Latest Manchester United transfer news includes details of first refusal on Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos
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Manchester United and Real Madrid will be keeping close tabs on the transfer movements of each other in the summer after it emerged that Real have asked to be kept informed of three United players’ movements.
United have also been offered three refusal on three Real players, reports the Manchester Evening News.
David De Gea, Paul Pogba are Anthony Martial are all on the Spanish club’s shortlist ahead of next season.
Real have been long-term admirers of goalkeeper De Gea but have now also expressed an interest in midfielder Pogba and forward Martial.
However, United are determined to resolve De Gea’s contract situation and tie the Spaniard down to a new deal.
Meanwhile, it is claimed United have been offered first refusal on attacker Gareth Bale, a long-standing target, as well as midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.
United first attempted to sign Bale from Southampton in 2007 and outbid Real in 2013, the report states.
The Old Trafford club are chasing two central midfield additions but Real won’t allow both Modric and Kroos to leave.
More Manchester United news
Trent Alexander-Arnold has a surprising link to legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Liverpool defender’s nan was Ferguson’s first girlfriend!
Alexander-Arnold grandma was referred to in the legendary boss’ autobiography as his “first steady girlfriend”, according to the Sun .
The couple dated as teens in Glasgow but broke up and Alexander-Arnold’s maternal grandmother Doreen Carling married after she had moved to New York.
Which is why Alexander-Arnold is eligible to play for the USA as well as England.
The Reds academy graduate has made 23 appearances this season.
Too fat to play?
Reports suggest that Manchester United flop Alexander Buttner hasn’t started for Vitesse Arnhem in 2018 because he’s carrying too much weight.
The defender was Sir Alex Ferguson’s parting gift at Old Trafford but he failed to ever make an real impact.
Buttner was billed as Patrice Evra’s long term replacement when Ferguson beat Southampton to his signature to lure him from Vitesse Arnhem.
But after just 13 appearances for United in his debut season and a further 15 under David Moyes the next, he was dumped to Dynamo Moscow for £4.4million as Louis van Gaal cleared out the dead weight upon his arrival
Just 28 appearances, and a loan at Anderlecht, in two and a half years in Russia saw him return right back to where he started in Holland last summer.
Well things aren’t exactly going swimmingly for Buttner back in his homeland, report The Mirror.
Cast you mind back to his stint at Old Trafford. The former Holland under 20 ace’s legacy at Carrington was the disappearance of chips on the menu at United’s training centre.
Moyes then banned chips from the menu after walking past Buttner tucking into a plateful of the high fat snack.
Fast forward to 2018, and Buttner still appears to be a massive fan of unhealthy food.
After missing January with a hamstring injury and then a one-game suspension, De Telegraaf has reported that Buttner has not featured for the Eredivise top flight side for the past two months as his body fat is unacceptably high.
De Gelderlander added that the club are looking to sell their asset because his fat percentage is more than the 10 to 12 per cent allowed.
Shaw confronts Mourinho
Luke Shaw is said to have confronted Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in the dressing room when he was told he would be coming off against Brighton and Hove Albion.
Shaw was withdrawn at half-time during United’s 2-0 FA Cup sixth round victory over the Seagulls in March.
Mourinho had been unimpressed with the left-back’s display in the opening 45 minutes and criticised him publicly after the match.
Ashley Young was brought on in Shaw’s place and the former Southampton left-back reprtedly retaliated with a comment when he was informed he was being replaced.
According to the Daily Mail, Mourinho also raised his voice at Shaw, and the argument could be heard by stadium staff outside the changing room.
The former Southampton left-back, who cost United £27million in 2014, then allegedly asked his boss: “Why are you always picking on me?”
Shaw and Mourinho have endured a turbulent relationship since Mourinho became United’s manager in 2016.
After the win against Brighton, Mourinho said that he chose to substitute Shaw rather than Antonio Valencia because “at least Antonio defensively was capable of good positioning”.
“Luke, in the first half, every time they came in his corridor, the cross came in and a dangerous situation was coming,” the Portuguese said.
“I was not happy with his performance.”