Manchester United's new era will begin on July 1
July 1st 2013 is a historic day in the history of Manchester United, because it marks the introduction of David Moyes as the club's new manager.
The Scotsman has already been at work behind the scenes at Old Trafford, but officially his six-year contract begins on Monday.
He will spend the first part of the week getting to know the players who will report back to him for pre-season training on Wednesday, giving him plenty of time behind the scenes.
His first press conference is said to be schedule for Friday July 5, which promises to be an unmissable affair for all intrigued as to what he has to say.
Whether Manchester United will announce any signings on July 1, the day Moyes takes over to make his first proper day in the job even more memorable is going to interest supporters, who will hope the official opening of the transfer window will lead to deals being completed.
One already has been, the addition of Uruguayan youngster Guillermo Varela, with the deal announced on the club's website last month. Another player anxiously waiting for July 1, is Wilfried Zaha, whose deal was confirmed in January, with his contract at United set to begin on Monday.
He became the last player signed by Ferguson, for a fee in the region of £15 million, but the new boss will no doubt be looking for his own big addition.
So who could be Moyes' 'marquee signing' from his first day on the job? There are two standouts, with tricky negotiations for Leighton Baines expected to take longer to conclude.
Ezequiel Garay has been linked with Manchester United repeatedly throughout 2013, with the Argentine tipped to put pressure on the existing centre-backs at the club and even pave the way for the exit of Nemanja Vidic, four years his senior. United have widely been reported to have a 'gentleman's agreement' in place with Benfica for the player set up before Moyes joined the club, which the manager simply had to rubber-stamp. Garay would cost in the region of €20 million, and it was claimed last week he had even been spotted house-hunting in Manchester, making the prospect of Moyes confirming the transfer seeming more likely if accurate.
Thiago is the deal Manchester United fans are really excited about. Voted the MVP of the UEFA under-21 Championships, after hitting a final hat-trick against Italy, he has become Europe's most talked about young talent. United are said to have offered him a contract of around €7.5 million per year to leave Barcelona, a deal which would cost €18 million in transfer money due to a clause in the 22-year-old's contract. The offer has been on the table for a few days, with United waiting on the player's position. His younger brother Rafinha renewed his deal with Barcelona last week, which United fans will hope will not persuade him to stay at a club where he is not a first choice. United will want it done as quickly as possible to prevent other clubs such as Bayern stepping up their chase. United are said to want the Spaniard ideally ahead of Moyes' first press conference at the end of the week.
Plus... the website which was forced to publish an apology after a story concerning Newcastle trying to sign Wayne Rooney, SportsDirectNews, was declared to be false, has also claimed Kevin Strootman will sign for United on July 1. We doubt it is true, but it's worth United fans just bearing it in mind just in case...
What do you expect from Moyes' first day? A big addition or a low-key affair?
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