Manchester United Transfer News: Leighton Baines - Manchester United Have Made A £12m Bid For The Player Today.
It has been confirmed in the last few minutes that David Moyes has made a £12m bid for his former player, Leighton Baines, from Everton. Moyes has been on holiday but has now started to make his moves in the market. He has been partially prompted by interest in Patrice Evra from the two French clubs, PSG and Monaco, both of whom have rich owners. It is understood that Evra is open to a move back to his homeland, especially as his wife has recently aired her views on life in Manchester.
United’s offer will fall short of Everton’s £15m valuation and the Merseyside club will fight hard to keep Baines, who Moyes brought to Goodison from Wigan for £6m in 2007. This also comes only a few days after Baines stated that he was looking forward to working with the new Everton manager, Roberto Martinez, but the lure of working with his old boss at Champions, Manchester United, and playing in the Champions League has proven too much for the loyal Baines to turn down.
According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester City are interested in signing long-term Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski.
The ESPN reports that Carlos Tevez's transfer to Juventus "paves the way" for City to table an "irrestible bid" for the Poland international.
Lewandowski was in breathtaking form last season, scoring 36 goals for Borussia Dortmund in just 48 appearances. His four-goal heroics against Real Madrid in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League intensified the interest of several European clubs, including City.
The 24-year-old was set to join Dortmund's rivals Bayern Munich but his club's chiefs rejected the move.
Now Dortmund risk losing Lewandowski for nothing next summer, when the striker's contract expires. Hence, if City do manage to come up with a decent offer, the former German champions may allow their prized asset to hold talks with the Sky Blues.
PSG have looked and looked and they have found a new manager for the French team via Twitter. @PSG_inside "Paris Saint-Germain is delighted to announce the appointment of Laurent Blanc as coach for the next two years." Real Madrid have also confirmed via Twitter that they have signed Ancelotti for three years. Real Madrid C.F @realmadriden "Carlo Ancelotti has signed his contract with Real Madrid."
Carlo Ancelotti was finally confirmed as coach of Real Madrid on Tuesday and the former Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, and AC Milan boss will now set about building his team at the Santiago Bernabeu for the 2013-14 season. The Italian, however, is not a man for revolutions.
Ancelotti has used a number of different systems throughout his career as coach, including 4-4-2 at Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, 4-3-2-1 at AC Milan and even a three-man defence at Juventus. More than a favoured formation, though, Ancelotti adapts adeptly to his surroundings and the players at his disposal like few other coaches and the Italian seems unlikely to alter Madrid's 4-2-3-1.
According to SportsDirectNews, Manchester United have agreed a £17 million fee with FC Barcelona for the transfer of Spain international Thiago Alcantara.
"United manager David Moyes wants to add quality to his midfielder this summer and can offer the Spaniard the regular starting XI berth he craves and SportsDirect News now understands the two clubs have agreed a fee of £17 million for the player."
The Red Devils had already agreed personal terms with the player in the past week but Barcelona were reluctant to accept their European rivals' transfer bid as they wanted to persuade Thiago to change his mind on leaving the Nou Camp.
However, the latest developments indicate that the Catalans have now given up hope of keeping hold of their prized asset and are willing to delve into the player's demands.
Thiago is keen to secure a place in Spain's 2014 World Cup squad. At Barcelona, he was only afforded limited playing time and the 22-year-old is not fully convinced whether the situation will change next term.
The UCLA Bruins Execute A Path To An 2013 NCAA “College World Series” Championship, It Is All In The Details Of Team
The UCLA Baseball team is the NCAA “College World Series”, (CWS), national champions. To the Bruin Nation, the sound of national champion is sometimes taken for granted. It has been a long time coming as the UCLA Bruins sweep a very tough Mississippi State team, two games to none in the three game CWS. UCLA’s 108 national championship count just increased to 109 as their baseball team adds their first championship to the heritage.
UCLA started the regular season with a chip on their shoulder. Under Head Coach John Savage, the Bruins had made it to the CWS two of the last three years, but were only able to smell a championship, but not taste one. One the Bruins top hitters Eric Filia told the coaches when he first arrived at UCLA that he was coming to win a national championship. The scent of a championship was not enough for Filia and his Bruin teammates. The 2013 Bruins were on a mission to do what no other UCLA Baseball teams have been able to do.