Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Nathaniel Clyne in the summer according to the sources of The Mirror’s David McDonnell.
Speaking on United in Press this evening on MUTV, McDonnell said the deal is done to make Clyne the first signing by Louis van Gaal this year.
McDonnell’s comments come hours after reports from ESPN suggested a swap deal could see Javier Hernandez go to Southampton as part of a deal for Clyne.
What seems strange about McDonnell’s claims is that he decided to announce them on MUTV rather than The Mirror, given that is who pays his salary
Rafael’s continued absence from Man United’s starting XI in favour of makeshift right-back Antonio Valencia is indicative of how Louis van Gaal sees his long-term future at the club. Although Valencia has filled in well in that role, he is not the long-term solution which is where Clyne would step in.
So, whether it would have been Clyne, Dani Alves or any other right-back, a new one was expected to join in the summer.
If the 24-year-old does indeed complete his move from Southampton as McDonnell suggests he will, he would come in alongside Luke Shaw as the second full-back signed from the South coast club by Man United in as many seasons.
We asked Man United fans whether they would be happy at Clyne being van Gaal’s first signing this summer and will be publishing a fans’ view tomorrow.