Manchester United morning news: Red Devils planning £22m move for winger

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Manchester United are planning a £22 million move for Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez after the World Cup, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims that the Reds are keen on signing the Chile international, who has been in impressive form in Brazil so far.

However, United not being in the Champions League next season could prove to be a ‘stumbling block’ in their bid to recruit the 25-year-old, according to the British newspaper.

It has also been reported that Arsenal are interested in the former Udinese star as well, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said to be a big admirer of the attacker.

The North London outfit are said to have already informed Barcelona of their interest in Sanchez.

Meanwhile, former Newcastle United striker Alan Shearer has backed United striker Wayne Rooney to become the England captain should Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard retire from international football.

Shearer wrote in his column for the BBC: ‘Rooney is not only England's best player but he has the experience to go along with that, and he was mature enough to deal with the scrutiny that he was under at the start of this tournament’.

Rooney’s 2014 World Cup campaign ended in agony, as England failed to progress to the round of 16 in Brazil.

Fellow United man Shinji Kagawa also suffered a disappointing tournament in Brazil, as he failed to inspire Japan to the knockout stages.

The Asian giants finished bottom of Group C, with star midfielder Kagawa issuing a public apology to the people of Japan.

‘I know many fans were rooting for us and I felt their strong expectations’, United’s official website quotes the 25-year-old as saying. ‘But I just wasn’t good enough to achieve anything and I feel sorry for letting them down. It is frustrating that the World Cup is now over’.

Another of United players who will return home early from the World Cup is winger Antonio Valencia.

The 28-year-old, who has been linked with an exit from Old Trafford this summer, was sent off for Ecuador against France, as the South American nation failed to get past the group stage.

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