Red Rants Archives for January 2015

United in new Ramos bid

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Manchester United have made a bid of £28.6m for Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, after the 29-year-old told his club he wants to leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

Last week, the 2010 World Cup winner emerged as surprise target for Louis Van Gaal, after a number of different media outlets suggested United were determined to include Ramos in any deal involving David De Gea.

Schweinsteiger dashes United hopes

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Manchester United are unlikely to sign Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, after the German midfielder has told a German broadcaster he wants to win a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title.

The World Cup winner, who has only one year left on his deal, had said last month that he was in no hurry to sign a new contract at the Allianz Arena, prompting speculations that he could join former manager Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford.

Mata: “I love LVG’s football”

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Juan Mata has spoken of his fondness for the kind of attacking football Louis Van Gaal wants Manchester United to play.

The Spaniard, who was one of United's best players last season, said he was convinced it was only a matter of time before Van Gaal got his side to hit top stride consistently.

United confirmed to be in talks with new right back

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For any fans of Antonio Valencia and his one man war on the shins of every fullback in the league this may come as devastating news.

This afternoon Sky Sports have confirmed that United are monitoring Everton's star right back Seamus Coleman. (https://twitter.com/SkySportsNewsHQ/status/615204496285782022).

Giggs: “LVG is like Fergie”

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Ryan Giggs has compared Louis Van Gaal to Sir Alex Ferguson, describing the Manchester United manager as "brilliant".

Giggs, who said he has learnt a lot about and from the Dutchman during Van Gaal's first season at the club, said Fergie and Van Gaal shared a similar passion for the game and the same desire to win,.

Why United must get the business done quickly

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Get the business out of the way early on should be Manchester United's mantra this summer.

At this time of the year 12 months ago, United were desperate to make signings, a task made more necessary and yet more difficult by the mess Louis Van Gaal inherited by David Moyes.

United adopted a scattergun approach and spent £150m on players, although without a proper pre-season under their belts, some of them failed to live up to expectations, while others yes, Luke Shaw, we are looking at you simply could not stay fit for a long enough period.

Mata wants United striker to stay

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Juan Mata wants Javier Hernandez to stay at Old Trafford next season, suggesting the Mexican is an excellent professional and the kind of striker capable to help any team.

After being frozen out by David Moyes during the 2013-14 campaign, Hernandez joined Real Madrid on loan last summer but failed to impress at the Bernabeu, where he scored nine goals in 33 appearances in all competitions.

United close to secure £24m deal for Schneiderlin

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Manchester United are close to secure their second signing of the summer, with Southampton's midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin edging closer to a move to Old Trafford.

The Frenchman has been on United's radar for a while now and, according to the Mirror, they have won the race to the Southampton midfielder and could announce the £24m deal as early as next week.

United find surprise De Gea replacement in England

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Rumours are surfacing that Louis van Gaal's Manchester United believe they have whittled their search for David de Gea's replacement down to just one target, and he already plays his football in The Premier League.

With De Gea almost definitely moving to Real Madrid once the financial figures are met, van Gaal will attempt to prize England's No 2 Goalkeeper, Fraser Forster away from Dutch managerial rival, Ronald Koeman.

United make Ramos bid

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Manchester United have submitted a formal bid for Sergio Ramos, as they seek to capitalise on the Spaniard's desire to leave Real Madrid this summer.

According to the Telegraph, United have officially contacted the 10-time European Cup winners with a bid of over £30m for the defender, who has played over 400 games for Real Madrid since joining the club from Sevilla 10 years ago.

Who will United sign next?

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The transfer window might not officially open for another six days but transfer speculation has been abundant from the moment Manchester United drew 0-0 at Hull on 24 May.

Having spent £150m on players last summer, Louis Van Gaal is widely expected to addto his squad ahead of next season, as he looks to turn United from top four finisher into genuine title contenders.

Ramos wants to leave Real Madrid

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Sergio Ramos has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club this summer and was told the Spanish giant will listen to offers.

According to the Guardian and to a number of Spanish outlets, the 29-year-old defender met Real Madrid's chief executive José Ángel Sánchez at Madrid's Valdebebas training ground on Wednesday morning to confirm his intention to leave the Spanish capital.

