Football transfer rumours: Ryan Bertrand heading to Manchester City or United?

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Concentrate now, as the following paragraph will feature entirely contradictory stories concerning the future of Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw, and you’ll have to make your own mind up about who to believe. The Mirror scotches the long-rumoured January swaperama involving Shaw and Tottenham’s Danny Rose, because United might exchange Shaw for Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand instead. They are, essentially, working their way through Premier League clubs trying to successfully negotiate a left-back trade. Or perhaps not, as the Sun exclusively reveals that Manchester City want to buy Bertrand in January – “Bertrand is a player City have ran the rule over before,” says “a source”, “but his transfer fee could be an issue, it all depends on what they ask for” – and that United will indeed let Shaw leave them in January, but only on loan. He is, they say, “wanted by a number of Premier League sides” as well as “others across Europe”. One person United are not planning to let go, though, is Marouane Fellaini, to whom they will offer a shiny new two-year contract, which is one year longer than the deals they normally give to 30-somethings – a category the Belgian will join in a couple of weeks – but then, Fellaini isn’t going to be a normal 30-something. He’s going to be a very tall, sharp elbowed 30-something.

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