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Transfer round-up 14/5

May 14, 2010 Tags: Shorts No comments

Today’s rumours, speculation and gossip include a bizarre Italian swap, the goalkeeping revolving door and a Spanish star on his way to Old Trafford. With silly season barely warmed up Sir Alex Ferguson is only interested in £345 million worth of talent according to today’s papers. Rant barely gets out of bed for that much speculation.

Birmingham Foster good relations with Ben
Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster is in talks with Birmingham City after the clubs agreed a £5 million deal according to Sky Sports. With Joe Hart returning to Manchester City, Birmingham manager Alex McLeish is close to a deal for United’s third choice ‘keeper.

Would Hugo to Manchester?
As one stopper leaves another will arrive at Old Trafford if Ferguson is successful with a move for Olympique Lyonnais goalkeeper Hugo Lloris before the World Cup. The Manchester Evening News says the French number one is the Scot’s top priority at a cost of at least £15m.

Macheda for Buffon
If rumours of 18-year-old Federico Macheda fathering a child with celebrity WAG Sophie Houghton weren’t strange enough, Sport.co.uk claims that United is interested in swapping the striker for Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The 32-year-old Italian number one is interested in a move to England according to recent reports.

Krasic begs United for move…. and Bayern
CSKA Moscow winger Krasic wants to United, according to the player’s agent Dejan Joksimovic. “For now, he is focused 100 per cent on the World Cup,” Joksimovic said. “There has been no contact with Manchester United, but Milos is very attracted by the league because it remains the best in the world.

“Bayern Munich could also be his first choice,” Joksimovic added confusingly.

No Silva lining for Fergie?
Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham Hotspur is keen on beating United to the signature of Valencia midfielder David Silva. With a Champions League qualifying round to negotiate Spurs believe they can outbid Ferguson’s side with a £28m offer, although the 33-cap Spaniard has previously said he would find it difficult to turn United down.

I’m Yohan Gourcuff Get Me Outta Here
Bordeaux midfielder Gourcuff will leave the French Ligue 1 outfit after criticising the local media for ruining the club’s season. The former AC Milan star is available for around £18 million after reacting angrily in an interview with French press agency AFP News to persistent rumours that manager Laurent Blanc will take over the French national side after the World Cup. Teammate Marouane Chamakh is to join Arsenal in the summer and Ferguson is a known admirer of the 23-year-old Gourcuff.

Marco Milan’s words, Borriello is for sale
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that United will bid €20 million for AC Milan’s Italian striker Marco Borriello this summer. The 27-year-old international who has scored 14 goals this season, although Milan is less keen to offload the striker than his partner, perennial failure, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Corey Blimey, Evans is off to Notts Forest
Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies wants United’s youngster Corry Evans on a season-long loan next year. Brother of Jonny, Evans is yet to make his debut at Old Trafford, although he has two caps for Northern Ireland. 18-year-old Evans can play in defence or midfield. Forrest lost in the Championship playoffs to Blackpool earlier this week.

Transfer round-up 2/5

May 2, 2010 Tags: Shorts No comments

Did you hear the joke about the Englishman, Frenchman, Irishman and South African joining Manchester United for bargain fees? It would be funny if it wasn’t all too true! Getting in the spirit, today’s free transfer and misfit edition of the Rant round-up is dedicated to swapping bench-warming for a place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first XI.

Fergie seeks Steven Pienaar on a freebie
United’s manager is keen on bringing Everton’s third best midfielder – the South African international Pienaar – to Old Trafford, according to the Sunday Telegraph. Pienaar, out of contract in the summer, has scored six goals in 35  games for Everton this season, with three assists.

United monitoring Joe Cole situation
Ferguson will bid for midfielder Cole, 28, if Chelsea’s reserve fails to agree a new deal at Stamford Bridge this summer. Should Cole head north the deal will  make the former West Ham United player one of the best paid players at Old Trafford. Cole, out of contract in June, wants £120,000 a week, says the Sunday Telegraph, with Roman Abramovich unwilling to fund an inflated new contract for the bit part substitute.

£20 million Benzema bargain?
Real Madrid flop Benzema, scorer of five La Liga goals this season, will ship out of the Bernabeu on the first boat bound for Old Trafford, should Ferguson get his way that is. News of the World reports United will bid £20 million for the French striker who cost Real £35 million from Olympique Lyonnais last summer.

United after ‘massive’ bargains
Ferguson wants to bring Manchester City midfielder Steven Ireland across town, says Sky Sports. Ireland, also linked with a move to Liverpool this season, has seen his chances restricted under new City manager Roberto Mancini. The same source also claims Fergie is interested in City’s out-of-favour, perennially immature, man-moutain of a defender, Micah Richards. The pair could cost United more than £20 million.

Fergie goes Carroll signing
The United manager is also interested in bringing Newcastle United youngster Andy Carroll for £9 million, says CaughtOffside.com. The Geordie-born striker has scored 17 goals in 37 games in the Championship this season. Bad-boy Carrol allegedly broke team-mate Steven Taylor’s jaw earlier this year after a training ground incident.

