Javier Hernandez has admitted he might need to find himself a club capable of guaranteeing him first team football next season, after Real Madrid turned down the chance to make his loan deal permanent.
The Mexican was shipped out by Louis Van Gaal this summer but has managed only 10 appearances in all competitions for the European champions, with Carlo Ancelotti opting against signing him the Mexican, who insisted he remains concentrated on doing well for his current club.
Diego Godin is the latest defender to be linked with a move to Manchester United, as Louis Van Gaal looks to address his defensive crisis in the January transfer window.
According to reports on today’s Daily Mirror, the Atletico Madrid defender has been monitored by United’s scouts, though it remains difficult to see how the Colchoneros would be happy to part ways with one of their main men, who’s under contract with the current La Liga defending champions until 2018.
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.