Manchester United, as one of the biggest clubs in world football, is bound to receive plenty of speculation and gossip as the transfer season approaches.
Whether it be players leaving or players arriving, the Red Devils continue to be the subject of a number of rumors, to the point that it can be hard to determine what's likely and unlikely to happen over the January transfer window.
Let's have a look at some of these rumors and the likelihood of them taking place—calling each true or false as it regards the upcoming window.
Read on to see who will and won't be leaving United this winter.
Rumors have been circling about a possible £15 million move from Manchester United for Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, but with the latest comments from his agent, Chiel Dekker, you get the feeling that this one isn't going to happen this winter.
Dekker is quoted by The Metro as saying that:
My client could leave in January? Absolutely not. There's nothing in that. The only thing I can say is to call me back in May.
This one is pretty straightforward.
One possible player who could be moved over the January transfer window is United winger Nani.
The 25-year-old Portuguese international has recently stated via The Sun (h/t Goal) that he is unsure about his future with Manchester United. In light of his lack of appearances for United's first team this season, the possible departure of Nani is a real option for the Red Devils.
Something in me says that this one might well happen.
Sir Alex Ferguson's shift toward a midfield diamond means that Nani is battling Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia for perhaps just one winger's position—a battle that would see him come in third and without any significant game time.
According to The Daily Mail, Nani is believed to be frustrated with the club, and vice versa, and with no significant game time appearing for the Portuguese international, he might well decide to see if he can get himself a decent offer on the transfer market.
United have the likes of Valencia, Young, Anderson, Ryan Giggs, Tom Cleverley, Paul Scholes, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell and even Wayne Rooney as potential wingers this year, so they don't need Nani to remain at the club, as much as they would like him to.
If they can get an offer of around £20-25 million from an interested Italian club, you'd have to think that Ferguson could end up saying goodbye to Nani this January.
When the transfer rumors emerged about Javier Hernandez's possible departure from Manchester United, at one level, it was completely logical and made sense.
After all, the striker was now fourth in line at Old Trafford behind Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck, and was unlikely to see any significant game time because of it.
He finished last season without a whole lot of form to speak of, and whilst he had a strong summer for the Mexican national team, he simply wasn't performing well enough domestically to impress Sir Alex Ferguson.
But looking at the big picture, you see that United would simply be mad to let Hernandez go, regardless of the price they get offered for him.
After watching his midweek heroics in the Champions League, Hernandez clearly has a role in United's attack this season. He will receive game time and he will score goals, and at the end of the day, most rosters around the world need three or four good strikers if they are to succeed across all competitions.
United happen to have four very good strikers—Hernandez being one—and look likely to keep him for the year ahead. Keep in mind also that the Mexican international signed a five-year deal at the club last October. This transfer doesn't seem very likely to me.
Manchester United are believed to be interested in signing Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan over the January transfer window in order to boost their midfield for the remainder of the English Premier League and Champions League season.
The Daily Star reports that Gundogan is being considered by the Red Devils and would cost them around £20 million to pick up this winter.
But as good as this might be, it simply isn't going to happen.
There's no way that Dortmund will sell another star midfielder to United over the transfer window (the last being Shinji Kagawa for £17 million last summer).
There's definitely no way that they do it with a strong start to the German Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League under their belt. They need their best players on hand to give them the best possible chance at building on last year's success.
Gundogan is a richly talented player who holds much of their attack together. For Dortmund to score goals other than on the counterattack, it usually goes through Gundogan at some point, and they are therefore unlikely to pass him up this summer.
I don't think they sell him to anyone—least of which being United.
After losing his firm grip on a starting position at Manchester United, goalkeeper David De Gea has emerged as a possible transfer departure this summer.
Buying it? I'm not.
The United goalkeeper has lost the starting job at times this season, but is still the No. 1 goalkeeper at United over Anders Lindegaard. De Gea will want to fight for that job again and isn't about to walk out on one of the most successful clubs in the world to go and play as a backup for Casillas, who doesn't look like he is going to retire any time soon.
Why play as a backup at Madrid when you can challenge for the outright spot at United? That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.
