Manchester United Transfer News: Robben, Fabregas In, Rooney, Ferdinand Out?

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterMay 4, 2014

Real's Fabio Coentrao fights for the ball with Bayern's Arjen Robben during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)
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Manchester United are set for a dizzying summer of transfer dealings if the latest newspaper reports on Sunday prove to be accurate.

The Old Trafford club have set aside £200 million for the next manager to spend in preparation for next season after a disappointing Premier League campaign under former boss David Moyes, as David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror reported.

Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal has been strongly linked with the vacancy at United when he steps down from his current role after the World Cup in Brazil.

And Mike McGrath of the Sun on Sunday reports that Bayern Munich and Holland winger Arjen Robben will be his priority target if he succeeds Moyes.

The 30-year-old joined Van Gaal at the Bundesliga club from Real Madrid in 2009, and he is viewed as the man to provide the ammunition for Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at Old Trafford, according to the article.

McGrath writes:

Van Gaal plans to shake up the United attack with a £25million move for the Dutch winger.

Bayern Munich are tipped to off-load Robben in the wake of their disastrous Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Real Madrid.

Robben signed a new deal worth £125,000-a- week this season and is under contract at Bayern until 2017.

But he could boost his wages to £200,000 by returning to the Premier League—seven years after leaving Chelsea for Real Madrid.

Van Gaal took Robben to Germany when he was Bayern boss in 2009.

And their relationship goes back more than a decade to when the winger played for Holland’s Under-20 team.

Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday believes United will be looking at familiar transfer target this summer and resume their pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - APRIL 27:  Cesc Fabregas of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Cani (L) and Javier Aquino of Villarreal CF during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona at El Madrigal on April 27, 2014 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Ph
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Moyes' attempts to lure the Spain international back to the Premier League proved fruitless last summer, but the report claims United have been given renewed hope of landing the former Arsenal man.

Hetherington writes:

United failed to land Barcelona’s former Arsenal star nine months ago, but are aware Fabregas’ Nou Camp future is now in doubt.

They also know it would take a fee of £45m and wages of £200k a week.

The door was left open for United to return for Fabregas in this summer’s transfer window.

But the final say will rest with United’s new manager, with Holland’s Louis van Gaal becoming frustrated that he still hasn’t been installed as David Moyes’ successor.

However, Rob Shepherd of the Mail on Sunday claims United striker Wayne Rooney could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain to link up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as part of a cull by the new Old Trafford boss.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 26: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates his first half penalty during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 26, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by La
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Shepherd writes:

Chelsea are unlikely to be interested any longer and no other English club would want to meet Rooney’s transfer fee and wages. PSG though would, despite them facing sanctions from UEFA [in the Champions League] under Financial Fair Play regulations.

The ambitious French club were poised to make a move for Rooney in January but United decided to meet his pay demands.

It is believed the player is reluctant to leave the Premier League but a move to PSG may prove his best option if he is no longer central to Van Gaal’s plans.

Arsenal could be a surprise destination for Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand in the summer, reports Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United holds off the challenge of Mesut Ozil of Arsenal challenge for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on February 1
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The former England international is out of contract at Old Trafford at the end of the season and is interesting a number of clubs, claims the article.

Mullock writes:

Ferdinand was weighing up retirement earlier this season, but now feels he still has plenty to offer.

His preferred choice would be to extend a Manchester United contract, which expires at the end of this season.

Interim manager Ryan Giggs has urged the board to give Ferdinand an extra 12 months, but Louis van Gaal’s arrival will delay a decision.

A dozen clubs are interested in Ferdinand, who has relatively few miles on the clock in the last few seasons.

The most surprising is Arsenal, but [Arsene] Wenger knows that experience at the heart of defence can be crucial.

Plus, Ferdinand knows the Premier League inside out. He would also, of course, be free.


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