Manchester United Summer Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

Max TowleAnalyst IMay 27, 2013

Manchester United Summer Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

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    The transfer rumour mill has churned into full action, with Manchester United being linked with various players across Europe.

    With the season at an end, fans of the Red Devils can expect no shortage of rumours in the coming weeks and months.

    This page should be your one-stop-shop for all United-related gossip and speculation.

    Read on for more.

     

    ----LAST UPDATE: WED JUN 5---

United Ramp Up Cristiano Ronaldo Interest

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    Rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with a shock return to Old Trafford this summer had died down in recent weeks.

    But on Wednesday, British tabloid The Sun led with a bold "United Step Up Ronaldo Bid" headline.

    The story claims "The Red Devils are convinced they can take advantage of uncertainty at Real Madrid to bring him back home to Old Trafford."

    The price quoted is an eye-watering £65 million, only £15 million less than Manchester United sold the Portuguese star in 2009.

    It is also claimed that United sponsors Nike are willing to play a part in any potential deal.

United Join Race for Stevan Jovetic

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    Stevan Jovetic is one of the most highly-rated players on the transfer market this summer.

    Until now it seemed like Arsenal were leading the race for his signature, but according to reports, Manchester United may be about to join the bidding.

    On Tuesday, The Express claimed "The Red Devils have reportedly made an enquiry for the former Partizan hitman, who has scored 13 league goals this campaign."

    The report states that David Moyes has highlighted the Fiorentina forward as a potential replacement for the wantaway Wayne Rooney.

    This is one link to definitely keep an eye on.

Edwin Van Der Sar Pleads for Rooney Stay

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    Edwin van der Sar's performance in the Manchester United vs. Real Madrid legends match on Sunday showed he is still a top-class shot-stopper.

    The Dutch keeper also remains an authority on the goings-on at his former club.

    When asked about Wayne Rooney's wantaway intentions, Van der Sar spoke in support of the Red Devils (via Daily Star).

    "The change of manager could be big for United but I don’t think you’ll find a better atmosphere at other clubs," he told reporters.

    Current United keeper David de Gea also told Spanish radio show El Larguero on Thursday "We do not know if he will go, but we hope he stays" (via ESPN).

Betting Suspended on Kevin Strootman Joining United

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    Kevin Strootman has been hyped by many in the footballing world, myself included, as a top potential signing for the Red Devils.

    He is a physical box-to-box midfielder capable of making a creative contribution going forward.

    The transfer rumours linking him with United have been prevalent since last year, but this morning there was a fresh development.

    SkyBet announced on their Twitter page that betting had been suspended on Strootman moving to Old Trafford this summer:

    Good morning! Had a lot of tweets about this so, to confirm, the market for Kevin Strootman's next club was suspended overnight.

    — Sky Bet (@SkyBet) June 3, 2013

    Reason to be optimistic or a false dawn? 

David De Gea Wants to Eventually Return to Atletico

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    David de Gea had a terrific 2012/13 season for Manchester United.

    The once maligned goalkeeper looked increasingly assured dealing with crosses, while developing a real authority in his own penalty area.

    The Spaniard will be the Red Devils' No. 1 for years to come, but is unlikely to see out his career at Old Trafford.

    This comes according to the man himself, who told Spanish newspaper AS "Hopefully in the future I can return [to Atletico Madrid], you never know. It has been and will always be my home" (h/t Daily Star).

    United fans will be hoping this doesn't happen for quite some time. 

Real Madrid Plan £85 Million Move for Bale to Replace United Target Ronaldo

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    The back pages of the Daily Mail were full of revelations on Sunday.

    The British tabloid claimed that "Tottenham will be offered a world record £85 million transfer fee by Real Madrid as the Spanish giants attempt to lure Gareth Bale away from White Hart Lane."

    The sum quoted is astronomical, and would top the £80 million spent by Real on Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

    Speaking of Ronaldo, the same story states he "could return to Old Trafford after a four-year absence."

    Talk of the Portuguese star returning to Old Trafford has dimmed a little in recent weeks, but it's nice to see the Mail keeping the faith.

Fabio Wants Old Trafford Stay

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    There has been talk of a Patrice Evra vs. Alex Buttner battle for the starting left-back job next season at Old Trafford.

    But let's not forget Fabio, the 22-year-old Brazilian returning from a loan spell at Queens Park Rangers.

    Speaking to the Daily Mail, Fabio said "I’d like to play. I just need to do what I do well. I believe I can still make it but I need to be playing consistently and at United."

    It is not yet known who David Moyes plans to feature most heavily at left-back next season, but it's reassuring that Fabio wants to stay and fight for his place in the team.

    He'll need to do all in his power to stand out in the crowd.

PSG Step Up Bid for Wayne Rooney

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    Another day, another Wayne Rooney-related transfer report.

    This time it's the Daily Express, who claim that big-spending French side Paris Saint-Germain will offer £30 million for the forward's services this summer.