Lingard wants to stay at United

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Jesse Lingard is adamant he will get opportunities to show his worth this season and has said he aims to remain at Manchester United for the upcoming campaign.

Lingard, who is currently on European Championships duty with the England U21 team in Czech Republic, spent the second half of last season on loan at Derby, after missing the first four months of the campaign with a knee injury.

United to swap Di Maria for Bayern duo?

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Angel Di Maria could be the key element in the deal to bring Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United, according to reports in Germany.

Over the last couple of weeks, rumours linking the 2014 World Cup winner with a move to Old Trafford have intensified, given Schweinsteiger has only 12 months left on his contract and Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his options in midfield.

United interest in Ramos is “genuine”

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There's more than paper talk and transfer speculation to Manchester United's interest in Sergio Ramos, according to United We Stand's editor Andy Mitten.

Mitten, who is one of the most-reliable journalists when it comes to United, wrote in his ESPN column that Louis Van Gaal has really made the Spaniard one of his main targets this summer, as he looks to add quality to his side.

United likely to miss out on Gundogan

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Manchester United look set to miss out on Ilkay Gundogan, after the Borussia Dortmund midfielder's agent indicated the German internationalcould yet remain at the Westfalenstadion this summer.

Along with Bastian Schweinsteiger, the 24-year-old is considered to be one of Louis Van Gaal's main targets this summer, as the United manager looks to bolster his midfield options ahead of next season.

Fellaini backs ‘great talent’ to succeed at United

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Marouane Fellaini has backed Andreas Pereira to succeed at Old Trafford, describing the youngster as a "great talent".

Pereira, who scored in Brazil's Under-20 World Cup final defeat to Serbia after coming off the bench, was named United's Under-21 Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season last month and has impressed this summer.

Real keen on United target

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Real Madrid have stolen a gear on Manchester United in the race to sign Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi, according toreports in Spain.

Valencia's newspaper SuperDeporte claims that Real Madrid's interest in the Argentine defender is "very serious" and that Rafa Benitez has identified the 27-year-old as the ideal candidate to bolster his defensive options, particularly should Sergio Ramos leave the Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

Ramos is “using” United

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Sergio Ramos is "using" Manchester United to get a better contract at Real Madrid, according to the London Evening Standard's Simon Johnson.

The Spanish defender, who has played over 400 times for Real Madrid since joining from Sevilla 1o years ago, has been linked with a move to United as part of the deal that looks set to take David De Gea back to the Spanish capital.

RVP could still leave this summer

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Robin Van Persie is firmly on Fenerbache's radar and the Turkish giants are expected to step up their effort to land the Dutch striker this summer.

The Dutchman has repeatedly been linked with a move away from Old Trafford during this summer's transfer window, as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his attacking options, following a campaign that has seen United struggle in front of goal.

United want Real defender in exchange for De Gea

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Manchester United want Real Madrid to include Sergio Ramos in any deal for David De Gea, if the Spanish giants are to secure the services of the 24-year-old.

De Gea has long been linked with a return to his hometown as the 10-time European Cup winners look for a replacement for Iker Casillas, but while the Spaniard seems determined to leave United this summer, Real were reportedly set to offer only £13m for the former Atletico Madrid man.

Kane “flattered” by United interest

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Harry Kane has admitted being flattered by Manchester United's interest but insisted he remains committed to Spurs and will not leave White Hart Lane this summer.

The England international, who failed to score as his side started off their campaign at the European Championship U21 last night, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his attacking options.

United striker unhappy with loan spell

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Javier Hernandez has accused Real Madrid of not making him feel important during his loan spell at the Bernabeu, adding he was unhappy at the lack of first team opportunities.

The Mexican joined the Spanish giants on loan late in August last year after Louis Van Gaal deemed him surplus to requirements, but failed to impress at the Santiago Bernabue and has now returned back Old Trafford after Real opted against extending his loan.

United told to pay £15m for defender

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Manchester United have been told they could have to pay up to £15m for Monaco defender Fabinho, with the French club looking to make a quick profit on the Brazilian.

