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Transfer Balls: Manchester United sell Robin Van Persie in ‘secret’ and to Lazio for £10m

Robin Van Persie soldTransfer Balls: Manchester United have sold Robin Van Persie in secret? The Daily Mirror’s lead sports story is that Robin Van Perie has left Manchester United without knowing he’s left Manchester United.

Was his signature on a new contract with a new club forged? Did a stunt double take his medical examination? Or is it that the Mirror is talking balls?

Could be.

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Posted: 2nd, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United undercut their agreed bid for Morgan Schneiderlin as Arsenal wait

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Transfer Balls: Time again to catch up with Southampton FC’s Morgan Schneiderlin. According to the Daily Mirror Manchester United have bought the Frenchman for £25million. On June 27, the Mirror reported:

Manchester United have sealed a £25million deal for Morgan Schneiderlin… Schneiderlin will join United from Southampton when the transfer widow opens on Wednesday.

The self-styled “intelligent tabloid” said “Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin to join Red Devils on Wednesday”.

Well, it’s Wednesday. And Schneiderlin remains a Southampton player.

The Sun said:

The Red Devils have beaten off interest from Arsenal to land the French midfielder

The Daily Telegraph agreed, although it said Manchester United had spent £24m on the player who would arrive at Old Trafford “this week”.

But today the Telegraph reports:

Manchester United transfer news: Southampton turn down £20m Morgan Schneiderlin bid – Opening bid for French midfielder falls well short of valuation of £25m for player also courted by Arsenal and Spurs

But Arsenal don’t want him. We know that because the Daily Star said the Gunenrs had “rejected” Schneiderlin. The Daily Express said Schneiderlin had “snubbed” the Gunners. Either way, there was no chance to the player heading to the Emirates. Although the Mirror did report that, er, Arsenal had signed Schneiderlin for £15m.

Such are the facts in the quaqlity Press.

Posted: 1st, July 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sergio Ramos’ mum rejects Manchester United and David De Gea questions Madrid’s Di Maria Law

Transfer balls: Your one-stop shop for all gossip on Manchester United and REal MAdrid targets Sergio Ramos and David De Gea, respsectively.

Mirror: “Manchester United will only increase their bid for Sergio Ramos if Real Madrid agree to do the same for David De Gea.”

United have offered £30m for Ramos, 29. Real have offered just below £20mfor De Gea, 24.

Although United made their offer for Ramos independently of De Gea’s situation, there is an acceptance at Old Trafford that the two deals are likely to have to be merged at some stage and a compromise reached between the clubs.

Why would they be merged?

Marca: “The Ramos goldmine”

Real Madrid are set on Sergio Ramos staying in the fold but, if he did go to United or any other team, the deal would be worth a king’s ransom.

‘Los Blancos’ are still planning to hold onto their vice captain and get contract renewal negotiations back on track, which, as things currently stand, have reached an impasse. The fallout from the wrangling that has been going on over recent months has affected the relationship between Florentino Pérez and Ramos, causing the player to put in a request to leave.

Real Madrid are very clear on their position. If Ramos could not see any other way forward than departure, the decision is that Di María Law would apply.

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Posted: 1st, July 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Watch when Arsenal reject Morgan Schneiderlin signed for Manchester United

Transfer Balls: It’s been a busy week for Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been on his way to Arsenal and Manchester United for what seems like an age. Currently at Southampton, this has been Schneiderlin’s week:

Thursday June 25, Daily Express: “Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs target Morgan Schneiderlin AGREES £24m Southampton exit”

Saturday June 27, The Metro: “Manchester United agree transfer deal to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin”

Saturday June 27, Daily Express: “Man Utd Transfer News: Schneiderlin Arsenal SNUB”

The Daily Mirror, June 27:

Manchester United have sealed a £25million deal for Morgan Schneiderlin… Schneiderlin will join United from Southampton when the transfer widow opens on Wednesday.

