Here is today’s Manchester United transfer news and gossip.
Victor Valdes is set to sign for United after being offered an 18 month contract. Valdes has been training with United for a couple of months as he continues his rehabilitation from injury.
The likely signing of former Barcelona stopper has caused a mixed reaction among United fans. If Valdes is being signed as a quality backup to David De Gea the fans are largely happy, however, if Valdes joining is an indication that David De Gea is on his way out, it will cause dismay throughout the fan base.
David de Gea‘s future has been the subject of much speculation with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2016 and no sign of an extension at this stage talk of a move to Real Madrid has persisted. As outlined by IBT, De Gea moving to Real Madrid looks more likely after Valdes agreed his move to Old Trafford.
There is no firm offer from Madrid and De Gea has continually maintained his happiness at United but as long as he does not sign a contract extension United fans will worry. TalkSPORT goes as far as to suggest that United are powerless to stop De Gea going to Real if the Bernabeu outfit are serious about signing him, with ESPN correspondent Miguel Delaney comparing De Gea’s inevitable exit to that of Cristiano Ronaldo.
If De Gea does leave, as Delaney sees as inevitable, United will pursue Newcastle’s Tim Krul. According to The Mirror, Louis van Gaal could chase Tim Krul as United’s future no.1 with the Newcastle keeper having been involved in Holland’s strong 2014 World Cup showing under Van Gaal. This suggests that Valdes could simply be a short term solution.
United believe they can sign Mats Hummels in January, say TalkSPORT. With Dortmund continuing to struggle this season and Van Gaal keen to strengthen his defensive options, the United boss believes he could snare Hummels from Dortmund as soon as this month. The form of Hummels has been in keeping with that of his club,; he has struggled this season and has not looked like a defender carrying a suggested £47m price tag. Gianluigi Longari of TMW has previously suggested that United have already made an offer for Hummels.
As part of an ongoing saga, United may attempt to sign Kevin Strootman in January. ESPN’s Delaney reports that Van Gaal wants to make the Strootman deal happen this window rather than wait until the summer.
If true, this is a considerable gamble as Strootman continues his recovery from a serious knee injury. In his limited appearances since his return, Strootman has looked rusty and struggled for sharpness, which is perhaps to be expected at this stage but would represent a real gamble given suggested transfer fees. The media and some fans’ approach to Falcao’s “struggles” at United gives an indication as to how a rusty Strootman could be viewed should he join United.
Norwegian wonder kid Martin Odegaard looks set to sign for Real Madrid as he watches the Madrid derby at the Vicente Calderon. Odegaard has visited and had trials with a host of top European clubs, including United, but now looks set to choose Madrid as his destination. Norwegian outlet VG has further supported the notion that Odegaard will move to Madrid.
Borussia Dortmund have issued Ilkay Gundogan an ultimatum – either sign a contract or leave the club. The German midfielder’s contract will expire in 2016 and Dortmund are keen to bring a resolution to the issue. As reported by The Peoples Person, United have been linked with a move for Gundogan in the past week. Similarly to Wesley Sneijder, there was a stage where Gundogan looked to be the required signing for United, however, at this stage Gundogan moving to United does not make as much sense.
United have cooled their interest in Ron Vlaar, according to Miguel Delaney. Delaney asserts that Vlaar looked almost certain to move to Old Trafford two months ago, but the situation has now changed as Van Gaal focuses on other targets such as Hummels. Vlaar has continually been linked with United since Van Gaal took over at the club, Vlaar was an important figure in Holland’s impressive World Cup display.