Firstly, let`s deal with the story which will not go away; Cristiano Ronaldo`s future and where he might be nest season.
Real Madrid is a club riven by political manoeuvrings, especially so when there is a presidential election, so when Florentino Perez won the vote, he immediately, and true to form, started to make the usual posturing statements. First up were a string of thinly veiled quotes about Gareth Bale; blatant tapping up in our language. He is making these statements because of the on-going contract talks with Ronaldo, which have stalled. According to Perez earlier this week, Ronaldo was about to put pen to paper and sign a new deal; nothing could be further from the truth.
Ronaldo has since issued a statement using his twitter account to tell fans that he has not signed any deal. Furthermore, he has again reaffirmed his intention to leave the Bernebeu; the only thing being in doubt is when. We are also aware that Monaco has made a statement that they will offer £85m for Ronaldo`s signature, which will appeal insofar as he would pay no tax on his earnings in the principality. However, Ronaldo still has very close ties with Manchester United and it is rumoured that Moyes will be allowed to make a bid of up to £70m. That bid has been sanctioned by the Glazers to give Moyes the initial push he will need to persuade fans about his intentions.
The other bit of news is more concrete in that the player himself has made a statement of intent. That player is Claudio Marchisio who feels that his options at Juventus are being limited, especially with the new players being courted by the club. Marchisio is exactly the sort of midfielder being sought by Moyes to replace the likes of Paul Scholes. Italy international Marchisio, currently on Confederations Cup duty in Brazil, is prepared to leave the Serie A champions - his hometown club - after being told he might be allowed to go for around £24million.
Marchisio was quoted as saying:-
"So far, I do not know but if I get offers from Manchester United, or Monaco, I would be very proud. We will discover the truth after the Confederations Cup."
It seems that a call from Moyes is all that is required to start the ball rolling and there will not be the complications that seem to surround transfer involving South American players.