Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 26

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2014

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 26

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    With the appointment of Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal as Manchester United manager already seeming like old news, attention now turns to the World Cup and who the enigmatic Dutchman will bring to Old Trafford.

    The rumour mill is currently on fire with talk of world-class players arriving in the North West. Meanwhile, stories of popular names potentially leaving are surfacing as well.

    Here we take a look at the latest news doing the rounds, centering around the tournament in Brazil and which players may become Red Devils in the next few weeks. 

     

    —LAST UPDATED FRIDAY MAY 30—

Manchester United Resume Talks with Southampton over Luke Shaw

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    Friday, May 30

    After an initial bid of £27 million from Manchester United was turned down by Southampton, the Red Devils have resumed talks with the Saints over the transfer of Luke Shaw.

    BBC Sport report that the 18-year-old has been a priority target for the club dating back to David Moyes' regime and United have now once again made a move for his signature. 

    Shaw had a breakout season in 2013-14 with Southampton, representing the club 35 times in the Premier League, per Squawka.

    However, with the confirmation that Patrice Evra has signed a new one-year deal at Old Trafford the goalposts might have shifted for Shaw, with Chelsea and Tottenham possible options for the left-back. 

     

Louis Van Gaal to Activate Koke's £48 Million Release Clause?

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    Thursday, May 29

    Spain international Koke has become the latest Atletico Madrid player linked with Manchester United in recent days.

    The Metro report that Louis van Gaal will try and force a transfer to his new club by activating the player's release clause of £48 million, with Spanish sources claiming a bid will come in the next few days.

    Koke has had an excellent season for Atletico, with the player's reputation exploding in 2013-14. 

    The midfielder represented his team 49 times in La Liga and the Champions League last season, scoring seven goals and providing 15 assists. 

    At such a price, his capture would be a bold statement from United and add significant weight to their squad rebuilding programme. 

David De Gea Urges Cesc Fabregas to Join Manchester United

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    Thursday, May 29

    Manchester United's Player of the Year David de Gea has urged Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas to join the Red Devils.

    Stephen Darwin from Goal.com reports that the Spanish goalkeeper has admitted that he has discussed a possible move with the Barca player. 

    When asked about Fabregas, De Gea said, per Darwin:

    "I've tried to convince Cesc to join United but it's difficult. He feels great at Barca, it's his home."

    However, Fabregas' new manager Luis Enrique was less conclusive when asked about the player's future, per Alex Fisher of Goal.com.

    He was unwilling to discuss what will happen with Fabregas in the immediate future, saying only, per Fisher: "Cesc? We are not getting into all the individual names now. We do not have to make decisions now, we have time."

    As Barcelona look to rebuild under a new coach, Fabregas may become the highest profile sacrifice by the Catalan giants. 

Atletico Ace Miranda to Join Manchester United for £24 Million?

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    Wednesday, May 28

    It appears that Manchester United have found their replacement for Nemanja Vidic with the club preparing to bring Brazilian international Miranda to Old Trafford. 

    The 29-year-old has been the defensive rock that Atletico Madrid have built their success on this season, with the player appearing 45 times in La Liga and Europe this year, per WhoScored.com.

    The Metro report that Miranda will join Louis van Gaal's team for £24 million and has been house-hunting in the Manchester area.

    Miranda is represented by Jorge Mendes, the agent who has brokered many a deal with United. 

    The player's proven defensive acumen would be welcomed at Old Trafford and his strong concentration levels would complement the youthful exuberance of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. 

Arda Turan to Become a Red Devil?

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    Wednesday, May 28

    The agent of Arda Turan has said that his client has an offer on the table from a Premier League club, with Manchester United thought to head the queue for the player's services.

    Alex Richards of The Mirror reports that Louis van Gaal is interested in the Atletico Madrid attacker who has been pivotal in the team's magnificent success in La Liga this season, becoming Champions of Spain.

