Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Scoop on Wayne Rooney and Yohan Cabaye
Just days before the 2013-14 Premier League season is scheduled to begin, Manchester United have not had the success in the transfer window that many had hoped for in David Moyes' first summer.
Luckily, the Red Devils have time to salvage their lackluster efforts thus far before the transfer window closes in September.
Much of the chatter so far has centered around a potential Wayne Rooney exit.
Even with the wantaway striker joining up with Roy Hodgson's England squad for its match against Scotland on Wednesday, United couldn't escape what's been a weekly battle this summer between themselves and other interested clubs.
Although the Rooney saga has commanded most of the attention at Old Trafford, the Red Devils are not without fault in stabilizing the most glaring hole (midfield) in their lineup during the transfer window so far.
We'll address one midfielder who could fill that void, Rooney, and the latest Manchester United transfer news below.
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Jose Mourinho and Chelsea have been keen on a move for the 27-year-old Englishman for a good portion of the summer, but United reiterated their firm no-sell stance on Wednesday.
As reported by Daniel Taylor of The Guardian, United have laid the groundwork for a Rooney denial by rejecting Chelsea's first two bids for the player and would reject another bid "out of principle."
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Seeing Rooney in a Blues jersey is apparently not an option for the Red Devils.
Taylor also claims the stance is "irreversible" and will not change should Rooney pass along an official transfer request or Chelsea work up the nerve to place another bid prior to September's deadline.
As noted by Steve Brenner of the Daily Telegraph, the Blues might not heed United's repeated warnings that their interest in Rooney is for naught.
Mourinho has maintained that Rooney is his No. 1 target for quite some time, and Brenner's report confirms the idea that Chelsea will wait until the 11th hour to give up on their pursuit of one of the few players in the Premier League who has the potential to score 20 club goals this year.
While one Chelsea manager has remained positive about negotiations with United, a former Chelsea manager spoke up on the unlikelihood of the move on Wednesday.
Dennis Mabuka of Goal.com had an exclusive interview with former Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo on Wednesday, and he drew on United's history as proof that a Rooney move to Stamford Bridge would be nothing short of "shocking."
Here's an excerpt with some of Di Matteo's comments:
Rooney is a top-class striker and a fantastic player, who can play for any team in the world, but I don't think Manchester United will allow him to join Chelsea. United are well known for not allowing their top players to join rival teams, especially in England. ... He would definitely perform very well at the Bridge if he ends up moving but it would be one of the most shocking transfers should he join Chelsea.
While Di Matteo doesn't have a inside track on United's thinking, his comments do fall in line with what we've heard from Moyes and the Red Devils throughout the transfer window.
As of now, the door on a Rooney transfer appears to have slammed shut.
Yohan Cabaye Pursuit
Manchester United have been keen on adding a star midfielder this summer.
Cesc Fabregas, Thiago Alcantara, Luka Modric and Marco Verratti are among the big names that the Red Devils have chased in vain. As noted by Goal.com's Greg Stobart, Moyes' advances for top talent have been largely rejected at every turn.
Yohan Cabaye is the latest midfielder to be linked to a move to Old Trafford.
Louise Taylor of The Guardian reported earlier in the week that United was among the clubs interested in making an official inquiry into the availability of Cabaye, but per the report, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has no intention of selling the French star.
Paris Saint-Germain, Tottenham and Monaco were the other club's mentioned in The Guardian report.
Cabaye, who scored six goals in 25 Premier League starts for Newcastle last season, would be a nice addition to Moyes' first United lineup.
That being said, it's increasingly unlikely he'll ever suit up for the Old Trafford faithful.
As Sky Sports reported on Wednesday, Newcastle has yet to receive an official bid for Cabaye. While Pardew admitted in the report that a large offer might have to make the club reconsider, he also maintained his stance of wanting to keep Cabaye around past the September deadline.
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It's the second time this summer that Pardew has squashed exit rumours surrounding the 27-year-old. He also did so in July, a move that was chronicled by a report from The Sun (subscription required).
If you group Pardew's comments together, all the evidence points to United having to overpay to secure Cabaye's services.
Between Rooney, Cabaye and any other player Moyes has deemed a worthy target, the Red Devils have plenty of transfer madness to sift through. Coming down the final straightaway, they need to move quickly to avoid letting the summer completely pass them by.
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