As fears grow over a potential move for goalkeeper David de Gea from Real Madrid, the Mirror say that Manchester United would respond to any bid by demanding that midfielder Toni Kroos comes the other way. A key player for Zinedine Zidane, it seems unlikely that he would part with the German international.
It is unclear if it would just be a move by Manchester United to indicate that they are not willing to sell their first choice goalkeeper or if they do have reason to believe that Kroos may head to Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a midfielder and Kroos would be the perfect addition, even if an unrealistic one.
It seems that one target has been ruled out, though, as French newspaper L’Equipe say that Monaco are prepared to block any move away for holding midfielder Fabinho. The Brazilian was close to joining French rivals Paris Saint-Germain, but the Ligue 1 champions will reject any offers from their rival or any other potential suitor.
Capable of playing at both right back and in holding midfield, Fabinho has been linked with a move to Manchester since January but now seems unlikely to make the move. Atletico Madrid were also thought to be interested, but all three clubs could now be disappointed.
In surprising news, former captain Wayne Rooney has appeared to hit out at some of the club’s recent signings. The experienced striker-come-midfielder has re-joined boyhood club Everton and is quoted by the Mirror as revealing that some new additions did not respect the club’s traditions whilst he was at United. He said:
“There are standards that you have to keep when you are at Manchester United… Over the last few years, it was down to me and Michael Carrick to keep the new players maintaining those standards. That became more difficult over the last few years, with some of the players who joined the club. There are traditions at United that have to be maintained. It’s become harder, but that’s not my problem any more. I’m just ecstatic to be back at Everton.”
The quote could have a positive spin though, given that Michael Carrick has stepped up to become captain in his absence. Jose Mourinho has also confirmed that no player has been appointed vice-captain, with Carrick set to lead the squad in the dressing room and on the field.
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