    Richards quotes Turan's agent Ahmet Bulut as saying:

    Arda is currently playing at a big club with big ambitions. He wants to be part of that success, but we must wait and see what happens. An offer from an English club has arrived. As in every transfer, two parties, the player and the club, they must make a decision.

    With Van Gaal's preference for wide attackers in a 4-3-3, Turan would seem to fit the criteria. With the reduced levels of success coming from United's stock of wingers, the 27-year-old Turkish international would be a useful purchase for the Red Devils.

     

Louis Van Gaal to Sacrifice Juan Mata and Buy Bastian Schweinsteiger?

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    Tuesday, May 27

    Manchester United's record signing Juan Mata could be the first victim of the club's managerial change with Louis van Gaal said to be prepared to sell the player for the right price.

    Charles Perrin of the Express writes that La Liga giants Barcelona are preparing a £40 million bid for the Spanish international and that Van Gaal may turn his attentions towards Bayern Munich's experienced midfielder, Bastian Schweinsteiger. 

    Perrin also previously wrote that Schweinsteiger had been offered to United by the Bundesliga Champions during their recent pursuit of Toni Kroos.

    With Van Gaal desperate to revamp his midfield, the German international would be a solid first addition in reshaping United's core. 

Manchester United to Raid Feyenoord for Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi

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    Tuesday, May 27

    Louis van Gaal's Dutch revolution at Manchester United may be kickstarted with a move for two of his most promising Netherlands squad members: Jordy Clasie and Bruno Martins Indi. 

    Peter Edwards of the Express writes that United could sanction a £30 million move for the pair from Feyenoord on Van Gaal's recommendation. 

    Edwards reports that it is understood that Van Gaal is not interested in signing either of long-term United targets Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas, and will focus his attentions on the 22-year-old Dutch pair. 

    Edwards also writes that the new United boss has given his blessing in the chase for Southampton left-back Luke Shaw and will monitor the return to fitness of his Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman, of Roma. 

Danny Welbeck to Leave Manchester United?

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    Monday, May 26

    England striker Danny Welbeck has professed his dissatisfaction at Manchester United and has been quoted as saying last year was his "unhappiest season" at Old Trafford.

    Daniel Taylor of The Guardian writes that the Manchester native will seek an exit from the club despite the appointment of Louis van Gaal. 

    Welbeck blames his dissatisfaction at the club on a lack of playing time in the centre:

    I’d like to play centrally. I’ve been playing on the left for a while and it’s got to the time when I want to stake a place up front.

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    It does get frustrating. You want to play in a certain position and you’re not getting the opportunity to do that. It’s the same for everyone else when they are being played out of position and they don’t really like it.

    Welbeck's chances might be just as limited next season, with Van Gaal having a close relationship with Robin van Persie, and Wayne Rooney's prominent standing in the eyes of the club. 

Robben Says No to Manchester United

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    Monday, May 26

    Netherlands winger Arjen Robben has categorically denied that he will move to Manchester United this summer and has pledged his immediate future to Bayern Munich.

    It had been thought that Robben could follow Dutch national coach Louis van Gaal to Old Trafford, but the experienced attacker recently spoke to De Telegraaf (via Sky Sports) and quashed any rumour or doubt:

    Manchester United? That's not an option. I am staying at Bayern Munich. Period.

    And I cannot imagine that Bayern would want to sell me. I have only just renewed my contract and we are happy with each other. It would have been a different story had I been unhappy. 

    I would have been open to a move then, because I had a great time under Van Gaal at Bayern. He has been very important for my career. However, fact is that I am very happy at my current club. 

    Van Gaal and [Pep] Guardiola are the best coaches I have ever worked with. I am feeling well and I'm going nowhere. There's a zero per cent chance that I will join Manchester United. 

    I think United did great to appoint Van Gaal.

    There is little doubt that Van Gaal will look to bring in players of the quality of Robben. However, it appears that this summer we will not see the flying Dutchman adorned in the red of United.