LONDON, Sporting Alert – The following are the latest headlines and transfer news from UK paper on Thursday.
Van Gaal Wants Di Maria To Stay Put
As expected, making the headlines is the future of Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria, who could be on his way out of Old Trafford after just one season.
The Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal said in a press conference on Wednesday that he doesn’t know whether the Argentina international will be at the club when the transfer window closes, but hinted that he would like for him to stay.
In fact, according to the Daily Star, the Dutch coach is urging the former Real Madrid star, who reportedly is unsettled at Manchester United, to stick with the English Premier League giants next season.
Di Maria is currently on extended leave, following his participation in the Copa America with his national team. The midfielder is also nursing a slight hamstring injury he picked up during his last outing for Argentina.
Benteke To Manchester United By Weekend?
And sticking with Manchester United transfer news, it is understood that the club will move ahead and submit a bid for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke before the end of the week.
The Sun newspaper claims Aston Villa would love to keep its leading goalscorer, but fear Van Gaal is planning to activate the player’s £32.5million buy-out-clause in his contract.
The report also stated that Man United could do things in a hurry and send in their bid by the weekend as Van Gaal would prefer the player be with the squad for the pre-season sessions.
Liverpool are thought to be very interested in the services of Benteke as well, but the player would rather move to Old Trafford, reports said.
Big Money Flop Soldado To Be Offloaded
Things have been quiet this summer at White Hart Lane, but reports from the Daily Mirror, Daily Star and the Daily Express are all saying that Spanish striker Roberto Soldado could be heading back to Spain.
Soldado made a £26 million transfer move to Tottenham from Valencia in 2013, but has struggled with the Premier League side where he’s only scored seven goals in 51 appearances.
The 30-year-old was brought in as one of the players to replace Gareth Bale after he left that same summer for Real Madrid, but things haven’t worked out for the forward and he looks well set to leave the club.
It is believed Tottenham are now in transfer talks with Sevilla to sell their flop for a cut-price fee of £11m.
Clyne Feeling Liverpool’s Love
Former Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne revealed the reason he decided to sign for Liverpool.
And it’s simple.
The defender told the Guardian that the Anfield club made him feel “wanted.”
“Liverpool showed the most interest and I’m the kind of player that I want to go somewhere where I am really wanted and I felt that here,” the England international said in the paper.
Clyne had also been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but decided to put pen to paper at Liverpool.