Here is Wednesday’s news and gossip concerning Manchester United:
Chelsea are hoping to scupper the Red Devils’ bid to land Barcelona winger Pedro, having entered talks with the Catalan giants about a possible fee, according to the Guardian.
United’s vice-chairman Ed Woodward flew out to Spain earlier in the week to try and reach a deal, but may now have more work on his hands if he wants to sign the Spaniard.
Former United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that if his old club can sign the 28-year-old, they have to be considered as one of the favourites for the Champions League, the Daily Express report.
Louis van Gaal’s side have yet to qualify for the group stage of the competition, but Scholes thinks they can go all the way.
“I think they potentially could win it, if they can add someone with a bit of pace like Pedro up front,” he explained.
United have made an astonishing €85m bid for Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller, according to Bild.
The Premier League side have already made two offer for the forward, but Muller is now interested in a move which may help this deal go a bit further.
Reports in Portugal are suggesting that reported United target Nico Gaitan is desperate for a move to Old Trafford this summer, however the chances of a deal are unlikely, according to Record.
O Jogo add that he has an offer on the table from Dubai side Al-Ahli, who are willing to trigger his €35m release clause and pay Gaitan €3.5m a year.
Finally, former Man United hero Lou Macari has claimed that Wayne Rooney has yet to open his account for the season due to the fact that he is carrying too much weight, the Daily Express report.
“Some take a few games to get going because they may have put on a few pounds over the summer and I’d probably put Wayne in that category,” he said.
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