Manchester United Transfer News and Rumors Tracker: Week of July 1
Another week, another round of transfer speculation courtesy of the best (and worst) British tabloids and media outlets from across the globe.
Manchester United are always one of the most talked about teams in the gossip columns every summer. Little has changed this time around.
New manager David Moyes will waste little time highlighting potential weaknesses in the makeup of the Red Devils' squad, and look at possible additions.
Here are the current rumours doing the rounds.
Barcelona Give Up on Trying to Keep Thiago
The majority of United fans are surely getting nervous at the club's delay in signing Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
The 22-year-old was first linked with a move to Old Trafford weeks ago, but negotiations have seemingly stalled.
A report in the Daily Star however, claims that the completion of the transfer is imminent.
"Barcelona have given up hope of trying to convince Thiago Alcantara to turn down Manchester United," it says.
"The 22-year-old playmaker looks set to arrive at Old Trafford any day now, and the move could even be completed as soon as tomorrow (Friday)."
Moyes to Spill on Rooney Situation
One way or another, every Manchester United fan would love the ongoing Wayne Rooney situation resolved as soon as possible.
The English forward is certainly a world class player, but United boss David Moyes will not want a player on the books who does not want to be there.
According to a report in The Sun, the Scotsman considers resolving the dispute a priority.
At his first press conference, Moyes is expected to "tell fans today whether Wayne Rooney has a long-term future at Old Trafford".
It is also claimed that "insiders say the player has been happy back in training at Carrington this week".
Cech Would Welcome Rooney at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have seemed to step up their attempts to woo Wayne Roone to Stamford Bridge this week.
Veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech has lavished praise on the unsettled forward, telling Sky Sports News he would welcome him as a teammate (h/t ESPN).
"I could see him in a Chelsea shirt, as players change shirts," Cech said. "If that happens, he is a fantastic player and would be welcomed to our squad. But at the moment we are in the moment of speculation so we will see what happens."
"He is a great player and you always want to see great players in your team. I can see lots of players in the Chelsea shirt, but it all depends on who Jose Mourinho wants to see in the Chelsea shirt."
Rooney is set for showdown talks with United boss David Moyes this week.
United Close to Thiago Deal
The Thiago Alcantara transfer saga seems to be dragging on longer than first thought.
But fans of the Red Devils can rest assured if an ESPN report is to be believed.
"United sources have stated to ESPN that a deal for Thiago Alcantara is now "very close", as the club feel the situation has taken a positive turn over the past few days."
"There is a tentative hope that they may even be able to announce the transfer at David Moyes' first press conference as United boss," ESPN claims.
Moyes seems to be a big fan of the 22-year-old Barcelona midfielder, and will hope to wrap up a deal as soon as possible.
Neymar Calls for Rooney to Move to Barca
Fresh off his Confederations Cup success with Brazil, Neymar seems to have taken up public relations duty for new club Barcelona.
Speaking to reporters, the forward called for Manchester United's wantaway star Wayne Rooney to join him in Catalonia (via Daily Mail).
"The style of football we (Barcelona) play and the level of the players we have. We are the perfect club for the top players to join," he said.
"Wayne is one of the most gifted and technical players in the world. Of course he would improve Barcelona. He would improve any club in Europe. And on a personal level, it would be a dream to play with him."
Moyes is expected to thrash out Rooney's future this week.
Tottenham Pursue United Target
In September 2012, then a 16-year-old, Alen Halilovic became the youngest footballer to play in the Croatian Prva HNL.
Since then, there have been massive expectations surrounding the boy, with some hailing him as the next Luka Modric.
"Tottenham have already made an offer for his club-mate Tin Jedvaj, 17, and will discuss an £18 million double deal with Halilovic staying on loan at Zagreb," it claims.
Real Madrid are also known to be interested in Halilovic.
Garay Nears United Switch
If reports are to be believed, David Moyes is keen on signing another centre-back for Manchester United.
This would be an interesting decision considering the Red Devils' current depth in the position, but one that seems to be motivated by Rio Ferdinand's accelerating age.
According to The Mirror's sources in Portugal, Moyes is close to landing Benfica's Ezequiel Garay for around £17 million.
"The Portuguese club are set to sign another Argentinian, Lisandro Ezequiel Lopez from Arsenal de Sarandi, to replace him, with the classy 23-year-old moving for around £3.5 million and allowing Benfica the chance to sell Garay," the report claims.
United may have to move quick, though, as "a second Premier League club is interested in Garay."
Neville Pleads for Rooney Stay
As rumours of Wayne Rooney's potential exit have swelled, so have voices pleading for the English forward to remain in Manchester.
One of these voices belongs to former United full-back Gary Neville.
In an interview with talkSPORT, Neville said (via The Sun): "Personally, with my allegiances, I’d never recommend anyone leave United because I believe it is a great stage to play football and you can achieve what you want there."
"I have seen David Beckham and other big players leave United and it really is something that comes down to the individual and the club."
If Rooney is to stay, expect to see him play a different role to his attacking midfield duties of last season.
Red Devils Remain Interested in Lewandowski
Rumours linking Robert Lewandowski with a move to Old Trafford have seemed to be less prevalent in the last couple of weeks.
Not in the Daily Star, though, who remain staunch in their belief that David Moyes' interest in the striker is genuine.
"Moyes has identified the Polish star as the man he wants to boost his forward line as he gets down to the business of sorting out Wayne Rooney’s Man United future tomorrow," it claims.
"Lewandowski will have showdown talks with Dortmund this week, with the striker keen to sort out where he will be playing his football this term."
It is believed Manchester City are also interested in the £25 million man.