Manchester United have been linked with a move for Sevilla’s Geoffrey Kondogbia. The 20-year-old French midfielder is also believed to be a target for Chelsea, and the player’s current club have confirmed they have rejected an offer of around £7million from an unnamed Premier League side.
This morning’s reports suggest that club is United, and that an increased offer of £8.5million will be enough to secure the player due to a clause in his contract. A defensive midfielder with outstanding talent and potential to improve further, Kondogbia could be exactly what David Moyes is looking for.
Another young player linked with Old Trafford is Fenerbahce midfielder Salih Ucan. The 19-year-old is reportedly being scouted by United during the Under-20 World Cup in his homeland. Although his £17.1million release clause may render the reports little more than hearsay; especially when Thiago Alcantara can be signed for an almost identical fee.
If he wants to move to United, that is.
Because the latest reports from Spain suggest the 22-year-old could be staying at Barcelona after all. At least if his Instagram is anything to go by.
Thiago has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford and it was believed a switch was only a matter of time. But posting a photograph of himself and his brother Rafinha the midfielder wrote, “I love Barcelona”.
Whether he means as a holiday destination or as the club at which he will commit his long-term future will be revealed in the coming days.
But United fans growing excited at the possibility of an outstanding midfield talent joining their ranks may have to rein in those expectations.
And finally Arsenal are reported to have bid £20million for Wayne Rooney. A move that is claimed will prompt Chelsea to follow suit.
However United sources are already said to have warned potential suitors off the England striker, claiming he is not for sale.
Other reports state that Rooney and Moyes have already met in secret to discuss the player’s future; this despite previous claims the meeting would take place next week.
In short, it seems both the Rooney and the Thiago sagas have some time to run yet.
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