Thursday, 11 June 2015

Manchester United news and transfers: Real Madrid to include Karim Benzema in David de Gea deal?

Hitman: United want to recruit Benzema from Real Madrid
Hitman: United want to recruit Benzema from Real Madrid

Real wanted Courtois before De Gea

Real Madrid reportedly wanted to sign Thibaut Courtois instead of David De Gea this summer.

De Gea is widely expected to move to Madrid in the coming weeks but things could have been different - had Chelsea not demanded £73million for their stopper.

The Manchester United man has long been touted as Iker Casillas' replacement at the Bernabeu, with president Florentino Perez set to meet De Gea's agent this week.

Real will then make a formal approach to United to begin negotiating his fee, which is thought to be in the region of £25million.

David De Gea and Courtois
However, Chelsea stopper Courtois was in fact their No.1 target to replace Casillas, according to the Telegraph.

It is claimed Real were prepared to pay close to £37million for the Belgian international, who was outstanding in his first season at Stamford Bridge.

A deal at that price would have made him the most expensive goalkeeper ever but Chelsea reportedly claimed they would have to DOUBLE their offer to stand any chance of signing him.

Owen on Rooney goalscoring record

Michael Owen believes Wayne Rooney is poised to set scoring records for England and Manchester United that will be near-impossible to catch.

Rooney, on 47 goals, is just two short of Bobby Charlton’s landmark going into Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against ­Slovenia in Ljublijana.

Still just 29, Three Lions and Old Trafford captain Rooney has 104 caps under his belt and has been relatively fortunate with injuries.

Owen believes those factors will enable the man who displaced him as the nation's No.1 striker to shatter the international record that he could - and, he feels, should - have had for himself.

Wayne Rooney
“It’s possible to do, when you are a top class player playing in a top class team and you are ­consistently playing for England - it’s very possible," he said.

“Wayne is going to do it - it’s only a matter of time, certainly in an England shirt.

“Wayne will be the top England striker for a long time now, and inevitably with his quality he will continue to score goals and probably set a target that’s maybe not going to be impossible to catch, but it would certainly take a good 'un to beat it.”

Red Devils to launch Otamendi bid

Manchester United are poised to step up their efforts to land Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi.

Louis van Gaal has identified the Argentina international as one of his top summer targets and United are now ready to make their move.

Nicolas Otamendi
United are ready to launch a £35million bid for Otamendi, 27, who is keen to join up with international team-mate Marcos Rojo at Old Trafford.

Otamendi is understood to have told Valencia of his desire to leave, with the Spanish club determined to receive their full valuation for the centre-back.

Butt expected to be named Academy head coach

Nicky Butt is leading the race to become the new head coach of Manchester United's Academy team.

Brian McClair recently left his role as Academy director to take up a job with the Scottish FA and according to the Telegraph, 'Class of 92' graduate Butt, 40, is favourite to replace him.

United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has been working closely with club secretary John Alexander and former head of elite Premier League performance John Murtagh, as the club aims to restructure its Academy setup to ensure the continual production of top quality youth talents.

Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt
Butt has history when it comes to undertaking coaching roles at United.

He returned to the club in 2012 to work with the club's reserve team before Ryan Giggs appointed him as his assistant during the Welshman's four matches in charge at Old Trafford at the back end of the 2013-14 season.

He remained on the club's backroom staff following Louis van Gaal's arrival at the club last summer and joined the Academy on an interim basis in March.