    The tabloid also believes that "the club [is] ready to pay him £300,000-a-week after tax."

    PSG are clearly desperate to land the England international, and the Express reports that they are willing to increase this lofty wage offer even further.

    The key to a deal being struck though is whether or not Rooney would be willing to leave England to play in Ligue 1.

Galatasaray Lead Race for Nani

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    Nani is coming off an underwhelming season for the Red Devils.

    The Portuguese winger had injury struggles and couldn't maintain his form when he was fit. He remains a frustrating talent.

    According to the Daily Star, he may be on the way out this summer, with Turkish club Galatasaray the leading contenders for his signature.

    "Officials from the Turkish club are in England trying to seal a deal for the Portugal winger," the report claims.

    The key to a deal being struck is Galatasaray's apparent willingness to meet Nani's £130,000-a-week wage demands.

Cesc Fabregas Rumours Build

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    What started as a seemingly innocuous transfer rumour over the weekend has blossomed into a genuine story.

    Manchester United's interest in Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas was confirmed in an ESPN report on Tuesday.

    ESPN claim "Manchester United have made initial contact with Barcelona over a potential purchase of Cesc Fabregas, as David Moyes has finally set out his main plans for a first transfer window as manager at Old Trafford."

    Fabregas is unlikely to be willing to move to Old Trafford, considering his ties with the Red Devils' rivals Arsenal.

    But you just never know in football. Could this be the shock signing of the summer?

Arsenal to Make Move for Nani

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    Nani is thought to still be on the outs at Manchester United, despite a change in manager over the summer.

    His apparent availability seems to have alerted Arsenal, who are in the market for another versatile attacking threat.

    According to the Daily Star, "Arsene Wenger, armed with a big transfer kitty, could be poised to swoop."

    The price touted by the tabloid is a generous £15 million, slightly less than the Red Devils paid for his services in 2007.

    The sale of Nani would free up funds to Moyes to pursue the players he wants at Old Trafford next term.

David Moyes Wants Luka Modric at Old Trafford

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    Luka Modric has had a mixed season at Real Madrid.

    He has not always been in Jose Mourinho's thinking, but seems to have come into his own in the latter parts of the season.

    A standout moment was his stunner against Manchester United in the Champions League, a goal that rightly reminded fans of his enormous talent.

    If a report in the Daily Star is to be believed, "David Moyes is planning to make Luka Modric his first signing for Manchester United."

    The newspaper believes Real Madrid are unlikely to be willing to sell the Croatian playmaker. 

Zinedine Zidane Says Ronaldo Will Remain at Real

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    For a while, it was the rumour that just about every Manchester United fan wanted to believe.

    Cristiano Ronaldo may yet make a triumphant return to the club that made his name, but according to Real Madrid sporting director Zinedine Zidane, it won't happen this summer.

    The Frenchman told L'Equipe (h/t Daily Mail) that "Ronaldo is happy at Madrid. He is very important for the team and will not move to a different club next season."

    Ronaldo has continued to stake his place as one of the two best footballers on the planet this season, scoring 55 goals in all competitions.

    The dream transfer may have to wait.

Red Devils Linked with Cesc Fabregas

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    A report in the Evening Standard claims that Manchester United may be interested in acquiring the services of Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas (h/t ManUtd.com).

    The link is an intriguing one, especially considering the Spaniard's supposed loyalties to former club Arsenal.

    The price quoted by the story is £25 million—a reasonable valuation of the 26-year-old.

    Fabregas started the second highest number of La Liga games this season of any Barca player (29), completing an impressive 88.5 percent of his passes (via WhoScored.com).

    He is not thought to be desiring of a move away from the Camp Nou, but the Red Devils may test that resolve. 

United Target Robert Lewandowski Set for Bayern Move

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    Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is coming off a phenomenal season for the Bundesliga club.

    The Poland international has scored 36 goals in all competitions, including 10 in the Champions League.

    He has long been touted as a potential target for Manchester United, particularly with the escalating rumours of a Wayne Rooney exit.

    But according to outgoing Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes, Lewandowski is likely to remain in Germany (via The Guardian).

    After Bayern's Champions League final win over Dortmund at the weekend, he said "We know Mario Goetze will be joining us and I don't think Lewandowski will be hanging about too much either."

Marouane Fellaini Deal On, Leighton Baines Deal off

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    When it was announced that David Moyes was to be Sir Alex Ferguson's successor, a flurry of rumours claiming he would bring several of his best Everton players with him emerged.

    Two such names—Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines—topped the list.

    According to a report in The Guardian, the former remains a legitimate transfer target, but the latter may be staying where he is.

    The rugged midfielder Fellaini ticks all the boxes in terms of the Red Devils' need this summer, but it seems as though Moyes is content with his options at left-back.

    Expect to see limited player turnover this transfer window as Moyes gets used to his new squad.