Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 29

Max TowleAnalyst IJuly 29, 2013

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 29

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    The Premier League season is yet to kickoff, but David Moyes is already facing trouble in his Manchester United reign.

    Never mind that the Red Devils' have struggled in preseason friendlies, Moyes is yet to make a significant signing in the transfer window.

    There are holes to be filled in the squad and the Glazers' money burning a hole in his pocket, but nothing tangible has materialised.

    Here are the latest transfer reports from the week beginning July 29, updated through until the weekend.

Fabregas Not for Sale

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    Manchester United's chase of Cesc Fabregas has seemed doomed from the beginning.

    The Spaniard is a terrific player and one who would excel at Old Trafford, but neither the player nor Barcelona have ever been willing to deal.

    According to the Daily Mail, new Barca coach Tata Martino confirmed as much this week.

    "I would prefer that Cesc stays with us. In fact I'll be bold enough to say that he is going to stay. This isn't me being over-confident just what I hope will happen," he said.

    It is thought United are willing to offer £35 million for the 26-year-old.

Schmeichel Thinks Zlatan Would Be Perfect for United

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic does not seem too be high on David Moyes' list of transfer priorities, but that has not stopped Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel touting the Swedish striker as a potential signing.

    The retired keeper told Swedish newspaper Expressen Zlatan would be an ideal fit at Old Trafford (h/t The Mirror).

    "You've got to ask Zlatan why he hasn't played in England yet, but I'd love to see him at Manchester United," he said.

    "I don't know who he supports, but he's a born Manchester United player, he would be absolutely brilliant."

    With the Red Devils missing out on several targets, Zlatan could be the next player for Moyes to chase.

United to Bid for Marchisio

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    Despite the Red Devils' ongoing battle trying to land Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas this summer, it has emerged that an alternative may be being readied if the Blaugrana reject their overtures.

    That alternative is Juventus' box-to-box midfielder Claudio Marchisio, a regular for both club and for Italy at international level.

    According to Italian paper Corriere dello Sport, Manchester United have long held an interest in signing the 27-year-old.

    The report comes via The Express, and claims that David Moyes and co. are prepared to make a £26 million offer for Marchisio.

    This despite Juventus director general Beppe Marotta recently telling Italian website "Juventus have never thought about selling Marchisio. Not now, not ever."

United to Submit Record Bid for Cesc

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    Manchester United are clearly desperate to land top target Cesc Fabregas.

    The Spanish attacking midfielder is exactly the type of creative player the Red Devils need in midfield to play alongside Michael Carrick and Shinji Kagawa.

    According to The Manchester Evening News, United boss David Moyes is prepared to shatter the club's transfer record to prise the star out of Barcelona's grip.

    "Despite already having bids of £26m and £30m rejected by the Spanish giants, the 26-year-old remains the the Reds' No.1 transfer target," the report claims.

    "United's third offer will break the club’s record £30.8m, which they paid Spurs for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008."

Nani Hints at Stay

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    For reasons of injury and poor form, Nani had a very disappointing 2012/13 season.

    The Manchester United winger is a top quality player, but has never hit the heights expected of him at Old Trafford.

    He has been linked with a move away from United this summer, but a recent interview has revealed this may not be the case.

    Referring to David Moyes, The Sun quotes the Portugal international saying "Players have to prove themselves because it is a different manager."

    "He knows the Premier League so he knows most of us."

Moyes Returns with Business to Handle

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    Manchester United's preseason tour of Australia and the Far East has concluded and David Moyes has returned with plenty on his plate.

    The new manager is facing the prospect of trying to persuade a wantaway Wayne Rooney to stay at Old Trafford.

    British tabloid the Daily Mail claims Rooney may not be willing to budge.

    "The 27-year-old is said to be as determined as ever to leave Old Trafford and will make his feelings known to the manager when they meet," the report states.

    "The two men have not spoken since Moyes infuriated Rooney by suggesting that he wanted to keep the unsettled England striker at Old Trafford as back-up for Robin van Persie."

No More Bids for Fabregas

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    Manchester United may be finally ready to end their chase of Cesc Fabregas, if the Daily Star is to be believed.

    David Moyes has already seen two bids rejected by Barcelona and may not be willing to offer more than £30 million for the Spaniard.

    "The United boss is now planning to accept defeat after being forcefully told by new Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino that the 26-year-old is not for sale at any price," the report claims.

    Moyes told reporters over the weekend "I never said at any time that we would get him. I just said we had made offers and they have been rejected."

    The Scotsman will now look elsewhere for new recruits.

Moyes to Turn to Fellaini and Baines

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    David Moyes seems to have been preoccupied with transfer targets in Spain in recent weeks.

    But with August fast approaching, the Scotsman may turn his head back to the Premier League in his bid to bring top quality players to Old Trafford.

    According to The Mail on Sunday, Moyes will turn his attention to his former Everton boys Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines (h/t

    Both were excellent last season, and standouts in the Toffees' squad.

    They may not exactly be the players fans of the Red Devils would ideally like the club to sign, but anyone is better than no one, right?

Chelsea Hoping United Fans Boo Rooney

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    Next to a report from the typically reliable British newspaper The Times.

    It claims that Chelsea's interest in signing United's unsettled forward Wayne Rooney remains strong, despite there being no headway made in negotiations.

    "Chelsea are planning to delay a second bid for Wayne Rooney until after his appearance next week in Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial in the hope that a hostile reaction from Manchester United’s fans could hasten the forward’s departure from Old Trafford," the report states.

    There were a few United fans who booed Rooney at the tail end of last season. We shall see if that vocal dissatisfaction remains.

Sir Bobby Confident of Rooney Stay

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    Another Wayne Rooney story, this time via tabloid paper the Daily Mail.

    Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton has told reporters that he is confident Rooney will remain at Old Trafford next season.

    "Wayne Rooney is a Manchester United player, and I think that he will continue to be a Manchester United player," he said.

    "We are not silly enough to make any rash decisions. I don’t like losing really good players, and he is a really, really good player."

    Sir Bobby seems confident, though fans will wait for Rooney himself to say he is staying before getting their hopes up.

Moyes Hopeful of New Signings

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    He may have had little success to date, but Manchester United boss David Moyes is still hopeful the club can make a splash in this summer's transfer window.

    The Red Devils have had two bids for top target Cesc Fabregas rejected and may not make another.

    But according to Moyes told "Undoubtedly we hope to add to [the squad] and I'm quite confident we'll do that, certainly before the window shuts."

    With a little over a month remaining before the window shuts, the Scotsman must now need to make a concerted effort to sign the type of quality player the club needs.