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Van Gaal refuses to comment on Welbeck reports - is he on his way?

Danny Welbeck

The Manchester United manager was very coy in his response to suggestions that Danny Welbeck could be on his way out of the club.

Louis van Gaal had the opportunity to deny reports that Welbeck has been told he can leave Old Trafford, but refused to comment, insisting instead that the conversation he and Ryan Giggs had with the player was 'private'.

The Dutchman told the press this afternoon: "They (the press) are talking but I know what I have said to Danny and Danny knows exactly what I said to him. That is private."

Reports emerged early this afternoon from the Telegraph, which claimed Welbeck has the remaining week of the transfer window to find himself a new club.

Arsenal and Tottenham are two clubs that have already been linked with the 23-year-old England international, and the report suggests that United would be willing to part with the academy graduate for as little as £15 million.

Should that be true then it would be an unbelievable steal considering how inflated the price is of a new striker at the moment, particularly one that is English and home grown.

Welbeck has only two-years remaining on his contract with United and since his breakthrough into the first team he has only scored 20 goals in 90 Premier League appearances.

Although that total isn't too great for a striker, it should definitely be noted that due to the competition for forward positions at United, Welbeck has quite often been utilised in other positions such as on the left-wing.

Rooney and Robin van Persie when fit are usually nailed on for a starting-11 spot in the United side, which makes Welbeck a benchwarmer along with Javier Hernandez. 

Many this summer expected Javier Hernandez to be the striker that leaves United, so the Welbeck report is a relative shock.

James Wilson, aged 18, has been knocking on the first team door after a number of incredible performances for the club's reserves, so Van Gaal might believe that the youngster could offset the loss that selling Danny Welbeck would cause.

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