Good morning, Manchester United supporters, we hope you’re ready to see your day get even better thanks to our roundup.
Today we’ve got some juicy rumours from the continent, as well as the latest from the boss man himself, good old King Louis van Gaal.
Stick around if you want to be able to start the debate at the pub later on, or if you’re simply interested in knowing all there is to know about United. The good stuff is below.
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Mission Pedro has started
Manchester United have started their mission to entice Pedro to Old Trafford, according to Spanish newspaper El Confidencial.
It’s believed the Red Devils are readying a bid to activate the Spanish winger’s release clause, and what’s more it’s said Barcelona are awaiting a concrete offer, and that they will accept it once it’s forthcoming. Chelsea have also been hotly linked with the player.
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Such rumours infer that a successful deal is only a matter of time from being completed, with Pedro seemingly keen on the move due to a lack of game-time.
Wrapping up El Confidencial say an agreement could be found somewhere between 25 and 35 million euros. Not bad for a player of Pedro’s obvious pedigree, but only possible due to the fact that his club agreed to lower his release clause.
In truth this particular rumour looks like one that will continue to go back and forth for the duration of the summer until it’s completely resolved one way or the other. The player himself hasn’t ruled out a transfer, so it could well have some legs.
Elsewhere, Van Gaal has surprised a large portion of fans by suggesting that new boy Matteo Darmian won’t be his first-choice right-back this season.
The Dutchman revealed he planned to use the Italian as Antonio Valencia’s backup, despite the South American’s natural position being further forward. Cue the groans from United fans who believed Darmian would be the new option in a position that looked weak last year.
At 25 the former Torino man has plenty of time to grow, but will he struggle to adapt to the Premier League if he’s only given opportunities from the bench?
Moving on United could be in line to sign Zlatan - yes Zlatan - Ibrahimovic, or least that’s what the bookmakers are suggesting.
This morning odds were slashed on the Swedish star moving to Old Trafford, with some deeming it evidence that a shock transfer could well come to pass. Couple that with Van Gaal saying he’s singing a mystery striker...