Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 17

Rob Dawson@@RobDawsonMENManchester United CorrespondentMarch 17, 2014

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 17

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    Manchester United's defeat to Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday was another low point in a disastrous first season for David Moyes.

    He's in desperate need of a result to lift the mood when United face Olympiacos in the second leg of their Champions League round-of-16 tie on Wednesday. 

    After that, they will try to bounce back in the Premier League when they visit West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday.

    Keep this page bookmarked and check back throughout the week for a roundup of what the papers are saying about what is going on at Old Trafford.

    Updated Saturday, March 22, 2014 

Monday, March 17

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    The Manchester Evening News has reported that Ryan Giggs is furious with stories he has had a bust-up with manager David Moyes.

    The story says the 40-year-old is keen to distance himself from rumours his relationship with the United manager has broken down.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Star believe United are ready to launch a bid for Schalke's Julian Draxler.

    They say Moyes is ready to offer £37 million to pinch the German from under the noses of Arsenal.

    However, the Daily Mirror is reporting he could miss out on Freiburg defender Matthias Ginter this summer, with Arsenal leading the chase for his signature. 

Tuesday, March 18

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    On Tuesday, David Moyes and Patrice Evra faced the press ahead of United's second leg with Olympiacos in the second round of the Champions League at Old Trafford.

    However, after a dismal performance against Liverpool on Sunday, there were few questions about the game. Instead, Moyes was forced into a denial that his job is now on the line, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Express is reporting that United are one of three Premier League clubs interested in signing Inter midfielder Mateo Kovacic.

    There's also a story in the Daily Star that Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is refusing to rule out a summer move to United or Real Madrid

Wednesday, March 19

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    With United preparing to take on Olympiacos in the Champions League, speculation continues to surround David Moyes' future.

    According to The Guardian, United are lining up Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone if Moyes can't turn things around at Old Trafford.

    They also report that the Argentine would want to bring striker Diego Costa with him to England if he took the job.

    Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News have a story that Patrice Evra has promised the fans the uncertainty surrounding his own future will not affect his performances between now and the end of the season. 

Thursday, March 20

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    The papers were full of United's thrilling comeback against Olympiacos in the Champions League on Thursday.

    And the talk immediately turned to the draw for the quarter-finals with the Manchester Evening News reporting that manager David Moyes is unconcerned that United are considered by the bookmakers to be the least fancied side left in the competition. 

    The Manchester Evening News also carried quotes from Wayne Rooney dedicating the win over Olympiacos to the fans—and under-fire boss Moyes.

    But there was a bit of bad news for United fans with The Daily Star reporting that Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani has already ruled out a summer move to Old Trafford.

Friday, March 21

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    As United fans awaited the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals, the newspapers were still speculating about who could be arriving at Old Trafford in the summer.

    The Daily Mail believe Southampton centre-back Dejan Lovren could be line to replace Inter-bound Nemanja Vidic at the end of the season.

    Meanwhile, The Metro think Patrice Evra could be set to join Vidic at the San Siro next season with his contract due to expire in the summer.

    And finally, The Manchester Evening News have an interview with Ryan Giggs, who says he wants to play more in the wake of his fine performance against Olympiacos on Wednesday.

Saturday, March 22

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    After his heroics against Olympiacos in the Champions League, The Daily Express report that goalkeeper David De Gea is in line to receive a new contract at United to ward off interest from Barcelona.

    The Daily Mirror also speculate that manager David Moyes is back in for Benfica centre-half Ezequiel Garay as a possible replacement for Nemanja Vidic.

    There is also news of Robin van Persie's knee injury in the Manchester Evening News with United confirming the Dutch striker is set to miss the next six weeks.

    And the MEN also carry quotes from Moyes following the Champions League quarter-final draw that paired United with Bayern Munich. 

    He insists the reigning European champions are not invincible and United can progress to the semi-finals.