You can look at the next three months in two ways.
One—a long, arduous period without any meaningful football. Two—the return of what has the potential to be one of the most exciting transfer windows in recent memory.
Yes, silly season is back, ladies and gentlemen—where tabloid newspapers try to outdo each other in inventing the most unbelievable stories.
This article should be your home base for all things transfer gossip-related for Manchester United.
Let the hearsay commence!
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Of the multitude of Wayne Rooney-related stories in the media this week, the latest suggests that all the fuss may be over nothing.
The forward may have wantaway intentions, but the Manchester United chief executive David Gill has issued a statement saying (via The Independent):
I'm sure every bit of work is being taken with Wayne, his advisors and David and Ed [Woodward, Gill's replacement] etc to ensure that happens.
I'm not a betting man, but I'm confident when I sit in Old Trafford next season I'll be seeing Wayne Rooney running out.
Whatever happens, new United manager David Moyes will want to resolve the difficult situation as soon as possible.
Barcelona's Thiago has emerged as one of the first transfer targets for new Manchester United manager David Moyes.
The midfield playmaker has not had a particularly big a role under Tito Vilanova this season, and is understood to be receptive to the idea of a move.
This is according to The Sun, who claim "Moyes is weighing up a £15 million bid for the Barcelona midfielder."
"The new Manchester United boss sees the Spanish international, 22, as a possible replacement for the retired Paul Scholes."
The link is an interesting one for fans of the Red Devils, and one to definitely keep an eye on.
It is no secret that Wayne Rooney has little intention of working under David Moyes at Old Trafford next season.
Recent media speculation has listed several London clubs as his probably destination, but according to a report in L'Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as genuine candidates for his signature (h/t ESPN).
Per the report:
Rooney, 27, has been increasingly mentioned as a potential recruit for the Ligue 1 champions by French media since he handed in a transfer request at Manchester United earlier this month.
According to unnamed English sources, Rooney is "enormously interested" by PSG's approach with the former Everton prodigy seemingly having overtaken Napoli forward Edinson Cavani in the French club's list of transfer priorities.
A report in The Mirror claims that Rooney's price is £40 million.
The Red Devils' need for a box-to-box midfielder may see them move for Juventus stalwart Claudio Marchisio.
According to Football Italia, "[Marchisio's] sale for around £25 million would help raise funds for the reinforcements Juve want in attack over the summer."
The Italy international has been on the Turin club's books since growing up in the youth academy.
Last season he was a key member of a highly-rated midfield that also included Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal.
With David Moyes' arrival at Old Trafford, it is not yet known who United will target in the transfer window.
The poor form of Manchester United's wingers this season has increased speculation that another wide player will be signed in the summer.
One name repeatedly linked with the Red Devils is James Rodriguez—Porto's 21-year-old phenom.
According to Sky Sports Italia, he is now poised to join Monaco—Ligue 1's nouveau riche club (h/t ManUtd.com)
Rodriguez scored 10 goals in all competitions this term, and was key to the Portuguese side reaching the knockout phase of the Champions League.
The Colombian is a highly-rated prospect who would suit the Premier League, but now seems to be heading to France.
With David Moyes' appointment as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, there has been plenty of talk of the former Everton manager potentially bringing several of his former players to Old Trafford.
Central midfielder Marouane Fellaini seems to be the prime candidate to follow the Scotsman to United.
In an interview with the Sunday Mirror, the Belgium international said (via Fox Sports): "I only want to go to a club where the manager really wants me. In 2008, Everton did everything to convince me, especially David Moyes. He made me the player I am now."
The Red Devils are in need of a central player to work alongside Michael Carrick, and Fellaini could be the man to fill the void.
"Moyes predicts my future as a defensive midfielder. In the future I want to play as a six or an eight," he said.
According to Arsene Wenger, Arsenal have no interest in signing Wayne Rooney this summer.
The wantaway striker has been linked with several of Europe's top clubs. However, Wenger said (via The Sun): "We have no interest in anybody. I do not know if United will sell Rooney."
The Gunners manager was slightly cagey in his comments, though. He added: "The first thing would be to call United, which we have not done."
If Arsenal were to pull off the coup, the biggest concern would be their inability to pay Rooney's wage packet of £250,000 per week.
Rio Ferdinand has had a true renaissance season for United.
The veteran defender capped off an excellent 2013 with a dramatic late winner against Swansea City, and soon after announced his retirement from international football to focus on his club career.
The Daily Mail claims he will be rewarded with "a one-year deal believed to be worth around £100,000-a-week."
Taking into account recent performances, the 34-year-old still has at least another campaign left in him—probably more.
Ross Barkley has the potential to be one of the finest players the Everton youth setup has produced in recent history.
The central midfielder spent a productive loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the season, scoring four goals in 13 Championship appearances.
Now back at Goodison Park, CaughtOffside.com (via Daily Star) believes that "Moyes will look to lure the £12 million-rated youngster to Old Trafford."
Though the acquisition of Barkley would be a positive one for the Red Devils, the validity of the transfer rumour is yet to be tested. Watch this space.
The summer is certain to be filled with plenty of Wayne Rooney transfer speculation.
The Mirror have gotten in on the act, claiming "Roman Abramovich would be prepared to splash out over £30 million for Rooney and match his £250,000-a-week United salary."
Chelsea's owner seems to be keen on bringing the United forward to Stamford Bridge, and would be prepared to meet the Red Devils' valuation.
Rooney has scored close to 200 goals in his time at Old Trafford, but a summer exit seems inevitable for the man fans used to adore.
Who would you like to see United sign this summer? Who should be sold?
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