United Close To Beating Arsenal To Coleman With £15m Deal ‘Agreed In Principal’

By on March 19, 2014

The January transfer window may have slammed shut but clubs will still be working hard behind the scenes at identifying targets for the summer, so we’ll bring you all the latest news, gossip and rumours. Today, Man Utd close in on Seamus Coleman.

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Manchester United appear to be winning the race to sign Everton defender Seamus Coleman with the Mirror claiming a deal worth around £15m has already been agreed in principal.

Coleman has emerged as one of the best full-backs in the Premier League this season under Roberto Martinez and scored his seventh goal of the campaign with a late winner over Cardiff City last weekend. His impressive form has understandably attracted interest in his services and both United and Arsenal have been linked with a move in recent months.

Arsene Wenger is drawing up a list of potential replacements for Bacary Sagna with the experienced Frenchman out of contract this summer and yet to agree terms over an extension at the Emirates. However, with the Gunners delaying making any serious moves for another right-back until Sagna’s future is resolved, it seems United have taken advantage and made an early swoop to beat their rivals to Coleman.

The Mirror claim the defending champions are already in advanced talks with Everton over a potential £15m deal for the 25-year-old and are confident of getting a deal done. In fact, the newspaper suggests that senior figures have indicated that an outline agreement with the Toffees has already been agreed.

Moyes was the man in charge at Everton when he signed Coleman from League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers in 2008 for just £60,000 and helped turn him into the adventurous full-back he is today, so a move to link-up with his former boss could appeal greatly to the player.

With Rafael struggling to convince at right-back, and Chris Smalling and Phil Jones’ long-term future’s seen in the middle, Moyes has set his sights on Coleman and it appears a deal to take him to Old Trafford could now be close.

United have endured a disastrous season which looks destined to end without Champions League qualification for next year, so the club are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer.

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Moyes has come under increasing pressure following Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to Liverpool but he’d certainly win over some fans if he could secure the signing of Coleman. Although they will hope he’ll turn out to be more of a success than the last player Moyes snapped up from his former club, with Marouane Fellaini struggling to replicate the kind of form that earned him a £27m move last summer.

Would United fans welcome the signing of Coleman? Share your views below…

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11 Comments

  1. GQ

    March 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    Where on earth do you get this rubbish from. Who on earth makes this rubbish up? Why nthe hell would Seamus Coleman even dream of going to Man Utd?????

    Martinez, this morning, quote, “We won’t offer encouragement to any club over Seamus. He is on a long-term contract and we need players like Seamus,” he said.

    Understand one thing – Everton are not a club that needs to sell anyone – other than Fellaini!!!!!!!!

  2. Gaz

    March 19, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha……………Sorry now that I have stopped laughing, a few points….GQ has already quoted Martinez, Everton are planning new contracts for McCarthy, Coleman & Barkley….Utd will finish below Everton in the league, Coleman is having his best season under Martinez, he’s playing with 3 of his international colleagues…..what a ridiculous story..

  3. Son of St Domingo

    March 19, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Journalist might have more credibility if they even could spell correctly – it should be principle not principal.

  4. kevin

    March 19, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Dear oh dear. As long as everton have world class players and man utd look ordinary our players will be linked with signing for Moyes. Lazy lazy obvious rubbish.

  5. john

    March 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Fed up with this garbage reporting ! “Baines defo going united” all year now this, think the editor needs sack this sorry lot and get some real reporters, bunch of buffoons !

  6. kidder23

    March 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    is this one of the world class players waiting to join united to play under moyes?Thank god he’s getting sacked next week.

  7. Alex

    March 19, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    moyes should be given some time to build his own team before we aportion blame on him, he inherited this squad from the outgone boss ferguson, Moyes will be a success afterall we all know what Alex went tru before becoming a success and a hero, Lets give him some time. Alex Bendeghe C.R.S Nigeria.

  8. gerald mcloughlin

    March 20, 2014 at 2:28 am

    Why on earth would Seamus Coleman leave Everton to go to a DUD TEAM LIKE MAN UTD? Nonsense. The days of utd thinking we can have who and what you want are GONE,even the referees do not give them any decisions anymore,they too realise they are no longer under any pressure to do so.

  9. Black Cow

    March 20, 2014 at 3:30 am

    Only believe reports if there are quotes from people directly involved. This excludes “sources close to Utd, sources within Carrington, etc”. Otherwise, treat as rubbish reporting.

  10. GQ

    March 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Roberto Martinez has laughed off claims Manchester United are in talks with Seamus Coleman.

    Reports earlier this week alleged the in-form Everton full-back was in advanced negotiations with the reigning Premier League champions about a £15 million summer move to Old Trafford.

    Coleman has been one of Everton’s outstanding performers this season and is set to be rewarded with a new contract despite having over 4 years remaining on his current deal.

    And Martinez insists he has no intention of allowing the 25-year-old to leave Goodison Park.

    He said: “It must be a different Seamus Coleman, because we’ve never had any conversations with anyone.

    “The truth is that Seamus has been having a very good season and we want that to continue.

    “He’s becoming a very important player at Everton. He’s going to be a very important player for his national team.

    “Obviously we want Seamus to stay here for a long time, so it’s nothing to comment on.”

  11. abkay

    March 21, 2014 at 7:57 am

    moyes – d chosin 1 shld b gvn som tym 2 guide ds team, identufy sm lapses n get quality reinforcements dt’l add value 2 our darlin team

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