Van Persie, De Gea To Report Back For Training
The agent of Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has played down reports of a move to Fenerbahce. The 31-year-old is said to be on the verge of a transfer to the Turkish side and is set to fly to Istanbul to finalise the deal. But his agent Kees Vos says he can only confirm that van Persie will report back for training on Monday morning.
“If Robin has found a new club, then we will bring it out. I’m currently in the Netherlands,” he told Voetbal International.
Vos refused to comment on negotiations with other clubs. “We do not report on appointments for our clients. All I can say is that Robin will be at Manchester United tomorrow to report back for his first training session.”
Van Persie could move to Fenerbahce in a deal that would see United pick up around £5million for a player who cost them £24million three years ago.
One player closer to a move to Fenerbahce is United’s Portugal winger Nani. The 28-year-old was due to fly into Turkey for a medical on Sunday.
David De Gea has confirmed that he will be at United’s first full pre-season training session tomorrow. The 24-year-old goalkeeper is the subject of interest from Real Madrid, but the deal has become bogged down along with United’s interest in the La Liga club’s central defender Sergio Ramos.
But speaking to Spanish television network Cuatro, De Gea would only confirm his plans for the next 24 hours.
“Real Madrid? I have to report for training. I have to go back to Manchester.”
The house De Gea has been renting is currently up for sale but he is reported to have extended the lease on it by another month. He said his goodbyes to the rest of the players at Old Trafford little more than a month ago at the end of last season.
United Offer £10.6m For Darmian
Manchester United have made an offer to Torino for defender Matteo Darmian, according to reports from Italy.
La Gazzetta dello Sport claims United have offered an initial €12million (£8.5million) with a further €3million (£2.1million) in bonuses.
The newspaper claims the offer is almost certain to be rejected. Torino president Urbano Cairo says he won’t sit down and talk about an exit for Darmian without an offer of €20million (£14million) on the table.
Napoli, Roma and Bayern Munich are also interested.
Henriquez Set For Dinamo Switch
Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez looks set to end his unhappy spell at Old Trafford with a permanent switch to Dinamo Zagreb.
The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at Dinamo where his 17 starts and eight appearances off the bench brought him 21 goals. That’s an average of one for every 76 minutes on the pitch.
Henriquez moved from Universidad de Chile in his homeland in 2012. He spent the second half of the 2012-13 season on loan at Wigan Athletic, but he managed just four substitute appearances totalling 44 minutes for the Latics. He was loaned to Spanish side Real Zaragoza in 2013-14 and scored six goals in 25 games for the side in Spain’s second tier.
Henriquez was part of the Chile triumphed that at the Copa America last night. Curiously, he was described as a ‘former player’ on the club’s official website earlier this week despite there being no official announcement about his sale.
Reports from Croatia are quoting Dinamo president Zoran Mamic as saying Henriquez will cost €1million (£700,000).