Here is today’s Manchester United transfer news and gossip.
United have completed the signing of Victor Valdes. The former Barcelona stopper has signed an 18 month contract at Old Trafford with the option of a further year. Valdes has impressed since beginning training with United last October and has now signed, paving the way for Anders Lindegaard to depart.
Despite being happy about signing a three times Champions League winning goalkeeper, the Valdes deal does make some United fans feel uneasy as it raises questions around the future of David de Gea. However, Louis van Gaal has confirmed he will no.2 behind De Gea.
Nonetheless, the media have gone in to a minor frenzy with their speculation around De Gea’s future. The Telegraph has suggested that De Gea’s future at United could hinge on United’s decision on whether or not to make Radamel Falcao’s move to Manchester a permanent one. The report suggests that Jorge Mendes, agent for both De Gea and Falcao, will want to focus on resolving Falcao’s future at United before he is willing to work on De Gea’s extension.
It also outlines how the deal for Falcao is more or less a formality, simply waiting for United to give the final go ahead, whilst also outlining that United are “relaxed” about De Gea’s situation. In contrast, The Indepent state that United are determined to keep De Gea despite signing Valdes. This report is in keeping with Van Gaal’s assertion that Valdes has been signed as the backup goalkeeper and that the signing of the ex-Barcelona keeper will signal the exit of Anders Lindegaard, not De Gea.
Van Gaal has also confirmed that more he expects to send more players out on loan so United are going to be completing more deals in January.
The signing of Victor Valdes has also led to some reports that it will result in Gareth Bale becoming a United player with De Gea going the other way. Peter Spencer of The Manchester Evening News has tweeted that he sees the Bale to United deal edging closer with the completion of the Valdes transfer. Real Madrid will be in no hurry to part with their most expensive signing, who has a penchant for scoring in finals and this will not change because of David De Gea.
Mats Hummels will not be moving to United in January, according to the player’s father (also his agent). Rumours in the past few days had suggested that United were hopeful of signing the German centre back as soon as January, however, the player’s father has stated that he will remain with Dortmund beyond the January transfer window. This may come as a blow to United fans who are hopeful of defensive reinforcements arriving in this transfer window.
Kevin Strootman has indicated that he has no intention of leaving Roma, yet. As reported by Sky Italia Strootman as dismissed talk of leaving Rome, placing an emphasis on his recovery from injury and return to top form. Strootman is seen by many United fans as a favoured signing and it is thought Van Gaal sees Strootman as a top option. Nonetheless, at this stage Strootman looks to be staying with Roma and United’s focus would appear to largely focus on their defensive resources.
Remaining on the topic of centre backs, Ron Vlaar looks set to miss out on a move to United after suffering a knee injury. Vlaar had regularly been touted as a target for United in their search for defensive additions, with his involvement and importance in Van Gaal’s Dutch World Cup adding substance to the suggestions Vlaar may make the move to Old Trafford. However, having suffered a knee injury which could keep him out for up to two months, Vlaar now looks unlikely to make the move to Manchester.
In out-going transfer news, centre back Michael Keane has made a permanent switch to Burnley after the club agreed a reported £3 million deal for the transfer of the young centre back. Keane has been on loan at Burnley and has become a regular in their starting 11. As he approaches his 22nd birthday, there were few signs that Keane was going to break in to United’s first team plans and the move is good for both Burnley and Keane.