Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 12

Karla Villegas GamaFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2013

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 12

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    David Moyes's side may have won the Community Shield against Wigan but the drama surrounding Manchester United in this transfer window continues.

    Javier Hernandez, Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Wayne Rooney are some of the names linked to the club this week.

    With less than three weeks left to make a move, surely a few surprises are on the horizon.

Leighton Baines

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    David Moyes wants to be reunited with Leighton Baines and Express Sport says that is why United are ready to prepare a second bid for the Everton left-back.

    In 2007, Moyes had his eye on Baines and the Toffees went on to sign him from Wigan Athletic. If the manager brings him to Old Trafford, Patrice Evra must step up and show the same brilliance he did in last weekend's Community Shield to keep his starting position.

     

Gareth Bale

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    Real Madrid are trying to secure the transfer of Gareth Bale from Tottenham but Manchester United could spoil the deal.

    The Independent suggests David Moyes may be interested in matching any bid from los Blancos and stop them having a free run at buying Bale.

    At the age of 17, Bale was close to signing with the Red Devils but Sir Alex Ferguson let him go. Then, in 2007, Southampton rejected a second bid from United.

    What are the chances that the Premier League champions can make it third time lucky in pursuit of Bale?

Cesc Fabregas

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    The Barcelona midfielder has no intention of leaving La Liga champions and has rejected a move to Manchester United.

    My dream has always been to play at Barça and nothing has changed.

    The Red Devils have made two formal bids for the Spain international and, according to Goal.com, were ready to pay £40 million.

    The rejection by Fabregas is another blow for United, coming only days before the Premier League kicks off.

Ezequiel Garay

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    The Benfica defender is on Manchester United's radar, according to Daily Star Sunday with the 24-year old said to be set to arrive at Old Trafford this summer.

    There is, however, one little problem: money. Benfica want £21.5 million for the centre-back, while the Red Devils are willing to pay only £12.9 million.

    Garay made his professional debut with Newell's Old Boys, one of Argentina's oldest clubs. His strength and ball control are undeniable.

    Ezequiel is a smart defender who has also played in La Liga for Racing Santander and Real Madrid. 

Javier Hernandez

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    The Mexican striker may be the key to luring Tottenham into a deal to sell Gareth Bale. The Independent has stated that David Moyes is ready to offer Chicharito plus cash to bring the Welshman to Old Trafford.

    A month ago, the Red Devils boss said he intended to keep Hernandez and he should probably stick to that plan.

    Javier has a very respectable scoring record, especially if you consider he is usually a sub, scoring 50 goals in 117 appearances.

Luka Modric

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    The Guardian thinks Luka Modric could make a return to the Premier League this summer and with Manchester United looking for a playmaker, the link is obvious.

    The Croatia international was an instrumental part of Tottenham's midfield but has not been as successful in La Liga, despite his creativity, fine touch and speed.

    United would certainly benefit if they could do a deal with Real Madrid for Modric.

     

Wayne Rooney

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    The Wayne Rooney saga continues. Last weekend the midfielder was declared unfit to play in the Community Shield. However, he did train with England this week ahead of the clash with Scotland.

    It's no secret that Chelsea have approached United in the hope of taking Rooney to Stamford Bridge. The Blues have made two bids and Express Sport insists they are ready to make a third one.

    Jose Mourinho acknowledged that the club will not rush the transfer but he is confident that it will happen.