Man United transfer news and gossip – Pogba to return, Madrid chasing Strootman and Coleman targeted by Van Gaal

by Phil Shearer

2015 is upon us as Manchester United played out a frustrating 1-1 draw against Stoke. The start of the new year brings the transfer window and continued rumours.

According to reports in The Daily Star, Man United are set to launch a £77 million bid to bring Paul Pogba back to Old Trafford. The former United player has developed in to a star at Italian champions Juventus and rumours of United interest have persisted for some time. The report also credits Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City with interest in the French international.

Real Madrid are lining up a move for Kevin Strootman as outlined by The Daily Star (citing reports in Spain as their source). The Peoples Person has covered the continued rumours of United’s interest in Strootman and apparently the Spanish giants are chasing the midfield dynamo. Strootman recently talked about the lure of Real Madrid and Barcelona, to any footballer, and this rumour is likely a progression from that. Manchester Evening News, however, assert that United will enquire about Strootman’s availability as soon as this month.

As the rumours about the future of Radamel Falcao change from day to day, Spanish paper Marca are now insisting that United will make Falcao’s move permanent after convincing the club he is in top physical condition. Only three days ago it was reported that United would not be signing the Colombian hitman on a permanent basis. Falcao continued his goalscoring form against Stoke and looked to be United’s sharpest player for a lot of the game. He is already a fans’ favourite and most will be hoping the permanent deal is sealed.

The Guardian continue to link Ron Vlaar with a transfer to United. Talk of United’s desire to strengthen their defensive options continues and apparently Vlaar is under consideration by Louis Van Gaal. Vlaar is out of contract in the summer and would be able to move on a free transfer, whereas signing Vlaar in January would command an outlay on the transfer fee. United’s need for defensive improvement could outweigh the fee that would be required to snare the tough tackling centre back in January.

United will contact Everton for Seamus Coleman in January, according to the Manchester Evening News. As covered by the Peoples Person, Coleman has emerged as a target for United in their bid for a top class right back. Doubts remain over the future of Rafael, with the diminutive Brazilian seemingly not favoured by Louis Van Gaal.

Gary Neville has stated that he feels United will buy in January, if the right deal can be done. It will undoubtedly be an interesting month on the transfer front.

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