 

June 28, Daily Star: Man Utd plan to CONFIRM signing of £24m Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin TOMORROW”

June 28, Daily Mirror: “Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin to join Red Devils on Wednesday”

Sunday June 28, Daily Telegraph: “Man Utd told to speed up signing of Morgan Schneiderlin – but Van Gaal holding out for Bastian Schweinsteiger”

Sunday June 28, Daily Star: “REVEALED: Why Arsenal let Manchester United sign Morgan Schneiderlin – ARSENAL pulled out of a deal to sign Morgan Schneiderlin as they didn’t consider him value for money.”

Sunday June 28, Sunday Times: “Schweinsteiger tempted by Old Trafford starting place”

 

June 29, Daily Telegraph: “Southampton and France midfielder expected to complete move to Old Trafford for fee of £24m in coming days”

 

June 29, Daily Telegraph: “Arsenal… yet to make move for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin”

It could be that Arsenal will still enter the bidding, with Wenger overseeing a budget this summer of around £50 million…

 

Monday June 29, Telegrapah: “Man Utd transfer news: Morgan Schneiderlin deal should be sealed this week”

Monday, June 29, Manchester Evening News: “Manchester United transfer news: Schneiderlin bid ‘not serious'”

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed Manchester United are yet to lodge a ‘serious bid’ for Morgan Schneiderlin.

Tuesday June 30, Sky Sports: “Manchester United’s move for Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin on hold”

Number of words from Schneiderlin, Manchester United and Arsenal: nil.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 30th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Manchester United Transfer Balls: Ramos wants out of Real Madrid and De Gea angers Van Gaal

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Transfer Balls: a round-up of today’s news on Manchester United’s David De Gea, destined for a move to Real Madrid.

How soon does De Gea want to go?

Daily Mirror: “Manchester United transfers: David De Gea wants his future sorted NEXT WEEK”

Daily Express: “Manchester Utd’s David De Gea wants to complete Real Madrid move THIS WEEK”

What do we know?
Daily Express: “Meanwhile, United are ready to get tough with David De Gea and hold him to the last year of his contract – unless Real Madrid match their £30m-plus valuation.”

The Times:

The Spanish club have failed to come close to meeting United’s asking price for the 24-year-old, believing that the £20 million valuation is excessive given that the player has only a year left on his contract and has consistently rebuffed attempts to tie him to a long-term deal at Old Trafford.

Is the fee £30m or £20m?

Is it  clear-cut deal, then: money for player?

…the situation is complicated by United’s continuing interest in Sergio Ramos.The Old Trafford club had an offer of £32 million for the Spain centre back rejected lastweek, with Real insisting that they would only countenance selling for somewhere in the region of £60 million. Although Benítez would like to keep a player he regards as one of the most authoritative in his new club’s dressing room, Ramos has informed Real that he wants to leave the Bernabéu for Old Trafford.

Does Ramos really want to leave Madrid?

The Sun:

Ramos has implored his club to let him go to Old Trafford. Ramos, 29, is unhappy that Madrid have failed to offer him improved terms on his current contract. He has made it clear to United that he is not using them just to get a better contract in Spain.

Any word from United manager Louis Van Gaal?

Van Gaal — who grew so angry when asked about De Gea’s future during a telephone interview for a Spanish television station that he hung up…

The IBTimes has more of that conversation:

“Yes [I’m angry with the saga], but I have no problem with it,” Van Gaal said.

“I don’t want to respond to this issue through the media. I’ll talk to my bosses, not the media, but I have no problem.”

Such are the facts.

Posted: 30th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arturo Vidal moves to Arsenal and Chile becomes Italy

Transfer Balls: The Daily Telegraph says Arsene Wenger and Arsenal have beaten Manchester United to Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal.

They have?

Arturo Vidal, the Juventus midfielder, appears set to join Arsenal this summer after reports in Chile claim the 28-year-old has signed a deal with the north Londoners… despite United’s interest in Vidal, it now looks like the player will join Arsenal who have agreed a £21 million deal for the player, according to Chilean newspaper La Stampa.

The Indepedent cites the same source for its Vidal to Arsenal story:

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The only problem with the Tele and Indy’s stories is that La Stampa is not a newspaper in Chile. They speak Spanish there. La Stampa is Italian for ‘The Press”. And there is a newspaper in Italy called La Stampa. 

The Daily Mail gets that part of the Vidal story correct. But it fails to link to the story.

And on La Stampa’s website there is no news of the transfer.

But we did find this:

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We can’t find that radio interview, and on Feler’s twitter account he makes no tweet about Vidao to Arsenal.. But this tweeter does:

 

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Such are the facts.

Posted: 29th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Morgan Schneiderlin joins Manchester United for £25m (and Arsenal for less)

Transfer Balls: Manchester United have bought Morgan Schneiderlin for £25m.

The Daily Mirror reports on June 27:

Manchester United have sealed a £25million deal for Morgan Schneiderlin… Schneiderlin will join United from Southampton when the transfer widow opens on Wednesday.

Manchester United fans should recall that on April 12, one paper announced:

Arsenal news and transfers: Gunners agree deal for Morgan Schneiderlin

The fee was £15m.

The newspaper with that headline was the Daily Mirror.

Posted: 28th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal reject Morgan Schneiderlin signs for Manchester United (unless Schweinsteiger does)

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Transfer Balls: it’s been a busy week for Morgan Schneiderlin, the Southampton player reportedly targetted by Arsenal and Manchester United.

Thursday June 25, Daily Express: “Man Utd, Arsenal and Spurs target Morgan Schneiderlin AGREES £24m Southampton exit”

Schneidelin would be anyone’s for £24m. But he wants Champions’ League football, say all reports, so Spurs are out.

Saturday June 27, The Metro: “Manchester United agree transfer deal to sign Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin”

Done deal. Manchester United have signed the player.

Saturday June 27, Daily Express: “Man Utd Transfer News: Schneiderlin Arsenal SNUB”

Schneiderlin rejected Arsenal.

Saturday June 27, Daily Mail: “Morgan Schneiderlin poised to seal £25m Manchester United switch as Arsenal pull out of running for Southampton midfielder”

Arsenal rejected Schneiderlin.

Sunday June 28, Daily Telegraph: “Man Utd told to speed up signing of Morgan Schneiderlin – but Van Gaal holding out for Bastian Schweinsteiger”

Manchester United have not agreed to sign Schneiderlin.

Sunday June 28, Daily Star: “REVEALED: Why Arsenal let Manchester United sign Morgan Schneiderlin – ARSENAL pulled out of a deal to sign Morgan Schneiderlin as they didn’t consider him value for money.”

Sunday June 28, Sunday Times: “Schweinsteiger tempted by Old Trafford starting place”

Neither Arsenal nor Manchester United are all that into Schneiderlin.

Number of words from the player: zero.

Number of words from Southampton, Arsenal and Manchester United: zero.

Such are the facts.

Posted: 28th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United make Everton’s Seamus Coleman their third right back

Transfer Balls:  The Sun says Manchester United are intersted in Everton’s right back Seamus Coleman. United will offer £20m for him.

The Mirror says Manchester United will offer £15million for Coleman.

The story of Manchester United’s rightback has been a confused one. Coleman is not United’s first choice.

The Daily Express reported on June 5:

“Manchester United AGREE deal with Liverpool target Dani Alves ahead of summer transfer”

That was utter balls. Alves agreed a two-year deal to remain at Barcelona.

Next up was Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne. The Metro said he had agreed to join Man United:

 

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Jamie Sanderson noted:

“Clyne would likely cost United in excess of £17million.”

Clyne is likely to head to Liverpool for £12.5,

Which brings us to Seamus Coleman, who will be flattered to learn that he is Manchester United’s third choice for right back.

