England captain Wayne Rooney looks likely to be the only centre-forward left at Manchester United next season, at least from among the players Louis van Gaal used during his first term at Old Trafford.
According to the Mirror, Robin van Persie seems to be conducting a rather unedifying exit from the club he left Arsenal for three years ago, with the Dutch striker reportedly demanding a £12m parting gift on his way to Fenerbahce, who are set to meet his wages in full.
Javier Hernandez, who spent most of last season on loan at Real Madrid, is not wanted back and has been told to find a new club despite being in recovery from a shoulder operation, according to Sky Sports.
‘Chicharito’ is the latest in a long-line of players to be linked with breaking the 59-year transfer hoodoo between United and Liverpool, but MLS side Orlando City have also been mentioned as a potential destination for the Mexican.
Along with Chelsea’s latest loanee Radamel Falcao, those two disappointments of Van Gaal’s first season in charge of the Red Devils may well have played their last games for United, but youth product James Wilson will be hoping his future with the 13-time Premier League champions is a bit more secure.
Everton and Hull are thought to be interested in taking the 19-year-old on loan next term, although if the ‘Iron Tulip’ doesn’t get round to targeting a few strikers this summer, the local boy might have a better chance of first-team action in Manchester.
Van Gaal only saw fit to play Wilson 15 times last season, with 11 appearances coming from the bench, so a full term with the Tigers in the Championship would probably do the youngster no harm, whereas acting as back-up for Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park seems a backwards step.
Oddly enough, there’s little news on potential forward acquisitions at Old Trafford, with Van Gaal evidently relying on skipper Rooney and new signing Memphis Depay to bag 30 goals a piece next season.