Manchester United latest: Including Thiago deal update and Thailand tour in doubt

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Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara is on the verge of completing a switch to Manchester United. He would become David Moyes’ first major signing as United boss and is thought to have agreed a five-year contract with the current Premier League champions.

Wayne Rooney continues to be linked with a summer switch to Arsenal. Former Gunners striker John Hartson has urged the club to spend big on the want away United attacker after he handed in a second transfer request to leave the club at the back end of last season.

David Moyes has cut his holiday short according to the Spanish press to push through the transfer of Thiago from Barcelona. The gifted young Spaniard is set to sign for United after reportedly agreeing terms and Moyes apparently wants to see the deal through from his Old Trafford office.

David Moyes could make himself a very popular figure around Old Trafford if he gets the better of the club’s main rivals at the start of the season. United face Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in their opening five games of the season, which means the new boss is thrown straight in at the deep end.

Manchester United centre back Rio Ferdinand says the club are fully focused on retaining their Premier League title despite the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferdinand says if anything, it will make the current squad of players more determined to get off to a good start next season.

Juventus have reiterated their stance that Claudio Marchisio is not for sale. The Italian international has been linked with a summer move to Manchester United but the Serie A champions have stood firm by their recent comments that the player is not available for any price.

Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa has been one of the stand out players for Japan at the Confederations Cup. Kagawa put in a man of the match performance against Italy and grabbed a goal during that game but the tournament could now be under threat due to riots in Brazil.

Manchester United’s pre-season tour of Thailand could be in doubt thanks to FIFA. The planned matches United have in the country could be called off if the governing body of world football decides to impose sanctions on the country relating to issues with various Thai clubs.

Southampton have emerged as surprise favourites to sign Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. Manchester United were linked with a move for the £10 million rated holding player last season, following a string of impressive performances from him in the Champions League.

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