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Fellaini linked with move from Manchester United to Roma.

Roma are set to be putting in an offer for Fellaini to move their this summer.

The Serie A side are looking to fill the boots of Radja Nainggolan who is set to go to Chelsea.

Roma have been reportedly scouting the Belgian since January and believe he is the right man for the job.
Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Roma are willing to splash out £15 million on the midfielder.

Manchester United are reportedly planning on keeping the 28-year-old, but could be tempted to leave if the offer is tempting.

It will have to take a lot to tear Fellaini away from Old Trafford as his contract still has two years left, which runs out in the summer of 2018.

Fellaini was bought in September 2013 for a last second deadline day £27.5 million transfer from Everton, reuniting him with his old manager, David Moyes.

The midfielder however was spotted watching Roma vs Napoli this Monday 25 April, which sparks rumours that he is set to leave the club this summer.

Source: TalkSport

What do you think? Do you think Fellaini will leave this summer? Let us know in the comments below.

Manchester United and Chelsea in summer battle for Marquinhos

Marquinhos has attracted attention from Manchester United and Chelsea who are looking to see if they can swoop him in with a cut-price deal.

Manchester United’s defence has been in need of refurbishment since last summer whilst Chelsea are looking for a suitable replacement for John Terry who is leaving at the end of this season.

Marquinhos has expressed his interest in leaving the club after not starting against Manchester City in the Champions League match.

He told Goal: “I will not lie.

“All players of the group wanted to be on the pitch against Manchester City.

“It was the biggest game of the season but we must respect the choice of the coach, it is the truth.

“After the end of the season, we will take the best decision for my future.

“We will talk.”

The central defender hasn’t been given game time at Paris Saint-Germain due to stiff competition with Thiago Silva and David Luiz.

If you’re unfamiliar with Marquinhos’ undeniable talent, take a look at this.

Marquinhos’s brother has confirmed of the interest that has been put to the players’ agent and PSG directly about him.

Luan Aoas said: “There are many clubs interested Marquinhos.

“They talk with me. With the club and the agent of Marquinhos.

“Me and my dad are going to make a choice. (Marquinhos’ girlfriend) Carol also, because now she speaks French.

“We will see (what happens). I hope he stays.”

The 21-year-old is reportedly making his decision on whether to leave the French giants, PSG, this summer.

Source: The Express

Do you want Marquinhos at the club? Do you think he’ll choose to come to United? Let us know in the comments below.

Renato Sanches to sign for Manchester United

Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches is set to sign for Manchester United in a 35 million pound deal

Sanches is a player United have been linked with for some time and with rumours circulating in the January transfer window that a deal was close, it appears United finally have their man.

The truth is United have been scouting Sanches for most of the season, again evidencing Van Gaal’s intent to bring in the best youth talent in the world. And Renato Sanches certainly fits in to that category. His rise this season has been nothing short of sensational.

Turning 18 back in August Sanches made his debut last October, after a string of poor results for Benfica, and the impact was immediate. The improvement in Benfica’s fortunes since Sanches’s introduction to the first team have been plain for all to see, with team performances electrifying the Estadio De Luz and a winning streak that has put them in pole position for the title. Renato Sanches is widely credited amongst supporters and the media as the reason for Benfica’s improvement, which is probably why the club offered him a new contract back in November with a 35 million buyout clause.

So how does he play? A box to box midfielder in the traditional sense of the word, Sanches is quick, athletic with a ferocious shot. Everything points to his game being tailor made for the premier league and he very much fits in to that Fosu-Mensah, Rashford, Martial category of being confident, talented and ready to play way beyond their years.

35 million is a big outlay for an 18 year old with less than a season of first team football behind him but the feeling is this will be money very well spent by the Manchester United hierarchy.

The rumored move will do nothing to quell the Jose Mourinho to United talk either. Mourinho is a long time admirer of Sanches and is said to have been eyeing him up for Chelsea before his dismissal. Renato Sanches is also a client of Jorge Mendes, Mourinho’s agent. Coincidence or yet another sign that this is going to be a very exciting summer of Manchester United fans?

Kostas Manolas a target for Manchester United

Manchester United have joined rivals Manchester City and Chelsea in the race to sign Roma centre back Kostas Manolas, according to the Daily Mail.

Roma signed the 24 year old Greece international from Olympiacos in 2014 for £12million.

Manolas played for Olympiacos when they beat Manchester United 2-0 in the UEFA Champions League when David Moyes was in charge.

Jose Mourinho was interested in signing Manolas when he was in charge of Chelsea but a move failed to materialise.

United have been looking for a defensive leader since the departure of Nemanja Vidic and last summer failed in their attempts to sign Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid.

Despite United’s stuttering form this season and a bewildering lack of goals, the partnership between Chris Smalling and Daley Blind has been exceptional, helping United to the 2nd best defensive record in the Premier League with only Spurs conceding fewer goals.

Kostas Manolas in action for Roma against Real Madrid (Picture: thesun.co.uk)
Kostas Manolas in action for Roma against Real Madrid (Picture: thesun.co.uk)

As I’m sure many other United fans will agree, a defensive leader is definitely needed. I’m not saying Kostas Manolas is our man because I know very little about him. But I do believe we would benefit from signing a top centre back not just to strengthen our back four, but also because we would be better off using Daley Blind in his favoured position as a central defensive midfielder. Especially with Michael Carrick’s future in doubt.