The 21-year-old, who is currently playing in the Copa America with Brazil, has only just signed a permanent deal havingcompleted a £4m move from Rio Ave to Monaco, after spending the last two seasons on loan with the Principality-based club.

Schweinsteiger urged to consider United move

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has been urged to give "serious consideration" to a move to Manchester United by German one of the all time greats of German football, Lothar Matthaus.

The 30-year-old cast doubts over his future at the Allianz Arena when he suggested he was in no hurry to sign a new deal with the Bundesliga champions, despite having only 12 months remaining on his current contract, fuelling speculations that he could be set for a move away from Bavaria in the summer.

What to look for in United’s Premier League fixtures

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Louis Van Gaal has been handed a relatively easy start to the campaign for the second consecutive season, asManchester United will open their Premier League campaign against Tottenham Hotspur at home, before travelling to Aston Villa the following weekend.

United will then host Newcastle at home before facing Swansea away, hoping to avoid a repeat of last season's defeat, and will welcome Liverpool on 19 September, followed by a difficult trip to Southampton.

Cole: “Kane not what United need”

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Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole believes Harry Kane might not yet be ready to move to Old Trafford and Louis Van Gaal would be taking a huge gamble in signing the Spurs striker.

Kane, who scored 31 goals in all competitions last season, has been linked with a move to United over the last couple of weeks, with Van Gaal reportedly ready to invest between £40m and £50m to convince Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy to part ways with the England U21 striker.

RVP not worried about future

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Robin Van Persie has insisted he is not concerned by his future at Manchester United and said he's determined to prove he remains at the top of his game.

The Dutchman, who scored just 10 Premier League goals last season, has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, but said he remained calm despite the speculation surrounding him.

United ‘very close’ to sign striker

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Mario Mandzukic is "very close" to join Manchester United this summer, according to former AC Milan and Croatia midfielder Milan Rapaic.

The Atletico Madrid man has become the latest of a number of strikers linked with a move to Old Trafford, as Louis Van Gaal looks to bolster his attacking options after a campaign during which his side struggled in front of goal.

Five keepers who could replace De Gea

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With David De Gea edging closer to a move to Real Madrid with each passing day, it's almost guaranteed that Manchester United will begin next season with a new goalkeeper but who will replace the Spaniard?

De Gea was named United's player of the season in the last two campaigns and has emerged as arguably the best goalkeeper in the world, which leaves Louis Van Gaal in a delicate situation as he seeks to avoid a repeat of the scenario that followed Peter Schmeichel's departure.

United identify De Gea replacement

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Manchester United have made Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen their number one target to replace the departing David De Gea.

According to the Mirror, United's goalkeeping coach Frank Hoek was instructed to draw up a short0list of possible replacements and the Dutchman has been identified as the man to replace De Gea.

Why United must buy with an eye to the future

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With the transfer window set to open in just over two weeks, United fans are filled with a strange mixture of feelings, from sheer optimism to an hard-to-dislodge sense of urgency.

After an appalling2013-14 campaign, the Redsendured an up and down season which saw them finish in fourth place and qualify for a Champions league playoff spot.

United complete Depay signing

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Manchester United have completed the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven. The Dutchman has signed a four-year deal with the option for a further 12 months.

"To play for the biggest club in the world and work with the best manager is a dream come true," United's new signing said upon being introduced to the press by Louis Van Gaal.

United “agree fee” for Brazilian midfielder

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Manchester United have reached an agreement to sign Hoffenheim midfielder Roberto Firmino, according to reports

The Brazilian midfielder was surprisingly linked with a move to Old Trafford on Thursday afternoon and things looked to have moved on since, with the23-year-old, who is part of Brazil's Copa America squad reportedly set to join Louis Van Gaal's side for approximately £13m.

Lazio rule out RVP move

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Robin Van Persie will not join Lazio this season, the Serie A outfit'ssporting director said on Wednesday, dismissing rumours that wanted the Dutchman close to a move to the Italian capital.

Earlier this month, Van Persie, who has struggled for form last season, claimed that he wanted to play regularly next season, hinting that his future might lie away from Old Trafford.

