Manchester United Transfer News Saturday 29 November

Falcao To Be Ditched In Favour Of Cavani?

Edinson Cavani Manchester United transferReports that Manchester United transfer target Edinson Cavani will be recruited next summer instead of a permanent deal for Radamel Falcao are somewhat wide of the mark.

The Daily Express reported on Friday that Uruguay international Cavani will be bought next summer with Manchester United scrapping the option to purchase the on-loan Falcao. The Colombian has played in just five games for United since he arrived from Monaco for a loan fee of £6million although he may play a part in today’s Premier League clash with Hull City.

The Express quotes ‘reports from France’ claiming the Cavani option is foremost in Louis van Gaal’s mind. However, those ‘reports’ are hard to pin down and the only references in France regarding a Cavani move to Old Trafford has come from outlets reporting what has been written in the Express. The piece is sheer speculation on the part of the newspaper.

United were linked extensively with Cavani over the summer, but his club side, Paris Saint-Germain, refused to agree to an exit despite the striker being unhappy with his role in the side as a winger rather than as an out-and-out striker.

Cavani may well be a Manchester United transfer target again next summer, but while there are doubts over the fitness of Falcao he will be given the opportunity to prove himself at Old Trafford.

Reports the club have already decided to ditch him are somewhat premature.

Nothing Goes Right For Herrera

There’s nothing but bad news for Ander Herrera at the moment.

First of all there are reports that he is fighting for his Manchester United place just five months after he moved to Old Trafford.

Secondly, he may be questioned by officials in Spain over his involvement in an alleged match-fixing scandal.

Herrera moved to United for £30million in the summer after the club agreed to pay his release fee to Athletic Bilbao – something they refused to do when they pursued him in the summer of 2013.

However, the Spaniard has been an unused substitute in United’s last four games following returns for Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick. Manager Louis van Gaal expects to stick with Fellaini and Carrick for today’s game with Hull meaning Herrera is expected to remain on the bench.

More seriously are the reports from Spain concerning any role Herrera may have played in an alleged match-fixing scandal at the end of the 2010-11.

We reported last month that Herrera was one of 12 players and officials under investigation following his side Zaragoza’s final game of the season with Levante.

Zaragoza needed to win to stay in La Liga and there are allegations that Herrera – as well as the other 11 players – received €120,000 in their bank accounts to pass to a member of the opposite side.

Herrera is believed to have passed the money back to Zaragoza, but he failed to declare its receipt to Spain’s anti-corruption unit.

Reports from Spain claim prosecutors will file court papers next week.

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