Following reports yesterday that Tottenham were considering offers from more than one club for Gareth Bale, Manchester United were the club on the lips of many. And yet following their 0-0 draw against Chelsea last night, manager David Moyes dismissed the claim.
When asked if United had made a bid for the Welshman, Moyes said, “No,” before adding, “The board and myself would always be looking to sign who we think are the best players, whoever they are.”
While some may take that as a hint that he could still make a bid for Bale, it is far more likely he was defending his transfer policy in light of some public rejections and failures so far this summer. Besides, if the Sun’s claim that United will need to pay £125million is true, that will never happen.
It is far more likely Moyes will return to his former club for Marouane Fellaini, and the Telegraph reports that United will make a fresh £20million bid for the Belgian prior to their next game on Sunday.
Reports suggest United stand a better chance of signing the midfielder than his Everton teammate Leighton Baines. And while both would improve the team, there is no doubt the champions’ midfield is the area in most need of rejuvenation.
But that hasn’t stopped United also being linked with Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala.
Spanish newspaper Marca claims both United and Barcelona sent scouts to watch him last weekend, with the former having seemingly missed out on long term target Ezequiel Garay.
United’s defence has started the new campaign in fine form, but the prospect of injury and suspension could see them moving for the 22-year-old Frenchman.
However, we think it is far more likely that any business Moyes does manage to conduct in the coming days will purely revolve around his midfield.
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