Here is a round-up of the latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.
Real Madrid could be set to pass on signing David De Gea (TalkSport). De Gea’s future at United has been the subject of constant speculation over the past few months, intensifying as a result of the signing of Victor Valdes. However, Real Madrid are reportedly set to sign River Plate’s keeper Augusto Batalla. United fans will hope this paves the way for United to secure De Gea’s future at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo could make a sensational return to Old Trafford (Daily Mail). Ronaldo has cut a frustrated and unhappy figure of late, with visible signs of discontent in Real Madrid’s win over Levante at the weekend. Ronaldo has found himself at odds with Real Madrid fans, struggling to gel with Gareth Bale and unhappy at Madrid’s form. Ronaldo had dinner with Sir Alex Ferguson last week and talk of an Old Trafford return has continued to grow.
United are keen on signing Roberto Firmino of Hoffenheim (Bild). United scout Peter Braund was in attendance to watch Firmino as he starred in Hoffenheim’s 3-0 win over Hamburg. Firmino has impressed this season, scoring eight goals in the Bundesliga. It is thought the 23-year-old could be lured away from Hoffenheim if the price was right.
Radamel Falcao has accepted that he will not be moving permanently to United (The Mirror). It is reported that Falcao has privately accepted that United will not be making his move to Old Trafford permanent. However, the Colombian striker reportedly wants to remain in the Premier League as speculation about his club for next season intensifies.