Jul 14, 2017

Manchester United round-up: Madrid reignite goalkeeper interest; move for Serie A star; defender to be sold

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In bad news for Manchester United and their fans, The Sun say that Real Madrid could revive their interest in goalkeeper David de Gea and test the Red Devils’ resolve with a bid in the region of £50 million. The Spaniard was close to making the move in 2015 and has continued to be linked with the La Liga champions.

There was reported interest earlier in this transfer window but the speculation has quietened down, with many expecting De Gea to remain in Manchester. Now, this bid may unsettle the Spanish international and could even lead to him looking to force a return to Madrid having grown up in the city.

Such money may be invested into other areas of the squad, and the Daily Mail say that one of those areas could be in midfield, with Roma ace Radja Nainggolan the latest player to be linked in that area of the field. The Belgian is thought to be attracting interest from United and Premier League champions Chelsea.

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That may not pose a threat to Jose Mourinho and co. after they have already humiliated the Blues once this summer by signing Nainggolan’s international team-mate Romelu Lukaku. However, convincing Roma to part ways with their star man may be a different matter entirely.

Another player on the move looks likely to be central defender Chris Smalling. The Sun say that the England international will be sold this summer with Jose Mourinho not counting on him for his squad next season. It is even claimed that he could be allowed to leave for as little as £12 million.

Mourinho was unimpressed by his form and fitness in their first season working together, with Smalling suffering from a number of niggling injuries. With Victor Lindelof now in place, there may be room to sell Smalling and both West Brom and Arsenal have been linked with the centre-back.

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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.

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