News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Wayne Rooney could be set for a new contract if he ‘toes the line’ at Manchester United, according to reports. The Daily Mail claims that United will offer the England number 10 contract ‘talks’ this autumn to negotiate the terms of new deal to commit his future beyond 2015.
However, said talks will only be held on the condition that he remains committed and focused to the manager and the team and does not make his position untenable through his behaviour at Old Trafford.
The Independent claims that Rooney accepts he will remain at Old Trafford and will not be granted a move to Chelsea, despite Blues boss Jose Mourinho’s interest in signing him this summer.
Reports also claim that Leighton Baines is nearing a move to United, having told Everton he wants a move.
Chilean prospect Angelo Henriquez has sealed a season long loan move to Spanish side Real Zaragoza, with the aim of getting regular football under his belt.
The Telegraph cites Rooney’s performance against Chelsea on Monday night as the reason behind the club’s renewed hope of resolving matters with the 27-year-old.
In transfer news, rumours that United were behind a ‘second bid’ for Gareth Bale linger, despite David Moyes’ dismissal of the claims.
Meanwhile, The Metro reports that United have ‘agreed a fee’ for Marouane Fellaini who could be set to reunite with his former manager at Everton David Moyes imminently.
According to reports, Everton have accepted a £20 million bid for the Belgian midfielder, despite having recently rejected a £28 million combined bid for Fellaini and his Toffees teammate Leighton Baines. It is understood the overall value of the deal could rise to £24 million, dependent on future fees. However, no official announcement has been made to back-up those rumours.
United ‘target’ Mesut Ozil ‘stormed off’ in Real Madrid’s 1-0 victory over Grenada after being substituted by new boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The German attacking midfielder is linked with both United and Arsenal as Real Madrid are imminently expected to unveil Tottenham’s Gareth Bale as their record-breaking new signing.
However, Ozil insisted he is staying in Madrid, and asserted his desire to honour his contract at the Bernabeu, which expires in 2016, effectively putting speculation over a potential transfer at rest.
In other news, United have announced a new sponsorship deal with Federal Tyres that will cover the territories of Russia and Taiwan in the three-year deal.
United will discover their Champions League group-stage opponents on Thursday at 16:45 when the official UEFA draw takes place in Monaco. United are in Pot 1, the top seeded group of Europe’s most elite clubs and can neither be pitted against any other team in that pot or any other English team.
A full breakdown of United's potential Champions League opponents can be found here, via Manchester Evening News.
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