I have all the stories from tomorrow’s chip papers all conveniently compiled right here. In today’s news Sir Alex says there will be no big summer signings, Fabiano “turns down” United, Sir Alex is linked with move for Ozil, Real Madrid rejects for sale, Scholes has his eyes on the Premier League, and Joe Cole proves he loves money and not trophies.
As of late, our noisy neighbors always seem to be linked with the same targets as us. To be honest, I’m not too sure City’s “scouting” is nothing more than just reading United transfer rumors, so this daily blog should be hugely beneficial to them. Manchester City, you’re welcome.
Looking for a big name signing this summer? Don’t get your hopes up. It seems we will start the season with the squad we have now. Aside from a creative midfielder, I really think we’re strong in all positions. Sir Alex seems to think even a creative midfielder isn’t necessary. If Anderson finally fulfills his potential this season, he may just be right. Maybe it has something to do with finances, or maybe he just truly believes in this squad. Only Sir Alex knows. I’m certainly very hopeful of this squad, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly concerned that we may be missing something. The lack of a proven creative midfielder could prove costly.
Another fine example of the incredible respect Ryan Giggs has earned in the squad. Upon being asked who his favorite player was, Brown said, “I know it is going to sound daft this but I would have to say Giggsy.” Of course, Brown didn’t forget to mention Maradona and Pele, but it was Giggs who earned his highest praise. I don’t think there is any United fan who gets sick of the praise that Giggs gets. He certainly deserves it.
Doesn’t there need to be an offer in order to be turned down? I haven’t read about any bid for Fabiano, just that we were “interested.” Aside from Joe Cole (we’ll get to him later), this must be a fairly slow day in the news because they’re trying to make this story bigger than it really is.
It doesn’t seem to matter that Sir Alex says he’ll make no sumer signings, we’re still being linked with big name players. With a year remaining on his contract, Werder Bremen would prefer to sell rather than let him go on a free. Sir Alex is apparently a big fan of the player he calls “the ghost.” It seems Werder Bremen are looking for £12m for the talented midfielder. I was impressed with him at the World Cup, but I don’t want to get too carried away by a few good performances. However, I do think £12m would be really good value for a player who seems to have creativity in abundance.
While The Sun is linking us with Ozil, The Daily Mail believes he may be on his way to Real Madrid. To clear up room in the squad, Kaka and Rafael van der Vaart may be on their way out. It is believe both are targets of Chelsea, but I doubt it will be long before we’re linked with one or both. I’m actually a big fan of van der Vaart and wouldn’t mind seeing him become a Red Devil, but it seems we won’t be making any signings this summer. Shame too, cause he’s the type of creative midfielder we need and I think we could’ve signed him for good value.
Paul Scholes believes reclaiming the Premier League takes priority over the Champions League. Personally, I’d much rather see United win the Premier League. Winning a record 19th Premier League title would be immensely satisfying, even more so than adding to our European success. In an ideal world, though, United would complete the Double, or…dare I say it…the Treble.
And now for a bit about our Premier League rivals…
Joe Cole has proved that it’s greed, not trophies, that drives him after signing a four-year contract with Liverpool worth £90,000 per week. Arsenal and Tottenham were both interested and would’ve been able to offer him Champions League football. I dare say that Arsenal may have even been able to offer him the chance to play for a Premier League contender. However, neither team could match his outrageous wage demands. Now he will grace the Europa League with Liverpool. And as far as the Premier League goes, Liverpool is certainly not a contender this season. From Premier League champions to a team fighting just to finish in the top four. Cole may help Liverpool return to the Champions League in 2011/12, but he could’ve played at the highest level this season. Some players still play for glory, others are playing for money.
Fun Fact: Today’s fun fact come from manutd.com’s Nick Coppack on Twitter: RT @nickcoppack Cheapest tickets for United v Liverpool matches (not incl. disabled section, which is free at OT)… At Anfield, £43. At Old Trafford, £27.
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