Man United transfer news and gossip – Thiago Motta requests PSG exit, Odegaard joining Madrid and United chase Gundogan

by Phil Shearer

Here is today’s latest Manchester United transfer news and gossip.

Speculation regarding Radamel Falcao’s permanent transfer to United is constant and changing on a daily basis, The Peoples Person has covered the developments on Falcao’s future in recent days.

The latest from Mark Ogden, football correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, has stated on MUTV that he feels United will not choose to take the Colombian striker on a permanent deal from Monaco.

Some journalists are citing the frontman’s inability to stay fit and lack of goals as the reason for his likely departure at the end of his loan deal. However, Falcao has forced his way in to United’s starting XI and has started to find the back of net. Predictions on the future of the Colombian international could be premature.

It is also worth considering the age of Robin van Persie as well as Louis van Gaal‘s preference for deploying Wayne Rooney in a deeper role. There aren’t many better strikers than Falcao, when fit and firing, in world football.

Reports from Norway are saying Martin Odegaard will join Real Madrid. The 16-year-old visited Manchester to see the facilities and was wanted by all of Europe’s top teams but it looks like the current European champions have won the race.

Borussia Dortmund could be prepared to sell Ilkay Gundogan to United, according to The Independent. With Gundogan out of contract in July and Borussia Dortmund continuing to struggle at the lower end of the Bundesliga table, the club could be set to lose a host of their star names. Given his contract situation and the possibility of an exodus at Dortmund, the club would be keen to achieve a sale fee for the German midfielder as opposed to letting him leave for free in the summer. It is suggested that an offer around the £16 million mark could tempt the German outfit to part ways with the talented Gundogan.

French newspaper L’Equipe is reporting that Thiago Motta has requested to leave PSG and United could be interested. Motta has been a key player for PSG since his arrival in 2012. However, his relationship with the French club has deteriorated recently due to issues around feeling undervalued and being paid considerably less than some of the clubs other names, despite making more of an impact on the club’s performances and results. His agent has name dropped United as a potential destination should the 32-year-old leave Paris.

United are chasing Newcastle starlet Ayoze Perez according to The Daily Star. The 21-year-old striker has impressed since his move from Tenerife to Tyneside and now United are being credited with an interest in the young Spaniard. The report draws on the fact that Newcastle have a tendency for letting star players go for the right money and with doubts around Falcao’s future, Javier Hernandez likely to depart and Van Persie getting older, Perez could be an option for Van Gaal.

PSG are targeting a January move for Adnan Januzaj, with Tribal Football reporting the French club’s pursuit of the young Belgian. There has been much speculation around Januzaj’s future in recent weeks, as covered by The Peoples Person, with a loan move to Everton being strongly suggested. However, now, PSG could be set to snap up United’s young star as soon as this month. French outlet Le Parisien have indicated that PSG could delve in to the market in January and Januzaj could be one of their targets.

In unsurprising news, Angel di Maria has stated that he does not expect Cristiano Ronaldo to return to Old Trafford. Talk of Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford appears regularly in papers, normally on slow news days, and Di Maria has now said he does not expect the Portuguese superstar to return to Manchester.

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