News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United have announced today a record-breaking 10-year deal with Adidas that will earn the club £750 million for their association with the sportswear giant.
Nike has been paying United £23.5 million per year but the new sponsorship deal is worth £75 million per year when the deal launches at the end of the 2014/15 season.
The previous record for a football sponsorship deal was held by Real Madrid but United’s deal far eclipses the European champions’ £31 million-per-year deal with Adidas.
Meanwhile, new manager Louis van Gaal revealed he plans to make United ‘like Holland’, suggesting he plans to have a very similar approach and setup to his Netherlands team that made it to the World Cup semi-finals this summer.
“I hope the group in Manchester will become like this [Holland] one. We have to sing from the same hymn sheet. I hope at Manchester United I can do my best. I will do my best. Whether that’s enough for the fans I will wait and see, but I genuinely hope that will be the case,” explained the Dutch coach.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’ve only met two people from the daily management at the club – the chief scout and the chief executive officer Ed Woodward. And I’ve met two of the owners. It’s time that I get to know more people at the club.”
In transfer news, United are ‘closing in’ on a £35 million deal for Arturo Vidal following months of speculation over the Chile midfielder’s future at Juventus with reports suggesting the Chile World Cup star could move imminently to join Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils from the Italian champions.
However, Netherlands attacker Arjen Robben has ruled out a move to Old Trafford to join his national team coach Louis van Gaal, opting to remain at the Allainz Arena with Bayern Munich.
“It is not an option. I will stay at Bayern Munich," he stated, despite praising his national team boss and revealing his ‘special bond’ with the United manager.
Elsewhere, United target Angel Di Maria is set to ‘snub’ interest from Paris Saint-Germain according to reports originating in French AS publication.
The Argentina winger has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for several months but had recently become a target for the Ligue 1 champions but sources suggest the Real Madrid attacker prefers a move to the Premier League than the French capital this summer.
United also remain linked with Germany defender Mats Hummels following his World Cup win with Germany on Sunday night at the Maracana. The Borussia Dortmund centre-back is understood to be a top target for Louis van Gaal in this window.
However, United target Toni Kroos confirmed he will be joining Real Madrid this summer, despite interest from Premier League clubs including United and Chelsea.
“We’ve finished the World Cup in the best way possible. Now I’m going to Madrid, so that’s two dreams achieved,” said the World Cup winner.
In other news, ten games have been moved for TV coverage ahead of United’s new campaign. Sky has changed the dates for seven United fixtures whilst BT has move another three.
A full list of the revised schedule can be found here.
Finally, United legend and assistant manager Ryan Giggs insists the club should not retire his No.11 squad number in his honour. The Welsh ace hopes the club keep his shirt number in use despite his enormous contribution to the team’s success over the last 23 years at Old Trafford.
“There are obviously special cases but it just depends on the club really. I don't think it's [right] for United where they constantly churn over great players,” he explained.
"I haven't thought about who will take over the number 11 shirt - that's a good question. They’re under pressure, aren't they?!" he joked, before adding: "I look forward to seeing who takes it and wish them all the best."