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Arturo Vidal breaks silence over Man United transfer rumours

Manchester United target Arturo Vidal has made it clear that he has no intentions of leaving Bayern Munich in the summer.

The Chile international, who was heavily pursued by Man United to no avail in 2014, could be moved along following the arrival of Leon Goretzka from Schalke.

And Jose Mourinho, according to reports, has pinpointed Vidal as one of his main midfield targets ahead of the retirement of Michael Carrick and possible departure of Marouane Fellaini in the summer.

But Vidal, when asked about the rumours, was adamant that he wasn’t planning on going anywhere in the transfer window.

“I’m not thinking about a transfer. I feel very comfortable here,” he said.

“Of course I would like to extend my contract. That’s an option. My kids are very happy here, too.”

With Ander Herrera also reportedly subject to interest from AC Milan, plans need to be put in place ahead of the summer to secure two midfielders at the very least.

And with the transfer window set to be shorter than normal, United simply cannot waste their time chasing dead ends, or even players who need convincing. The case of Vidal in 2014, along with David Moyes’ numerous failed transfer exploits the year before, are examples of why doing this can be fatal.

Pursuing the likes of Nice’s Jean Michel Seri and Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic, therefore, would be far more sensible given that the pair both expressed a desire to leave last summer and will be on the market next time around.

LA Galaxy president speaks out about Zlatan Ibrahimovic rumours

LA Galaxy president Chris Klein was careful to neither confirm or deny rumours claiming Zlatan Ibrahimovic will move to the MLS in March.

The 36-year-old has endured a difficult second season at Old Trafford, returning from injury in November but only managing two starts before aggravating his knee problem again.

Reports have claimed that Zlatan has already agreed a deal with LA Galaxy ahead of the MLS season beginning in March, although Jose Mourinho has dismissed the rumours, insisting the Swede had said nothing to him about a move away.

And Klein was decidedly coy about the potential deal when asked about it earlier this week.

“We’re nowhere,” he said. “We wouldn’t comment on it.”

And when asked whether he could confirm whether talks with the forward were taking place, Klein said: “We wouldn’t [confirm that]. It’s unfair, because he’s contracted to another club.”

The idea of Zlatan jumping ship mid-season to the flushing Californian meadows for a more languid pace of football doesn’t make too much sense. Such a move would be tantamount with admitting his second year at Old Trafford was a write off, a mistake, and that he no longer belongs at the highest level.

And while his eyes may have been too big for his stomach, so to speak, when it came to his early return, you doubt that Zlatan will be willing to throw in the towel just yet.