News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
In team news, Manchester United manager David Moyes expects striker Wayne Rooney to be fit for the Red Devils’ friendly in Stockholm in August against AIK Fotball and the manager also reiterated the club’s stance on the England star’s future.
"He is doing light jogging now. The feedback I am getting from home is that he is progressing. We have said he is not for sale and that hasn't changed,” explained the boss.
United used their official Twitter account to post a picture of Rooney ‘returning’ as a publicity picture for the friendly in Stockholm next month, despite on-going speculation over the 27-year-old future.
Meanwhile, United’s youngsters ‘bonded’ over sushi in a restaurant in the Japanese city of Osaka today.
United defender Jonny Evans is ‘relishing’ the start of the new season and is still in the dark over the new boss’ plans for the team. The Irishman revealed:
"Now we don't know how the new manager will work. That is why everyone is so desperate to impress."
His teammate defender Phil Jones is ‘eying’ a role as centre-back for the coming season after featuring in defence and midfield last term under Sir Alex Ferguson.
"I have said from day one I see myself as a centre-back," Jones told the press.
"But, if I am asked to play in midfield or at right-back, I am happy to do so. As long as I am in the team, it doesn't matter whether I am in goal.”
In transfer news, Wayne Rooney is ‘open’ to a move to Arsenal if a possible move to Chelsea ‘falters’ according to reports in The Guardian. However, there are no quotes to substantiate the claim.
Chelsea are prepared to pay £30 million for Rooney, according to the Daily Mail. However, again, there are no official statements on which the report is based.
Meanwhile, Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas is ‘considering his future’ after United made two bids that have both been rejected by the Catalans this week, according to The Independent.
The Guardian, however, asserts that David Moyes would consider Yohan Cabaye and Luka Modric as alternatives should the Fabregas ‘deal’ prove unsuccessful.
Cabaye’s manager at Newcastle Alan Pardew insists the club have not received an offer for the midfielder and hopes the Frenchman will remain at St James’ Park next term.
Elsewhere, Thiago Alcantara’s father revealed his son was ‘very close’ to signing for United but in the end opted for European champions Bayern Munich because the club and the player ‘couldn’t find an agreement’ over personal terms.
The Daily Mail also claims United are still interested in Gareth Bale since reports emerged that Tottenham’s Welsh star had agreed a ‘six-year’ contract with Real Madrid – these claims, originating in Marca, are also yet to be confirmed officially by any of the parties involved.
Finally, United youngster Angelo Henriquez looks set for a loan spell at Napoli whilst AS Monaco have shorn ‘interest’ in United contract rebel Nani.
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