There are some rather annoyed faces here in the Football Transfer Tavern as the latest news from The Independent filters down through our landlord and Manchester United fans are the most unhappy of all.
The publication have claimed that Tom Cleverley, the English answer to Xavi, is willing to run down his contract and then leave the club on a free, resisting any attempts by manager Louis van Gaal to eject him this summer.
As one of our punters notes over the pool table, waiting for a move on a free would certainly be lucrative for the midfielder with his signing-on bonuses rising considerably more than if any potential club were forced to pay a transfer fee for him.
That does leave Red Devils boss van Gaal in a tricky situation however with a clear out of his squad certainly required and at least another couple of players brought in – especially in the middle of the park.
Manchester United fans. Just what are your thoughts on Cleverley running down his deal? Does he have anything left to offer you? Let us know your thoughts below.
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