SportsNet - June 2013
According to the latest transfer rumors, Manchester United are making substantial progressions in their pursuit of Netherlands international Kevin Strootman.
Although Strootman has a contract with Dutch club PSV till 2016, the player's agent has indicated the desire of his client to move to a bigger club and possibly, the illustrious English Premier League in the summer.
"He (Strootman) is focused on England because that would suit his style," Strootman's agent Chiel Dekker said.
The latter further added, "He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level."
Strootman impressed United's chief scout Jim Lawlor at the recently held U-21 European Championship and the Red Devils are expected to complete the signing of the 23-year-old for a reported sum of £15 million in the next couple of weeks.
Strootman will bring about the much-needed defensive stability to United's midfield and also act as a crucial facilitator to the evergreen Michael Carrick.
Crystal Palace chief executive Phil Alexander has stated that the club 'would love' to have Wilfried Zaha back on loan next season.
Alexander, however, also conceded that the chance for any new deal lies is in the hands of Manchester United.
"It's another option, clearly that's up to Manchester United. He's their player now. Will we be asking? We'll probably ask in passing but it's really down to them," he told Sky Sports News.
"Would we love to see Wilfried back? Of course we would but he's got a career at Manchester United and, after a few training sessions up there, I'm not sure they'll be willing to let him out on loan."
United signed Zaha in the January transfer window but loaned him back to Selhurst Park for the remainder of the campaign.
The 20-year-old gained the required experience and orchestrated Palace's comeback to the Premier League.
Although another loan stint can help Zaha adapt to the aggressive nature and pressure of the Premier League, it is unlikely David Moyes will like this idea.
According to the Sports Direct News, Manchester United and Manchester City are set to battle it out for the signature of Germany international Marco Reus.
Reus is reportedly valued at £32 million and the two Manchester clubs are the 'front runners' to sign him this summer.
Even though the rumor is unlikely to be true, we look at three reasons why Reus could be a great addition to David Moyes' squad.
Reus is an immensely versatile player who can practically play all along the attacking line.
His favored position is on the left flank but the German has excelled as a No 10 as well.
With Reus among his ranks, Moyes will be automatically provided with a wide variety of attacking options and optimum fluidity in the final third.
Reus has all the skills to flourish in the Premier League- pace, dribbling finesse, passing skills, eye for goal, vision and the ability to beat his marker on a consistent basis.
At 24, he is yet to enter the prime of his career, but is already regarded as one of the best attackers in Europe.
For some games, there are just no words that do it justice.
Game 6 of the NBA Finals was one of those games.
Tuesday's game in Miami will go down in the annals of history as one of the greatest ever. When LeBron James describes it as "By far the best game I've ever been a part of", you know that it was something very special.
The San Antonio Spurs were seconds away from an NBA title, so much so that the arena staff had even surrounded the court with yellow rope for the trophy presentation. The Heat staged a miraculous turnaround, James and then Ray Allen hit consecutive three-pointers with just 5.2 seconds left to force overtime.
To their credit, the Spurs picked themselves up and had a chance to force a second overtime, but Danny Green's three-point attempt was blocked by Chris Bosh and the Heat emerged with an improbable 103-100 victory.
Now, it's winner-take-all in a monumental Game 7.
Or as Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra put it "The two best words in sports".
For those Manchester United fans who have started following the club since just a few years back, Wayne Rooney probably falls into the same legendary category as the outgoing manager Sir Alex Ferguson does.
However, when the England international handed his second transfer request in less than three years at the end of last season, the Old Trafford faithful were astounded and at the same time, developed a sense of loathing against Rooney.
The striker is reportedly fed up with the lack of playing time at United and presently, it's almost unreal to imagine Rooney donning the red jersey of Manchester next term.
However, even though Rooney desperately seeks a move away from the Theatre of Dreams, the circumstances that have arisen are such that the market for the player is surprisingly limited.
Hence, we analyze Rooney's transfer situation and where he could end up this summer.
Before we start talking about the potential destinations for Rooney, let's look at the financial package that a club will need to offer in order to lure the player.