Manchester United fans must be in a state of turmoil, having been promised a magnificent new Louis van Gaal era, signings of global superstars and a return to the top table, are facing into the new season with only unproven youngster Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera in the bag. However they may yet be time yet to rectify things, with efforts being made to bring in big signings before the transfer window closes.
The long running saga surrounding Angel di Maria’s probable departure from the Bernabeu has taken a unwelcome turn from the point of view of United fans with indications that Paris Saint Germain may finally prevail in the race to land the Argentinan. The Star reports that in the latest twist Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has flown to the French capital, allegedly on unrelated business, but is expected to link up with his Parisien counterpart for talks on di Maria . This will come as a huge blow to the Red Devils, as a deal to bring the Argentine to Old Trafford had seemed imminent following on from a meeting between the two clubs in Cardiff.
In more positive news for the Carrington outfit the signs are that another one of their summer targets, Juan Cuadrado, is nearing the exit door at Fiorentina. The Mail has reported that the Serie A club have excluded the Colombian from a preseason fixture against Real Madrid in the Polish capital Warsaw. The Italian outfit appears to have given up hope of hanging on to their winger, but will look to hold out for a £40 million transfer fee with Red Devils boss Van Gaal having to fight Barcelona’s Luis Enrique for the spoils.
There are no straightforward solutions to Manchester United’s problems at the back either it seems with a potential deal to sign Sporting Lisbon center back Marcos Rojo is complicated by third party ownership according to The Irish Independent. Management company Doyen Sports, who own 75% of the player, are in dispute with the Argentine’s club over a rejected £16 million bid from Manchester United, claiming that the agreement between the parties stipulates a 75% pay out of the value of any rejected bid to the management company who co-funded Rojo’s move Spartak Moscow in 2012. These legal issues will hold up any progress on the move, not a situation that an increasingly desperate van Gaal wants on the eve of the new season.
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.