Manchester United have completed their fifth signing of the summer, getting 16-year-old Dutch prospect Timothy Fosu Mensah from Ajax Amsterdam in a £300,000 deal with the possibility of additional payments down the line, according to The Express.
The youngster, who can play at centre back, left back or defensive midfield, was landed in the face of competition from Manchester City and AC Milan. He was at the Carrington training ground yesterday to complete a medical.
Manchester United academy product Tom Cleverley, who endured a miserable time at Old Trafford last season, even shipping criticism from his own fans, is almost certain to leave for a fresh start before the window closes.
The question is what will be the next jersey he dons with a number of clubs being mentioned as possible destinations. The Independent reports that van Gaal has accepted an £8 million bid from Aston Villa for the 25-year-old but that Paul Lambert has not yet persuaded the player that the Midlands is the best place to rebuild his career.
Competition to land the midfielder comes in the shape of Premier league outfits Everton and Hull City and now intriguingly Valencia who have thrown their hat in the ring, according to The Star. The La Liga club have also been linked with other United misfits Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa but now are believed to be determined to land Cleverly.
The Arturo Vidal saga rumbles on and, while there have been rainforests felled to provide the paper to cover this story. With only a few days left in the window the Manchester United faithful are still very much in the dark as to what the outcome will be. The good news is that the whole thing will be decided one way or another by Monday and that they can stop reading about it.
The Star, clearly desperate for any new,s published a story about a Manchester United fan poll which came to the conclusion that the Chilean would indeed end up at Old Trafford. There is no real new developments reported in the press today on this one, the best option for Manchester United fans is to turn off the computer for the weekend and check back Tuesday.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.