Man United transfer news and gossip including De Gea, Witsel and Martins-Indi

by Phil Shearer

Here is a roundup of today’s Manchester United transfer news and gossip.

Spanish daily Sport.es have followed up on reports from the Daily Express that Man United have placed a £50m price tag on David de Gea and are willing to offer him £200,000 a week to stay at Old Trafford, wages which would make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world.

De Gea has been phenomenal for Man United in the last two seasons and is only going to continue getting better. Can United afford to let him go? There aren’t many world class goalkeepers in every generation and De Gea would be incredibly hard, almost impossible, to replace completely.

Axel Witsel has named Manchester United as a club he likes in the Premier League, as the Belgian star looks to a future away from Zenit Saint Petersburg. 26-year-old Witsel was heavily linked to United prior to his £34 million move to Russia and has now spoken of his love for United. “I have always liked Manchester United from when I was young,” he told Bleacher Report.

With the player keen on the challenge of the Premier League, his liking for United and talk that Louis van Gaal would like to strengthen his midfield options, Witsel could yet get his dream move.

Man United are not interested in signing Bruno Martins-Indi, contrary to reports that emerged in the last 24 hours. Martins-Indi was a key figure in Van Gaal’s Dutch team of the 2014 World Cup and it was rumoured that the Dutch tactician was keen to bring the centre back to Old Trafford. However, the reliable James Ducker of The Times has been told Man United are not interested in signing Martins-Indi.

The speculation surrounding Martins-Indi makes him part of an ever-growing list of supposed centre back targets for United, nearly every player from Van Gaal’s Dutch World Cup defence has now been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Memphis Depay looks set to remain at PSV for now as the 20-year-old winger insists he wants to win the league with PSV before he leaves the club. The impressive Depay has been linked with a move to United on a number of occasions and it is thought Van Gaal is an admirer of the talented winger. With PSV four points clear of Ajax at the top of the Eredivisie table, Depay has his eye on the title before he will move away. Depay would provide pace and width to United’s options, something Van Gaal has made clear he would like to add, but they will have to look elsewhere whilst Depay settles his business in Holland.

United could make a £200 million attempt to bring Lionel Messi to Old Trafford according to TalkSport. Messi’s future at Barcelona has been the subject of much paper discussion in the past few weeks, with the Argentinian genius remaining non-committal when questioned on the matter at the Balon D’Or ceremony.

Now, it is being speculated that United’s new kit manufacturer Adidas could provide financial support to United in a bid to bring Messi to Old Trafford. This speculation will likely remind United fans of similar stories surrounding Nike and a move for Cristiano Ronaldo. It is expected that Messi will remain at Barcelona, but whilst the situation remains uncertain, United are keeping one eye on developments.

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