Manchester United's rumour mill is working overdrive already. Luke Shaw and Xavi's names are currently being suggested for an Old Trafford move, while Wilfried Zaha has provided an honest selection of comments surrounding his future at the club.
Here, we detail the latest news on all three players.
Latest on Manchester United's Potential Transfer Activity
In: Luke Shaw, Southampton
Reports continue to swell surrounding the transfer of Shaw. According to Martin Samuel of the Daily Mail, the newly announced World Cup attendee "will sign" ahead of the summer's tournament for £27 million:
"Shaw expects to get first-team football at Old Trafford and that clinched the deal, even though United have yet to name their new manager," writes Samuel. "A powerful attacking asset, Shaw will replace France defender Patrice Evra."
Shaw's transfer may receive additional haste after Roy Hodgson confirmed he isn't willing to stand for distractions in the England camp. The Three Lions boss suggested he will ban agents from mingling with players during the tournament and hopes to see the club future of his squad ironed out before heading to a pre-tournament camp in America:
"I was asked would you like all of this to be sorted before you go to Miami. Of course I would," said Hodgson, via John Cross of the Mirror.
In: Xavi, Barcelona
United have needed to freshen up their midfield options since well before Sir Alex Ferguson left. Humorously, 34-year-old Xavi is the latest star to be touted with a chance at doing just that. Anne-Marie Bojan of the Mirror highlighted the rumour:
Spanish superstar Xavi is reportedly being monitored by Manchester United, but they also face competition from rivals Manchester City and Arsenal.
The 34-year-old is said to be after one final big move in his career, despite being under contract at Barca for another two seasons.
Although removing Xavi from Barcelona has always seemed a fruitless task, Louis van Gaal's expected appointment as United boss could give the link significant weight, per Jamie Jackson of the Guardian. Having previously worked with Xavi, the Dutchman's potential regime at Old Trafford could throw up something of an exciting prospect for the Spaniard who isn't having the best of seasons at the Camp Nou.
Bojan's report indicates Manchester City and Arsenal are also interested in the era-defining midfielder, but as ever, suggestions of Xavi calling time on his Barca career seem far-fetched. He is a key player in the Blaugrana's transitional period and maintains an important leadership role at the club.
Out: Wilfried Zaha
United fans may have forgotten about Zaha, the man who has suffered limited opportunities since signing for the club in January 2013. Newcastle are once again reported to be interested in the powerful winger, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, but recent comments made by the player could halt any such deal.
I hope whoever comes in will let me give it my best. I hope to still have a future there. I will go in for pre-season and give my best. Had the manager stayed, I am not sure if that would have been the case. I have four years left on my contract at United. Had Moyes stayed I would have had to think about some other options.
At 21 years old, Zaha has plenty of time to impress. He will need to work extremely hard under the new boss and prove his worth above wingers such as Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young and Nani, who can all be easily ousted with a burst of form.
United fans will be looking toward the squad's younger contingent for inspiration across the coming season. Players such as Zaha, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling need to consistently highlight their qualities if they are to be deemed worthy of a lengthy tenure at the club.
Signing Shaw would only add to the feeling of major change at the Theatre of Dreams. United's last summer, and indeed season, was defined by inadequacies, mistakes and regret. This needs to be quickly forgotten heading into the new campaign, which begins with plenty of activity in the transfer market.
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