manager, however, has his sight set on another pair of Barcelona midfielders this time, with Alex Song and Cristian Tello emerging as the latest names linked with the job nobody seems to want: being a midfielder for Manchester United.