Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 2
With England, and its Manchester United contingent, flying out of the UK on their mission for World Cup glory, stories and gossip are reaching new levels back home about who will be Louis van Gaal's first capture, at his new club.
It seems that United have been linked with every top player in Europe since David Moyes' departure, with the World Cup being one big auditioning stage for the Red Devils.
Here we take a look at some of the very latest news surrounding United's transfer activity and possible targets.
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Pedro Uncertainty Alerts Manchester United
Friday, June 6
Manchester United are monitoring the situation of Spanish international Pedro after the player said his future was unclear.
Pedro said to Mundo Deportivo, per Prenderville:
"I don't know what will happen with my future. When something has to be decided I will talk to the club and see what happens."
The experienced winger could offer the Reds real quality in the wider attacking areas and provide a deeper goal threat than that of Nani or Ashley Young.
Manchester United Target Thomas Muller Concerned over Bayern Munich Future
Thursday, June 5
German international and Manchester United target Thomas Muller has spoken out about his concern if his future lies with Bayern Munich, or elsewhere.
Simon Jones of the Mail Online writes that the player, who was first given his break by Louis van Gaal, has questioned whether Pep Guardiola wants him or not.
He said, per Jones: "I have reached the point where I want to know if I am an essential component of the Bayern Munich first XI for the new season and if the club has plans for me. That’s why I will be out to have a meeting."
Muller would be a sensational signing for United and the North West giants will be sure to monitor the player's situation over the coming months.
Manchester United to Wait for Kevin Strootman
Wednesday, June 4
It seems that Louis van Gaal is prepared to wait to get his primary targets and is lining up a January move for Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman.
Jamie Jackson of The Guardian writes that United will wait until the player recovers fully from the serious knee injury he suffered last season and are preparing a £30 million move for him.
Strootman's agent Chiel Dekker said, per Jackson:
"He won’t be back playing until autumn – that’s the time schedule at the moment. He is of interest to Louis van Gaal but not related to Manchester United at this point."
Strootman has not kicked a ball since March and United fans may be concerned about another Owen Hargreaves situation developing if the club targets a player who has suffered such a bad injury.
Enzo Perez Reveals Manchester United Interest
Wednesday, June 4
Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez has revealed that his services are of interest to Manchester United as Louis van Gaal looks to rebuild at Old Trafford.
Simon Rice of The Independent reports that the Benfica star said whilst speaking to Argentine TV station TyC Sports:
"There are negotiations between other clubs and Benfica about me. I know that Valencia and Manchester United are interested. There are serious possibilities to leave after the World Cup."
The 28-year-old player recently made Argentina's final cut for their World Cup squad and was central to Benfica's successes in winning the Portuguese league title and progressing to the Europa League final.
Manchester United to Offer £65 Million for Luis Suarez
Tuesday, June 3
Perrin writes United believe that Suarez would be the perfect partner for Robin van Persie in Louis van Gaal's revamped team.
A successful move for Suarez could throw into doubt the future of Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford.
Chicharito to Join Inter Milan
Tuesday, June 3
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez could be the first high profile sale of Louis van Gaal's tenure at Manchester United with the player joining Nemanja Vidic at Inter Milan.
Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star reports that the Italian giants wish to take the player on loan with a £10 million switch to the San Siro to follow.
Chicharito said recently, per Turrell:
"My future could be decided tomorrow, a little after, inside three months, I could stay there [in Manchester], I honestly don't know. My people are working it out. I'm here [with Mexico] trying to be 100-percent focused [on the World Cup]."
Despite an excellent goals-to-games ratio, the Little Pea has struggled to hold down first-team football at United since his move before the 2010 South Africa World Cup finals.
His lack of overall technique has seen him fall behind Danny Welbeck in the pecking order despite his superior finishing ability.
United Table Offer for Alexis Sanchez
Monday, June 2
Manchester United and Liverpool have both made offers for exciting Barcelona attacker Alexis Sanchez.
Ben Jefferson of the Express writes that both clubs have tabled official bids for the player, but Barcelona appear unwilling sellers at present, at least publicly.
Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said, per Jefferson's report:
"He's not for sale. He has a contract with us and is an important part of the squad. Sanchez has had a great season and, of course, will be a part of Barcelona next season as well."
However, Jefferson writes that the Spanish press believe the Catalan club are waiting until after the World Cup to sell the player, hoping that he has a fine tournament to boost his price.
Manchester United Lead Race for Cesc Fabregas, According to Spanish Press
Monday, June 2
Spanish news outlet Marca believe United and Chelsea are in pole position to land the Spanish international, with the Reds prepared to gazump their opposition with a €6 million-per-year offer after tax to the 27-year-old midfielder (h/t Ben Burrows of the Mirror).
Burrows writes that it is believed Chelsea will not match these wage terms, giving United the edge.
The Red Devils spent last summer in a very public flirtation with Fabregas, only for the deal to collapse.
United fans will hope lightning does not strike twice.