Manchester United fans hello and welcome. We’re glad you could join us on this sunny Thursday morning for all the latest news and information coming out of Old Trafford.
Fortunately United aren’t one of the teams that suffer from a lack of gossip when the off-season period kicks in. Call it a blessing or a curse depending on your perception of transfer rumours and mass speculation, but you can’t deny that most of the news generated is interesting.
We’ve hand-picked a selection for you today that should bear testament to that notion. Let us know if it does or if it doesn’t in the comments box below, along with your thoughts on the stories at hand.
De Gea for Benzema
The time has long since passed when United were confident of keeping hold of David de Gea. The two-time Old Trafford Player of the Year now looks resigned to leaving for the allures of Real Madrid, and as a result it’s said United are preparing a strategy to ensure they’re not short-changed in any deal.
According to the latest reports Louis van Gaal is keen to try and land Karim Benzema as part of De Gea’s transfer away, with the Frenchman’s future yet uncertain under new Real boss Rafael Benitez.
United’s need for an out-and-out goalscorer could mean that De Gea’s exit is worth it if Benzema proves lethal in the Premier League, though there’s still plenty of negotiating to be done. You can bet your bottom dollar this won’t be the last United-for-Benzema report that sprawls itself out in front of your eyes, so keep checking back to GiveMeSport for updates as they happen.
Elsewhere it’s been claimed that the club are close to securing a deal for Michael Carrick’s eventual replacement, Brazilian midfielder Rodrigo Dourado. United are trying to press ahead with a deal for the 20-year-old having watched him regularly play for Internacional in Brazil.
There can be no mistaking the idea that Van Gaal is a big admirer of Carrick’s abilities in the middle of the park, but his injuries last term and his advancing age makes it unlikely that he’ll be around for too much longer. As a result United’s best bet is to find an ideal successor sooner rather than later. Is Dourado that man?
We finish up in Spain, with Nicolas Otamendi having edged one step closer to moving to Old Trafford. The Argentina international is a target of Van Gaal’s as he looks to bolster his defence and has reportedly informed Valencia of his desire to move this summer.
That said the La Liga outfit will hold out for suitors to match his release clause before consenting to his sale. That means United have to fork out £35m if they want him. Your call, Van Gaal.