The offseason is here for Manchester United, but it’s going to be a very busy summer, and certainly an exciting transfer window. There are a whole lot of topics to discuss today, with Fred, who will likely soon become the club’s first summer signing, right at the top of the list.
It’s another active news day, so let’s take a spin through the headlines.
Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred confirmed a few days ago the transfer narrative that has been prevalent in the news lately, revealing that the club has a very strong interest in him. Fred also stated that his agent has already held advanced talks with the club.
And in April, United manager Jose Mourinho did tell a Brazilian media outlet that his club should have at least one Brazil international on the roster.
Today, the Manchester Evening News report that “a source close to the deal has told the MEN ‘most of the loose ends are tied up’.
-Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper #1 Hugo Lloris has sent a warning to his France teammate, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, ahead of the World Cup later this month. Pogba just said a couple weeks ago that he has ambitions of being the best player at the tournament and totally bossing the competition.
Lloris wants Pogba to step up and be a leader for the national squad.
“Paul is no longer a young player,” Lloris told a news conference, quotes via Goal.
“He has collected experience with his club and with the national team. He has a lot of talent and that label has stuck with him since the beginning. He has had a very good season, although people still debate it. As a football player and as a football fan, I think he had a very good season. ‘He has the desire to shine with the French national team. Will he be ‘the boss’?”
“That’s a strong word but a ‘leader’ is what is expected of him on and off the field. He is reaching maturity and he wants to do well. But it is also important that he focuses on his individual performance. This is the best way, to lead by example.”
-Wayne Rooney will play for United again! Just not this United, we’re talking about D.C. United, across the pond in Major League Soccer. We reported over two weeks ago how this deal was agreed upon, but still not finalized. It now looks like the ink will be dried, the Ts crossed and the Is dotted by Monday.
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