Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Marco Reus, Rio Ferdinand and More

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

Dortmund's Marco Reus celebrates his side's second goal during the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in the Signal Iduna stadium in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Manchester United are without a permanent manager, but that doesn't stop business talk progressing as usual.

The Red Devils will be looking forward to a summer of change and, hopefully, a resurgence into the Premier League title picture. A number of players are expected to enter and exit through the Old Trafford door, with Marco Reus, Rio Ferdinand and Adam Lallana the latest to be discussed for a stint on the transfer merry-go-round.

Here, we detail the latest news and gossip on each:


Latest on Manchester United's Potential Transfer Activity

Marco Reus

While United are often linked with world-class forwards, the signing of Marco Reus could transform everything we've come to expect of the club's laboured attack. The German international's pace, incision and ability to finish from anywhere is longed for by many United fans, but the rumour could soon end.

Reus has reportedly been offered a new contract at the Westfalenstadion. To make matters worse, it will erase his release clause and allow Dortmund the upper hand when dictating if their player stays or leaves. Bild, via John Drayton of the Daily Mail, reported the details:

Manchester United target Marco Reus has been offered a new contract to stay at Borussia Dortmund.

The midfielder, who has been tracked by the Red Devils for some time, has a deal worth almost £6million-a-year on the table, report Bild.

This is sure to dampen the enthusiasm of United fans who long to see Reus' blonde quiff sprinting up their wing. Former Dortmund star Mario Gotze recently suggested his old teammate is longing to sign for the English club, per Colin Harvey of the Daily Star:

"When I was at Borussia, Marco wanted a move to Manchester United," said Gotze. "This hasn't changed."

Fortunately for Dortmund, such intentions could alter if the club places a contract improvement on the table before this summer's transfer window opens.


Rio Ferdinand

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United may have just gotten used to the idea of not having Nemanja Vidic around at the end of the season. It seems his long-term defensive partner, a certain Rio Ferdinand, could also call time on his Old Trafford career in the near future.

"I'm going to continue playing," said Ferdinand, per Anne-Marie Bojan of the Mirror. "Whether it's here, I don't know. But I hope so."

Galatasaray and Besiktas are said to be interested in the decorated defender, per Bojan's report, with LA Galaxy also rumoured to be weighing up a move.

Plenty of other clubs would likely tempt Ferdinand with an offer if he becomes publicly available. West Ham, Ferdinand's old club, may lead the charge like they did in 2012, reported by Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports.

Ferdinand has failed to impress across 19 appearances in the Premier League and Europe this season. His athletic ability has slowed dramatically, and he has been unable to follow last year's tremendous individual showing with any consistency. As United head into a new era, it would be smart for both parties to move on.


Adam Lallana

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Adam Lallana of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on February 8, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Another name who continues to crop up around United's transfer activity is Southampton's Adam Lallana. The impressive midfielder has enjoyed a fantastic season at St. Mary's Stadium, but reports suggest the 25-year-old would prefer a move to Liverpool over United or Chelsea, reported by Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail:

Adam Lallana looks set to snub Manchester United after setting his heart on a summer move to Liverpool. Sportsmail revealed last week that United planned a £55million double deal for Southampton pair Lallana and Luke Shaw.

But while Shaw, 18, is preparing for a move to Old Trafford, England midfielder Lallana has decided on Merseyside.

A boyhood Everton fan, the lure of Anfield is sure to have galvanised across the past season. Lallana is blessed with technical ability and precision on the ball that many of his countrymen lack, making him a smart addition to Brendan Rodgers' fearless Liverpool side.

His move could be accelerated if Mauricio Pochettino leaves his side for Tottenham, a switch reported by John Cross of the Mirror. Speaking last week, Southampton football director Les Reed indicated "no club has been given permission to talk to any of our players and that will remain so," per the Southern Daily Echo.

Although versatile, United don't need to make Lallana a priority. Both Shinji Kagawa and Juan Mata are natural No. 10s who can also play from the wing, ensuring there are bigger problems to address before weighing in for the Saints star.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08:  Adam Lallana of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium on February 8, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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The new manager's ability to improve key areas of United's squad will dictate what we can expect from the stuttering club next season. David Moyes failed to quickly assert himself in the transfer market, a mistake that eventually led to United spending a ridiculous £27 million on Marouane Fellaini.

The club needs new centre-backs, a fresh left-back, a defensive midfielder and box-to-box general. Many would also suggest new wingers and an additional striker should be added. Ample room is likely to be made available by the exit of players such as Ferdinand, as United prepare to finally transition away from individuals who simply can't cut it at the club any longer.