Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

Paul Ansorge@@utdrantcastFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2014

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

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    With the banner backfiring and generating some support and sympathy for David Moyes, a comfortable win against Aston Villa has seemingly bought the Manchester United manager further time. 

    However, this week's rumours aren't so sure about his job security, and feature a certain prodigiously eyebrowed ex-Chelsea manager. 

    Updated Sunday 6th April 2014

Ancelotti In?

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    The man with the most dramatic eyebrow arch in football, former Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti, is being lined up to replace The Slightly Haphazardly Chosen One.

    That is, should the rest of the season continue to follow the trajectory of a 1970s disaster movie. 

    According to the Daily Star, the Real Madrid boss is on the United board's shortlist to replace Moyes. 

    They also suggest this would be part of a plan to further accommodate the "Class of '92" into the coaching staff

Wilf Out?

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    It looks like Wilfried Zaha's spell at Cardiff City has not done enough to convince David Moyes that he has a viable long-term future at Manchester United

    According to the Sun (subscription required), United are prepared to take a financial hit to find Zaha a new club in the summer. 

Shinji Out?

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    In spite of recent excellent performances against West Ham and Aston Villa, Shinji Kagawa's future at Manchester United is still in what is frankly depressing doubt. 

    According to the Mirror, Kagawa might be off back to Borussia Dortmund in the summer on a loan deal. 

    Salt tears will be wept by Manchester United fans around the globe should Kagawa leave. Hope still remains he will be able to make a telling contribution between now and the summer to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

No Kroos Is Bad News

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    Jon Super

    Chairman of Bayern Munich, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, has told the German newspaper Munchner Merkur that Toni Kroos will not be going anywhere in the summer (h/t Daily Mail).

    The coverage of this situation will no doubt continue until Kroos makes his position clear by signing a new contract at Bayern.



Inter in for Song

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    TalkSPORT are reporting that Inter Milan aim to scupper Manchester United's plans to sign Barcelona's Alex Song. 

    With Barcelona apparently valuing the player at £12 million, Napoli are also said to be interested. 

    It's the headline writers I feel sorry for. 



New Kroos News Is Good News?

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    The pursuit of Toni Kroos is nothing if not an emotional roller-coaster. 

    Yesterday it was off, today it is back on, with the Daily Mirror reporting that United are prepared to make a £40 million bid to test Bayern's commitment to keeping Kroos at the club. 



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    Armando Franca

    Sporting Lisbon's President, Bruno de Carvalho, has told TVI 24 that he does not think William Carvalho is angling for a move (h/t Sky Sports).

    Sporting is not a club exclusively just for the sale of players. If a club pays 45m euro then it is not necessary to speak, but I think William does not want to leave Sporting.

    The report suggest Carvalho is a target for both Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Bayern Interested in Januzaj?

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    Jon Super

    The Daily Mail are reporting that Bayern Munich have an interest in Adnan Januzaj. 

    Fortunately, the report goes on to stress that United are keen to keep hold of the youngster. 

    Given Januzaj's profile and quality it seems unlikely that stories like this will go away. United fans will hope they remain just stories. 

Giggs Set to Retire?

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    Steve Bates of the Sunday People suggests Ryan Giggs is on the verge of retiring as a player in the summer (h/t The Mirror)

    The report also suggests he may leave David Moyes' coaching staff. The implications of that move, should it come to pass, will be no doubt pored over in great detail. 

Morgan Schneiderl-In?

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    The Mirror are reporting that United are considering a move for Southampton midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin.

    The report suggests Schneiderlin would not be allowed to leave for under £15 million. 

    Rumours that a special phone line has been set up between Manchester and Southampton for the express purposes of negotiating transfers this summer are unsubstantiated (because I just made them up).