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Manchester United transfer news: Michael Keane and Ben Pearson leave

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The January transfer window has now been open for a week and while Manchester United are yet to officially complete their first signing - the deal to sign goalkeeper Victor Valdes will be announced imminently - they have confirmed their first departure of 2015.

Highly-rated central defender Michael Keane has signed a permanent contract with Premier League strugglers Burnley after a successful loan spell at Turf Moor.

The Red Devils will receive a reported £2 million from the Clarets after Louis van Gaal agreed to permanently offload the 21-year-old.

Pearson departs on loan

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Ben Pearson has completed a loan move to Barnsley.

The midfielder has signed an initial one-month deal - although this could be extended if Barnsley and Manchester United, along with Pearson, decide it suits all parties.

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Luis Suarez to Man United?

We're only eight days into the New Year, but we've had an early contender for the most bizarre transfer story of 2015.

Of all the players you would least expect to rock up at Old Trafford, former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez would feature rather prominently towards the top of the list.

But, according to fresh reports, the Uruguay international could end his spell with Barcelona this summer if his dream move to the Camp Nou fails to pan out.

Suarez has scored just three goals in 12 appearances for the Catalan giants - and United, along with several other Premier League clubs, are monitoring the situation with growing interest.

United to make Paul Pogba bid

Meanwhile, Manchester United have reportedly accepted defeat in their quest to sign Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, and will subsequently put all of their efforts into re-signing their former central midfielder Paul Pogba.

United allowed Pogba to leave Old Trafford for next to nothing in 2012. Two-and-a-half years later and the Red Devils are prepared to pay a remarkable £77 million to bring the Juventus star back to Manchester.

David de Gea & Tim Krul

In other news, Manchester United are desperate to open negotiations with goalkeeper David de Gea regarding a contract extension, but have a contingency plan in case the Spaniard decides to join Real Madrid.

Should worst come to the worst, Van Gaal will make a shock move to sign Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul, who worked under the current United boss with the Netherlands national team.

Robin van Persie

And finally, Van Gaal has been tipped to throw a spanner in the works this weekend by dropping Robin van Persie for Sunday's Premier League clash against Southampton at Old Trafford.

Radamel Falcao, who might be finished at the top level according to this opinion piece, is expected to start despite his abject display against Yeovil Town last weekend.

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