Another day of the January transfer window goes by and, again, the newspapers have been filled with speculation regarding Manchester United. Here we will run through six of the best stories from around the web. Click on the hyperlinks to view the whole story.
Manchester United are finally closing in on a deal for Victor Valdes after the club reportedly offered him an 18-month contract. Valdes has been training with the Red Devils since October but Louis van Gaal has waited for him to return to full fitness before offering him a contract.
And Valdes could soon find himself as the first choice goalkeeper at Old Trafford after it was reported that David de Gea is refusing to sign a new contract with the club. The 24-year-old has been in inspired form so far this season and has drawn interest from Real Madrid. With only 18 months left on his current contract, De Gea could threaten to leave for nothing in 2016, forcing Manchester United to consider selling him this year.
David de Gea may not be the only player to leave Manchester United this year as it is reported in The Mail that Van Gaal will let Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos leave the Theatre of Dreams in the current transfer window. Joel Pereira, 19, will be bumped up to the first team as a result.
More bad news comes in the form of Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard who has reportedly blanked Van Gaal and Manchester United coaches since his visit to Carrington last month. The 15-year-old was given a tour of the state of the art complex but has given the Red Devils the cold shoulder and is close to signing for Real Madrid.
Even more bad news for Manchester United fans – what a horrible day for football – as the ever-reliable* Daily Express claimed that Palermo forward Paulo Dybala has no interest in moving to Old Trafford. The striker is apparently in early talks with Arsenal over a proposed deal, but would rather remain in Sicily should talks break down.
GOOD NEWS KLAXON: Yes, finally more good news, making this a bad news sandwich with freshly baked good news on either side. Apparently Gareth Bale will be allowed to join Manchester United this summer should Real Madrid manage to coax Marco Reus to the Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti considers the German a key target but won't be able to accommodate him as desire unless Bale is sold.