United morning news: Ginter & Mbaye linked; contingency plan for European failure

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With Nemanja Vidic leaving at the end of the season and doubts over Rio Ferdinand’s future, Manchester United are likely to bring in at least one new defender this summer.

The Mirror  claims that player could be Freiburg’s Matthias Ginter, after David Moyes reportedly scouted him during his side’s Bundesliga game against Hertha Berlin.

Rated at £10million, the player is also said to be on the radar of Arsenal and Bayern Munich.

And Ginter may not be the only potential new face in the United back-line next season, with Talk Sport reporting that both the current champions and Liverpool are casting admiring glances towards Inter Milan full-back Ibrahima Mbaye.

The 19-year-old is highly-rated and is currently on loan at Livorno, but his parent-club are reportedly keen to tie him down to a new long-term deal.

And finally, the Guardian reports that United may have a contingency plan (of sorts) if they do not qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The club may play a series of lucrative friendlies around the world to offset the financial loss of missing out on Europe’s elite competition.

It is claimed they would earn a considerable amount playing sides in the likes of the Middle East, China and America.

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