Reports in the Metro this morning suggest Manchester United have launched a £7million offer for Benfica star, Enzo Perez.
Perez was one of the stars of the show in last nights semi-final between LvG’s Netherlands and Perez’s Argentina.
The Red Devils are hoping to finalize the deal before the World Cup ends this weekend, in which Perez is set to be starting in the final for Argentina.
Last night, as Maxi Rodriguez’s penalty squeezed past Jasper Cillessen’ hands, many of us would have experienced contrasting feelings. The disappointment of not seeing Louis Van Gaal and Robin Van Persie clinching their place in a World Cup final was more than atoned for by the knowledge that, once the mundane affair that is the third spot playoff is dealt with, a new era will officially begin at Manchester United.
Since Van Gaal was appointed as David Moyes’ successor almost two months ago, we have spent hours, days even, reading about the 62-year-old’s achievements, every Holland training session has been scrutinised to fully understand his methods and every game has been analysed, in a bid to get a glimpse of the brand of football we can expect at Old Trafford come August 15th.
Patrice Evra will leave Manchester United this week for a fee believed to be between £1.2m and £2m, after Manchester United announced they will not stand in the Frenchman’s way and won’t try to block his move to Juventus.
Evra had recently signed a 12-month extension but his wife’s desire to leave Manchester coupled with Juventus’ offer of two-year deal worth £55,000-a-season look to have convinced the 33-year-old that it’s time to bring the curtain down on his United career after a eight and half stint at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are considering whether to hijack Valencia’s deal for Argentina midfielder Enzo Perez, with reports suggesting the Benfica man is again on United’s radar, which could scupper Valencia’s plans of securing the 28-year-old.
Perez, who replaced Angel Di Maria during Argentina’s 1-0 win in the quarter finals against Belgium, impressed for Benfica last season, as the Lisbon club clinched their 33rd league title and lost the Europa League final on penalties against Sevilla but, according to reports in the Portuguese press, he’s looking for a move away this summer, despite having recently penned a new four-year deal.
The American company have supplied the Old Trafford club since 2002 when they replaced Umbro in a lucrative deal which has cost Nike around £24million a season.
Although some reports at the weekend suggested a new record-breaking deal was set to be concluded, Nike revealed on Tuesday that they had opted to walk away from negotiations, claiming United were demanding too much money.
Manchester United look set to miss out on Atletico Madrid defender Miranda, who’s expected to put an end to speculations linking with a move away from the Vicente Calderon and remain with the Spanish champions next season.
The 29-year-old centre-back had emerged as a potential replacement for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, with some reports that emerged a few weeks ago going as far as suggesting that United had agreed to trigger the Brazilian’s release clause in order to secure the defender’s services.
Paul Scholes has described new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal as a man possessing “the Midas touch”, but admitted the Dutchman will have to perform at his best if he is to bring United back to the Premier League’s summit.
In his latest blog for bookmaker Paddy Power, Scholes pointed at Van Gaal’s influence in guiding a good, but by no means vintage, Holland team to the semifinal and claimed fans and players alike will be excited by the prospect of the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern manager taking charge at Old Trafford.
As the cliche goes, what a difference a year makes. 12 months ago David Moyes’ tenure at Manchester United was in its infancy and while the host of names linked with a move to Old Trafford had started to sound a little odd, not even the most pessimistic of us could have foreseen the shambles that unfolded between July and September, let alone the farce that followed until April.
Or, perhaps, some could and indeed had predicted the ordeal the club would face last season, which would explain the sense of excitement that has surrounded United since Louis Van Gaal was appointed as United manager just before the World Cup kicked off in Brazil.