We have to say that things aren’t going too well for Manchester United in the transfer market right now.
Anyone who supports the club will be accustomed to these painful summers in the market. Having signed Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera it’s not exactly a disaster.
But with the new manager now in and Manchester United playing catch up in the title race they are desperately in need of two or three more players at least.
Plans could well change as deals stall over the next couple of weeks but here is the latest on the major reported targets.
Marcos Rojo – The Portuguese club seemingly want the full release clause of £24m while United have offered £16m. There’s a massive difference in those figures but the fact that Doyen Sports, who own some of the rights to the player, are kicking up a fuss could well help Manchester United. But some believe that the release clause has, however, now expired. We think that this one will happen – but not before the big kick off.
Angel Di Maria – The Daily Star reports Friday afternoon that:
…according to L’Equipe, PSG will consider making another attempt to land Di Maria if they can facilitate the sales of members of the current squad.
As with most things in football these days, this will come down to money. Can PSG generate enough to buy the lad? Will Manchester United spend the requisite cash? We felt that Manchester United can have the player if they are prepared to pay the huge fee that Real Madrid have reportedly put around his neck.
Arturo Vidal – what a pendulum of a transfer this has been. It had more dodgy twists and turns than a Christmas episode of Eastenders.
The latest is that Juventus chief Massimo Allegri has once more stated that the player is staying.
Vidal? He’s not going anywhere
This could simply be posturing from a canny operator. But it’s a draining deal that’s for sure.
Daley Blind – Still house-hunting? This is an eminently doable deal as other suitors don’t appear to be showing serious interest. A very good signing to make, not least because of his versatility in a squad which has several holes. His manager Frank De Boer said this of the player in the last 24 hours:
‘If there is a certain amount of money on the table for Blind, we won’t refuse,’
‘I’ll wish him all the best in the future.
‘The temptation is there to go if such a big club comes in for him.’
Let’s see some Di Maria Action. Manchester United fans: £50m worth spending?