Louis van Gaal hasn’t been afraid of splashing huge money since his arrival two summers ago, throwing £250million at transfer windows. But after a frustrating start to the season, beset by criticism over a style of play, he may be tempted to add yet again this January. However, the likes of Bale and Neymar are out of reach, despite interest from the club. Buts there are lots of rumours and here is a round-up for today’s transfer speculations related to Manchester United.
Manchester United’s latest signing Nishan Burkart has been pictured with Ryan Giggs after completing his move to Old Trafford.
Burkart, who joins United from FC Zurich, is seen as one of Switzerland’s most talented youngsters and has been tipped for stardom in his country.
Two days ago, Zurich president Ancillo Canepa confirmed that the 16-year-old striker will not feature again for the Swiss club this campaign after signing for the Red Devils.
And Burkart has now been pictured with assistant manager Ryan Giggs, which further confirms that the Manchester giants have sealed a deal for the talented teenager.
Another twist in the Ibrahimovic to United rumours, as reports say the Old Trafford hierarchy could make the Swedish star world’s highest paid footballer this summer.
The Mirror believes United are now leading the race for the PSG striker, who is out of contract at the end of the season. His wage demands mean very few clubs can realistically go for a deal with the former Barcelona and AC Milan forward.
Arsenal, Chelsea and AC Milan have all said to be baulked at claims Ibrahimovic wants £600,000-per-week to sign a one year deal but United, who are most likely to drop out of the Champions League, may regard the £31.2million one-year investment as value for money if it ultimately turns them into firm Premier League title contenders next season.
Meanwhile, Manchester United Scouts were seen in Sporting Lisbon’s 1-0 win over Moreirense as latest rumours suggested they were there to watch William Carvalho and Joao Mario, the two summer targets in action.
United have already started to plan for life next season following a disappointing Premier League season And the Portuguese pair is strongly on their radar, according to a report from The Sun.
24-year-old Carvalho has been targeted by United scouts over the past few years, despite being a target for Arsenal. But 23-year-old Mario has claimed United’s interest in recent weeks. Mario has impressed everyone this season on the left wing and could now be set for a transfer.
With Jose Mourinho expected to join Manchester United this summer, he may welcome the idea to bring two of his compatriots to Old Trafford.
The latest report says Jose Mourinho has told his friends that he expects to replace Louis van Gaal as the next Manchester United manager. The Portuguese was initially concerned that he may miss out on the top job following a mini-revival by Van Gaal’s boys saw United edge closer to Champions League qualification. But with the Red Devils now four points behind the top four with five games remaining, Mourinho has now informed his close ones that he expects to become United boss, The Telegraph reports.
United are also lining up a shock move for Ajax defender Kenny Tete this summer. The Dutch youngster has only played 29 matches for Ajax since making his debut in 2013 but the 20-year-old is already being linked with a move to Old Trafford.
The Daily Mirror claim, the Old Trafford hierarchy are considering an unexpected bid for the right-back after he rejected to renew his contract with the Amsterdam club.
Tete, who is currently valued at around £5million, can also operate in central defence, that’s why it would be a versatile addition to the Red Devils’ squad next season.
Meanwhile, The Telegraph has come up with another transfer rumour suggesting United have already told PSG they want Marquinhos this summer. The Red Devils expressed their interest in the £39.7million rated Brazilian defender over the past few transfer windows.
But they face some serious competition from Chelsea and Barcelona who have also made the Brazilian as their top target. The French champions are however not ready to sell the 21-year-old but know well enough of his growing desire to play regular first-team football.
Marquinhos has found himself behind David Luiz and Thiago Silva in the pecking order and he has grown extremely frustrated in the French capital in recent times.
PSG last summer also refused to sell him but could be now persuaded if a swap deal is offered. They have held a strong interest in Memphis Depay in the past, while also linked with Chelsea’s Oscar, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa.