Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Updates on Red Devils

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJanuary 28, 2014

Manchester United's manager David Moyes takes to the touchline before his team's English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Saturday Dec. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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It hasn't been the best season for Manchester United, but it looks like the Red Devils are going to do whatever it takes to bring in a ton of talent before the transfer window closes.

United have already made a big splash by bringing in former Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. While he hasn't had the season he wanted so far with Chelsea, Mata is hoping that he can be a major asset for the Red Devils.

But United aren't done bringing in people yet, as the transfer news and rumors continue to fly around, so let's take a look at some of the most recent news surrounding this team.


United Eyeing Summer Moves for Toni Kroos and Marco Reus

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With Mata now at the club, David Moyes appears determined to build a strong supporting cast around him, adding some key players in the middle of the field.

It seems like Moyes is very serious in that regard. According to Charles Reynolds from The Independent, the Red Devils are reportedly planning to pursue both Toni Kroos and Marco Reus, saying:

The United manager has recently been spotted on various European scouting visits including Bayern Munich's recent game with Borussia Monchengladbach, where he could have seen Kroos in action.

The Bayern midfielder has 18 months left on his contract and United are reportedly hoping that the German club's midfield riches encourage him to seek football elsewhere.

Dortmund star Reus is also reportedly a target for Moyes and while he has a reported £30m buyout clause, it is not active until 2015.

Kroos has been a strong player for Bayern Munich, showing off some very strong passing skills and ball control. Meanwhile, Reus has been a productive attacking midfielder, recording eight goals and six assists.

While these moves may not happen before this transfer window closes, there's a possibility that they do occur in the summer.


United Turn Down Bid for Adnan Januzaj

The emergence of 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj has not gone unnoticed, as teams have begun to attempt to make a move for him.

According to Daniel Taylor from The Guardian, Paris Saint-Germain came up with a £14 million bid for the 18-year-old. But there are other teams interested, and Moyes likes Januzaj's potential, with Taylor saying:

United rejected the offer and have made it clear they do not want to negotiate about a player David Moyes has said is talented enough to become one of the great modern-day players.

PSG, who have also had a £14m bid for Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye rejected, were at the head of an extensive list of major European clubs trying to lure Januzaj away from Old Trafford earlier in the season and had been hoping to capitalise on United's difficult first season under Moyes. They are seventh in the Premier League and out of the FA Cup and Capital One Cup.

Turning down this offer was a smart move for the Red Devils, as Januzaj is becoming a very promising player. In 10 Premier League appearances, he's already recorded three goals and two assists, showing off some nice through balls in the process.

With Mata now there, Januzaj has an opportunity to learn from one of the best, and with what Moyes is saying about the 18-year-old, he could become a very special player one day for United.


The Race for Luke Shaw

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Luke Shaw of Southampton is tackled by Steven Naismith of Everton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on December 29, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul Thom
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While the Red Devils have been focused on adding to their midfield, it appears that United are also looking to potentially add an impressive young defender.

Southampton defender Luke Shaw has had a solid season, and at just 18 years of age, he's becoming a hot commodity for a number of teams. According to Ian Herbert from The Independent, United may be in a race with Chelsea for the exciting defender:

United are yet to lodge a bid for the 18-year-old left-back and though a move is possible this week, the Premier League champions will need to outbid the west London side substantially if they are to secure the player’s services.

Shaw, a Chelsea fan who played at the club’s development centre, is expected to be more open to a move to Stamford Bridge, though United have shown in spending a club record £37m on Juan Mata that they will invest heavily. 

With just a few days remaining in the transfer window, United might have to work on bringing in Shaw during the summer. However, they will also have to find a way to keep Chelsea from getting the 18-year-old, and that will be no easy task.

Overall, the move makes sense for United as they attempt to move up the table to qualify for the Champions League. But if it doesn't get done now, then the Red Devils are going to have to hope that Mata's presence will make them a stronger contender.