Speculation is rife as to the precise nature of the high-calibre squad bolstering Manchester United have planned before the end of the transfer window.
It’s been going on all summer, of that there’s little doubt, but, in all their tenuousness, today’s gossip servings tell a certain truth.
Namely that United’s focus is on upgrading their central-midfield options.
Arturo Vidal 3/10 to be a Man Utd player on 02/09/14
The Mirror report that United boss Louis van Gaal has now ‘told the Old Trafford giants’ chief executive Ed Woodward to pursue Vidal and (Daley) Blind’.
However, the Red Devils’ chances of brokering a deal for the Chilean may be impeded by goings-on elsewhere in Europe.
Real Madrid’s Xabi Alonso is ‘on the verge’ of joining FC Bayern Munchen if the Guardian know their apples.
Allowing the deep-midfield veteran to exit the Santiago Bernabeu would leave a Vidal-shaped hole in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad that he may choose to plug to United’s detriment.
Los Blancos’ interest in the Juventus star earlier in the summer was well-documented.
William Carvalho 5/4 to be a Man Utd player on 02/09/14
The sheer volume of gossip vouches for the verity of the Old Trafford club’s desire to sign a central midfielder and, while the Vidal situation is getting no clearer, landing Carvalho looks a less taxing proposition this morning.
Having initially demanded buying clubs meet his £37m release clause, the Daily Mail report Sporting Lisbon to have lowered the fee at which they will part company with their prized asset to £23.8m.
Daley Blind 1/2 to be a Man Utd player on 02/09/14
The Mail suggest ‘chief executive Ed Woodward is concerned rival clubs will try to take advantage of United…by demanding inflated prices’, which may explain why Ajax are after the “the absolute top price” for their total footballer.
That tag is considered to be £20m according to The Sun, which The Mirror believe is unlikely to put off his English pursuers.