Manchester United transfer news and rumours: Adnan Januzaj exit blocked; Kevin Strootman blow; Aleksandar Dragovic delay

The latest transfer talk surrounding Old Trafford

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MANCHESTER UNITED BOUND...

Despite reports that Aleksandar Dragovic has snubbed Arsenal in favour of a move to Manchester United, according to the Manchester Evening News, Louis van Gaal will wait until the summer to try and secure a deal. The 23-year-old Austrian is seen as a viable option as United look to strengthen at the back but there remain a few doubts over his ability to perform in the Premier League. Dragovic currently plays with Dinamo Kiev after joining from FC Basel a year-and-a-half ago.

The likelihood of Kevin Strootman arriving at Old Trafford before the current transfer window closes appears to have receded after the Roma midfielder picked up a fresh injury. The Dutchman only returned to action late last year after a nine-month injury lay-off and the latest set-back highlights the concern that still surrounds him. Roma coach Rudi Garcia has admitted it is "still a delicate area".

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Manchester United face competition from Real Madrid in their bid to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte. The highly-rated 20-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League, and United are ready to firm that up with a bid for the France Under-21 international, according to the Daily Mail. However, with Sergio Ramos stalling on a new contract at the Bernabeu, the European champions have entered the race to sign Laporte from their La Liga rivals.

 

STAYING PUT...

Despite featuring sparingly this season, Adnan Januzaj is unlikely to leave United before next week’s transfer deadline. Speaking to Italian media outlet Foot Mercato, Januzaj’s agent Dirk de Vriese confirmed interest has come from PSG, but United manager Van Gaal has personally halted any potential departure – temporary or permanent.

De Vriese said: "Yes, PSG have shown themselves to be interested this winter. They directly contacted Manchester United for information. But Louis van Gaal announced that he [Januzaj] cannot leave this winter. Not as a permanent transfer nor as a loan. The coach considered him as an important player for squad. He is counting on everyone. It seems like a definitive decision, I don’t think that it can change.”

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SET TO DEPART...

Darren Fletcher has been told he can leave Old Trafford on a free-transfer. The Scot was made vice-captain when Van Gaal arrived at the club and was a fixture in the side during pre-season. But the arrivals of various players in big-money deals has seen him fall down the pecking order and United are prepared to let him leave. Numerous clubs have been linked, including West Ham.

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