 

 

Posted: 28th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United get ‘nothing’ for De Gea as Ramos and Real Madrid call the shots

_83893127_expressTransfer Balls: Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, want to play for Real Madrid.

The Manchester Evening News says United will only sell if the fee supasses the £32.6m deal that took Gianluigi Buffon from Parma to Juventus in 2001. Real have had a £15m offer rejected.

The Sun says United will only sanction De Gea’s sale if Real allow Sergio Ramos to head in the other direction. But Ramos, who has two years left on his contract, says he will stay at Real if he gets more wages. He’s hardly itching to go.

United have made a £30m-plus bid for Ramos. Real rejected it.

The Sun adds:

United are quite prepared to keep David De Gea and let his contract run out next season rather than let Real have him on the cheap.

While the MEN sets the fee that £35m, the Sun says United want £25m-£30m for the Spaniard.

 

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Posted: 27th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Morgan Schneiderlin signs for Manchester United in June and Arsenal in May

Transfer Balls: Is Morgan Schneiderlin leaving Southampton for Arsenal, Manchester United or Spurs?

Today’s Sun’ reports that the Frenchman is heading to Old Trafford:

 

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The Sun says:

The Red Devils have beaten off interest from Arsenal to land the French midfielder

On February 2, the Independent told its readers that Morgan was a Arsenal player:

 

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On May 14, the Daily Star agreed that Schneiderlin was a Gunner:

 

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Such are the facts.

 

 

Posted: 26th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United sell Di Maria To Barcelona For £70m as ‘hell’ freezes over

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Pig head’s might fly

 

Transfer Balls: The Sun says that Barcelona are keen to hire Manchester United “flop” Angel Di Maria. Barcelona will rescue Di Maria from Man United “hell”.

Given that Di Maria played for Barcelona’s deadly rivals Real Madrid this move seems brave and foolish.

However, reading more of Martin Lipton’s “exclusive” we learn that it’s not Barcelona who want Di Maria at the Nou Camp but the Catalan’s Lionel Messi, who wants his Argentina team-mate to join him.

Messi has become the driving force of Barca’s bid to land the British record £59.7million winger — even if United will want their money back and more.

Can it really be true that Di Maria the “flop” is now worth more than £60m?

 

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The Sun’s ‘exclusive’ was reported yesterday in Spain

 

Lipton then adds that “Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are also interested in the ex-Real Madrid ace.”

How can Di Maria be both an “ace” and a “flop”?

And United would want big money after Real inserted a clause in Di Maria’s transfer contract stipulating £10m be paid to them if he was sold to arch-rivals Barcelona.

So. Not £60m, then. £70m.

Having been told in the Sun that Di Maria “wants out” of Old Trafford, the Daily Mail reports:

Angel di Maria vows to stay at Manchester United despite admitting he is unhappy

Such are the facts.

Posted: 25th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Sergio Ramos uses ‘weak’ Manchester United to get a new deal at Real Madrid

ramosAre Manchester United really going to sign Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos? The media is full of speculation linking the Spanish defender to Old Trafford

Ramos’ contract at Madrid runs until 2017. He wants to stay at the club. And he will if he gets a new contract and more money.

Manchester United are keen to take Ramos as part of a deal that sees their goalkeeper David De Gea head to Real Madrid. United have already tested the water with swap deals involving Madrid’s Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane. Both times Real refused. Now United are looking at Ramos.

United assume that Real are desperate to sign De Gea and will release one of their own stars to make it happen. But De Gea has only one year left on his United deal and wants to join Madrid.

United’s position is weak.

As for Ramos, yesterday’s La Razón newspaper led with a photo of the player and the message “Respect the badge”. The Spanish organ, which has close ties to Florentino Pérez, the Real president, says playing for Manchester United is a step down:

Louis Van Gaal has been unable to compete with Chelsea for the Premier League this season and will play the qualifying round to enter the Champions League. Di Maria went there a year ago and is aware that his football took a step backwards.

But in the Sun, readers are told:

The player himself is convinced he is on his way and has said his goodbyes to team-mates.

Says who? How do we know that?

The Sun says United ‘Won’t play Sergio’s games’. But they already are. The whole story is of media briefings from Ramos’ agent and Real.

And then there is the small detail of Ramos’ current contract. It contains a €180 million buyout clause.

So. Will Manchester United sign Sergio Ramos? No. They won’t.

Posted: 23rd, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: news of Manchester United’s mad £45m bid for Sergio Ramos

Transfer Balls: The Daily Mail says Manchester United are “close to signing Sergio Ramos from Real Madrid”. Ramos has a contract keeping him at Real until 2017.  He’s 29. How close are United? Well, the Daily Star says talks between Real and United will begin this week.

Reports the Mail:

Manchester United are close to signing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in a dramatic twist to the David de Gea saga. Ramos is upset that Madrid have allowed his contract to run down into its final two years and has told advisers he wants out of the club with Old Trafford his preferred destination.

If United can make the deal happen their goalkeeper De Gea will effectively swap places with his Spain team-mate Ramos, in the biggest piece of business between the two clubs since Real signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.

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Posted: 21st, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: ‘Dirty Schwein’ Bastian Schweinsteiger joins Manchester United (again)

transfer manchester unitedTransfer Balls: The Daily Mirror says Manchester United are “confident” of signing Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Manchester United are nearing a £7.5million deal for Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger, writes Steve Bates in the Sunday People. Old Trafford boss Louis van Gaal is confident he can lure his former player away from the Allianz Arena and transfer negotiator Ed Woodward has been tasked with making it happen.

Is Van Gaal more confident of landing Schweinsteiger than he was last summer?

May 25 2014, The Sun:

LOUIS VAN GAAL will turn to Bastian Schweinsteiger to kick-start his Manchester United revolution.

June 12 2014, Independent: “Bastian Schweinsteiger: Manchester United aim for Bayern Munich midfielder as their top summer target”

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Posted: 21st, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal bid £28.5m for William Carvalho but Manchester United got him for £37m

Transfer Balls: In an ‘exclusive” The Sun says Arsenal are bidding £28.5m William Carvalho, an Arsenal fan currently playing for Portugal Under-21s

ARSENAL have tabled a fresh £28.5million bid for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. And the Gunners could get their man if they stump up a further £8.5m in add-ons to trigger the Portugal midfielder’s £37m release clause.

But this is Transfer Balls, a look at rubbish football reporting.

In March 2014, Steve Bates told Sunday People readers that Manchester United had got their man:

 

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TalkSport agreeed. But now the fee was £35m:

The signing of Carvalho, who is set to feature for Portugal in this summer’s World Cup, will be seen as a major coup for under-pressure Red Devils boss Moyes.

 

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That deal never happened.

In April 2015, Jamie Sanderson said Carvalho to Arsenal was a done deal:

 

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Sanderson cited a source:

And amid claims that Sporting have dropped their asking price to £21.5million, the Daily Express says a fee has now been agreed.

In the Express, Anthony Chapman had news:

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He writes:

Carvalho was targeted by the Gunners as well as Manchester United and Chelsea in the January transfer window, but the Telegraph claims that Sporting have finally agreed a fee with Arsene Wenger. It is believed that the Primeira Liga outfit were demanding £30m for the 23-year-old, but the two parties have now apparently settled on a more modest £21.5m.

No link. But we found it.

 

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The Telegraph has its own source:

Portugese newspaper O Jogo says negotiations have been continuing, and an agreement is now on the cards, with Sporting ready to sell for £21.5 million.

So there was no agreement at all.

Such are the facts.

