News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher look set for an early return to pre-season training after being sidelined for the majority of last season, due to illness for which he underwent bowel surgery.
In transfer news, United ‘target’ Cesc Fabregas has ‘quashed’ rumour linking him with a move away from Barcelona as ‘absurd.’
“I've always said that I'm happy at Barca. Whoever says that I'm leaving doesn't know me and has never spoken with me," explained the former Arsenal captain.
"Nor with my agent, because he knows that I don't want him to talk with other people about me. I'm very private and I don't even talk about these things with my family.”
"If someone says anything that isn't that I want to play at Barca, it's completely absurd,“ he added.
Meanwhile, reports claim that United’s attempts to sign Robert Lewandowski will be blocked by his club Borussia Dortmund who have also insisted he will not be sold to Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich this summer.
Reports have surfaced, however, that Barcelona are interested in Lewandowski and have ‘joined the race’ to sign the coveted Polish striker.
Elsewhere, Gareth Bale could ‘hold the key’ to Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford – The Mirror claims that Ronaldo will be allowed to leave Real Madrid only if they sign Tottenham’s star man.
United winger Nani is reportedly ‘eyeing’ a move to Juventus or Monaco, despite interest from Galatasaray who had a ‘£6 million bid’ rejected by United for the Portuguese wideman.
In other news, United’s shares dropped 9% on the New York Stock Exchange, reportedly due to reports that United have agreed a ‘deal’ with Benfica for Ezequiel Garay.
Finally, United trialist Jeffrey Schlupp has revealed he learned from United’s stars during his trial period last term.
"To have the opportunity to train alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie was brilliant,” he stated.
"They would occasionally give me tips here and there while we were doing finishing practice, advising me on my body position and things like that – but you can just watch those kind of players and still learn so much.”
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