With the Premier League title race all but over – it certainly will be if Manchester United don’t win the local derby this weekend – attention turns to transfer speculation. The media, being the media, will ignore United’s financial reality and ‘link’ the club with every available player on the planet. Here’s today’s media speculation round-up…
The brilliant Olympique Lyonnais ‘keeper has broken into the French national side in time for the FIFA World Cup this summer after appearing for Les Bleus at under-17, 18 and 20 level. Superb in this season’s Champions League, Lloris is a £15 million United target according to today’s papers.
Kiko retains the confidence of Sir Alex Ferguson despite an injury-hit season that has reduced the Italian’s first team opportunities to just one Premier League start this season. Speculation has Macheda joining Italian club Palermo on loan. Not so, says his agent.
“Interest of Palermo? I know nothing about it, Palermo have not contacted me,” Giovanni Bia said.
“For now Federico is in Manchester and is well there, but it is (too) soon to talk about next season. He has a four years contract there. I don’t think that Manchester would give away a player like him.
“The future of Macheda depends on Manchester United.”
One agent busy on the hustings is the Danish central defender’s. Kjaer, 20, wants to leave the aforementioned Palermo for the Premier League this summer. Reportedly a target of both cash-strapped United and even more cash-strapped Liverpool, Macheda could be used as makeweight in a deal for the Dane, according to some of the more wide-of-the-mark reports.
Fabio da Silva
The Brazilian teenager has not progressed this season, with injury once again blighting the campaign. While brother Rafael challenges Gary Neville for the United right-back spot, Fabio has little chance displacing Patrice Evra bar injury. Could the former Fluminese player join Sporting Lisbon on loan?
Who? United will need to stump up £25 million large ones to acquire Benfica’s 22-year-old central defender. The curly-haired Brazilian, who is yet to feature for his country, is unlikely to receive a UK work permit even if United was to find the cash hidden under Malcolm Glazer’s mattress.