 

Posted: 20th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Arsenal and Liverpool target Alvaro Morata’s ‘staggering’ fee used to be higher

Transfer Balls: Is Juventus striker Alvaro Morata heading to Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United? The Daily Express’ Joe Short finds the fee staggering:

 

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Back in March 2015, the news was not as staggering – which is odd because back then the Express valued Morata at £60m:

 

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Is Morata heading to Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United for a ‘Staggering’ £58m or a reasonable £60m? No. He’s not.

Of course, Morata already plays for Arsenal. We read that in the Daily Express and its sister organ, the Daily Star:

 

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Such are the facts.

Posted: 15th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, Liverpool, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United chase Spurs Harry Kane in every decreasing ciricles

Transfer Balls: time to cacth up with what has been busy transfer window for Spurs and England’s Harry Kane. Sky News has all the scoops:

May 15: “Harry Kane is not a summer transfer target for Manchester United, according to Sky Sports News HQ reporter James Cooper.”

May 26: “Harry Kane has reaffirmed his commitment to Tottenham after reports of interest from Manchester United.”

June 12: “BREAKING: Sky sources: Manchester Utd interested in signing Tottenham’s Harry Kane.”

It’s going to be a long summer of Harry Kane.

Posted: 12th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports, Spurs | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Higuain loves Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and topless Chiara, if she’d let him (photos)

Transfer Balls: The Daily Express’ Ben Jefferson tells us “The REAL reason Gonzalo Higuain wants Arsenal, Chelsea or Man Utd move”.

Higuain plays for Napoli. Sun readers think he plays for Arsenal – the Sun declared that Arsenal bought the player for £23m in 2013. You might suppose the “real” reason Higuain wants to play for Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United is because:

a) He loves all three clubs with all this heart

b) He can earn a fortune

c) They are the only three Premier League clubs he’s heard of

d) He thinks Manchester is in London

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Posted: 11th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Real Madrid pay Casillas to go and make way for Manchester United’s David De Gea

Transfer Balls: who will be in goal for Arsenal next season? The Evening Standard reports that Arsenal are watching Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas.

The Times says Casillas will leave Real giants this summer after 25 years with the club – he’s been there since he was nine.

And that means Real getting a clearer run at Manchester United’s David De Gea.

Indeed, so keen are Real to get rid of Casillas they will top up whatever pay he earns at a new club to match his curent earnings.

De Gea is on his way.

Posted: 11th, June 2015 | In: Arsenal, manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United agree to buy Chelsea’s Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia

Transfer Balls – a look at dire football reporting. The Daily Express says Manchester United have “BID” for Nicolas Otamendi.

 

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The story of the Valencia player begins:

Manchester United are readying a £35million bid to sign Nicolas Otamendi, according to the Daily Mirror.

To the Mirror, then, where David Anderson has news:

 

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We learn:

Otamendi is understood to have told Valencia of his desire to leave, with the Spanish club determined to receive their full valuation for the centre-back.

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Posted: 10th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Who Ate All The Pies: Manchester United Offer XXXXL Sizes Of New Kit

As of next season, Manchester United shirts are available in XXXXL.

The complaints were first made about United’s less-than-generous shirts while Nike were in power in Old Trafford, but the company believed there wouldn’t be enough demand for super-sized shirts and therefore refused to put them into production.

However, Adidas have since taken up the reigns and have agreed to produce a limited run of 4XL versions of their new 2015/16 shirt on a trial basis to test the waters.

As a result, a set number of 4XL jerseys will be available to order from the Old Trafford megastore when the kit officially goes on sale in August/September.

United will then monitor the sales and, if the demand is there, the shirts will become a permanent fixture in the range.

As it happens, United will become only the third Premier League club of offer shirts in size 4XL along with Newcastle and Tottenham, with the latter going one better and announcing that their new 2015/16 home shirt will be available in sizes right up to 5XL.

Here is said Spurs shirt, just to give you an idea of scale…

 

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Anyway, we kind of sympathise with the United fans on this one.

