There has been a surprise departure from Manchester United in recent hours, with the news that Norwegian midfielder Mats Moller Daehli has signed for Molde for an undisclosed fee, believed to be around £1.5million.
The 18-year-old is one of Norway’s most promising young players, and was widely tipped to be a huge success at Old Trafford. But he has now signed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on a two-year deal.
Wayne Rooney was due for talks with David Moyes on Tuesday, then it was Wednesday…but as the week ticks on it seems the manager and his reportedly want-away striker are no closer to that much anticipated conversation.
Reports this morning suggest that while the two have already spoken this week, it was brief and had nothing to do with the growing number of reports as to where the England forward will be playing next season. It is also being claimed that should Rooney want to leave, he will have to submit a formal transfer request.
In short, it seems Moyes has had his say by saying nothing at all – the player is not for sale…unless he wants to be.
One man almost certain to leave Old Trafford this summer is Nani, and following a failed bid from Galatasaray, and reported interest from Monaco and Juventus, Roma are now said to be interested in the Portuguese winger.
It is claimed that Roma’s director of sport has flown to England to begin negotiations over a possible deal.
With Nani set to leave, there may be more chances for Wilfried Zaha to gain first-team experience next season. And yet his former club Crystal Palace remain keen to bring him back on loan; and they are not the only ones.
Fulham and West Ham have also submitted requests to take the winger on loan next season. But they will all have to wait until after pre-season, a time when the 20-year-old will look to impress Moyes enough to earn a regular place in United's match-day squad.
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