Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 10
Manchester United bounced back from an awful defeat at the hands of Olympiakos with a win against West Bromwich Albion, but one swallow does not make a summer, and one win will not stop the transfer news and rumours from swirling.
Keep this page bookmarked and check back throughout the week for a roundup on what the papers are saying about the plethora of footballers linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Updated Sunday 16th March 2014
Manchester United Plan Double Southampton Swoop
Given David Moyes' lack of success in attempting the double purchase of Marouane Fellani and Leighton Baines in the summer (h/t The Telegraph), it is perhaps surprising to see United try the same trick here.
Having set an apparent maximum figure of £30 million for the duo, United will apparently fall short of Southampton's minimum valuation of £40 million.
Manchester United Have Set Their Own Pre-World Cup Transfer Deadline Day
With Manchester United apparently keen to avoid "last year’s last-minute shambles," the Manchester Evening News have reported that the club have set an internal deadline of June 12, 2014 for their transfer business.
It is easy to understand why David Moyes would want the majority of his business concluded ahead of the World Cup—which, in addition to United's pre-season commitments, will be part of a busy summer of football.
It could be a hectic June for United's staff.
Swiss Teenager Dimitri Oberlin Mfomo 'Has Chosen' Old Trafford
FC Zurich teenager Dimitri Oberlin Mfomo has chosen Manchester United as his preferred destination when his Zurich contract runs out, according to Alan Nixon in the Sunday People (h/t the Daily Mirror).
The 16-year-old has apparently picked United ahead of "a host of European giants" and will be joining the club's youth setup in the summer.
Manchester United Scout Hoffenheim Midfielder Roberto Firmino
Add two midfielders to the list. The Daily Mirror are reporting that David Moyes' scouts have been watching both Brazilian Roberto Firmino of Hoffenheim and "Turkish starlet" Salih Ucan of Fenerbahce.
When June arrives, there will not be a midfielder left in Europe who has not been linked with Manchester United.
Manchester United 'Open Talks' with Sporting Lisbon for William Carvalho
Neil Custis of The Sun has reported that Manchester United have "opened talks" with Sporting Lisbon over highly rated Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho.
Apparently valued by his club at around £30 million, could Carvalho be one of David Moyes' 327 new signings this summer? (327 might be a bit high, although if United buy everyone they have been linked with, it will be close.)
Kroos Considers a Move to the Premier League a 'Possibility'
In a press conference ahead of Bayern Munich's Champions League clash with Arsenal, Toni Kroos has said a move to the Premier League is a 'possibility.'
When asked whether he would move to a club without Champions League football next season, Kroos replied "I will consider everything. If I should leave." (h/t The Guardian)
If being the operative word, Toni.
Manchester United Target Alvaro Morata
With the player's contract reportedly due to expire in 2015, Morata is apparently the target for a good deal of Premier League interest.
Patrice Evra Heading to Inter?
Evra will be badly missed when he leaves United, if not necessarily on the pitch, given his excellent understanding of the club culture, and good relationship with fans.
Speaking to RMT in February, Evra said "Whether I win trophies or we're bottom of the table, my love for the club will not change." (h/t ESPN.co.uk)
We love you too, Patrice.
Chicharito's Agent Denies Talks
Javier Hernandez' agent, Eduardo Hernandez has denied the player is currently in talks to leave Manchester United in the summer, according to the Daily Star.
Currently, we are not able to say it because we should talk with United, the club with whom Javier still has several years of the contract.
At the moment we have not planned any meetings with the Red Devils.
Not the most equivocal commitment to stay at the club, but given Hernandez' lack of playing time this season, a departure would be understandable.
Asmir Begovic Lined Up to Replace Anders Lindegaard?
According to Daniel Harris in the Guardian "Rumour Mill", Manchester United are interested in signing Asmir Begovic as a replacement for Anders Lindegaard, a player who has seen next to no action under David Moyes.
Whether the keeper would be interested in playing second fiddle to David De Gea remains to be seen.
Robin Van Persie Is 'Very Happy' at Manchester United
In an exclusive interview with Manutd.com Robin van Persie has said he is "very happy" at Manchester United, and would stay beyond the length of his four year contract if he could.
(Before I write something journalistic and insightful here, please forgive me a little "yippee!!")
If this is an accurate reflection of his position, that is wonderful news for United fans, and indeed, the beleaguered David Moyes.
Edinson Cavani Denies Being Unhappy at PSG
In other "strikers-happy-at-their-current-clubs" news, Edinson Cavani has denied being unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain.
He is quoted in the Metro as telling reporters "‘I don’t know why people are saying I’m not happy at PSG, it’s not true."
Cavani always seemed a far-fetched target for Manchester United. Perhaps this story will end the speculation. Or, indeed, perhaps not.
Pogba a No Go for United
The Mirror are reporting that Paul Pogba has refused a potential £35 million move back to Manchester, and "has his heart set" on Real Madrid.
So Pogba, who was so impressive in United's youth team, looks set to spend his career as the one that got away.
United Prepared to Offer David De Gea a New Deal to Fend off Real Madrid
David De Gea has apparently attracted interest from Real Madrid, and to counter this, Manchester United are prepared to offer him a "bumper" new contract, per The Mirror.
The Spanish stopper has been one of United's few consistent performers this season, and losing him would be a huge blow.
United Prepared to Offer Cash Plus Kagawa for Marco Reus?
The move, which would see Kagawa return to the club where he made his name, would be a blow to those United fans still hoping Kagawa can find his best form at Old Trafford.
That blow would be significantly softened, however, by the arrival of Reus, who is a very fine player.