Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Wayne Rooney and Thiago Alcantara

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJuly 13, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07:  Wayne Rooney attends the Gentlemen's Singles Final match between Andy Murray of Great Britain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day thirteen of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 7, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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As it often goes in the summer transfer window, the good news is often offset by the bad for the world's biggest clubs. Manchester United are no exception to that unofficial law of world football.

New manager David Moyes and the Red Devils have been busy on the transfer front ever since the end of the season, in the hopes of securing a sixth Premier League title in the past eight seasons. 

Let's take a look at the latest news on superstar Red Devil Wayne Rooney as well as hopeful acquisition Thiago Alcantara.


Thiago Alcantara

One of the most coveted potential additions for United this summer looks set to disappoint the Premier League giants by a move to Bayern Munich.

The Guardian's Jamie Jackson reported Thursday that young Spanish midfielder Alcantara has agreed to a four-year deal with Bayern that would effectively take him out of the top spot on United's wish list.

Jackson noted that Pep Guardiola, Bayern's new manager who worked closely with Thiago while at Barcelona, played a big part in bringing in the midfielder:

Pep Guardiola, who oversaw Thiago's development when in charge at Barcelona, made his play for the 22-year-old on Thursday. According to reports in Italy, where Bayern are training, the Spaniard will sign a four-year deal with the European champions.

Guardiola had described Thiago as "a super, super player" who "can play in three, four or five positions. It is either Thiago or nothing".

While it sounds like Bayern got their man, it would be a crushing blow to United's summer plans if Alcantara came off the market. 

The 22-year-old has been heavily linked to a move to Old Trafford for weeks, and for good reason. Spain's U-21 captain led his team to the 2013 Euro title with a hat trick in the championship against Italy. However, he wasn't getting the playing time he yearned for at Barcelona, and that has made him a popular target to buy out at £17 million for some of the world's best clubs.

If The Guardian's report is true, United will have to regroup and start looking at other young options in the midfield. 


Wayne Rooney

It was always apparent that Moyes would do whatever it took to keep England's prized striker in Manchester red, and he made that crystal clear Friday.

According to another Jackson report from The Guardian, Moyes addressed the Rooney topic in many aspects and reiterated that his striker is not for sale. 

"Unless I was speaking double Dutch last week, we said Wayne Rooney is not for sale," said Moyes.

This came on the heels of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho publicly stating his thoughts on Rooney.

"But it is not my character to speak with hypocrisy, I always tell what I see. He's a player that I like very much. Being fast and direct I like him very much, but he's a Manchester United player," Mourinho told The Guardian.

While Rooney's displeasure with the club wasn't hidden, it was never a likelihood that the talented star forward would leave. This was especially so after he claimed his interest in re-signing with the club, given they apologize for Sir Alex Ferguson's wrong statement of Rooney requesting a transfer, per the Daily Mirror. 

Moyes' first big battle as United boss seems nearly complete in hanging onto Rooney, but now will unofficially begin the process of him figuring out how to maximize both contentment and production out of Robin van Persie and Rooney up front.