Transfer round-up 29/4

April 29, 2010 Tags: Shorts No comments

Today’s round-up includes a creative midfielder, United’s two most consistent players and a French left-winger. Don’t let United’s paucity of transfer funds fool you though, for the world’s media has Sir Alex Ferguson spending around £100 million on this motley collection. He’ll need to flog Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra to fund it… oh.

Evra gonna give you up?
Real Madrid will bid £20 million for United’s Evra this summer, according to various silly season reports. With the Madrid club seeking new cover at left-back, Evra heads Madrid’s list, which also includes Arsenal’s Gael Clichy, Chelsea’s Ashley Cole and Fiorentina’s Juan Manuel Vargas.

Rooney in wears white shocker!
The Scouse striker is definitely off to Real Madrid in a £90 million summer move, according to Spanish gossip rag Sport.es. The Catalan sports paper says that Rooney’s donning of both red and white strips for a recent Pepsi advert shot in Barcelona is ample evidence of the move. Rant isn’t convinced.

Modric + praise by Sir Alex = multi-million transfer
Tottenham Hotspur’s creative midfielder Luka Modric, praised by Sir Alex Ferguson in his programme notes last weekend, is heading to United in a £25 million deal, according to reports. Given United’s track record buying from Spurs in recent seasons, Ferguson may need to double the bid.

Need creativity? Send for a defensive midfielder
Ignoring the patently obvious lack of creativity in the United midfield this season, the world’s media – well the Mirror – suggests United will spend £20 million on Real Madrid’s Lassana Diara. The former Portsmouth, Arsenal and Chelsea reject, Diara has now lost his place in the Madrid midfield to Fernando Gago.

Absolutely Marveaux-less
Elsewhere the Mirror claims Ferguson wants 23-year-old Rennes winger Sylvain Marveaux – dubbed the new Florent Malouda. Marveaux, who is yet to feature in the French national side, has scored eight goals in 31 appearances on the left flank this season.

Never say Neven Subotic again
United will bid for Borussia Dortmund’s Serbian international defender Neven Subotic, claims German newspaper Bild. It will take €20 million to prize the 21-year-old 6ft 3in tall defender out of Dortmund’s cold, dead hands, says the report. American-raised Subotic, inevitably compared with compatriot Nemanja Vidic, will feature during this summer’s World Cup.

“If Manchester United is wanting to have him, they would need to sign over a property of two oil-fields to us,” said Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia’s general manager.

“Or at least two big trucks full of packaged pound notes.”

United would be just Fabiono says Luis
Brazilian’s striker Luis Fabiano, 29, has issued a not-so-subtle come hither plea to Ferguson. Fabiano, who plays for cash-strapped Sevilla, is seeking one last pay day challenge before he retires to the Copacabana. The Brazilian has scored 90 goals in 187 appearances for the Spanish side.

“If you are asking me what team I most admire it is Manchester United,” he said.

“If you play under Ferguson then you are probably going to win a title or another major trophy.”

No Ninis here
United might bid for young Greek midfielder Sotiris Ninis, a 20-year-old Albanian-born Greek international player. United has watched the Panathinaikos star three times this year, says the Manchester Evening News. The midfielder is available for £10 million, with Real Madrid and AC Milan also interested says the paper.

Transfer round-up 26/4

April 26, 2010 Tags: Shorts 5 comments

With the Premier League two games from a conclusion the transfer gossip rumour mill is now in full swing, with the usual range of misguided paper talk! In today’s ad-hoc rant round-up Sir Alex Ferguson has his heart set on an expensive Argentinian, a teenage Dutch winger and a fight for France’s midfield playmaker.

Kun Aguero on United’s list
Caughtoffside.com claims that Ferguson is preparing a £35m for Atletico Madrid’s Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 21. The rumour ignores Aguero’s well-known wage demands, which at £100,000 week net would make the Argentinian United’s biggest earner by far.

Mauro strikers at United?
United will bid for Argentinian striker Mauro Boselli this summer, according to the News of the World. The 24-year-old Estudiantes striker will join the 375 other forwards at the club this summer if a £5 million bid is successful.

Marseille’s Steve Mandana wants to join United
“Logically I’ll be at Marseille next season but one cannot be sure of anything. I have had no contact but everyone knows one day I would like to join the English league. It seems that Manchester United is looking for a goalkeeper but my name was not mentioned,” said the French international ‘keeper.

Schepers creepers?
The Daily Mail claims United wants to sign “highly-rated” 17-year-old Dutch winger Bob Schepers, who plays for Second Division side SC Cambuur-Leeuwarden in Holland. Everton manager David Moyes is also interested, according to reports.

Manchester transfer derby
The People says Manchester City boss Mancini will fight it out with Ferguson for £30 million-rated Bordeaux midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.