Friday, 22 January 2016

Manchester United have placed their transfer plans on hold as reports this morning

Manchester United have  placed their transfer plans on hold as reports this morning, representatives of the club met with Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola. Current boss Louis van Gaal has faced increase scrutiny in recent weeks despite an upturn in form and the Dutchman’s future remains in doubt. According to the Daily Mirror, the Old Trafford giants fear signing players this January only for a new manager to sell them on again in the summer.

                                The leak appears to confirm Gareth Bale’s transfer fee was a world record

Long-term United transfer target Gareth Bale has a clause in his contract stipulating former club Tottenham have the first option to sign the Welshman. If the La Liga side accepted a bid from any other Premier League club before June 30 2019, Spurs would then have 72 hours to match the offer, in which case Real would have to sell to the north Londoners.

The clause was revealed in leaked documents this week with the theory Bale is the most expensive player in the world seemingly being confirmed. Madrid insist the transfer was completed for £70.38m, more than £3m less than what was paid for Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the leaked document suggests they parted with as much as £77.45m in several instalments. Speaking this week, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said: "I think if we have the option to sign him - why not? He's a great player and a player that can improve our squad."

                                              Lazio midfielder Felipe Anderson is wanted by Manchester United

United are considering ending their interest in Lazio star Felipe Anderson amid fears over the Brazil international’s form and price-tag. The 22-year-old has been the subject of ferocious interest across the last six months as Van Gaal’s men seek a flair player to appease supporters disgruntled with their recent dour brand of football. The Red Devils are just two points off fourth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League after picking up eight points in 12.

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