News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
United could miss out on defender Thomas Vermaelen, a long rumoured transfer target, after Barcelona submitted a £10 million bid to Arsenal for his signature, reported SkySports. The Belgian rejected a new contract offer from Arsenal this week, and the Gunners would surely prefer to sell the defender to the La Liga side than a Premier League competitor.
Manchester United won 3-1 against Liverpool today, leading The Telegraph to assert that Louis van Gaal is United’s best signing this summer.
The Red Devils beat the Reds in the International Champions Cup final in front of more than 100,000 spectators in Miami as part of their pre-season tour of the USA to lift the trophy ahead of their Premier League rivals.
Robin van Persie returned to training after his extended holiday following the World Cup and gave the ‘thumbs up’ as he arrived at the club’s Carrington Training Complex.
Manager Louis van Gaal now states he is focused on United’s opening match against Swansea in the Premier League for the new season.
"I think we gave a lot of pleasure to the fans and that's very important. Of course, it's better to win than to lose in pre-season but the most important game is against Swansea City. That's the one we have to win," said the coach.
In transfer news, Manchester United have signed goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic from Serbian side FK Vojvodina. The 17-year-old stopper has yet to feature at senior club level but has impressed at U17 level for Serbia.
Meanwhile, The Metro reports midfield target Arturo Vidal has dealt United a ‘transfer snub’ after posting a picture of himself on social media site Instagram at dinner with his Juventus teammates with a caption stating, “I’m happy to stay here.”
Reports continue that Tom Cleverley is on his way to Everton who hope to add the English midfielder to their ranks this summer.
Meanwhile, Colombia attacker Juan Cuadrado remains linked with United as The Mirror suggests the club are ‘closing in ‘ on the Fiorentina winger for a potential ‘big-money move’.
Elsewhere, Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is the latest to publicly state the club’s interest in signing Marouane Fellaini following the club chairman’s comments last week that the Belgian is wanted in Naples.
“Fellaini is a Manchester United player, it does not depend on us, but it depends on them," he said.
“He is a great player, but he is at another team. It appears he is waiting for Van Gaal. We will have to wait.”
In other news, as the squad returned to England following their conclusion of their pre-season tour, the team’s plane bound for Manchester Airport was diverted due to a ‘hoax bomb threat’.
The Red Devils’ stars were on their way back on flight GTI8758 when the pilot reportedly raised the alarm after receiving information a ‘suspicious’ device was on board the flight, which later was revealed to have been a hoax. The players and staff touched down safely.