Manchester United may have finished atop the English Premier League last year, but the Red Devils are not done trying to improve.
The club has been linked to some of this transfer window's biggest names and certainly has the ability to land at least one. It also wouldn't be surprising to see United part with one of its longtime veterans.
Here is the latest news surrounding which players could be moving to or from Old Trafford before this transfer window closes.
Sky Sports is reporting that David Moyes' team has improved its £25 million offer to £30 million for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas. Barca vice president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Spanish daily Sport (via Sky Sports): "Barcelona can assure you we will not entertain any offers for Cesc. It is totally ruled out, he's not for sale."
This statement from Bartomeu has not stopped the Red Devils from trying to lure Fabregas back to England. The Spanish footballer spent his first eight years as a pro playing against Man U with Arsenal.
Matt Law of the Daily Mirror is reporting that Barcelona will be reluctant to consider the bid from Old Trafford until naming a new manager.
The Red Devils might have to wait a bit to hear back about their latest offer for Fabregas, but it's clear they're interested enough to be patient with Barca.
According to David Woods of the Daily Star, Manchester United is set to make a £60 million offer to Tottenham for superstar Gareth Bale. Woods is also reporting that a move to last year's EPL champs would be welcomed by the 2012 FWA Footballer of the Year.
It's no surprise that there is mutual interest between both Bale and United about joining one another.
The Red Devils wouldn't mind signing a player who scored 26 goals last year. Bale wouldn't mind a shot at an EPL and Champions League title, the latter of which Tottenham can't offer next season.
Spurs manager Andre Villa-Boas talked with Mike Prindiville of Pro Soccer Talk about Bale's availability, saying: “He is not for sale at any price."
United might have to throw even more money at its EPL competitor to reel in Bale, but he's worth doing so.
Rooney's latest bidder who hoped to snag the English striker was none other than Chelsea.
The Blues released an official statement regarding the bid, stating, per Sky Sports (via Fox Sports): "Chelsea Football Club can confirm that [July 16] it made a written offer to Manchester United for the transfer of Wayne Rooney."
The Red Devils denied Chelsea's bid that included £10 million and Juan Mata or David Luiz, according to Sky Sports.
Chelsea has submitted a new bid to Man U for Rooney, with Blues manager Jose Mourinho stating to Sky Sports:
The bid is there. The club knows we want the player, the player has to know we made a bid for him. Now we have nothing more to say. We want the player, we made the bid and now it is up to Man United and we respect their decision.
Rooney has played almost his entire pro football career at Old Trafford since joining the club in 2004 after two seasons at Everton. Rooney posted 12 goals and 10 assists in what could have been his last season with Manchester United in 2012.
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