TalkSport are reporting that Italian sources claim Roma have completed the signing of ‘long-standing Manchester United target’ Kevin Strootman.
The Dutchman, 23, has joined the Serie A club from PSV Eindhoven for a fee in the region of £15.5m.
In the light of the Thiago ‘also an apparent Long Standing United Target with an extremely reasonable buy-out clause who United never actually tabled an official bid for so I presume he wasn’t a target after all’ Alcantara to Bayern Munich case, how can Strootman be labeled in such a way?
Less than a day after losing out on Thiago Alcantara, Manchester United yesterday afternoon submitted a £26m offer to Barcelona for Cesc Fabregas, as David Moyes desperately seeks to bolster his terminally-ill midfield.
What had, initially, seemed a completely unconceivable option, for Barcelona would be reluctant to part ways with another midfielder and given that Arsenal have first refusal on their former captain should he leave the Camp Nou, might not be such a far-fetched story after all, as reported by virtually every newspaper today.
For those of you who are not aware that I’m Canadian, let start off this article by stating that in my home country, like America our currency is based on the dollar. While one dollar in America is issued in bill form, Canada issues it’s dollar in coin form. We have even gone further by giving it a nickname, the “ Looney”. Looney of course also is slang for crazy or nuts in English therefore, I feel it’s apt and apropos to connect the “Looney” and it’s multiple meanings with one Wayne Rooney and his multiple personalities.
United’s Reserves opened the pre-season campaign with a gritty 1-0 win over Club Brugge at Leigh Sports Village.
Substitute Tom Lawrence scored the only goal of the game with 11 minutes left against a side that finished third in last season’s Belgian Pro League. Some of the challenges were far from friendly at times to ensure this was a real work-out as two players were booked and Ryan Tunnicliffe withdrawn on the referee’s orders.
United have confirmed a £25 million bid has been tabled to Barcelona for Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
The news comes just hours after Barcelona confirmed the sale of Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich which left many United fans wondering where the club would head to next to fill the much needed central midfield role at Old Trafford.
Ryan Giggs might be about to enter his 23rd season with Manchester United, his first as part-time coach, but the Welshman has lost nothing of his energy and enthusiasm and, despite turning 40 in November, he’s every bit as excited as players 10-15 years his junior.
Speaking at United’s arrival in Sydney, Giggsy expressed his delight at the number of youngsters United have involved in the pre-season tour and has tipped them for a bright future, ahead one of United’s most challenging season over the last quarter of a century.
After claiming twice in less than a week that Wayne Rooney was not for sale, David Moyes has highlighted the striker’s new role which will be, well, to play second fiddle to Robin Van Persie.
Considering the contrasting performances of both players last season, Moyes’ decision is completely understandable, particularly after Rooney’s reluctance to commit his future to the club with more or less blatant attempt by his camp to engineer a move elsewhere, while Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, admitted that the 27-year-old won’t be offered a new contract for the time being.
Since the end of last season, I’ve lived in a sort of limbo in which I seek stories about United less enthusiastically than I normally would have done. The momentous end to the 2012-13 campaign culminating with Fergie’s departure took me into uncharted territory as, for the first time in my lifetime, I experienced a strange sense of detachment from the game.
I, like many others, had not foreseen Sir Alex’s decision to leave the club and after David Moyes was appointed, my interest on all the things United somewhat took a different route, one that I had never experienced before, yet a very interesting one.