Good morning Manchester United fans, boy do we have a selection of treats for you today.
If you’re still trying to recover from falling off your chair when watching Lionel Messi’s surgery on Jerome Boateng last night then you needn’t worry. We’re going to spoon feed you the latest United-related gossip to be found both on the worldwide web and the continent’s papers.
From secretive transfer talks to transfer fallouts and even a cheeky swap deal thrown into the mix, we’re sure you won’t be left disappointed. Enjoy.
Depay talks underway
It’s fairly apt that whilst the world if fawning over the irresistible talents of a certain Argentinian playmaker, Louis van Gaal has been focusing his attentions on securing the services of another exciting creative genius.
He may not share the same stratosphere as Messi just yet, but there’s no doubting the potential Memphis Depay has, and it would appear Van Gaal isn’t ready to risk letting him join anyone other than United.
Sources in Holland, namely Dutch newspaper AD, claim that United’s manager has been personally courting Depay in a bid to ensure he has the advantage when the transfer window opens. Rated at €25 million by PSV the youngster’s fee isn’t a problem for any of Europe’s elite, meaning that it will come down to who the man himself wants to join.
In that respect United have an advantage given that Depay and Van Gaal know each other from the latter’s time in charge of the Netherlands national team, and the wiley coach wants to make use of it. Don’t worry footballing purists, both the player’s agent and the club have okayed negotiations, so there’s no breach of conduct to be found.
No Bale buy
Next up it’s been purported that United could back out of pursuing a deal for Gareth Bale this summer - shock horror - as they’re unconvinced by his uncertain form and Florentino Perez is refusing to entertain the idea of selling him for less than £80 million.
Both United and Chelsea have been linked with the Wales international since the turn of the year, but from the outside looking in the chances of the Red Devils breaking the English transfer record for a second season running are slim.
Lastly Liverpool hero Dietmar Hamann has claimed that one way United might get Bale is by offering Angel Di Maria a surprise return to Spain. The German believes the idea is feasible, though we’re not going to suggest you hold your breath.
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