With the Lions, Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix, football finds very little space on today’s back pages. The transfer rumours, however, are alive and kicking and, in the latest chapter of what has all the attributes of a possible saga, United are reportedly ready to increase their bid for Everton full-back Leighton Baines.
Having refused an initial offer of around £10m-£12m on Thursday night, Everton yesterday admitted the England international would be allowed to leave were United to meet Bill Kenwright’s economical demands. The response from Goodison Park led many Reds to wonder whether United really need to invest £20m on a left-back soon to be 29 and, therefore, not many years away from losing that all important extra yard of pace upon which full-backs build their careers.
With the news that Schalke CEO, Clemens Tonnies, has stressed that the Bundesliga side will not deny Julian Draxler a transfer to a club like Real Madrid or Chelsea if the opportunity arises it’s time David Moyes was coerced into making contact with the tremendously talented young German.
The U19 International recently admitted that it would be hard to reject one of Europe’s superpowers if they were to make a move for him and Tonnies has insisted that S04 are ready to open talks if a good offer comes in.
Now that I am back and raring to go, I feel my first article should ask the question all Manchester United fans have on their minds. Where do we go from here?
27 years of Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm has given all of us quite the ride and what seemed like a perpetual high. 38 trophies later and we all have to ask, where did all the years go? And will it now come to a screeching halt? Is David Moyes the answer and will the club continue to be the most popular and successful brand in world football?
Manchester United could still land Everton full-back Leighton Baines, but David Moyes has been told to significantly increase his bid for the England international. United had an initial £12m bid rejected by Everton late on Thursday evening as Everton chairman Bill Kenwright declared Baines was “not for sale at any price”.
Today’s newspapers, however, tell us a different story with reports that Everton are prepared to let their left-back go, but only for a price they consider satisfying. Newspapers being newspapers, the sum Everton would be happy to accept varies across different publication.
Hide your wives or girlfriends, children and treasure and most of all, increase your intake of pain medications and Valium, because I’m back baby YEAH! Yes tis I the one and only Grognard (Groggy to his friends) reporting once again on the world of Manchester United and footy in general.
After a long absence and self imposed exile I have returned to offer up my take on what has been happening and what is going to happen to our beloved Red Devils. For those of you who are not familiar with me and for those of you who just don’t give a crap let me just say that I used to be a regular contributor on this site for a number of years.
Everton have reportedly rejected a bid from Manchester United for full-back Leighton Baines and insist the England international is not for sale at any price.
Questions have been raised over whether new United manager David Moyes will raid his former club of its brightest talents, with Baines and central midfielder Marouane Fellaini both linked with reuniting with Moyes at Old Trafford.
However, the Merseyside outfit are adamant they will not allow one of their prize assets to leave and are not prepared to negotiate with the Premier League champions.
Barcelona have held “crisis talk” with Thiago Alcantara, in a last-minute bid to stop the midfielder from joining Manchester United, with whom he has apparently reached an agreement, today’s newspapers report.
Thiago has been involved in a tussle between United and Barcelona for almost a month now, with reports either confirming an agreement with United or categorically denying he ever intended to leave the Camp Nou. Today is no different, with the Daily Mail claiming that Spain U21’s captain has agreed a deal with United and the club is confident to finalise the £17m transfer in the coming days.
Marca, one of Spain’s most prominent sport newspapers, have today published an article on their English website claiming that Barcelona have given up in their attempt to retain Thiago Alcantara. Often considered Real Madrid’s daily newspaper, Marca’s decision to publish the story is perfectly understandable as the newspaper is always eager to jump at the opportunity to undermine their Catalan rivals.
The article is unlikely to reveal anything previously unknown on Thiago’s future, but given the source we thought it was worth a mention.