The transfer speculation at Old Trafford is in full force following Jose Mourinho’s arrival, despite the fact the window itself is yet to officially open. With all of the nation’s biggest publications continuing to push speculation in the Red Devil’s direction, we take a look at some of the key rumours from the past few days.
First on the club’s radar is Paris Saint-Germain defender, Marquinhos. According to The Sun, the Old Trafford outfit are eyeing a swoop for the want-away Brazilian ace, who has struggled to break into the PSG first-team — behind David Luiz and Thiago Silva in the heart of defence — and is now hoping for a summer switch, although his favoured destination is said to be Barcelona.
It is suggested that PSG boss Laurent Blanc is willing to let Marquinhos leave the club, but only if his potential suitors are willing to pay a fee of £38.6million. Club owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi rates the youngster highly, considering him the long-term successor to Silva, and is therefore reluctant to see him depart.
With Daley Blind expected to depart this summer, as reported here by the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old would undoubtedly form a formidable partnership with Chris Smalling at the centre of the United defence. He recorded a 93.3% pass completion rate in Ligue 1 last year, while averaging 3.2 clearances and 3.3 tackles per game in the Champions League.
His ability to play out from the back, while remaining resolute defensively will certainly appeal to Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese should receive considerable financial backing this summer and the arrival of Marquinhos, who is one of the most sought-after defensive prospects in Europe, would represent money well-spent.
Elsewhere, the Daily Mirror suggest that the Red Devils are interested in signing French midfielder Adam Ounas from Bordeaux. According to reports, the Old Trafford giants have made enquiries to the teenager’s representatives but it could take a big offer to tempt the French outfit to sell.
The 19-year-old, who can play all across the front line, made 30 appearances for the Ligue 1 side scoring six goals and providing three assists last season. An excellent dribbler of the ball, Ounas is a player who isn’t afraid of cutting inside and firing an attempt at goal, or alternatively, beating his man on the outside before firing in a cross from the flank.
The Frenchman averaged 1.9 shots at goal in the league last term, which would have seen him ranked as the third most-trigger-happy player at Manchester United. Furthermore, he averaged two key dribbles – a statistic bettered by only teen sensation Anthony Martial.
However, the Red Devils should proceed with caution, especially considering the expectation placed on Memphis Depay this time last summer. The Dutchman arrived with a similar – if not more esteemed – reputation to Ounas, yet he has faced a considerable struggle while adapting to life in the North West of England.
Finally, Ryan Giggs’ future at Man Utd remains in the balance this afternoon, according to Sky Sports, after it emerged that the 42-year-old has not been offered a new role at Old Trafford – and is yet to receive any information from the Red Devils or new manager Jose Mourinho as to his future at the club.
Reports suggest that the Welshman has been offered a role as a go-between the first team and the U21s are inaccurate, Sky Sports believe. The Welshman remains on holiday in Dubai today – he’s due to return at the weekend – and to date has heard nothing from senior figures at the club as to what they want him to do, following Louis Van Gaal sacking 11 days ago.
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