As usual, transfer rumors are flying around Manchester United as the club looks to build success from their 2012-13 Premier League title for years to come in the upcoming summer window.
While new manager David Moyes looks to begin the arduous task of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson, many names have come up as potential targets while some of the Red Devils’ current players are plotting their exit.
Following Thiago’s hat-trick in the European Under-21 Championship final against Italy, De Gea wrote, “See you in Manchester.”
Young Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is being courted to come to Old Trafford, and the Red Devils currently lead the sweepstakes for the 22-year-old, Charles Perrin of the Daily Express reported late Tuesday:
The 22-year-old originally had a staggering £77m release clause inserted into his contract, but this has plummeted to £15.4m after he failed to feature in at least 60% of Barca’s games last season.
But the United player has now revealed that the comment was something of a joke.
Talking to Mundo Deportivo, De Gea said, “Any team you like to have a partner like Thiago. We talked about it in joke between us, but I don’t think that Barca (will) let him out.”
The Daily Mail claims that Thiago is being targeted by new Manchester United manager David Moyes should he miss out in the signing of fellow Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. There has been strong speculation suggesting that the former Arsenal captain is the marquee signing desired at Old Trafford to excite fans following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. However, Fabregas has continued to insist that he has no desire to leave the Camp Nou and has received no contact about a move.
Here’s what Fabregas had to say: » People talk a lot but the truth is that no-one has spoken with me. I want to triumph in Barcelona, that club is my home and I always dreamed of playing there, so I will try and succeed there as long as I can. »
Marco van Ginkel
The interest from Premier League powers is forming for Netherlands midfielder Marco van Ginkel, with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea tracking the 20-year-old according to Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph.
However, he currently plays for Europa League qualifiers Vitesse Arnhem, who are resistant on letting their prized youngster go. Van Ginkel is currently on a post-tournament holiday and won’t concentrate on the matter until he returns later this month, according to Ogden.