Transfers & Rumours

Manchester United

Mourinho’s transfer window the envy of other clubs – but do you remember 2013?

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Watching the horrors unfold for other Premier League teams on transfer deadline day took me back to the summer of 2013.

Our world had come crashing down when Sir Alex Ferguson announced his retirement. The news that David Moyes was replacing him, a man who clearly was not qualified for a position as demanding as that of Manchester United manager, was fairly terrifying.

Perisic set to follow in Griezmann’s footsteps

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Reports from Italy this evening have claimed that Ivan Perisic, a player linked strongly with Manchester United all summer, is set to sign a new £90,000-a-week contract with Inter Milan.

Perisic scored 11 and assisted 11 goals in 36 appearances last season. His crossing ability made him a key target for Jose Mourinho following the capture of Romelu Lukaku, with the hope the Croatian could boost our striker's goal tally.

PICTURE: Matic in United training kit

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Following reports that Marouane Fellaini is set to move to Galatasaray, it's no surprise that Nemanja Matic's move to Manchester United has drawn closer today.

While the move has yet to be confirmed, an image appeared on social media showing Matic in the club's training gear.

Some fans may not be overawed by signing Matic, a player whose best years are behind him and will cost £40m, but he is a player that Jose Mourinho knows well.

Mourinho: I’m waiting for good news 

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So far during this transfer window Manchester United have signed Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof. However, Ivan Perisic, Eric Dier and Nemanja Matic have all been strongly linked.

Despite the transfer window drawing to a close, Jose Mourinho insists he isn't concerned about a lack of signings.

Darmian: I’m happy to be at United and I’m not leaving

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Matteo Darmian didn't have a great season at Manchester United last year, although did end strongly with a good performance in our victorious Europa League final win over Ajax.

Still, he has regularly been linked with a move away from the club but Darmian has denied any truth to these rumours.

Mourinho: There’s still plenty of time to buy the players I want

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Manchester United were reportedly very close to signing Ivan Perisic this week but couldn't agree a deal with Inter Milan, meaning the winger had to travel with his club to their pre-season tour of China.

Perisic cut a frustrated figure at the airport and was pictures on the plane sitting by himself and away from his teammates.

Herrera and Mourinho speak out about Morata deal collapse

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Alvaro Morata's transfer to Manchester United looked like a certainty a few weeks ago, with the player keen to be reunited with Jose Mourinho after a lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

The Spanish club believed that Morata was Mourinho's prime target and so were unwilling to negotiate their overinflated asking price.

Rooney: Everton the only club I’d leave United for

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Wayne Rooney has rejoined Everton today in a two-year deal with Manchester United receiving £10m for the 31-year-old.

Rooney has reiterated his stance that Everton are the only English club that he would leave United for.

As I've said for the last few years, if I left Manchester United, there's only Everton and Manchester United I'd play for I wouldn't play for another Premier League team.

Lukaku: I couldn’t turn down the biggest club in the world for Chelsea

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Romelu Lukaku has spoken to ESPN about his transfer to Manchester United, explaining why he turned down Chelsea's advances after they matched our £75m offer.

This is an opportunity that I've always wanted since I was a child. When [Manchester United] came calling, I didn't have to think twice.

Stoke’s Jack Butland reveals long-term ambition to join Manchester United

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Manchester United may have finished sixth in the Premier League, but they ended up enjoying a very profitable 2016-17 season.
Jose Mourinho, who took over United reins from Louis van Gaal last summer, became United's first manager in history to win a trophy in his first year with February's EFL Cup final win.

Who is the new United scout from Juve?

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Reports suggest that Manchester United have employed scout Javier Ribalta from Juventus. The Italian, who is currently employed as the scouting manager for the Italian champions, will join chief scouts Jim Lawlor and Marcel Bout is spotting potential talent for United for the season ahead.

Ribalta has been at the club for five years before confirming on Juve's website that he was leaving.

Griezmann stance changes but why has United only just remembered Zlatan’s injury?

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Today was the day that many Manchester United fans have been waiting for. With Antoine Griezmann move to Old Trafford feeling almost like a done deal, we just needed to find out whether Atletico Madrid's transfer ban would be upheld or not.

The Spanish club had been found guilty of multiple breaches of global football's rules on the registration of under-18s and had appealed the decision which denied them the opportunity to sign any new players in this transfer window.

Aletico ban upheld – will Griezmann still leave?

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At the end of the season, it felt as though Antoine Griezmann's move to Manchester United was a case of when rather than if.

