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Manchester United have reportedly ruled themselves out of the running to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. Instead, they are ready to turn their attention towards German international Bastian Schweinsteiger, who offers a wealth of experience at 29 years of age. Schweinsteiger has been playing with Bayern Munich throughout his career, but it is thought that he may consider a move should a great offer come from a club like Manchester United. He is ready to go down the route of Michael Ballack, who came to the Premier league around the 30 mark.
Kroos has been a United transfer target for the last few months, as the Premier league club are thought to be ready to take advantage of his contract situation. The 24-year-old will be a free agent next summer. As a result, United are willing to take him for around £ 20 million – a steal considering that he offers a lot to the team. Fabregas were subjected to a couple of weeks from United last summer, but Barcelona were unwilling to sell him. A lot has changed in the last 12 months and it is thought that the player would consider a move back to the Premier League.
However, new Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal, has reportedly vetoed both the moves, as he wants to sign a player like Schweinsteiger. It is understood that Bayern Munich will be willing to listen to offers in the region of £ 10 million for the midfielder. Schweinsteiger came through the ranks at Bayern Munich and has gone on to make more than 450 appearances for the club in all competitions. He has also won every major title including the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup as well. United are keen on revamping the midfield.
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After announcing the exit of players like Mark Albrighton and Nathan Delfouneso in the last few days, the future of Aston Villa has been shrouded in the cloud of doubt. Manager Paul Lambert has tried to diffuse the situation by saying that the club will be trying to retain key players. Aston Villa have been put up for sale by owner Randy Lerner, who has been at the club for almost a decade. However, talks are yet to progress with any prospect of businessmen and the future of the club is looking in dire situation ahead of the summer transfer window.
Aston Villa endured yet another disappointing season in which they only narrowly managed to avoid relegation. This has been because of the severe financial constraints put up by owner Lerner over the last few years. Gone are the days of spending big during the regime of Martin O’Neill. Despite Albrighton being a key player for the club, he was allowed to leave on a free transfer. He has joined newly promoted Leicester City on a four-year contract. Delfouneso may have not realised his potential, but the future of players like Gabriel Agbonlahor still is a mystery.
The future of star names like Christian Benteke is also in doubt since they are linked with the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea.
“I can say they’re not going anywhere. I’ll still have the final say on who came and who went. I wouldn’t imagine anyone will leave without my permission. You’ve got to understand and respect the good work he’s done here. I don’t think that should ever be overlooked. But you have to respect, at the same time, he has own things to do. Any regrets? No, not at all,” said the manager about the future of star names at the club.
Movie Ranking: four / 5