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Seamus Coleman to Manchester United: Van Gaal to use Evans as bait for Irishman

Published 03/07/2015 | 09:13

Seamus Coleman is wanted by Manchester United
Seamus Coleman is wanted by Manchester United

Manchester United are prepared to use Jonny Evan as bait for Ireland international Seamus Coleman.

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Louis van Gaal, the United manager, is determined to recruit an experienced right-back this summer and Coleman has re-emerged as a target following DanI Alves’s decision to extend his contract at Barcelona and Nathaniel Clyne joining Liverpool.

Everton, though, have insisted Coleman is not for sale, but United chiefs, according to reports, are ready to offer the Merseysiders cash offer plus Evans in a bid to secure a deal.

Evans has just 12 months remaining on his contract and has not been offered a new deal with the club with Van Gaal ready to get rid of the Northern Irishman.

Meanwhile, tthe ongoing summer saga over the transfer of David de Gea from United to Real Madrid appears set to continue after the Premier League club told the Spaniards they will not accept under £35 million for the goalkeeper.

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De Gea, who has just one year remaining on his contract, is widely expected to return to Spain following four successful years at Old Trafford.

Several publications, including the Express and Daily Mail, have claimed that the 24-year-old "jetting" over to the Spanish capital suggested that he was on the brink of signing for Real. The Madrid-born player, though, later confirmed he was just back home on holiday. "I just came to relax," said De Gea when asked why he was in Madrid. "I'm on vacation. Everything is going well."

United, meanwhile, are refusing to budge over a transfer fee and have said that Real Madrid must make De Gea the most expensive goalkeeper in world football if they are to get their man. As it stands Gianluigi Buffon remains the most expensive goalkeeper after Juventus paid Parma £32.6m for him in 2001.

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The demand from Old Trafford follows their dismissal of a report in Spain that claimed the the clubs had agreed to lower their asking price for De Gea to £25m to push the move through.

Despite De Gea having turned down a new and improved offer of £200,000-a-week to stay at Old Trafford, the Premier League club are understood to be prepared to make the player see out his contract rather than let leave for what they would consider a bargain price.

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