Manchester United: De Gea bid from Madrid; Schweinsteiger update; Januzaj loan close
After a deal for David de Gea fell through after missing the deadline last summer, the Daily Star claim that Real Madrid have made a fresh approach for the goalkeeper. It seems unlikely that any move would be successful, with United in a much stronger position now than this time last year and Jose Mourinho unlikely to allow one of his biggest stars to join his former club.
Some claim that the Spaniard still sees his long term future in the Spanish capital, but is in no hurry to complete a move. Having beaten Madrid to the signing of Paul Pogba, United are out to make a statement of their transfer market power this summer, and that mission would be completely worthless if they are then forced to let go of one of their biggest talents, particularly if the fee was as low as reported last summer, £25 million plus Keylor Navas.
The Red Devils are, on the other hand, confident of selling Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, with the Manchester Evening News saying that the club has received a number of enquiries from England, Germany and Italy for one of their highest earners, who has been forced to train with the club’s reserves since returning to training after a fall out with Jose Mourinho.
There had been reports that the German international wanted to stay to fight for his place and prove himself, but it now seems that the relationship between the former Bayern Munich man and the new Portuguese boss have soured to the point of no return and an exit is the only option. Having struggled on his sole season in Manchester, largely due to injury issues, fans and the player alike will feel that his spell should have gone better, but it is unlikely that there will be any bad feelings from the fans towards a committed player who has been harshly treated by Mourinho.
Another man on his way out is young Belgian Adnan Januzaj, though the club have turned down his requests for a permanent move and will now only allow him to leave on a loan deal, claim the Manchester Evening News. With two years left on his current contract, Mourinho is reportedly reluctant to allow the 20 year old to depart permanently due to his clear potential.
With a reunion with David Moyes on the cards as a move to the Stadium of Light approaches, Januzaj will return to the ground where he made his explosive debut, scoring twice, under Moyes in 2013. All parties will be hoping that this move provides the opportunity to resurrect the youngsters career, having stalled under Louis Van Gaal and across a loan spell at Borussia Dortmund where his attitude was questioned.
James Wilson also looks set to depart on loan with the Daily Star reporting that the 20-year-old is set to be announced as a Fulham player as he prepares for another season on loan in the Championship after a spell at Brighton last season.
Wilson will be hoping to become a key figure at Craven Cottage and nail down a starting role, something he has struggled to ever achieve at Old Trafford amid a wealth of the world’s top strikers in the form of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Anthony Martial, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford.
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