Aug 31, 2017
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Manchester United round-up: Shock late move for Chelsea ace; defender to join Championship side; striker offers rejected

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Manchester United have had a quiet deadline day in the 2017 summer transfer window, but The Sun provided some excitement as they claimed that Jose Mourinho was to make a shocking late bid for his former player Willian. The Chelsea ace would have cost at least £35 million.

The 29-year-old enjoyed some of his best form at Stamford Bridge under the now United boss and is little more than a bit part player at times under Antonio Conte. However, the Blues rebuffed any offer and were adamant that the Brazilian would not be going anywhere this summer.

One player is to head out though, and that is Manchester United youngster Axel Tuanzebe. The Congolese defender made four appearances at the tail end of the 2016/17 campaign, memorably making his first start at the Emirates against Arsenal, and the Express now say that he will join Hull City on loan.

That will see him link up with former Russia and CSKA Moscow boss Leonid Slutsky in the Championship. Hull have constructed a side with a number of young loanees, including some from other Premier League clubs like Chelsea. The 19-year-old will hope it helps his move into the United first team in the long term.

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However, the club have rejected some loan offers. The Daily Mail believe that some of those rejected offers included proposals for striker James Wilson. The 21-year-old suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury on his last loan spell at Derby last October and played his first game since for the under 23s last week.

United are keen to keep an eye on the striker’s recovery and so will monitor his progress until January before reassessing the situation. Then, Wilson may either head out on loan or look for a permanent exit as it seems unlikely that at this stage in his career he will break into the first team.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.