Finally, transfer rumours with new names!
Dani Alves is staying at Barcelona, meaning Manchester United and Louis van Gaal will be moving down their list of targets to replace him. There are two options mentioned today.
ESPNFC says that United will go back in for Nathaniel Clyne, who had long been expected to join United before Alves fluttered his eyes at Woodward and Van Gaal. Clyne is in the last year of his contract, and has been the subject of a low bid from Liverpool already. So, United need to get moving if they want to sign him. That's here.
In the Daily Mail, the paper have taken their lead from L'Equipe and Le Parisien by renewing links between PSG's right-back Gregory van der Wiel and Manchester United. He's not as impressive as Clyne, but like Clyne, he's not as absolutely terrible as Antonio Valencia is.
Guess what? A new name! I know, amazing. It's not just Dani Alves and Gareth Bale every day. Anyway, the Sun has gone with the story of Mario Mandzukic from Atletico Madrid being linked with a move to United. He's rumoured to be unsettled, and presumably wouldn't be dreadfully expensive. He's nothing special, and therefore would probably expect to be a back-up to Wayne Rooney until the penny drops that Rooney is a complete waste of time. Clearly, a young striker with potential would be preferable, but life is terrible. Here's the article.
Lastly, Class of '92 man and part-owner of another football club - Salford City - Nicky Butt, is apparently going to head up the new youth academy at United. No conflicts of interest there, obviously, given that players have already moved between the two clubs. Still, it's not like youth is an important part of the club's history and traditions, so it doesn't really matter.