However, one stumbling block was Atletico Madrid's transfer ban. The club had appealed the decision and were waiting for this week to get the final word.

Unfortunately for them, and possibly us, the ban has been upheld until January 2018.

Reports from Spain claim Griezmann has asked to leave Atletico

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Antoine Griezmann has been linked with a move to Manchester United for some time and last week claimed that there was a 60% chance of playing for us next season.

Spanish journalist, Antonio Ruiz, who has very good links with Atletico Madrid, has claimed that the player has told the club that he wants to leave.

Mourinho: Signing Neymar is impossible

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Manchester United have been linked with a move for Neymar repeatedly over the past couple of seasons.

That speculation has intensified again recently but Jose Mourinho, speaking to ESPN, has claimed there's not a chance of Barcelona allowing Neymar to leave the club.

It's speculation.

McNair: I gave Mourinho transfer ultimatum

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Paddy McNair has revealed that Jose Mourinho had planned to keep the defender on Manchester United's books, but loan him out for a season.

McNair claims he gave our manager an ultimatum, saying he was either sold or he would refuse to go out on loan. This forced the club to allow him to leave to Sunderland for £5.

Schweinsteiger: United fans are special

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has today confirmed that he is leaving Manchester United and is set to move to the MLS to play for Chicago Fire. Once he has passed the medical and been given a visa, he will leave United.

The German's career at Old Trafford essentially ended when Jose Mourinho was appointed, even if the midfielder did go on to make a surprise four appearances this season, having previously been made to train with the Reserves.

Who should Manchester United keep or let go this summer?

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Even though Manchester United are currently sixth in the EPL most fans will agree that the team has improved this season. After a sluggish start the team has built up a head of steam and if they can keep it up until the end of the campaign they have a great chance of qualifying for the champions league.

United to sign Lindelof for £38m – but who is he?

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Reports today have claimed that Manchester United are close to signing Benfica's Victor Lindelof for £38m in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old plays in defence and would be a welcomed addition to the squad, particularly if Eric Bailly leaves for the African Cup of Nations next month.

United to sign Lindelof for £38m – but who is he?

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Reports today have claimed that Manchester United are close to signing Benfica's Victor Lindelof for £38m in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old plays in defence and would be a welcomed addition to the squad, particularly if Eric Bailly leaves for the African Cup of Nations next month.

Ibrahimovic agent: I want Zlatan to join United

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent, Mino Raiola, has claimed that he wants the player to join Manchester United, although Ibrahimovic is yet to make his mind up.

Manchester United are a great team with a great coach. It's fascinating. I've made my decision, Zlatan has not made his. We will see.

Gareth Bale, The right man at the right time for Manchester United

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Ever since that famous night in the San Siro, when Gareth Bale made the then thought to be best full back in world football Maicon look like a novice, Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the player, and now with reports gathering that the club are set to launch a new world record bid in an attempt to land the Welsh Man, The dream of seeing Gareth Bale playing for Manchester United could yet become a reality.

PICTURE: Bailly in United’s away kit

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Eric Bailly was confirmed as a Manchester United player earlier today and, like all the other players in their first interview, said it was a "dream come true".

Jose Mourinho has sung the praises of our new 22-year-old defender.

Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent.

United reject Vardy and close in on Zlatan

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Sky Sports are reporting this evening that Manchester United turned down the opportunity to sign Jamie Vardy, with Arsenal and Leicester now in talks for England's striker. He will get along well with Jack Wilshere, so it makes sense.

Meanwhile, reports go on to claim United are closing in on a one-year-deal with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is one of Jose Mourinho's favourite players.

Raiola: Everyone thinks Zlatan is going to United

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When it became apparent that Jose Mourinho would be Manchester United's next manager, Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been strongly linked with a move to the club.

His agent, Mino Raiola, insists it isn't a done deal though.

It'll be a surprise in the end. Everyone's just talking about United!

LvG: Players still want to sign for Manchester United

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Ahead of Sunday's game against Bournemouth, Louis van Gaal has talked about the potential difficulty for Manchester United to sign players if we're not playing in the Champions League.

He was asked whether United will struggle to sign top players when competing with the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid, but Van Gaal doesn't think so.

Ramos: I considered leaving Real Madrid for United

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There were strong rumours linking Sergio Ramos with a move to Manchester United last summer. In the end, he signed an extension with Real Madrid, who were forced in to meeting his demands after backlash from the fans following sale of club legend Iker Casillas.

