Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Analyzing Latest Red Devils' Summer Buzz

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 22, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 13:  Wayne Rooney holds the Barclays Premier League Trophy aloft on the open topped bus outside Old Trafford during the Manchester United Premier League winners parade on May 13, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The 2013 summer transfer window will see a fresh start at Old Trafford as new manager David Moyes seeks to establish himself as the new United boss.

Yet as they learned in 2012 with Robin van Persie, one summer transfer can completely change the season that's to come. And as such, United will no doubt be looking to improve their squad in the transfer window so that they are even stronger by the start of the 2013 season.

Being a strong and successful club, the Red Devils have had a number of players linked with them this summer about potential transfers and new deals.

So much so that it can be a little difficult to track it all at once, which is why it's helpful to find all of the rumors, news, updates and analysis in the one place!

Read on for a full breakdown of all the latest United summer transfer buzz.


Mats Hummels Staying at Borussia Dortmund?


Having been linked with a move to Manchester United previously, Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels appears content to remain at the Champions League finalists this summer—telling Kicker magazine (h/t Sky Sports) that he doesn't think this year will be his last at Dortmund.

I've not had any contact with Barcelona or any other club. I don't think it's my duty to dismiss rumors which other people invent.

If there was to be any truth in them, I would say so. If I say that there is nothing behind the speculation, then people should believe me.


Hummels appears pretty sound in what he's saying here, and while the rumors to United might have made sense a little while ago, they certainly don't now.

United have a number of good central defenders on hand (Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling) and while Hummels would definitely be an upgrade on some of those, he's unlikely to leave Dortmund this summer to go and play at Old Trafford.

Dortmund are the Champions League finalists and seemingly poised for just as bright a future (if not brighter) than whatever he would find at Manchester United.

Moving now just wouldn't make any sense.

I can't see this one happening any time in the near future.


Wayne Rooney Doesn't Want Out Now? Will He Still Go?


After reportedly handing in a transfer request asking to leave the club, The Daily Mirror now reports that Wayne Rooney doesn't want to leave Manchester United after all. They state that the 27-year-old hadn't handed in a request and fears that United fans will struggle to forgive him for the perceived error, and they also highlight that he's still likely to leave over the summer transfer window.


This one seems to just get more and more complicated as the window drags on—and the window hasn't even officially opened yet!

One important thing to note is that if Rooney has handed in a transfer request, you wouldd have to think that it's likely he has an offer from a club or two waiting for him and he could move to one of them this summer. He's not stupid enough to submit a transfer request and then not find an offer in the summer—especially not after what he endured several seasons ago with his new contract.

However, if there's no transfer request, then this one is just very complicated indeed, and it would take a wise man to correctly predict how the drama will unfold.

David Moyes has a pre-existing relationship with Rooney, and the striker is loved at United—both of those are facts, however helpful or not they might seem in this transfer discussion. It's also clear that the Red Devils don't want to sell Rooney and they know firsthand just how key he was this season—so if he hasn't handed in a transfer request, then he may well end up staying at Old Trafford.

It all depends on whether that transfer request was official or not.

If I had to lean one way or the other, I think he stays, but I certainly don't think we've heard the last of this incredibly important summer transfer rumor. 


David Moyes to Bring Marouane Fellaini With Him to Old Trafford?


Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini will reportedly follow manager David Moyes out the door of Goodison Park and head to United, according to The Daily Mirror. The Belgian international was quoted as saying he "only wants to go to a club where the manager really wants me," and stated that Moyes "made me the player I am now."


This is an intriguing rumor because it originated before Moyes became the new manager. And now, knowing what we know about Moyes, this one does seemingly make sense for United and Fellaini—especially given the comments that Fellaini also made about his playing position in the future.

I'm happy with my season, although I didn't play in my best position. I'm not a number 10. David Moyes predicts my future as a defensive midfielder, but due to a lack of offensive power, he plays me up front. In the future I want to play as a six or an eight. From there, I can create danger and score goals.

For me, that changes the nature of this rumor completely.

No longer is this a central attacking midfielder wanting to come to a club that already has two world-class players in that position in Rooney and Shinji Kagawa. No, this is now about a central midfielder who can play in either an attacking or defensive role wanting to come to a club that is still yet to find a world-class central midfield combination and could do use some new talent in the middle.

And in that sense, the transfer rumors actually make a lot of sense.

Moyes has a plan for Fellaini and knows how to get the best out of him with that plan—something that can now only happen if the Belgian moves to United.

And currently listed as a £25 million prospect according to Transfermarkt, I think we may well see a strong push from the Red Devils as a result.


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