Manchester United: Sensational move for rival midfielder; Rooney doubt; Giggs identifies addition

In what would be one of the most shocking moves of recent years, some sources claim that Yaya Toure could head from the blue half of Manchester to Old Trafford on a short term deal for a minimal fee. Calciomercato report that Jose Mourinho will face competition from Juventus, Inter Milan, Arsenal, Chelsea and a host of clubs in China to secure his services with a deal unlikely, but that has been no deterrent.

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The Ivory Coast midfielder has become a hero at the Etihad but has barely played since the arrival of Pep Guardiola, finding himself isolated after a falling out between his agent and Guardiola. A move certainly seems imminent, but if it is to Old Trafford it would be a shock.

The Daily Mail claim that captain Wayne Rooney could be a doubt for today’s clash with Chelsea after he was absent as the team traveled to London from Stockport train station. Restricted to mostly substitute appearances, Rooney came through the midweek game against Fenerbehce unscathed.

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His absence may suggest a slight knock which could see him out of action or remaining in Manchester for extra treatment before making the journey. Either way, Rooney will be wanting to ensure he is available for Mourinho even if he is still struggling to earn his first Premier League start in over a month.

His former teammate Ryan Giggs has spoken at a UEFA event this week to reveal one midfielder he would like to see playing in Manchester as he said:

“Croatia have great players and my current favourite is Luka Modric – I would love him to join Manchester United.”

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The Real Madrid man seems an unlikely target, having recently signed a contract extension and expressed his desire to retire in Madrid, but his quality would likely be the perfect fit alongside Paul Pogba in midfield and it would be interesting to know if Modric was ever monitored whilst Giggs was assistant manager under Louis Van Gaal.

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