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There’s go­ing to be more ins and outs than a cat’s prover­bial at City and United over the next cou­ple of months.

A host of star play­ers from each side are pack­ing their bags as man­agers Louis Van Gaal and Manuel Pel­le­grini get the cheque books out.

And be­fore they can move to bring in new men, plenty of old ones need the or­der of the boot.

At United, there’s mixed feel­ings as they get ready to chase Gareth Bale, Cris­tiano Ron­aldo and oth­ers who can get them back to near the top of the Pre­mier League.

Their main worry is los­ing their goal­keeper David De Gea — the best they’ve had since Sch­me­ichel packed in.

He looks ever more cer­tain to be wear­ing a Real Madrid shirt next sea­son with the book­ies pric­ing him up at just 1/5 to be at the Bern­abeu come the big kick-off in Au­gust.

So while that leaves a huge gap be­tween the sticks, it will free up an ex­tra £30m or so to splash on new tal­ent.

Mind you, Van Gaal hasn’t quite given up the fight to keep him just yet.

He said: “He has to de­cide be­cause we have given a fan­tas­tic con­tract be­cause we want him to stay. I an­a­lyse his po­si­tion and then I say he is Span­ish, he is Span­ish in­ter­na­tional, still be­hind Iker Casil­las.

“Now a Span­ish club is com­ing, his girl­friend is Span­ish, his fa­ther and mother come ev­ery week or ev­ery two weeks here, so it is dif­fi­cult.”

De Gea limped off against Ar­se­nal at the week­end and, with a big-money move loom­ing, he won’t be risked in the last game if he’s not fully fit.

So, United fans, you may have seen him wear the shirt for the fi­nal time.

Fur­ther up the pitch, Van Gaal will be hap­pier to see the back of some un­der­per­form­ing mem­bers of his squad.

Radamel Fal­cao did the full “wave at the crowd” act when com­ing off against the Gun­ners.

Even though there was barely a wet eye in the house as his loan move has been lit­tle short of a flop.

He’ll go back to Spain and Robin Van Per­sie might well join him too as United look to get a fee for the Dutch­man be­fore his con­tract en­ters its fi­nal year.

He was in­cred­i­ble dur­ing his first sea­son at Old Traf­ford but his in­jury blight has re­turned and the past two years have been very much un­der­whelm­ing.

Sim­i­lar com­ments ap­ply to An­gel Di Maria, who has hardly lived up to his sta­tus as United’s record buy.

To be fair, he hasn’t had much of a run in the team but

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