Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 21

Paul Ansorge@@utdrantcastFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 21

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    Another week, another tracker for all the transfer news and rumours being reported about Manchester United.

    Check back throughout the week for the latest on what the papers are saying about United's future plans.

    Following an abject display against his old side, will this finally be the week where we get to report on David Moyes' departure?

    That remains to be seen, but uncertainty around his future is the topic of our first rumour.

    Updated Sunday 27 April 2014

David Moyes Is 'Edging Closer' to a Manchester United Exit

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    Mark Ogden of the Daily Telegraph suggested in his match report following yesterday's game that "it appears as though it is now a case of when, rather than if, his disastrous tenure comes to an end."

    Given how appalling United's season has been, there seems little in the way of compelling reason to keep Moyes in charge. It would be a surprise if this is not a rumour which intensifies throughout the early part of the week. 

Danny Welbeck Is Considering His Future, but Moyes Wants Him to Stay

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    Daniel Taylor of the Guardian took to Twitter yesterday to confirm suggestions that Danny Welbeck wants to leave Manchester United.

    Danny Welbeck has strong, local ties with #MUFC. But it is true. As it stands, he does want to leave. Frustrated by lack of games

    — Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) April 20, 2014

    This is heartbreaking news for those of us to whom Danny Welbeck is a cult hero. Fortunately, David Moyes has said “I can only tell you Danny Welbeck is really important – to me and to Manchester United,” per the club's official website.  

    Welbeck divides opinion amongst the United support, but his loss would be an enormous blow to the spirit of the club, given his "local lad done good" status. 

Adam Lallana Transfer Might Be Expensive Business

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    The Daily Mirror are reporting that Manchester United may have to pay a premium for Adam Lallana, as Bournemouth would be owed 25 percent of any transfer fee.

    They report that Moyes is "keen" on the player, and mention that United continue to line up a £30 million bid for Luke Shaw. 

David Moyes on the Verge of the Sack

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    It seems clear now that David Moyes will not remain in the United job for very much longer with Ian Herbert of the Independent, for example, reporting that he could be sacked today (22 April 2014). 

    Herbert says the decision was taken all the way back in February. 

    Whether Moyes goes today or later in the week, it appears his time at United is coming to a swift close. 

Tom Cleverley to Everton?

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    According to James Ducker of the Times (subscription required), Tom Cleverley, United's much maligned midfielder, is a target for Everton manager Roberto Martinez. 

    Ducker reports the value of the bid is likely to be around £8 million. Cleverley would not be much missed by the Old Trafford support, but his style seems an excellent fit for Martinez's possession-based approach. 

Louis Van Gaal Lined Up?

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    According to David McDonnell and Alan Nixon of the Mirror, United will be conducting talks with Louis van Gaal, as a replacement for the outgoing Moyes. 

    The Dutchman's CV certainly outstrips Moyes' for trophies won. The job of replacing Moyes will also, presumably, not carry the weight of the job of replacing Sir Alex Ferguson. 

    United fans await confirmation of these events with bated breath. 

David Moyes Sacked

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    According to Ian Ladyman of the Daily Mail, David Moyes has been sacked as manager of Manchester United, with Ryan Giggs taking charge until the end of the season. 

    After an abject failure of a season, Moyes will not get a chance to rebuild. 

    The story also repeats the suggestion that Louis van Gaal has been lined up as Moyes' replacement. 

Ferguson Involved in Selection of New Manager

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    In spite of the disastrous consequences of United heeding his last recommendation, Sir Alex Ferguson will be involved in the selection David Moyes' successor, according to Daniel Taylor in The Guardian.

    The article also says that Louis van Gaal and Carlo Ancelotti are the club's preferred candidates. 

It's a Shaw Thing

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    Jamie Jackson writes in The Guardian that United are set to beat Chelsea to the signing of Southampton and England left-back, Luke Shaw. 

    With United reportedly prepared to pay Shaw a significant amount more than Chelsea, United are set to spend £30 million on the youngster, with a salary of £100,000 per week. 

    Whilst Shaw would be an excellent acquisition, there are significant questions of the financial prudence of paying someone who is still unproven at the very highest level such a hefty amount. 

Cavani Lined Up?

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    Daniel Taylor of The Guardian reports that United are targeting a £60 million bid at Paris Saint-Germain's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani. 

    Given United's riches in forward positions, and significant need to strengthen elsewhere, this would be very surprising prioritisation of resources. 

Roy Keane in Consideration for Assistant Manager's Role

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    It is being widely reported, including in The Independent that Roy Keane is being considered for the Assistant Manager's job at Manchester United, should Louis van Gaal be appointed. 

    Whether Keano would take the job is, of course, uncertain, but it would be a shocking, if potentially exciting, turn of events to see him work for the club again. 

Fabregas Back on the Radar?

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    It's official, Cesc Fabregas is the new Wesley Sneijder. 

    Following last summer's long pursuit of Fabregas, James Dickenson of the Daily Express is reporting that the Barcelona midfielder is once again on the transfer rumour scene. He is apparently of United's top four targets for the summer transfer window. 

    In addition to Fabregas, regular readers of the transfer tracker will be unsurprised to see the names of Toni Kroos, Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani on the list. 

Next United Manager Must Win the League

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    Jason Burt writing in the Sunday Telegraph says that the United board will be setting their next manager the goal of winning the Premier League in the 2014/15 season. 

    The report also discusses the ongoing search for the manager, and suggests Louis van Gaal would look to bring in Patrick Kluivert in as his assistant manager.