Depay more like Ronaldo than Robben, expert says

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Memphis Depay has more in common with Cristiano Ronaldo than with Arjen Robben, according to Dutch expert, who claimed Depay's physical strength and desire to win are similar to the characteristics that have seen the Real Madrid man emerge as one of the world's best players.

Voetbal International journalist, Thijs Slegers told MUTV that the former PSV Eindhoven man is more similar to the former United number 7 than to his fellow Dutchman.

Mourinho can’t stop Cech from joining a Premier League side

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Jose Mourinho has admitted he can't prevent Petr Cech from leaving Stamford Bridge to join a Premier League this summer.

The Chelsea goalkeeper is among the possible replacements for David De Gea, who is almost guarantee to join Real Madrid when the transfer window opens, although Arsenal are also keen to sign the Czech Republic international.

United target going nowhere

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Manchester United have been dealt a blow after Barcelona's right-back Dani Alves has opted to extend his deal with the newly-crowned Champions League winners.

The 32-year-old had emerged as one of Louis Van Gaal's main targets this summer, as the United manager sought to bolster his defensive options, but has chosen to remain at the Camp Nou for at least another two seasons.

United reject enquiry for keeper

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Manchester United have told Valencia that they do not intend to part ways with Victor Valdes, according to reports in Spain.

According to local Valencia newspaper Super Deporte, the La Liga outfit have stepped up their interest in the former Barcelona goalkeeper after failing in their bid to lure Iker Casillas to the Mestalla.

Man Utd transfer news: Juventus seal Dybala move

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Man Utd transfer news: Juventus seal Dybala move

In the latest of our Manchester United transfer roundups, Juventus have revealed that they have reached an agreement with Palermo over the transfer of Paulo Dybala.

The Argentine was linked with a move to Man United, along with Manchester City, Barcelona and Chelsea, for a number of months but Juventus have stolen a march on their rivals.

Cleverley set to join Everton

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Tom Cleverley is set to leave Manchester United on a free transfer this summer to join Everton, bringing his 14-year spell at Old Trafford to an end.

At Goodison Park, Cleverley will re-join Roberto Martinez, who coached the 25-year-old when he was on loan at Wigan, a spell during which the soon-to-be former United midfielder, who will sign a five-year deal with Everton, produced some of the best football of his career.

Moyes: I was desperate to sign Bale

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Moyes: I was desperate to sign Bale

David Moyes has revealed he was "desperate" to sign Gareth Bale for Manchester United before he joined Real Madrid.

Bale joined Madrid in 2013 for a world record transfer fee after deciding to leave Tottenham Hotspur.

The Welshman helped Madrid win the Champions League and Copa del Rey in his debut season but fans have turned on him this year following a number of frustrating performances.

Man Utd’s ‘agreed deal’ to sign Schneiderlin explained

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Man Utd's ‘agreed deal' to sign Schneiderlin explained

Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin has been heavily linked with Manchester United over the last week following reports from InfoSport in France which suggested the midfielder was on Louis van Gaal‘s radar this summer.

Today, Sportsvibe have published a story saying a deal for Schneiderlin has been agreed.

United to swap keepers with Real?

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Louis Van Gaal wants Real Madrid to include a player in any deal involving David De Gea's transfer to Real Madrid, although the player in question is likely to disappoint Manchester United fans.

According to popular Spanish newspaper Marca, the Dutchman has told the Spanish giants that he wants Real Madrid's goalkeeper Keylor Navas as part of the deal.

Five players who could leave United this summer

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With the official opening of the transfer window less than a month away, Manchester United have already been linked with a host of players, as Louis Van Gaal is expected to continue his rebuilding process.

However, while there might be a number of players passing through the arrival gates this summer, the departure lounge could be just as busy, as a number of players look set to leave the club.

Neville: Premier League surprised Van Gaal

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Neville: Premier League surprised Van Gaal

Phil Neville believes the intense nature of the Premier League and its schedule surprised Louis van Gaal this season but backed him to be much better next year.

Van Gaal finished a relatively successful World Cup campaign with his native Holland and flew directly to the United Statesto join his new team prior to the 2014 season.

