One of the transfer sagas of the summer is mercifully edging closer to its completion, with Manchester United poised to table a third, and final, offer for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, as David Moyes desperately tries to bolster his squad ahead of his first season in charge of Manchester United.
United had a first £26m offer for the former Arsenal captain, but yesterday, during his press conference in Yokohama, David Moyes confirmed that United had indeed submitted a second bid for the 26-year-old, thought to be in the region of £30m, despite Barca’s claims that Fabregas is not for sale.
What a glorious sporting summer we’ve had so far. The Lions, Andy Murray, Chris Froome and now England’s display in the Ashes are all conspiring to achieve the unthinkable: surpassing 2012 as Britain’s best ever summer. Throw in scorching hot temperatures and sunshine and you’ll see that the 2013 vintage is as good, if not superior, to its counterpart of 12 months ago.
For those of you thinking that racquets, oval balls and bikes are all well and good but do little to allay fears borne out of United’s inactivity in the transfer window, and for those Reds who firmly believe Shane Watson has more chances of avoiding being trapped lbw than David Moyes has of landing a top player before the transfer window shuts, fear not.
Chelsea and Manchester City might have been throwing money left, right and centre as per usual, but United’s history shows that, at times, not buying is an altogether preferable option than buying, even as far as the midfield is concerned. So, fasten your seatbelts, here’s a top 5 of the worst United’s summer signing ever.
Manchester United’s quest to strengthen their midfield continues, with the club desperate to secure one of their main targets of the summer. Speaking at a press conference in Japan, where United have travelled for the third leg of their pre-season tour, David Moyes has confirmed Manchester United have made a second bid for Barcelona and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
One of the transfer sagas of the summer is set to reach its completion, with Wayne Rooney edging ever closer to a move to Chelsea, who are poised to table a second bid for the wantaway United striker and who, according to a tabloid” are confident that “Rooney will never wear a red shirt again”.
Chelsea’s second offer is thought to be in the region of £24m, but different papers report that the Blues would consider raising their bid to around £30m to secure Rooney’s services, even if they had to wait until the end of the transfer window on September 2.
The only thing newspapers seem to be willing to agree on these days, is the need to disagree. The transfer window is no exception and, depending which tabloid you believe, United’s pursue of Cesc Fabregas is either nearing completion or already dead and buried, despite Ed Woodward’s anticipated return from Australia.
With news emerging late yesterday afternoon that Barcelona manager Tito Villanova was to step down because of his recurring battle with cancer – by the way, best of luck to him – the Catalans’ future appears to be rather more chaotic than it did until yesterday, but could Villanova’s departure influence Barcelona’s strategy in the transfer window?
Manchester United were given a hero’s welcome in Sydney, during their open training session at the ANZ Stadium, ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against the A-League (Australia’s top flight division) All Star XI.
Robin Van Persie will not start tomorrow, but the Dutchman has already impressed his new manager David Moyes.
David Moyes has confirmed Manchester United have made a bid for Cesc Fabregas, with the Barcelona midfielder increasingly likely to be the reason behind Ed Woodward’s anticipated return from Australia.
“I couldn’t tell you exactly where we are with [the Fabregas move],” said Moyes, “but I will hopefully know a little bit more in the next day.
“I might have a little bit more information about how it’s going.
“As far as players are concerned, we’re looking to bring some in and we’re working hard to do that.
“We’re trying very hard to make some additions to the squad and hopefully we’ll have some good news in the not too distant future.”
“I met with David Gill last week and he did not give me any of the assurances I was seeking about the future squad.
“I then told him that I would not be signing a new contract.
“I was interested to hear what Sir Alex had to say yesterday and surprised by some of it.
“It is absolutely true, as he said, that my agent and I have had a number of meetings with the club about a new contract. During those meetings in August I asked for assurances about the continued ability of the club to attract the top players in the world.
“I have never had anything but complete respect for Manchester United How could I not have done, given its fantastic history and especially the last six years in which I have been lucky to play a part?
“For me its all about winning trophies – as the club has always done under Sir Alex. Because of that I think the questions I was asking were justified.
If ever proof was needed that the summer transfer window does indeed deserve the “silly season” label, over the last couple of days United have provided abundant evidence that June, July and August fully deserve the nickname. United’s transfer window has so far resembled a soap opera, floating between the farcical and the hilarious and, at least judging by today’s newspapers, there are no improvements on the horizons.
Let’s start with Ed Woodward‘s decision to abandon United’s tour in Australia to fly back to Europe to attend “urgent transfer business” which, one would hope, at least categorically rules that good old Ed has only come back to secure a deal with an Indonesian ice-cream factor or some other sort of sponsors which, these days, seems to be more important for United than signing players.
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Chelsea have offered £10m plus either Juan Mata or David Luiz for Wayne Rooney, the first official bid for the wantaway United striker of whom Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer, as the Portuguese manager has made abundantly clear over the last couple of weeks.
Wayne Rooney’s days at Manchester United seem to be numbered, after the striker revealed to be “angry” and “confused” at the treatment received by the club and, particularly, by David Moyes’ decision to brand him as a squad player, rather than making him the team’s focal point, a position Rooney held before the arrival of Robin Van Persie.
With the news breaking late yesterday afternoon, today the story is splashed across almost every back page in the country, with new details on the relationship between Wayne Rooney and the club slowly beginning to emerge, with Chelsea and Arsenal interested spectators.
Talk about finding yourself stuck between a rock and a hard place!
Cesc Fabregas, it seems to me, has no choice but to join up with his old friend and Arsenal team mate Robin van Persie as his club seek to cash in on his unrequired services.
Events over the last two days have unfolded like so; United enter formal £25 million bid for Fabregas. Fabregas states his desire to stay at the club. Barcelona’s Head Coach Tito Vilanova gives unconvincing answers to questions about Fabregas’ future.
Wayne Rooney is “unhappy” and “wants to leave” Manchester United, according to the latest development in one the summer’s longest and most controversial transfer sagas.
The obligatory Sky Sports sources have reported that the 27-year-old is ”angry and confused” at the club’s approach and is looking to force his way out of Old Trafford, less than two weeks after David Moyes made clear that he had no intentions to part ways with the England international.