Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Buzz Surrounding Red Devils

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVDecember 14, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk at Old Trafford on December 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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It hasn't been the 2013-14 season that Manchester United expected thus far, but the Red Devils are doing their usual damage by dominating the transfer market news. 

Dwelling down in ninth place in the Premier League table going into Matchday 16, David Moyes and company have some work to do to dispel this uncharacteristic start. While transfer news certainly won't fix the past few months, it could shine a bright light on the future at Old Trafford.

Moyes is facing the heat after the start to his era as manager hasn't gotten off on the right foot and making noise this winter in the transfer market would be a nice start to erasing these early-season woes.

The new boss swung and missed on some of his biggest targets over the summer, including Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, and the recurring problem at midfield should be priority No. 1, 2 and 3 for United heading into the winter. 

Here's a look at the latest transfer rumblings for United. 


United Not Pushed By Chelsea on Rooney Talks

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is challenged by Frank Lampard of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on August 26, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo
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Wayne Rooney has long been one of the most coveted forwards on the market—or not on the market, depending on how you look at it—and one of his biggest suitors is still chasing him down.

That's right: Chelsea are back in the running for the popular striker as they chase a potential summer signing, per Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  A dejected David Moyes the Manchester United manager walks off the pitch following his team's 1-0 defeat during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on Decembe
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But despite the Blues' renewed interest in the English sensation, the Red Devils haven't been pushed to move quicker on a contract extension for Rooney, according to Daily Mirror's David McDonnell. His current deal is up in summer 2015. 

How this situation develops will be one of the hot-button storylines to follow in world football over the next year or more. United have shown commitment to Rooney even throughout the Robin van Persie project, but it remains to be seen how serious he would be about a change of scenery.

Rooney is already one of the most handsomely paid athletes in sports, ranking at No. 37 on Forbes' list of world's highest-paid athletes, but a resurgent season thus far may allow him to have more negotiating power.

He has eight of United's 22 EPL goals this season, according to, giving him a 36 percent contribution rating that ranks third in the league.


Chicharito Out, Fredy Guarin In? 

MILAN, ITALY - DECEMBER 04:  Fredy Guarin (L) of FC Internazionale Milano competes with Antonino Dai of Trapani Calcio during the Tim Cup match between FC Internazionale Milano and Trapani Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on December 4, 2013 in Milan, Ita
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Moyes has targeted one of Inter Milan's standout players as one of his winter targets, but it could come at quite the hefty price for United. 

Per The Telegraph's Mark Ogden, Inter is hoping to take advantage of United's interest in Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin by attempting to land Red Devils' star forward, Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. 

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Javier Hernandez of Manchester United during the Barlcays Premier league match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford on December 7, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Gett
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The 25-year-old Chicharito was poised to be a future star in England heading into the Moyes' era but hasn't done enough to convince his new boss of added playing time. He's started just three Premier League games this season, notching just one goal and one assist. 

Despite falling a bit out of favor behind Rooney and van Persie this season, United haven't shown much willingness to rid themselves of one of the world's popular young talents. But those efforts might end up changing if it means United can get that ever-elusive starting midfielder. 

At 27 years old, Guarin has been a staple of Porto's midfield from 2008-2012 and at Inter ever since, and if he's able to make the transition to the EPL somewhat seamlessly, he could be a huge boost down the stretch in an area of concern for the Red Devils. 


Koke Downplaying Red Devils' Buzz

PORTO, PORTUGAL - OCTOBER 1:  Koke (L) of Club Atletico de Madrid is challenged by Silvestre Varela of FC Porto during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Porto and Club Atletico de Madrid held on October 1, 2013 at the Estadio do Draga
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To help with their massive trouble in the midfield, United have gone after some young midfielders to make sure it's not a lingering issue and Atletico Madrid's Koke is firmly on their radar.

However, the 21-year-old didn't have much to say about Moyes coming to watch his side's 2-0 victory over Porto as he stayed tight-lipped about any rumblings toward his future, according to the Daily Mirror's Paul Gorst

"I did not know anything about it," Koke said. "Neither does it bother me. I signed a new contract last summer."

The Spanish footballer has become one of the best young players at the position. Per, Koke tops La Liga with eight assists so far as he has become a dangerous attacker and facilitator despite his young age. 

To say that the midfield has been a problem area for Manchester United would be an understatement. It's no coincidence that they're courting some young talent in that area, and Koke would be a major step for the Red Devils and a move that could materialize quite well if all the cards fall just right.


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