Good morning Manchester United fans, and welcome to the last news roundup we’re set to do before the opening of the summer transfer window.
As most of you will already know transfer rumours have been coming thick and fast of late, though you can expect a deluge of new gossip to hit the internet tomorrow when clubs are officially allowed to do their business.
Given that United have large expectations and an even larger financial budget we’re willing to bet that there will be plenty of hearsay about. What you’ll find today is just a little teaser to what you can expect in the coming weeks. Enjoy.
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Wijnaldum for PSG?
Since Louis van Gaal is partial to a Dutch player or two it makes sense that reports have indicated he’s interested in PSV star Georginio Wijnaldum.
Unfortunately for Manchester United fans though the talented midfielder has confirmed that he’s now ready to join Paris Saint-Germain, less than 12 months after ruling out a move to Ligue 1.
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"PSG's offer was solid. They're a club you can't refuse, but the talks over my contract extension with PSV went well and quickly," he said.
"I wasn't ready, I followed my instinct. Last season, I had been injured, I didn't have confidence in my abilities. And when you join PSG, it's to play there."
"Absolutely [I would be ready to join PSG]. A lot more than last year."
Wijnaldum was part of the Holland squad Van Gaal took to the World Cup in Brazil last summer and so the United manager knows him well. It doesn’t appear though that their relationship is strong enough to convince him to move to the Premier League.
As of yet there have been no successful negotiations between PSV and PSG - *that we know about - so there is still a slim chance Van Gaal might try and sign him. For the time being though it looks like Memphis Depay might be the only Dutch midfielder arriving in Manchester this summer.
Jones' new deal
On a lighter note Phil Jones has put pen to paper on a new deal tying him to Old Trafford for the next four years. The England international is still considered an important prospect for the future, and the contract in question symbolises United’s faith in his abilities.
Given that Van Gaal is hot on the trail of some of Europe’s top centre-backs Jones will likely be relieved that he has been retained on a lengthy deal, with United’s defensive third having looked particularly suspect at times last season.
Meanwhile Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has cast doubts over an imminent United move for Morgan Schneiderlin, saying that no serious bid has been received at St. Mary’s from Old Trafford.
The French midfielder is widely expected to move to a top four club this summer, though pushing a deal through could be tricky if the Saints drag their feet.