Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 2

Jerrad Peters@@jerradpetersWorld Football Staff WriterDecember 2, 2013

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 2

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    Sir Alex Ferguson seemed to have a knack for making impactful acquisitions that addressed pressing needs in his first-team squad.

    Sure, he had his follies (Juan Sebastian Veron immediately springs to mind), but the January 2006 transfer window was one of his best—the registration period in which he signed both Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic.

    No doubt new United boss David Moyes would love to put together one or two similar deals in January, and over the next few slides, we’ll look at some of the options he’s reportedly considering.

    This rundown will be updated throughout the week, so check back to keep up to speed with what United may be planning for January.

    - Last updated December 7 -

Gundogan a Midfield Option for United

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    Borussia Dortmund are reportedly uncertain about the future of midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

    According to Paul Gorst of the Mirror, Dortmund CEO Hands-Joachim Watzke has admitted he doesn’t know how the Gundogan situation will turn out—a remark that seemed to hint at the Germany international’s exit.

    Targeted by both Manchester United and Arsenal, the 23-year-old is thought to be valued at around £25 million.

    December 7

Herrera Still Rumoured to Be Heading to Old Trafford

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    Manchester United are still interested in Ander Herrera and could make another approach for the Athletic Bilbao midfielder in January.

    According to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian, Red Devils manager David Moyes may look to take advantage of the 24-year-old’s sub-standard start to the season by prying him from the Basque giants for less than his €36 million buyout clause.

    United thought they had a deal in place with both Herrera and Athletic back in early September, but the Primera Division side refused to come off their price amidst reports that United’s representatives were not properly licensed with the Spanish football authorities. (Mirror)

    December 5

Red Devils Tracking William Carvalho

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    He has been dubbed the “new Patrick Vieira,” and according Ben Jefferson of the Express both Manchester United and Arsenal have scouted him in recent weeks.

    The player in question is Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho—a tidy, physical midfielder who earned his first senior cap for Portugal last month against Sweden.

    It’s thought Sporting value him at £12.5 million.

    December 3

United Eye Wesley Sneijder in Swap Deal

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    This isn’t the first time Manchester United have been linked to Wesley Sneijder, and with Chelsea thought to be interested in the Dutchman as well the reigning Premier League champions are thought to have sweetened the pot in their pursuit of him.

    According to Ben Jefferson of the Express, United manager David Moyes is prepared to offer both Nani and Antonio Valencia in exchange for Sneijder, who would also be available for £12 million.

    Sneijder, 29, has scored five goals so far this season for Galatasaray.

    December 3

Marco Reus Linked to United

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    Manchester United scouts are rumoured to have watched Marco Reus score once and pick up an assist against Napoli last week, according to ESPN.

    And a Monday report in the Daily Mail has Red Devils manager David Moyes mulling a £29.3 million offer for the Borussia Dortmund attacker.

    Reus, 24, has so far scored nine goals this season—more than the entire United midfield combined.

    December 2

United Reportedly Bid for Ryan Gauld

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    Ryan Gauld may be only 17 years old, but according to Steve Bates of the Mirror, he has already caught United’s eye, with the Premier League champions having reportedly offered £3 million (to go along with a trio of friendlies) for his services.

    Gauld has apparently picked up the nickname “Mini Messi” at current club Dundee United, for whom he has scored five goals in 16 matches so far this season.

    Real Madrid are also thought to be tracking him.

    December 2