Sky Sports' Guillem Balague says that the rumor could have emerged because De Gea changed agents. He's now with Jorge Mendes, who is popular with Jose Mourinho as well as other management officials at the Bernabeu.
But the move to Spain simply doesn't make sense for De Gea, and it isn't going to take place over the January transfer window. Book it.
Not that I want to sound like too much of a naysayer, but Manchester United's hopes of signing Stoke City defender Ryan Shawcross this January are simply in vain.
Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson hinted via The Guardian that he might make a move for Shawcross in the coming winter transfer window, speculation had begun about whether we would see a return to Old Trafford for the 25-year-old defender.
And whilst I don't think this one will happen, it won't be because of a lack of interest and desire from United, Igenuinely think that Ferguson could make a move for the defender this winter.
I just can't see Stoke selling him, especially not in light of the comments that manager Tony Pulis made earlier this week via The Metro, stating that there is "no chance" that he lets the 25-year-old defender leave the Potters over the January transfer window.
United could do with some defensive assistance, as injuries to the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have left the Red Devils a little short at the back. But they won't be able to get Shawcross to help fill in some of those holes this season.
One player who does look set to be leaving Manchester United over the January transfer window is striker Federico Macheda, who hasn't been featured by the Red Devils in any competition this season.
The 21-year-old striker sits behind the strong quartet of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez at Old Trafford, and despite a promising start to his United career, looks unlikely to receive any further opportunities at the club.
His agent, Giovanni Bia, has encouraged Macheda to leave this winter—to whichever team will have him, really—and said that he will encourage Sir Alex Ferguson to let the talented striker leave, according to ItaSportPress (h/t Football Italia).
Angelo Henriquez and Nick Powell have the spot of "young, exciting striker" locked up, so it seems likely that United will bid farewell to Macheda this winter.
A rumor that keeps popping up every transfer window it seems is Borussia Dortmund Robert Lewandowski and a possible move to Manchester United.
Guys, give it up.
The striker is arguably the best player on Dortmund's roster, and like we touched on before when discussing Ilkay Gundogan, the reigning German champions are unlikely to let go of any high-profile stars when they are looking good in the domestic and European leagues.
Lewandowski already stated that he will not be leaving for Old Trafford, despite his best efforts last transfer window. He is quoted via ESPN Soccernet as being happy and not needing to move to United—not that the Premier League giants need him anyway, with Rooney and Van Persie already on their books.
Out of all the rumors, this one is the furthest away from happening.
An interesting article came out about two weeks ago via The Daily Mail which reported that big-spending Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala were set to offer Manchester United captain and defender Nemanja Vidic a whopping £250,000 a week.
United would also receive around a £30 million transfer fee for the Serbian international, which for a player with a recent history of injuries and inconsistencies as well as being on the wrong side of 30 made for interesting discussion and thought.
But now it seems that any deal the Red Devils mulled over is off the table, with Anzhi emphatically denying that they are making a move for Vidic and that there is any deal available to United.
The club's official statement said that the rumor was "groundless" and that there was no interest for Vidic, who looks set to remain at Old Trafford.
There's an Easy answer to this one. The club said it for us.
We wrap up the latest Manchester United transfer news with Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, who has been linked to a move to Old Trafford over the January transfer window (according to The Daily Mirror).
Call me crazy, but I think this one could well go through this January.
Sir Alex Ferguson has already reportedly sent his brother, Martin, to watch the exciting midfielder play against Champions League teams, and will likely have heard good reports about the Kenyan international given his good performances.
And according to breaking news from The Telegraph, the midfielder has rejected a new contract from Celtic, stating that "there were a number of aspects that fell short.'' He turned it down.
He would only cost the Red Devils around £10 million were they to apply a bid for him and would be a genuine threat in United's midfield diamond—were they to continue with that formation for the remainder of the Premier League season.
Perhaps it's going out on a limb and it might even be a little excessive, but I genuinely think that the Red Devils will land Wanyama from Celtic this summer.
Ferguson doesn't just do the work for the fun of it. We saw it with Lucas Moura earlier in the summer and it looks like we're seeing it with Wanyama now.
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