News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In transfer news, The Guardian reports today that Gareth Bale could join Manchester United this summer.
However, The Express asserts that Bale’s potential move to Real Madrid could ‘open the door’ for Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford.
Ronaldo and Bale seem to have been woven into a complex transfer ‘riddle’ – each star’s fate seems to be dependent on the others, as discussed in the Manchester Evening News today.
Meanwhile, Everton are ready to make Leighton Baines their highest earner. According to The Mirror the Merseyside club are hoping a £65,000 a week wage-packet will deter the left-back from following David Moyes to United this summer.
In Italy, Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio is ’proud’ to be linked with United.
"Of course, I feel proud when I hear of the interest of Monaco and Manchester United, even though nobody has called me at this point,” said the Italian.
In Germany, Pep Guardiola is rumoured to be hoping to 'trump’ United to bring in Thiago Alcantara of Barcelona to Bayern Munich.
Back in England, Chelsea are ‘set to launch’ a shock ‘bid’ for Robert Lewandowski who is a known ‘target’ of United’s and Bayern Munich’s this summer, according to The Express.
In other news, United ace Shinji Kagawa insists Japan can win in Brazil after they qualified early for the World Cup finals next year.
“We’re going there to win, so the question will be how we can achieve that. That’s my mind-set going into this tournament,” he explained.
Meanwhile, David De Gea paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson who he described as the ‘best coach of all time.’
"I am very proud to have had the privilege of working with Ferguson, it was a real pleasure. He is the best coach of all time and it is something I will be able to tell my children and my grandchildren,“ said the Spaniard.
Finally, United’s U21’s upcoming fixtures have been confirmed. The youngsters will play Waterford United, Ross County, Crewe Alexandra, Skelmersdale United and Manchester City in July and August.
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