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Manchester United Transfer News: Glazers Authorize Mega £50m Deal For Edison Cavani From Napoli Plus Thiago Bid

on June 24 2013 6:14 PM

In a surprise move which will stoke up the fires of the Wayne Rooney controversy, it has just emerged that the Glazers family are ready to back the new manager in a massive £50m bid for Cavani from Napoli. This would appear to rule out any successful bid for a return to Manchester United for Cristiano Ronaldo and furthermore casts further doubt over the future of Wayne Rooney.

Manchester United are awash with cash at the moment after their successful title campaign last season and the new television deal now coming into force. They have also had a massively successful year as regards sponsorship and merchandising deals. All of this means that the Glazers are happy to back their new manager with a massive deal for a marquee player to underline their determination to continue United`s domination of the Premier League, especially after their rivals are also splashing the cash.

This bid is independent from the deal to bring Thiago Alcantra from Barcelona for around £15m. The Thiago deal is one which was started originally by Sir Alex Ferguson and new manager, David Moyes, shares his vision of bringing in younger players of high quality whatever the cost.

Manchester United Transfer News: Thiago Alcantra, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo

on June 22 2013 5:24 AM

There are some in the media saying that terms have been agreed between Manchester United and Barcelona for the transfer of midfielder Thiago Alcantra. However, my Manchester United sources have told me that talks are on-going, but the player is awaiting reassurances from Barcelona that he will be given more playing time in the first team.

In the normal world, that would be a natural assumption that Barcelona would pay lip service and tell the player that he is part of their plans etcetera, but this is the football world and normal things do not happen. Despite his demands, it is unlikely that Barcelona will make such a promise, because they would then have to answer to other, more powerful players about their playing time; they will not fall into that trap. The likelihood is that they will merely tell the player that it is the manager`s job to decide on the team, formation and tactics. Thiago scored an excellent hat trick in the final of the U-21 Championships in Israel, so you would be excused for thinking that it would give him more clout with the Barca hierarchy, but that will not wash; they have a team full of high achievers.

Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil vs Italy Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

on June 21 2013 3:23 PM
Confederations Cup 2013: Brazil vs Italy Betting Odds, Preview, and Prediction

The Azzurri haven't defeated Selecao in 30 years and Brazil have only lost one competitive game on home soil in the last 50.  Yet, on Saturday Italy will be focusing on something more important - avoiding Spain in the semi-final round.  So what should we expect when the two square off for the final group game?  Let's dig in to see where the value lies.

Lineup News

To start with, let's dive right into the big roster changes.  Some people were worried about Neymar's fitness heading into this match, but those fears have been calmed as he's ready to play. The same can't be said for Andrea Pirlo though. The crafty Italian has been ruled out of this one with a calf injury.  Daniele De Rossi is also out, but his absence comes in the form of a suspension for receiving multiple yellow cards in the previous matches.

Chelsea Potentially In For Saint-Etienne Defender Kurt Zouma

on June 21 2013 2:50 PM
Chelsea Potentially In For Saint-Etienne Defender Kurt Zouma

According to reports via ESPN on Friday, Liverpool, Juventus and Manchester United were interested in signing Saint-Etienne's highly rated defender, Kurt Zouma. But now all three clubs have backed out due to the £8.5 million price tag that has been slapped on the 18-year olds head. 

They went on to confirm that there is still an English club and a German club in for Zouma and other sources are positive that the English club could potentially be Chelsea, who would like to add more quality depth to that area of their squad. The fee would be considered large for a player of that age but with his qualities and potential taken in to account, the amount won't put Chelsea off. 

Zouma is a physically built defender with good ability and is touted as a top future defender, he features regularly for his country France at youth level and is currently at the Under-20s FIFA World Cup with the squad. The players agent had also confirmed that his client would 'prefer England' when talking about his future. 

Arsenal To Battle Tottenham For The Signing Of Barcelona Striker David Villa

on June 21 2013 7:16 AM
Arsenal To Battle Tottenham For The Signing Of Barcelona Striker David Villa

Barcelona and Spanish International striker David Villa is wanted by both Arsenal and Tottenham. Another London club had also been interested in making a move in the shape of Europa League Champions Chelsea, but it looks like their interests is based elsewhere with Napoli's Edinson Cavani being top of the agenda.

Allegedly it is now a two horse race for the 31-year-old technically gifted forward, who is drawing near to the end of his reign with the Spanish giants. Tottenham were apaparent favourites to sign Villa but it has emerged that Arsene Wengers Arsenal are in close contention . The Emirates club have almost aqcuired the capture of Real Madrid sensation Gonzalo Higuain but Wenger wants to add even more fire power up top and is also chasing Manchester United and England forward, Wayne Rooney.

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