Manchester United Transfer News: Tracking All the Latest Rumors and Updates

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIJanuary 2, 2013

Manchester United Transfer News: Tracking All the Latest Rumors and Updates

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    With the January transfer window now open, it's time to take a look at all the latest Manchester United transfer news—and there's certainly no shortage of news to get through.

    Being such a strong and successful club, United have been constantly linked with a number of players over the winter, despite manager Sir Alex Ferguson already indicating that the club would not be pursuing any players in the transfer season.

    Let's take a look at the names linked with the Red Devils—both potentially arriving and departing from the club this January.

Nani

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    We kick off the list with Portuguese international Nani, who was believed to be a transfer target for Arsenal and Real Madrid over the summer transfer window.

    However, Sir Alex Ferguson has shut the door on those rumors, telling The Times that the club won't be letting go of Nani—not that Arsenal even wanted him in the first place, according to comments that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger made via Goal.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Ever since Real Madrid were drawn to play Manchester United in the Champions League round of 16, much has been made about a potential move back to Old Trafford from former player Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The latest news on Ronaldo comes from The Daily Mirror, who reports that the winger could be subject from a United bid that includes several players heading to the Spanish giants in exchange for Ronaldo.

    The paper reports that the Red Devils would be considering a £60 million bid for Ronaldo, which would also include a salary of around £300,000 per week.

Angelo Henriquez

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    Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez will be leaving the club on a season-long loan to Wigan Athletic, according to the latest reports from ESPN Soccernet.

    The media outlet posted the news on Twitter, with the Chilean striker likely to return to Old Trafford at the end of the 2012-13 English Premier League season.

    BREAKING: Wigan Athletic have signed striker Angelo Henriquez on loan for the rest of the season from Manchester United.

    — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 2, 2013

David De Gea

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    According to The Daily Mirror, United goalkeeper David De Gea is being touted as a potential transfer back to Spain in order to play for Real Madrid once Iker Casillas departs from the game.

    The 22-year-old is unlikely to move, however, having stated just last week via Sky Sports that he feels "very much at home in the Premier League and, of course, with my team-mates here at the club, I'm enjoying life here and I feel I've settled well."

    De Gea was thought to be a Madrid transfer target over the summer transfer window.

Frank Lampard

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    From the unlikely to the unexpected, Manchester United are believed to be considering a shock move for Chelsea captain Frank Lampard—if you can believe the latest from The Daily Star.

    The 34-year-old is off contract at the end of the season, and having already turned down an offer to play in the MLS, he is believed to be a transfer target for a number of top clubs.

    But don't expect anything to happen in any transfer window in this lifetime, for the Blues legend is simply never going to end up playing in a Manchester United jersey. He is simply too much of a West London man, and even when he departs the club, will most likely end up well outside the Premier League and especially well away from Chelsea's main rivals.

Ashley Cole

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    The Daily Star also reports that United are interested in a move for Chelsea defender Ashley Cole, and whilst it's not as ridiculous as the Frank Lampard rumor, it is still fairly groundless and seemingly not going to happen in the upcoming transfer window.

    Cole, 32, has been discussed as a possible United transfer previously, but with Patrice Evra doing a more than fine job at the back and the talented Alexander Buttner waiting in the wings, there simply isn't a need for the England international.

    Cole is more likely heading for Paris Saint-Germain anyway.

Wilfried Zaha

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    One transfer rumor that hasn't been completely ridiculous this week is about Manchester United and Crystal Palace sensation Wilfried Zaha, who commented earlier in the week and said that he wants to move to the English Premier League this January per The Daily Mail (h/t Goal).

    The England international would be joining the most dominant attack in the English competition should he make a move to Old Trafford—which would present both good and bad things for Zaha, least of which in that his playing time would no doubt be reduced.

    But the opportunity to learn from the likes of Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie may well entice the talisman into choosing United over the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, who are both reportedly keen as well.

     

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