Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 13

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 13

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    With their 2013-14 campaign in some state of disarray, Manchester United's January transfer window is set to be a busy one, with speculation mounting around the possible ins and outs at Old Trafford.

    And with so many rumours flying about, it can often be difficult to keep track of it all.

    This week, it's emerged that David Moyes is looking to bring back a former Red Devil that Sir Alex Ferguson failed to hang on to, and another Atletico Madrid star is being sized up by the United boss.

    Follow this week's tracker for daily updates on all the latest transfer buzz surrounding the Premier League giants, with moves certain to follow in the next fortnight.

Anderson Having Fiorentina Medical

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    Update: Friday, Jan. 17

    Both Manchester United and Fiorentina have confirmed that Anderson will sign for La Viola on loan until the end of the 2013-14 campaign.

    David Moyes confirmed the move, per the Red Devils' official Twitter account:

    David Moyes has confirmed Anderson is going on loan to Fiorentina. "We've not been able to get him as many games as he'd have hoped." #mufc

    — Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 17, 2014

    United hope that Anderson will return to Old Trafford far better off for the first-team experience, in a switch that promises to benefit all parties involved>

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    After several seasons of speculation linking the Brazil with a departure from Old Trafford, it looks as though Anderson is set to close the book on the Manchester United phase of his career.

    According to Sky Sports, the midfield anchor flew to Florence on Thursday in a bid to thrash out terms with La Viola, and a medical is the next step in completing a switch to Serie A.

    An extract from the report reads:

    Anderson now appears likely to end a six-and-a-half-year association with United halfway through a frustrating season under David Moyes.

    The Brazil international, who cost a reported £27m when he moved to Old Trafford from Porto in 2007, has made just four Premier League appearances since Sir Alex Ferguson's departure.

    Anderson experienced a frustrating period under Sir Alex Ferguson, but his lack of first-team playing time has only worsened with David Moyes at the helm.

    The Brazilian international has started just two Premier League games this season, and his exit could pave the way for the Red Devils to make moves of their own in midfield recruitment.

Ezequiel Garay Won't Become a Manchester United Player

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    Tuesday, Jan. 14

    Zenit St. Petersburg are set to beat Manchester United to the punch in the race for Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay.

    The Argentinian has long been a rumoured target for the Red Devils, but it appears that a lucrative switch to Russia could end any interest.

    According to the Express' Ben Jefferson, the 27-year-old will move as part of a £35 million double deal that includes forward Rodrigo, too.

    It's the second time in 18 months that Zenit have raided the Portuguese top flight, having signed Hulk and Axel Witsel from Porto and Benfica, respectively, in the summer of 2012.

    Garay may have been looked upon as an experienced centre-back option for Moyes this January, but the Russian Premier League looks set to be the stalwart's next destination.

Moyes Sets out on Juventus Scouting Mission

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    Updated Tuesday, Jan. 14

    It's emerged that David Moyes has held talks with Juventus director general Beppe Marota in the hopes of cutting a deal to sign both Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal in an audacious double coup.

    Following Sunday's match against Cagliari, the Juve chief is reported by John Edwards and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail to have met with the Scot in regards to the potential transfer.

    Difficult though it might be, Moyes is adamant to strike a deal, with Pogba alone said to be worth in the region of £40 million.An excerpt from the Mail article reads:

    But by the time he headed back to Manchester, he was forced to accept he would have his work cut out to entice Pogba back to Old Trafford and would have to wait until the summer to capture Vidal.

    Sadly for Moyes, those close to Marotta fully expect him to resist all approaches for the likes of Pogba, Vidal, Claudio Marchisio and striker Fernando Llorente during the January window but be more receptive to  overtures in the summer, particularly for Marchisio.

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    Links tying Manchester United to a host of Juventus stars have deepened after Moyes was spotted at the Stadio Is Arenas this weekend to watch the Bianconeri's 4-1 win at Cagliari.

    The Daily Mail's Matthew Morlidge has hinted that Arturo Vidal, Claudio Marchisio and Davide Astori rank highest on the Scot's list in regards to players that were on show in the fixture.

    Vidal seems like something of an unrealistic target given that it was only several months ago that the Chilean penned a new deal in Turin and is enjoying his most fruitful scoring campaign to date ahead of the 2014 World Cup.

    However, Marchisio came on as a cameo for just his 14th appearance of the Serie A season, and he could be a target that's further within reach.

    Moyes and his staff are becoming increasingly active in their hunt for winter reinforcements, and it's perhaps only a matter of time until those speculative links turn into material movements.

Phil Neville Flies to Spain to Scout Atltico's Saul Niguez

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    Despite having made just two La Liga appearances for Atletico Madrid, Saul Niguez is already attracting big European attention after it was revealed that Manchester United were scouting the player.

    Following the 2-0 win over Swansea City this weekend, Moyes sent Phil Neville to take a look at the 19-year-old sensation, currently on loan with Rayo Vallecano.

    That's according to The Mirror's David McDonnell, who hints that Arsenal and Chelsea have also registered interest in the starlet.

    McDonnell writes: 

    United's interest in Saul has been given greater urgency by the knowledge Arsenal and Chelsea are also tracking the highly-rated youngster.

    Neville may also be looking at Rayo defender Alex Galvez, the subject of a bid from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.

    Last year, Niguez graduated from the Atleti reserves and was pushed into Diego Simeone's first team, but it seems United are eager to strike a deal before his star shines too brightly.

    The central midfielder has already clocked up six caps with the Spanish Under-21 team.

Paul Pogba to Complete His Old Trafford Comeback?

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    Eighteen months after leaving Manchester United for pastures new, Paul Pogba is being tipped for a sensational return to the Theatre of Dreams this month.

    As previously mentioned, Moyes jetted out to watch Juve in their 4-1 demolition of Cagliari this Sunday, presumably in search of new blood—or old in this case.

    The Express' John Richardson has reported that despite his overwhelming success since moving to Turin, Pogba is unsettled in Serie A and could be open to switch back to the Premier League.

    Richardson writes:

    While monitoring his Juve midfield partner, Chile international Arturo Vidal, United’s spies have been hugely impressed by Pogba’s increasing influence in Serie A.

    It would mean United having to bite the bullet if they firm up their interest in a youngster, who became disillusioned because of a lack of first-team opportunities at Old Trafford.

    The only fees that Juve were forced to pay for the player's services were nominal due to his age—valued at £1.3 million plus add-ons—but the Frenchman's value is thought to be more than 20 times that now, at a staggering £30 million.

    Pogba would certainly tick the boxes in terms of United's need for a driven engine-room figure, but just whether or not a deal can be struck is up for debate.