Manchester United supporters must be as excited a kid at Christmas having witnessed his parents win the lottery just days before.
The level of hype surrounding Old Trafford and the potential footballing superstars who may make their way there over the course of the summer is ever-growing, and we must admit we’ve caught the bug.
In a bid to stir the cauldron of speculation we’ve spent the better part of this murky morning sourcing the latest rumours churning their way through the mill. Below we’ve separated the delicacies from the everyday dishes. We hope it’s enough to get you talking. (If you do, don’t be afraid to use the comments box below).
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Van Gaal confidence
Manchester United are confident that a deal for Morgan Schneiderlin can be wrapped up in the coming days, having taken note of Ronald Koeman’s comments earlier this week confirming the Frenchman would be sold for the right price.
The Saints star is wanted by both United and Arsenal though it’s the former who are believed to be ahead in the race, with Louis van Gaal pushing for a deal before the Red Devils jet off on their pre-season tour next Monday.
What’s more United think they can barter Southampton down to £25million despite the fact the south-coast club want closer to £27m, either way though they certainly have the money.
Don’t be surprised to see Schneiderlin unveiled as a United player very soon, with an agreement surely just around the corner.
Big discussions held
Moving on to more speculative news it’s claimed in Germany that discussions have taken place over a possible swap deal involving Angel Di Maria and Mario Gotze.
The latter has struggled at Bayern Munich of late and the Bavarians aren’t willing to part ways with his teammate Thomas Muller, despite the fact Van Gaal is keen to sign him and has marked him as a priority transfer target.
To be fair you’re asking for too much if you’re disappointed that Gotze is being registered as an alternative to Muller. Spare some thought for those clubs linked with free-agents just released by Championship clubs.
Latest on De Gea
To conclude we’re offering the latest on David de Gea (*groans). It’s been reported this morning that a deal has finally been reached between United and Real Madrid that will see the Spaniard move back to his homeland to the tune of £28.6million (€40m).
Previous suggestions have indicated that Los Blancos want a deal to be done before De Gea goes on United’s pre-season tour - scheduled to start Monday. It now looks like they’ve got their wish.