Daley Blind has similar attributes to Michael Carrick, possessing a fantastic passing range and instinctive defensive qualities. I think he would make the perfect replacement. Carrick has had a fantastic career at United but has struggled for consistency as of late.

Do you think United should deploy Blind in a CDM role? Have your say below.

  • Buy a top CB and use Blind as CDM (85%, 41 Votes)
  • Keep Blind as CB and buy back up (8%, 4 Votes)
  • Buy a top CB and keep Carrick (6%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 48

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Watch Kostas Manolas in action below:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join United if Van Gaal leaves

Would you like to see Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a Manchester United shirt? Well, if rumours circulating right now are to be true then it could well happen. There is one condition though; Louis Van Gaal leaves his post as manager in the summer.

This news surfaced today from the Sky Sports News HQ. They also go on to say that Ibrahimovic will be out of contract at Paris Saint Germain this summer and that he is considering all of his options, including the chance to play in the Chinese Super League where he could earn a reported 70 million euros over just two seasons.

In his autobiography, titled “I am Zlatan”, he talks about his strained relationship with Louis Van Gaal during their time at Ajax. Louis Van Gaal was the Technical Director while Ronald Koeman was the team manager.

West Ham are also said to be interested in signing Ibrahimovic but conceded that they would not be able to compete with the money on offer from the Chinese Super League.

A mock-up of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a United shirt (Picture: dailymail.co.uk)
A mock-up of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a United shirt (Picture: dailymail.co.uk)

Personally I would love to see Ibrahimovic playing for United next season. There aren’t many players around of that calibre (especially who are available on a free transfer) and it will be a huge boost to the morale of the club, the fans and the youngsters in the squad.

Would you like to see Ibrahimovic playing for United next season?

  • Yes (93%, 42 Votes)
  • No (7%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 45

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See some of Zlatan’s goals in the video below:

Chong set to sign for United

With the 2015/16 season drawing ever closer to its conclusion we can expect to see a sudden rise in transfer rumours once again. And the subject of this particular transfer rumour is Feyenoord wonderkid Tahith Chong.

It has been reported by the Daily Mail that talks are at an advanced stage and a deal is expected to be completed for the 16 year old in the coming days.

United are said to have seen off competition from other Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Chelsea for Chong’s signature.

Feyenoord did try their best to keep hold of the youngster but the emergence of United’s youth players such as Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson appears to have given some encouragement to Chong.

Tahith Chong’s favoured position is on the left wing where he plays most of his football, but he can also play anywhere across the attacking front line, making him the type of versatile player Louis Van Gaal prefers.

As there has been no word about this transfer from either club, we should take this rumour lightly as we have seen reports like this on many occasions and nothing has come of it, leaving us all bitterly disappointed!

Watch Chong in action below:

Pereira OUT | Mane & Forster IN

Another day, another transfer mill around Manchester United.

The Express along with a number of Spanish outlets are reporting that Andreas Pereira is in talks with Spanish outfit Malaga about a move in the summer while United would look to bring in Southampton duo Sadio Mane and goal keeper Fraser Forster, the latter amid fears of David De Gea leaving Old Trafford.

For any United fan, the potential departure of Andreas Pereira is a difficult but realistic pill we may have to swallow.
The Brazilian was undoubtedly the best performer on the U.S. pre-season tour, putting in a number of good performances, including against current Champions league holders Barcelona, and was looking like having a break-out season in the first team.

Unfortunately, things have not panned out that way. Pereira has again been forced to be a constant shining light in the u 21’s while awaiting another chance to push his case for a start in the top side. After scoring a free-kick against Middlesborough in the Capital One Cup, again, Pereira pushed his case for first-team action.

As this article is written, the attacking midfielder is still awaiting a starting birth in the Premier League. Pereira even expressed a desire to go out on loan, but Van Gaal turned down the option.

With reports suggesting Louis Van Gaal could stay for yet another season, the unfortunate departure of Andreas Pereira seems likely. You cannot blame the player for becoming disillusioned with life at Old Trafford, especially considering the number of injuries and other young players who have been given an opportunity to shine, while Pereira sat on the periphery of the team.

Here’s hoping this is simply a rumour-mill, or the Red Devils can prepare themselves for the possibility of Paul Pogba case 2.0.

Mane would be a great addition to the side, but I do not see how a winger compliments the departure of an attacking midfielder. Regardless of whether this is true or not, there’s no debating Peirera has been badly mistreated.

The other concern amongst United fans is what feels like the inevitable departure of Spanish international David De Gea. The classy goal-keeper was a fax-machine away from becoming a Real Madrid player and considering his heroics this season, it is worrying to think where United would currently be positioned without him in-goal.
Forster is a very solid goal-keeper but he is not the calibre of Manchester United. If the Red Devils are unable to keep hold of the Spaniard, they should seek Stoke’s Jack Butland who has proven he is capable of world-class saves himself this season.

All the rumour and innuendo reaffirms the need for stability and leadership at Old Trafford. A Director of Football is a necessity if United are going to begin to get any fluency about their future ambitions, otherwise we risk falling further behind than we already are.

Over to you, Ed – please sort it out.

Your Aussie Correspondent,

Larry – The United Stand