We all love some transfer gossip, don’t we? Better yet, some transfer gossip sprinkled with conspiracy theories is what really gets some of us – or at least the tabloids – moist with anticipation and when it comes to conspiracy theories, they don’t come much juicer than the latest chapter in Wayne Rooney’s troublesome summer.
The United striker flew back home yesterday from United’s Far East Tour, barely a day after arriving in Bangkok alongside his teammates, after picking up what the club described as a hamstring injury in his first – and only – training session in Bangkok.
There was a time, I can’t precisely point out when or how long ago it was, when I used to be genuinely excited by the transfer window and I dreamt of the day when some of England’s and Europe’s top players would join Manchester United, adding to the already excellent cast at Sir Alex Ferguson’s disposal.
Perhaps it was naivety borne out of being 10 or 15 years old, but it all seemed rather straightforward and, dare I say it, easy at the time, for the process went something along the lines of “United are interested in a player”, “United have made an offer for that player”, “The player has joined United”.
Reds who wished to see Thiago Alcantara at Old Trafford were dealt a blow late last night, as rumours began to circulate in Spain that the Barcelona midfielder was close to join Bayern Munich after having been impressed by Pep Guardiola’s offer, meaning that we should probably give up any dreams regarding Thiago and hope David Moyes finds somebody else to add some much-needed quality to the midfield, particularly considering that Kevin Strootman is on the verge of signing for Roma.
The midfield might have a familiar look come August (much to Anderson fans’ delight – albeit we’re not sure that such a thing could actually exist) but Robin Van Persie’s supporting cast up-front could be very different, if today’s papers are to be believed.
Last season, Manchester United dominated the Barclays Premier League winning in it style. They finished 11 points above rivals Man City. This turned out to be an end of an era for the side, because legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson announced his shock retirement from the game. Now they have his fellow Scotsman, David Moyes as manager. It will be a challenge in his first season and he will have to cope with the huge pressure, but I believe he will. With Fergies advice, and the assistance of Neville and Giggs he could do very well, but there is one thing he needs, transfers.
It’s bad news for all Manchester United fans desperate to see the arrival of Thiago Alcantara from Barcelona as news reports suggest he’s agreed to sign for Bayern Munich.
Hopefully these are unfounded rumours, they are at the moment just reports. More to follow.
You really couldn’t make up some of the stories gifted to us by Manchester City Football Club or by their bitter fans.
The latest Bertie to make us laugh is newly appointed Manuel Pellegrini who openly admitted today that “I know that the most important thing for all the (City) fans is to beat Manchester United”
Thiago Alcantara once again finds himself on the front of Catalan paper Sport today with the news that the Spain Under-21 midfielder flat out refused an approach from Real Madrid and is keen for the challenge at Manchester United.
In recent weeks, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made initial advances towards Thiago, believing a move for the midfielder would soften the blow of Barcelona signing Neymar this summer.
David Moyes is set to venture into a territory Sir Alex Ferguson firmly refused to explore, as the former Everton manager is ready to launch an increased bid, thought to be in the region of £14m, for Everton left-back Leighton Baines.
United have already had a £12m offer turned down by the Goodison Park outfit but are prepared to raise their bid by a couple of millions, edging closer to the sum Sir Alex refused to pay 12 months ago, when his pursue of Baines was abruptly brought to an end by Everton’s financial demand.