Manchester United fans, hello and welcome to your daily news roundup.
It’s an important week all things considered. Not only are you busy coming to terms with all the incomings and outgoing regarding the transfer market, but you’re also trying to contain the excitement over the new Premier League season kicking off this weekend.
Alas, to bring you back to reality with a rather tedious thud, it’s time to deliver the latest from the rumour-mill. There’s still plenty of time for Louis van Gaal to do business, so there’s plenty of gossip to be had. Enjoy.
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The De Gea predicament
Will David de Gea’s future finally be sorted by the time the Premier League kicks-off this weekend? There’s probably a handful of people in the world who know, but it’s now claimed that Louis van Gaal is keen to get a deal done as quickly as possible.
The Dutchman is of the opinion that De Gea wants to move, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, and so is ready to push through a deal. But, and this is a big but, he’s facing an obstacle in the form of his own club, who don’t want to sell De Gea for anything less than €40million.
At the same time it’s said that Real aren’t keen on paying that fee for a player whose contract expires next summer, making the whole saga one big, tangled mess. We’ll have more on that mess as it comes through, though you’re pushing your luck if you believe it’s going to be sorted anytime soon.
Guardiola's worrying comments
On a much more simple note Pep Guardiola has offered a worrying update on Bastian Schweinsteiger, stating that the Germany midfielder hasn’t been fit for three years.
The Bayern Munich boss sold Schweinsteiger earlier this summer, and said he expected the player to do well at Old Trafford, but only if Van Gaal can keep him fit.
One expects that the Dutchman knows exactly what he’s getting with Schweinsteiger, having worked with him before, but all the same it might concern United fans that they’re potentially getting a midfielder who could be as crocked as Michael Carrick.
Robson on Bale
Moving on Bryan Robson has said that Van Gaal will be a ‘very happy’ man if he can sign Gareth Bale this summer.
It may seem like a fairly obvious stance to take - Bale is one of the best players in the world - but since Robson is a club ambassador what he says is important… kind of.
Anyhow, the Old Trafford great said the potential deal would be very difficult to navigate, but it could be worth the toil. Do the fans agree?