Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Spanish club Rayo Vallecano's midfielder Michu, the Daily Mail reports. The Spaniard finished this season as the highest scoring midfielder in the league with 17 strikes and has, in fact, been a long-time prospective target for the Red Devils.
The club are expected to hold out for an £8mn fee for the 26 year old but he could be available for a cut-price deal of £3mn due to the club's financial situation, according to the report. Liverpool are also rumoured to be interested in Michu, who moved to Rayo as a free agent after leaving Celta Vigo last summer.
Meanwhile, United are ready to offer Dimitar Berbatov to Borussia Dortmund in a bait to land the German club's top striker - Robert Lewandowski - according to The Mirror. Sir Alex Ferguson is a known admirer and was present in Berlin when the new Bundesliga champions beat Bayern Munich 5-2 to win the DFB-Pokal. However, as an earlier IBTimes UK report noted, Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has no interest in seeing his star striker leave. It now appears Ferguson could use wantaway Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov to sweeten the deal and propose a player-plus-cash exchange.
The Bulgarian earlier revealed he was looking for a move away after being made to feel unwanted at Old Trafford. The former Bayer Leverkusen hitman could be tempted by an offer to return to Germany, where he spent five years before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 2006.
Finally, Darren Fletcher could return to training with the club next month, Ferguson said. The 28 year old has not played since November, after being diagnosed with a chronic bowel condition but the United manger claimed his fellow Scot had made steady progress.
"We're hoping he will start pre-season training. But we can't assess it because we don't know enough about it. Darren's medical people are dealing with it and our doctor has a good idea of the situation but at the moment the boy is doing his best to come back," Goal.com quoted Ferguson as saying. It was speculated Fletcher could even retire as a result of his condition.