If any Manchester United fan can’t guess the topic of the leading story in our roundup today then you had better throw in the towel and renounce your passion for supporting your team.
That’s right, it’s David de Gea who once again occupies the number one spot as we offer up our daily dose of Old Trafford-related information, but don’t worry, at the time of writing this is the latest rumour to be doing the rounds.
On top of that there’s no need to fear as we’ve included other bits and bobs sourced from around the web and the European papers claiming to be in the know. Without further ado let us present you with today’s United roundup. Don’t hesitate to leave comments in the box below.
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De Gea swap deal
As promised we start with the most recent speculation to be found regarding the increasing possibility that De Gea could move to Real Madrid. The Spanish stopper appears to be the man Florentino Perez wants as this year’s Galactico signing, although there’s a hitch in Los Blancos’ plans to provide him with a glorious homecoming.
Reports in pro-Madrid newspaper Marca claim that Real are unwilling to meet United’s asking price for De Gea - said to be around the £40 million mark - and so are considering sacrificing one of their current players in a bid to lower estimations. Those optimists amongst you prepare to be disappointed; it’s not Gareth Bale and it certainly isn’t Cristiano Ronaldo.
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Fabio Coentrao is the man believed to be in the pipe, and he could be offered up to Louis van Gaal in a bid to convince the Dutchman to part ways with De Gea, with a little extra cash coming from Real to sweeten the deal. Far be it from us to look biased to United, but come on. That’s like offering an underfed pig for a prized pony at the market and expecting to be negotiated with seriously.
Shaw's England appearance
Moving on swiftly though we turn to team news, where it looks as though Luke Shaw could upset the apple-cart and play for England’s U21 side despite Van Gaal not being keen on the idea. The left-back has endured a difficult debut season in Manchester so one might assume he would be looking for every chance to get into Van Gaal’s good books.
Alas it doesn’t look like being the case, and since the Dutchman can’t do anything to stop Shaw representing his country if that’s his prerogative his hands are well and truly tied.
Bringing up the rear we’ve got the latest on Memphis Depay, who successfully passed his medical at Carrington yesterday. The examination was seen as the last potential obstacle in the £25m deal coming to fruition, so it’s very much full steam ahead.