While Manchester City have been busy trying to atone for last season’s mistakes by securing the signing of Jesus Navas and Fernandinho – they might even appoint a new manager by February – United’s approach to this summer’s transfer window has been rather circumspect so far.
In fact, if the papers are to be believed, Arsenal could soon sanction a move for Wayne Rooney. In truth, the Mirror‘s article stinks of sensationalism, particularly as Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, simply replied to a question, rather than formulate on a possible transfer.
The Guardian is more cautious on the topic, but reports the same quotes. Asked if Arsenal had the financial capability required to sign Rooney, Gazidis replied “Of course we could do that, we could do more than that.” The Times, meanwhile, believes that Marouane Fellaini won’t follow David Moyes at Old Trafford with Arsenal set to trigger the Belgian’s £24m clause-release.
The Mirror and the Mail sing from the same sheet, with both papers reporting that Bill Kenwright has categorically ruled out any chance of Leighton Baines moving to Manchester United. Baines has been on United’s radar for some time now and had been widely tipped to reunite with former Everton manager David Moyes at Old Trafford.
“Leighton is under contract, and I’ve told David not to come back for him!” said the Everton chairman, “There has been no back and forward dialogue with Leighton about a new contract yet, but that will start. He knows we want him to stay.”
Meanwhile, United are close to sign Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela for a fee believed to be in the region of £1m -rising up to £2.5m. The 20-year-old right-back will play at the U20 World Cup later this month and is already familiar with the club, having spent some time on trial at United towards the end of last season.
Varela could soon be working with Neil Roberts, with the Mail reporting that David Moyes will try to lure the Manchester City academy coach away from the “Project”.
David Moyes could also count on Darren Fletcher next season as the 28-year-old is reportedly edging closer to a return to action, despite fears he would never play again for United. Fletcher played only 10 games last season before undergoing a second operation in April, but he’s now on track for a comeback which, if successful, would offer David Moyes an unexpected option in midfield.
Best of luck, Fletch!
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