Manchester United are closing in on Portuguese youngster William Carvalho, according to reports in today’s papers that claim the Sporting Lisbon’s defensive midfielder could soon be on his way to Old Trafford, after the Portuguese giants have identified his replacement in Estoril’s midfielder Goncalo.
David Moyes and his staff have scouted Carvalho for a while now and the Portuguese has been watched in action eight times by United scouts who have been impressed by the 21-year-old’s qualities and have recommended him to the United manager, who is looking to revamp his squad in the next transfer window.
I will be the first to admit when the Bundesliga Player Of The Year signed for us in the summer of 2012 for £12 Million I was squealing with joy. Okay, maybe not squealing but you understand! I was beside myself with happiness! I had previously been a fan of the Japanese play-a-maker (yes that is an @evilkagawa reference) and had already watched him play a few times at Dortmund under Klopp and he had impressed me every time.
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Manchester United are said to be targeting Sporting Lisbon winger Carlos Mané, with the 19-year-old attracting strong interest from across the globe following a number of impressive performances this season.
Mané, who has burst onto the scene this season following his promotion to the Sporting first team, is regarded as one of the most promising talents in Portuguese football, and if the latest reports are true, he could soon be popping his first car on a free ads site, as it wouldn’t take him long to afford a Lamborghini following a move to one of Europe’s top sides.
When United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Swansea I felt a guilty sense of relief as I had been planning to take my girlfriend to Dublin for Valentine’s Day and I could now do so without having to explain that I was going to be absent for a couple of hours on Saturday.
So, on Friday we crossed the Irish Sea and, considering the predicament United have inflicted upon us this season, I must admit I was quite looking forward to spend a weekend without having to worry about David Moyes’ tactics or Antonio Valencia’s refusal to get past his man.
Showing remarkable optimism – in fact more optimism than the majority of Reds would indulge in at this stage – Juan Mata has insisted that he believes more big names will arrive at Old Trafford as David Moyes seeks to rebuild his side after a dismal first season with the champions.
The United manager signed Marouane Fellaini on deadline day last summer, only for the Belgian to prove a large disappointment so far, having looked off the pace and sluggish in the few games he played before being sidelined by a series of different injuries that have limited his opportunities.
Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala, who was scouted for a third time on Sunday as his side faced Gil Vicente in the Portuguese first division.
Mangala has long been on United’s radar, having been scouted when Sir Alex Ferguson was still at the club, but the 23-year-old has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Manchester City, with City almost clinching a deal to bring him and his teammate Fernando to the Etihad during the recent January transfer window but failing at the last minute to push the deal through.
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There have been reports of Rooney agreeing a four and a half year deal on £300,000 a week, despite no official confirmation from the club itself, many reports suggest he is set to sign the deal in the next few days.
Wayne Rooney is set to be the Premier League’s highest paid player. My view on this is that partly this is a good deal.
Tom Cleverley is feeling a little hard done by. “I feel I’ve been made a scapegoat a little bit,” complained the midfielder last week, arguing that the persistent blame he has received for Manchester United’s horrendous 2013/14 season has been unfair.
Yet poor Tom seems to be talking about the wrong man. He has, after all, turned in 31 largely underwhelming performances at the heart of United’s midfield this season, making any attempts to justify his meek inability to stamp his authority on games a little wide of the mark. Continue reading