After a few years of turbulence and uncertainty, it has been a successful summer at Old Trafford, but less than 36 hours remain if Jose Mourinho is to bring in any more signings to add to the likes of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. All of Manchester United’s signings have started well, and with a large amount of deadwood finally disposed of, the squad does not appear to require any major tweaking but, still, rumours persist that Mourinho will look to complete some final business before the transfer window slams shut tomorrow night.
Firstly, the Sun claims that the Red Devils have tabled a £30 million bid for Gremio forward Luan. The 23-year-old starred for Brazil in this summer’s Olympics, scoring twice as his country went on to win the gold medal. Liverpool have also been linked with the player this week but any deal could prove difficult for either club due to third-party ownership problems; Gremio own just 70 per cent of Luan’s economic rights.
How much truth is in the news of United’s immediate interest is unsure. Mourinho already looks to have the makings of a truly scintillating forward line that should propel his side to the role of title challengers. With Ibrahimovic finding the net four times in his first four matches, and Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney also weighing in with goals, it looks as though United’s attackers have found their shooting boots early on this campaign. Add to this the impressive performance of Mkhitaryan when he came on against Hull City, as well as Anthony Martial, and it is difficult to see where Luan would get a look in this season.
The exit of Will Keane may open up some room, though; the BBC report that the 23-year-old is expected to join Hull before the transfer window closes. Keane came through the youth set-up at Old Trafford, but has played just three times for United. Fruitless loan spells at Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End have suggested that the Stockport-born player’s future lies elsewhere so it is no great surprise to hear the news that he is moving on.
Keane will link up with former United assistant Mike Phelan at the KC Stadium; the 53-year-old is currently caretaker manager at Hull but is expected to be offered the job permanently after an impressive start to the season. Game time isn’t something that Keane will have to worry about with his new club, either, as the Tigers have just 14 fit senior players available, although they are hoping to add to this before tomorrow night.
Not making the grade at Old Trafford is not the end of the world for a youngster, and Keane need only look at his twin brother for evidence of this. Michael Keane left United for Burnley in January 2015 and has not looked back since, helping the Clarets win promotion to the Premier League last season. His performances led to interest from Premier League champions Leicester City, and whilst he has opted to remain at Turf Moor for now, he has been tipped as a future England international in some quarters.
Finally, reports in France this morning claim that United scouts have been monitoring Bordeaux forward Diego Rolan. According to French radio station RMC, scouts from Bayern Munich, Norwich City and Brighton & Hove Albion also watched the Uruguayan as he scored the winner in Bordeaux’s 1-0 victory over Nantes on Sunday.
The 23-year-old managed 9 goals in 38 games for Les Girondins last season and has started this campaign well with two goals in the opening three matches. The last player to swap Bordeaux for Old Trafford was Gabriel Obertan; that one didn’t go particularly well, with the winger now plying his trade in Russia with Anzhi Makhachkala.
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