Football shirt sizings have definitely become increasingly stingy over the past 10 years or so, with ever-thinning material and a misguided propensity for ‘athletic’ cuts also not playing into the hands of the average lumpy football fan (a category we most definitely fall in to).

Posted: 10th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United tricked by The Metro and Daily Star’s Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema Bilge

Transfer Balls – a look at the twilight world for football journalism. Today The Metro says that Manchester United were “in transfer talks for Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane”.

Wow! Would Real Madrid really sell four of their players to Manchester United?

 

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Writes Jamie Sanderson:

United have significant cash to spend this summer and the Daily Star claims contact has been made with Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.

Over to the Daily Star, then, where we learn:

Manchester United in contact with Real Madrid over AMAZING QUADRUPLE raid – MANCHESTER UNITED have made contact with Real Madrid for FOUR of their world-class stars.

 

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Colin Harvey writes:

Spanish paper AS report that the Red Devils have spoken to Real over potential moves for Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane.

Over on AS we are told by Tomas Roncero:

Manchester United are looking to rebuild after finishing fourth in the Premier League, behind, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal. According to information that AS has secured, United officials have requested contractual details of a number of current Real Madrid players including Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano, along with French defender, Raphael Varane.

The answer from the Bernabéu has been a resounding negative on all four cases.

About those transfer talks, Jamie…

Posted: 9th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, News, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: Manchester United lost £50m in Pogba, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ilkay Gundogen horror show

The Metro’s Jamie Sanderson has news that Manchester United and Morgan Schneiderlin have reached an agreement.

 

Jamie Sanderson bullshit

 

The inference is surely that Southampton’s French star is leaving the Saints for Old Trafford, Ilkay Gundogen is on his way and United are bidding for Pogba, a player who has already left them for a great career at Juventus.

Says Sanderson:

 

Manchester United are set to be one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market this summer. The club have £100million to splash on new players, and, after confirming the signing of Memphis Depay, are looking for other options.

£100m. But just one earlier the Metro told us that Manchester United had £150 in the kitty:

 

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That budget is falling fast in The Metro.

Untroubled by reporting in his own apper, Sanderson ploughs on.

And if these rumours are true, it won’t be long before new players join him.

IF!

Schneiderlin is believed to have agreed terms with United despite strong links with Arsenal this summer.

Believed by whom?

IF!

United were reported two weeks ago to have finalised an agreement to bring in Gundogan from Borrusia Dortmund.

But they didn’t. Those reports were wrong.

IF!

United have made no secret of the fact they’re keen to bring Pogba back to Old Trafford. And they’re now doing something about it, with claims suggesting a £60.6million bid is about to go in to get him signed up.

Or as The Metro put it one day ago:

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Such are the facts in The Metro, now rivalling the Daily Express and Daily Star as the biggest sources of utter Transfer Balls in the game.

 

Posted: 5th, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Transfer Balls: David De Gea’s girlfriend is handling Real Madrid’s transfers in The Metro

 

Transfer Balls: Stella work in The Metro. In a story headline “Manchester United stopper David de Gea is in Madrid to complete transfer to Real Madrid”,
George Bellshaw writes an early contener for our Golden Turd award for football reporting:

Manchester United stopper David de Gea is in the Spanish capital to reportedly complete his transfer to Real Madrid.

He adds:

The Spaniard is hoping that the two clubs can agree a fee so that he can negotiate his move back to Spain, according to ABC.

We looked at Spanish newspaper ABC’s website. (Unless he’s talking about ABC (USA) or ABC (Aus)? He never says.) We found no word from De Gea expressing his hope for a move to Spain, nor any word of his being in Madrid to sign for Madrid.

Back at The Metro and we are told:

Of course, the keeper is from Madrid and his girlfriend lives there so he does have good reason to be there.

Of course. Either she’s Real Madrid’s chief negotiator or the story is utter balls.

Such are the facts…

Posted: 2nd, June 2015 | In: manchester united, Sports | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0