Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Arjen Robben, Thomas Vermaelen, Nani

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 24, 2014

Netherlands' Arjen Robben after his teammate Memphis Depay scored their second goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between the Netherlands and Chile at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. The Dutch team beat Chile 2-0 to top Group B. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Louis van Gaal's distractions with the Netherlands' World Cup campaign doesn't appear to be hurting transfer dealings at Old Trafford, with Manchester United continuing to buzz as one of the busier outfits in the headlines this week.

And it's one of Van Gaal's World Cup heroes, Arjen Robben, who again appears as a target for his international mentor this week, despite previously stating his intentions to remain at the Allianz Arena.

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Ex-Holland international and current Ajax reserves coach Bryan Roy spoke to talkSPORT this week, divulging that Van Gaal is "desperate" to link up with the Bayern Munich talisman in his new English surroundings.

"I think Louis wants him desperately to come to Manchester United," Roy states. "Bayern Munich is also a big club and he is very happy there but you never know. With football, everything is possible.”

The winger has enjoyed superlative form at the World Cup, helping the Oranje become the only side in the group stage thus far to have won all three of their fixtures, with breaking down just how impressive Robben has been:  

However, the chances of that move coming about seem close to none after the player was quoted by the Daily Star's Chisanga Malata in May, saying:

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.

One purchase that's altogether more likely to happen is Thomas Vermaelen, for whom Manchester United have been told to double their latest bid or risk missing out.

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - OCTOBER 15:  Thomas Vermaelen of Belgium in action during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group A match between Belgium and Wales at King Baudouin Stadium on October 15, 2013 in Brussels, Belgium.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Gett
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Craig Hope of the Daily Mail details that the Red Devils have already seen a £6 million offer rejected, with Arsenal telling their English rivals a fee of £12 million will be required for the Belgian to leave Emirates Stadium. 

Vermaelen is also in action at the World Cup, with The Guardian's Nooruddean Choudry pointing out the irony of his injury during Belgium's 1-0 group-stage win over Russia:

The Daily Mirror's John Cross adds that not only will the Gunners hold out for a more lucrative Vermaelen sale, but they could well offer the defender a contract extension to remain in North London, despite him being sorely out of favour last season behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

Vermaelen has remained quiet on the whole situation but did come out last week to dismiss rumours of his exit, telling Sky Sports News:

Everybody understands my situation at Arsenal and that I have one year left.  I understand that people are going to talk but I am here in Brazil and I am enjoying my time and I'm focused on what I am doing.

We talk a lot when I am at Arsenal but it's not what I am going to discuss here, it is something you are going to have to ask him.

In order to raise some funds of their own, United may look to finally cash in on Nani this summer, it seems, after Inter raised their hands as interested suitors.

The Daily Star's Malata writes that the Nerazzurri, backed by Erick Thohir, are willing to stump up £12 million for the Portuguese winger in a bid to see Inter return to Serie A's elite.

MANAUS, BRAZIL - JUNE 22:  Nani of Portugal (L) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group G match between the United States and Portugal at Arena Amazonia on June 22, 2014 in Manaus, Brazil.  (Photo by Christophe
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The Telegraph's Mark Ogden suggests it's an offer United should be snapping up without hesitation:

Nani has fallen way down the ranks at Old Trafford but not too long ago put pen to paper on a new five-year deal with the Red Devils, and Van Gaal may yet find that he's favourable toward the inconsistent asset.

Nani has struggled under Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes over the last few years, but the attacker may well look upon Van Gaal's appointment as an opportunity to start life anew.


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