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Transfer News: Man Utd Join Walcott Race – Possible Nani Swap Deal?
Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Man Utd are believed to have joined the race to sign Theo Walcott.
Manchester United have joined Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City in the race to sign Arsenal’s contract rebel Theo Walcott, according to the Daily Mail.
The report claims Sir Alex Ferguson wants to reunite the 23-year-old with former team-mate Robin van Persie and should the winger leave Arsenal, it’s understood his preferred destination would be Old Trafford.
Walcott’s contract expires at the end of the season and he has so far been unable to agree terms over an extension. If the stand-off continue’s in to next month, the Mail claim that Arsene Wenger will look to sell and the England international could be available for just £8m.
The Mail‘s report also claims Liverpool will make a bid for Walcott in January while Manchester City and Chelsea are understood to be interested but would prefer to wait until the summer and sign the former Southampton youngster on a free transfer.
The news of United’s interest is an interesting twist in the Walcott saga. Theo and RVP had an excellent understanding at Arsenal and they could form a devastating partnership at United if Walcott does end up following the Dutchman to Old Trafford.
The Independent were one of several media outlets to report on Tuesday that Arsenal were interested in Man Utd’s Nani, which would pose the question of a possible swap deal involving Walcott.
It may suit both parties. If Arsenal have to sell Walcott, Nani would be a more than able replacement and vice-versa with Nani and United. The major stumbling block could prove to be the Portuguese wingers wages though.
What do you make of United’s reported interest in Walcott? Could you see a swap deal with Nani happening? Get involved in the comments section below.