Manchester United latest: Including Nani and Thiago

News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.

In transfer news, United ‘target’ Cesc Fabregas insists he has had ‘no contact’ with any other clubs, despite being linked with both United and former club Arsenal in recent weeks.

"People talk a lot but the truth is that no-one has spoken with me," claimed the Spaniard.

United veteran Rio Ferdinand believes he’d have to be ‘mad’ to turn United down.

‘The likes of Ryan Giggs, Roy Keane, David Beckham, Andy Cole all became great players at United. With this platform you cannot believe anyone would ever turn it down,” urged Ferdinand.

Fabregas’ teammate at Barcelona, Thiago Alcantara has asked to leave Catalonia according to the Metro, potentially open the door for a switch to Old Trafford. Thiago hit a hat-trick in Spain's under-21 final win over Italy this evening.

The Mirror claims that Alcantara will be sold to finance a bid for Juan Mata of Chelsea who is a reported target of Barcelona’s this summer.

Meanwhile, United contract rebel Nani seems to be eyeing a move to Juventus according to The Guardian.

Elsewhere The Telegraph reports that United and Chelsea ‘target’ Marco van Ginkel is delaying decisions over his future until next month.

United target Kevin Strootman, however, appears to have made his decision that the Premier League is where his future lies, according to his agent.

United will likely fail in their attempts to sign Claudio Marchisio who Juventus do not wish to sell – ever.

Juventus director Beppe Marotta insisted:

“Juventus have never thought about selling Marchisio. Not now, not ever.”

In other news, United will play a friendly in Stockholm against AIK on Tuesday 6 August as part of their upcoming 2013 tour.

Former Red Devil David Beckham donated a United shirt to charity in China where he is hoping to raise money and awareness for a number of children’s charities.

Finally, outgoing United chief executive David Gill has been handed the power by UEFA to recommend bans for clubs who breach the incoming Financial Fair Play rules – such as United’s archrivals Manchester City and Chelsea.

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