A select round-up of transfer news relating to Manchester United, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Guillermo Varela and Wayne Rooney.
Reports suggest Monaco are ready to bid £85million for former Manchester United player Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese has been strongly linked with a return to Old Trafford in recent months. And while Real Madrid president Florentino Perez moved to dismiss those claims, it seems Claudio Ranieri’s big-spending club are monitoring the situation closely, in readiness to make a world-record bid if the player’s future is not decided by early August.
United would love to take Ronaldo back, and when the club’s press office used Twitter to ask which players the Red Devils should be signing this summer, the Madrid forward was high on the list. But they are unlikely to part with anything like the amount Monaco are said to be readying.
United are however favourites to sign Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund, after the Polish striker’s club refused to sell him to rivals Bayern Munich.
Tracked for some time by former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Lewandowski is now 2/1 with English bookmakers to move to Old Trafford this summer, with Chelsea 8/1 and Arsenal 10/1.
Although the fact that the striker has so clearly expressed his desire to move to Bayern leaves the very real opportunity of him seeing out his contract, before moving to the Allianz Arena unopposed in 12 months.
The future of Wayne Rooney remains unclear, with reports that the player is unsure if he can win back the trust of the fans following Ferguson’s claims that he asked to leave at the end of last season. Rooney has denied those claims, and will seek reassurances with David Moyes that he is integral to the new manager’s plans. But there remain doubts as to whether he can regain the support of the Old Trafford faithful a second time, having publicly asked for a transfer in the past.
With question marks over many comings-and-goings, United yesterday confirmed the signing of Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela on a five-year deal.
“I’m very pleased to be a part of this club,” he said, “one of the best teams in the world.”
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