Transfer round-up 14/5
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.