Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2014

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6

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    The dreariness around Old Trafford right now is tangible, but David Moyes will be hoping to reverse his team's fortunes by virtue of the January transfer window.

    The Red Devils have thus far endured their worst start to a Premier League season for 24 years, but the introduction of fresh faces promises to turn many a frown upside down, as long as quality reinforcements can be lured.

    Check in to find all the latest news and rumours surrounding the club's transfer hopes updated throughout the week as United strive in their efforts to revitalise the squad.

Wayne Rooney Contract Unease Could Open Door for Chelsea Swoop?

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    In what's fast becoming an increasing concern for Manchester United, it's being reported that Chelsea are readying a £30 million bid for the services of Wayne Rooney, out of contract in 18 months' time.

    The Daily Mail's Bob Cass writes that Jose Mourinho is set to revive his summer interest in the Englishman, and he is hoping that United's woes this season will feed into his hopes of signing the striker.

    Cass adds that the Red Devils are set to open tentative negotiations with their star later this month concerning an extension to his current deal.

    As things stand, Rooney is understood to be seeking assurances over Moyes' short-term aspirations as Manchester United boss, the forward supposedly concerned about the direction in which his club is heading.

    Updated on Friday, Jan. 10

    It's recently emerged that Mourinho is ignoring a host of other striking options being offered to his club in order to facilitate a summer swoop for Rooney.

    The Telegraph's Matt Law has reported that the Portuguese thinks a much more cost-effective deal could be organised when the Red Devil has just 12 months remaining on his contract. 

    It does mean, however, that the Blues will stick with their current strikeforce of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba until the end of the season.

United Make £20 Million Claudio Marchisio Bid

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    Updated on Thursday, Jan. 9

    Having been linked with the club on numerous occasions in the past, Claudio Marchisio has once again earned the interest of the Premier League champions, with a £20 million offer being submitted.

    Ben Jefferson of the Express has reported that the Juventus anchor is also attracting the gaze of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea, but the Red Devils have taken the initiative.

    Jefferson writes:

    United are keen to add an extra midfielder in January in a bid to halt their faltering form and the experienced Italian international fits the bill.

    Juventus were knocked out of the Champions League in December and reports suggested that Marchisio might be sacrificed to help offset the resulting financial shortfall, estimated at £17m.

    It's difficult to imagine United pulling off such a coup considering Juve are top of Serie A, while the English giants have gone through their worst start to a domestic campaign for 24 years.

    However, the bad beginning will have made Moyes' side more eager than ever to bring in star talent this winter, with Marchisio heading the list.

Wilfried Zaha Desperate for Loan Move with World Cup Looming

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    Updated on Thursday, Jan. 9

    Still yet to make his first Premier League start, Wilfried Zaha's start to life at Old Trafford has been an underwhelming experience thus far.

    As a result, the former Crystal Palace starlet is more determined than ever to seal a loan move away from Manchester United.

    According to Matt Law of the Daily Telegraph, the 21-year-old still holds onto hopes of making his way into Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad in time for this summer.

    The youngster's chances would appear all the more likely considering that Theo Walcott was recently ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, per BBC's Newsround, but his hopes remain a long shot.

David Moyes to Be Given Free Reign in January

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    Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 7

    In a bid to turn the club's season around, Manchester United's owners have told manager David Moyes that he'll be allowed to spend big in the January transfer market on new recruits.

    The Glazer family have given the Scot their full backing, and are reported by Mark Ogden of The Telegraph as having told the team's boss that a considerable warchest will be made available.

    Ogden writes:

    Despite a dreadful run of form that has left United in seventh position in the Premier League – five points adrift of Champions League qualification – and endure a third-round exit in the FA Cup, United’s owners, the Glazer family, remain fully supportive of Moyes and his decisions.

    It's news that will please many a Manchester United fan, who may have been concerned about the lack of transfer activity at Old Trafford over the summer.

    However, it seems Moyes' plans for winter reinforcements have taken a positive turn for the better, the financial connotations ranking highest of all.

Moyes Monitoring Mario Mandzukic

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    Following the official announcement that Robert Lewandowski will indeed join up as a Bayern Munich player on July 1, a number of Premier League sides have perked up their interest in signing Pep Guardiola's current front man Mario Mandzukic.

    According to James Dickenson of the Express, Moyes could look to capture the Croatian international in the summer, with a starting spot now looking far from assured with Lewandowski's arrival impending.

    The deal will, however, be difficult, with Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge insisting to Bayern's official website that, despite the Pole's summer arrival, Mandzukic is still very much a part of the club's plans, according to Goal.com.

    Regardless, a better promise of first-team football is what Moyes is hoping will swing the deal in his favour for a player he held a firm interest in during his days as Everton boss.

Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao Can Leave for £12 Million

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    With United still in the hunt for a successor to Patrice Evra's throne, the club could once again go back in for the services of Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao this winter.

    The Portuguese utility has made just four La Liga appearances for Los Merengues this term and would appear to be surplus to requirements in Carlo Ancelotti's plans moving forward.

    The Mirror's Simon Mullock has noted that a deal could be sanctioned for £12 million, as Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes seeks to find a new destination for his client.

    United were close to loaning the defender over the summer, but a deal fell through after the club were unable to organise a similar move for Alexander Buttner in time, per the Express' Ben Jefferson.

    Update: Tuesday, Jan. 7

    United have, however, hit a stumbling block in any pursuit of Coentrao after it was reported by the Metro's Hannah Duncan that Real won't be involved in any transfer business this month.

    According to Duncan, the Italian boss states: "No players are leaving and we’re not going to sign anyone,’ he said. ‘The window is closed for us.'"

    It's a sorry sign for the Red Devils who may have been eager to revive their interest in a plausible Evra replacement, but may now have to go back to the drawing board.