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

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2014

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

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    Manchester United embark on a new era this week with the club on tour in the USA, representing Louis van Gaal's first games in charge of the Red Devils.

    The matches in America will allow the Dutchman to assess his playing staff in the flesh for the first time—and this is likely to dictate which individuals he chases in the transfer market.

    Here we take a look at the latest gossip and news surrounding the north-west giants. 


Arsenal Set to Bid for Nani

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    Reports claim that Arsenal are about to make a £9 million bid to take Nani from Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal a willing seller.

    The Metro says that the winger is surplus to requirements under LvG's regime and that Arsene Wenger will move to strike a deal soon.

    And Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star quotes the Portuguese star as saying:

    "I'm a United player but there has been some interest on my behalf. I will evaluate it and decide what is the most advantageous for me. A return to Portugal? Right now I don't know."

    Arsenal will face competition from Inter Milan for the player after reports in Italy claimed that the San Siro giants will bid £12 million to capture the player, per Malata. 

United Open Talks for Arda Turan

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    Friday, July 25

    Manchester United have approached Atletico Madrid about signing attacker Arda Turan.

    The Metro reports that the Red Devils will go head-to-head with Monaco for the player after intensively scouting him for the last 18 months.

    Turan's valuation is expected to be around the £16 million mark and United will balance the books of any purchase by trying to offload Nani, per Metro.

    Turan was integral in Atletico's run to the La Liga championship last season, and is thought to prefer a switch to the Premier League. 

United Told Angel Di Maria Available

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    Thursday, July 24

    Manchester United have been informed that Angel Di Maria is for sale.

    Paul Hirst of The Standard confirms that the Red Devils have been notified of the Argentina international's availability as Real Madrid look to balance the books.

    But Ben Jefferson of the Express says that the player prefers a move to Ligue 1 and wants to join Paris Saint-Germain.

    Jefferson writes that PSG will offer the player £120,000 a week to join them—surely a sum United could match or better?

    PSG will attempt to initially take the player on-loan for a year to navigate their way around Financial Fair Play rules. 

United to Table £42.5 Million Bid for Arturo Vidal

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    Wednesday, July 23

    Manchester United will shortly attempt to offer Juventus a bid they cannot refuse for their world-class midfielder Arturo Vidal.

    Paul Clennam of exclusively revealed that the Reds were preparing a huge £42.5 million offer to finally land the Chile international. 

    And the Metro says that Vidal's agent Fernando Felicevich "is on red alert to agree a deal" with United prepared to throw in either Javier Hernandez or Nani to force the transfer through. 

    But Alex Harris of the Daily Star reports that the player will also consider moves to Liverpool or Real Madrid if the potential switch to Old Trafford collapses, according to El Mercurio.

United Close in on Mats Hummels as Player Snubs Barcelona

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    Tuesday, July 22 

    World Cup winner Mats Hummels could be on his way to Old Trafford with reports suggesting Manchester United are close to getting their man.

    Sean Gallagher of the Mail Online writes that reports in Spain claim that the Red Devils and Borussia Dortmund are close to agreeing a fee thought to be in the region of £16 million.

    And David McDonnell of the Mirror says that the 25-year-old has snubbed a transfer to Barcelona in favour of a move to the Premier League to play for Louis van Gaal. 

    However, Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed claims that Hummels or Marco Reus will leave his team anytime soon.

    He said, per McDonnell:

    "Both will stay here this season. There is no tendency they'd want to be elsewhere. Did they also say €20 million? When papers mention such numbers you know it's garbage."

United Bid £27.7 Million for Juan Cuadrado

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    Tuesday, July 22

    Manchester United and Barcelona will battle it out for the signature of Colombian World Cup hero Juan Cuadrado, with reports claiming that the Old Trafford club has already lodged a bid of £27.7 million for the player.

    The Metro writes that reports by Catalan newspaper Sport say that United have moved for the attacker and that Barca will match their bid shortly.

    Cuadrado had an outstanding tournament in Brazil, providing four assists and scoring once for his country in his five matches, per

    The player's versatility in the wide areas would be seen as an asset in Louis van Gaal's preferred system of 4-3-3 and he could be a long term replacement for Nani, who has flattered to deceive in the past few seasons. 

Juventus Confirm They Will Consider Arturo Vidal Bid

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    Monday, July 21

    Juventus director Pavel Nedved has confirmed that his club will consider a "high bid" for their superstar midfielder, Arturo Vidal.

    Liam Prenderville of the Mirror writes that Nedved has confirmed that despite Juve wanting to retain the player, a transfer is not impossible.

    "Certainly, if there was a high bid for them [Vidal or Paul Pogba], we'd have to think about it but we don't want to sell our champions," Nedved told Tuttosport, per Prenderville.

    Meanwhile, Colin Harvey of the Daily Star reports that Calciomercato in Italy say Vidal has put his house in Turin up for sale, fuelling more speculation that he is preparing to move to a new club. 

Patrice Evra to Complete Juventus Switch

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    Monday, July 21

    Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra is expected to become a Juventus player, with the deal likely to be announced early this week.

    Paul Hirst of the Standard writes that the France veteran could join the Turin club as early as Monday.

    New Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri is keen to add the experienced defender to his squad after the resignation of Antonio Conte, per Hirst.

    Evra only recently signed a new one-year extension with United but has since been allowed to leave the club—with Luke Shaw odds-on to be given the No. 3 shirt for the upcoming campaign.