Despite the perception of many that Manchester United’s transfer window exploits were little more than a series of embarrassing missteps and rejections, the Telegraph has published a story that claims something quite different.
It claims United are baffled by the widespread criticism they have received regarding their lack of summer spending, and that manager David Moyes will be far more active in the upcoming transfer windows.
The story owes much to a “United source” – and yet it paints an insightful picture of the club’s pursuit of their long-term targets, as well as shedding light on their apparent rejection of both Mesut Ozil and Ander Herrera.
It is an interesting read for United supporters, but whether they believe the claims is up to them.
Speaking of Herrera, according to the Daily Mail the Athletic Bilbao midfielder remains open to a January move to Old Trafford.
Despite the last-day controversy surrounding “imposters” (who were anything but), and United’s apparent mishandling of the deal, it seems Moyes simply refused to pay his release-clause…for now.
“At no time, despite what anybody reported, did I undergo a medical for United nor did I sign any contract with them,” Herrera said. “As for the future, you never know what might happen.”
That may be an increasingly tired football cliché, but it also gives United fans hope that the deal is not as dead as previously reported.
That may not be the case for left-back Leighton Baines, with the Guardian reporting that Everton wish to offer him a new long-term contract.
With Moyes believed to remain interested in the England player, Everton reportedly wish to extend his contract in an attempt to ward off a January bid for the 28-year-old.
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