News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United fear that a third bid for Wayne Rooney from Chelsea could unsettle the England number 10 further ahead of their clash at Old Trafford next Monday.
This follows Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s statement that Chelsea will delay a third bid for Rooney until after Monday’s night’s fixture, on ‘ethical’ grounds.
“I don't want Chelsea to do it before we go there,” said Mourinho.
“I think this period, by the ethical point of view, is a period where we're going to be quiet.”
The Mirror claims that United will ‘okay’ Rooney’s transfer to Chelsea if they sign a replacement.
Meanwhile, Everton boss Roberto Martinez fears that Manchester United’s interest may have ‘turned the heads’ of Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines following United’s £28 million bid for the Toffees’ duo.
Martinez stated Everton had received no new bids for the pair, despite reports that United were preparing to launch an improved £35 million offer.
Elsewhere, the Manchester Evening News asserts that Gareth Bale’s imminent transfer to Real Madrid will ‘unlock’ Luka Modric enabling United to swoop for the Croatian midfielder.
In other news, United legend and Sky Sports presenter Gary Neville gave his ‘insight’ into Sir Alex Ferguson’s team talks at Old Trafford.
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