Manchester United transfer news: Moyes ‘was prepared to pay €24m Koke clause’

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David Moyes has hit back at claims from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho that Manchester United may sell Wayne Rooney to a club in another country next summer.

With the two sides preparing to face each other tomorrow afternoon, the inevitable questions over the Blues’ reported interest in the England striker resurfaced, only for Mourinho to respond by saying, “Manchester United were very clear last summer, they don’t swap or sell players to their direct rivals in this country.

I don’t see that changing this summer. But I think maybe they will try to sell to a non-direct rival, not in England.”

But the Mirror has now published quotes from Moyes dismissing such claims, and suggesting Rooney would sign a new deal at Old Trafford in due course.

The club will deal with that, “Moyes is quoted as saying. “They will do all the things they need to do, no question.”

Rooney’s future will remain subject of considerable speculation until that contract is signed or otherwise.

In other news, Marca reports that United had no problem meeting Koke’s initial €24million release-clause, but the player opted to remain at Atletico Madrid, with the club giving the midfielder a pay-rise and upping the clause to €60million as a result.

For once in recent times, this suggests United did not wait too long, the target simply had no intention of moving. And so the search continues…

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