Ramos has revealed today that he considered joining United.

United ambassadors toe party line on Mourinho and Giggs

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There have been several claims by those supposedly in the know that there is huge friction behind the scenes at Manchester United, in regards to who should become the next manager.

Sir Alex Ferguson has apparently lost some of his influence among the board after pushing for the disastrous appointment of David Moyes.

United players turning on Van Gaal

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Reports in the press today claim that Manchester United players let Louis van Gaal know they had endured enough, following the 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The manager blamed the defeat on several reasons, including Anthony Martial not putting away the only chance United had on target (which was just one of the five shots United had over 90 minutes), miscommunication amongst the defenders, and Marcos Rojo.

Life before and after Jose Mourinho

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In this week's RoM newsletter, I discussed Jose Mourinho's recent comments about wanting his next job to have "no easy objectives".

Given that Mourinho's hugely successful career has been based on him taking charge of good or great teams, and making them better, it's unusual that he wants his next position to be more difficult.

Mourinho: I don’t want my next job to be easy

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There have been contrasting reports about what will happen to Manchester United's managerial position this summer, with some claiming that Louis van Gaal will be allowed to see out the third year of his contract, while others say that Jose Mourinho will replace the Dutchman.

Mourinho has spoken out about his future, claiming that he is ready to get back to work now, but doesn't want an easy job, which would make United a brilliant option for him!

Lukaku’s dad: My son must join Manchester United

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Romelu Lukaku's dad, Roger, has spoken about the speculation regarding his son's future. He confirms that Manchester United are one of the clubs interesting in signing Lukaku and advises his son this would be the best club for him to join.

Lukaku has scored 25 goals in 36 appearances, 20 goals in 48 games last season and 16 in 33 the season before.

“I’d walk to Manchester for the United job!”

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For years, Manchester United fans were desperate to see Gennaro Gattuso sign for our club. Having lost Roy Keane, this fiery Italian seen liked a perfect replacement.

As it is, we've never replaced Keane, and Gattuso spent 13 years at AC Milan, before joining Swiss side Sion when he was released.

Mourinho: I’m happy not to have a job at the moment

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Jose Mourinho, is reportedly set to be the next Manchester United manager, insists that people shouldn't believe everything they read in the papers.

After visiting Milan, there were claims that Mourinho was set to return to Inter Milan, which he immediately denied.

Bedy Moratti, one of the directors at Inter who Mourinho met with when he was in Milan, claimed that the manager was happy because he was joining United.

Nemanja Matic

Walker reveals that Spurs midfielder wanted United move

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The international break has seen Manchester City's new defender, Kyle Walker, reunited with his old Tottenham Hotspur teammates, Dele Alli and Eric Dier.

In an Instragram live video on Alli's account, Dier called Walker a 'traitor' for leaving the club.

Walker quickly responded with: "It was alright when you wanted to go to United.

Matic: Easy decision to leave Chelsea for United 

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Following his transfer on a three-year deal from Chelsea to Manchester United, Nemanja has insisted the decision to move was an easy one for him.

I feel great. Manchester is one of the biggest clubs in the world and I am very happy because I am now part of this great club, part of this great group.

Mourinho: More chance of me going to Galatasaray than Fellaini

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Despite representatives from Galatasaray claiming that Marouane Fellaini was close to joining the Turkish side, Jose Mourinho has ruled out the transfer.

It's easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. He is too important to me. No chance.

Mourinho made these comments following United's 3-0 win over Valerenga today, in which Fellaini scored.

The Rest

PICTURE: Rooney back in Everton shirt after rejoining boyhood club

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It has been confirmed today that Wayne Rooney is an Everton play again. He has signed a two-year deal with his former club.

He posed for pictures signing the new contract and with his Everton hero, Duncan Ferguson.

Top 5 Failed Manchester United Transfer Tales

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There's a certain amount of emotional protection required during the transfer window when you're a Manchester United fan. Not that we're the only club to be spuriously and recklessly linked with the latest prodigal talent for the sake of extra clicks, but over the years, United fans have seen so many potential deals fall through, seen the club's name used by so many agents to drum up interest and been the go-to name to drop when a player wants a nice new contract that it's hard not to be even a little sceptical about almost every single player that the club is linked with.

PICTURE: Ibrahimovic’s son in United shirt

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's son, Maximillian, has been pictured in a Manchester United shirt, ahead of Zlatan's reported move to the club.