Man Utd want Benzema in exchange for De Gea – report

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Man Utd want Benzema in exchange for De Gea – report

Manchester United are looking to ‘cushion the blow' of losing David De Gea to Real Madrid by signing French striker Karim Benzema, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Despite United's best efforts, De Gea looks likely to return to Spain after four seasons at Old Trafford.

Blind hails ‘great’ talents of Depay

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Daley Blind has praised compatriot Memphis Depay ahead of the 21-year-old's arrival at Manchester United.

Memphis is widely considered to be one of the brightest young talents in Europe after he fired PSV Eindhoven to the Eredivisie title last season.

Fans have understandably been getting excited about his signing and the player himself has spoke of how he wants to become one of the world's best.

Vloet reveals Man Utd dream

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Vloet reveals Man Utd dream

PSV Eindhoven forward Rai Vloet has revealed he dreams about playing for Manchester United someday.

The 20-year-old is considered to be a bright talent but he played just 78 minutes of first-team football last season.

Man United have a history of signing PSV's players with Jaap Stam, Park Ji-sung, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Memphis Depay all moving to Old Trafford in recent years.

Man Utd’s potential Champions League play-off opponents: Sporting Lisbon

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Man Utd's potential Champions League play-off opponents: Sporting Lisbon

Sporting Lisbon lost just seven matches in all competitions in the 2014/15 season but they struggled for consistency throughout.

Numerous draws in their domestic campaign condemned them to a third-placed league finish and an early exit in the Taca de Liga, though they did win the Taca de Portugal at the end of the season.

22 Yr Old midfielder given chance to earn first team MUFC spot

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Manchester United could face Champions League trip to Austria

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Italian admits he's completely confused by Manchester United letting midfield transfer happen

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Juventus midfielder Andrea Pirlo believes Manchester United made a mistake in letting Paul Pogba leave Old Trafford.

The Frenchman joined Man United as a youngster in 2009 but eventually left for Juventus three years later after becoming disheartened by a lack of first-team opportunities.

Pogba has since suggested the final straw for him was watching Sir Alex Ferguson favour Rafael and Park Ji-sung in central midfield in a match against Blackburn Rovers in 2011.

Manchester United make staggering €150m double offer for world class duo: report

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No sooner after a journalist on Spanish radio station COPE claimed Manchester United had made initial inquiries over Real Madrid duo Gareth Bale and Raphael Varane, another has taken it a step further.

Fellow COPE presenter Melchor Ruiz has boldly said Man United are willing to offer a staggering €150m for both Bale and Varane.

Pirlo: “Scholes is the best player I’ve ever played against”

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Andrea Pirlo has described Paul Scholes as the greatest player he has ever faced, becoming the latest footballer to sing the praise of the former United midfielder.

The Juventus manhas been of the best in his role over the last 15 years and on Saturday he will try to add a third Champions League winner's medal to the two he won with AC Milan, as the Serie A champions face Barcelona in Berlin.

De Gea will leave United this summer

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David De Gea will join Real Madrid this summer, bringing his four-season spell at Old Trafford to an end, according to a number of reports.

The 24-year-old Spaniard has been heavily linked with a move back to his hometown over the last couple of months, as the 10-time European Cup winners have identified him as the replacement for Iker Casillas and United look to have lost the battle to keep the former Atletico Madrid man.

United lead race to Barca defender

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Manchester United lead the race to sign Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, as Louis Van Gaal seeks to bolster his defensive options ahead of next season.

The Brazilian, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is expected to play his final game for the Catalan giants on Saturday when Barcelona face Juventus in the Champions League and has attracted interest from a number of clubs, including PSG.

De Gea can emulate Schmeichel and Van der Sar

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David De Gea can emulate Peter Schmeichel and Edwin Van der Sar if he chooses to remain at the club, according toManchester United goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek.

The Spaniard was named United's player of the season for the second consecutive season but has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer, as the Spanish giants look for a replacement for Iker Casillas.

United in pole-position to sign midfielder

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Manchester United are in pole-position to sign Southamtpon midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, according to a number of newspapers.

The 25-year-old, who played a pivotal role in the Saints' excellent season, was thought to be close to a move to Arsenal but United have since stepped up their interestand looked to have edged ahead of the FA Cup winners in the race to sign the French midfielder.