Good day Manchester United, we hope you’re not already fed up of the reams of transfer jargon you’ve been subjected to.
Why? Because there’s still plenty more to get through. In an effort to sate the news-lust that generally comes as part and parcel of being a United supporter, we’ve put together our daily roundup that includes various bits and pieces from around Europe.
It may not be the confirmation that United are re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo, nor the declaration from Sir Alex Ferguson that he’s coming back to manage, but it’s something. Or some things to be more precise.
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He’s not even played a second of football for Manchester United yet but Memphis Depay is already making boasts that might be difficult to back up.
The Dutch international, who finished as the Eredivisie’s top goalscorer this year with PSV, has said that he believes he would have scored more goals than any United player were he taking to the field for Louis van Gaal this season.
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More specifically Depay claimed he could have scored 15 goals in the Premier League this year, which for you stats hounds is one more than United’s top goalscorer, Wayne Rooney, managed himself. Big claims, but can he do the business? We’ll have to wait until next season to see, but it would be impressive if he did so.
“The level of the Premier League will make it harder for me to score and create opportunities," he is said to have told a Dutch paper.
“But on the other hand I will have better team-mates at Manchester United so it is hard to compare.
“However, if you ask me I would have scored 15 of the 22 goals that I scored this season in England.”
Given that it usually takes players a while to settle in the Premier League and Depay is just 21-years-old you’ll probably get very appealing odds should you place a bet on him bagging 15 of more. Go on, we dare you.
Other, rather more speculative news, suggests this morning that United could make a £25m bid for Raheem Sterling. The youngster’s future has yet to be formally decided, though we’ll admit it would quite the surprise to see him turning out at Old Trafford on a regular basis next year.
Far from the only side said to be in the running for his signature, United will face a battle if they do seriously want to land Sterling. On top of that they’ve only just signed the aforementioned Depay, who plays in a similar position, but who are we to doubt Van Gaal?
Finishing off it’s Tom Cleverley’s turn to bow out of Old Trafford, with new reports suggesting he’s ready to put pen to paper on a five-year deal with Everton later this week.
The midfielder has spent the last season on loan with Aston Villa and isn’t in Van Gaal’s plans for the future.
United fans, what do you think to today’s news? Let us know your thoughts and feelings in the comments box below.