According to SportsDirectNews, Manchester United are in "advanced negotiations" with Benfica for the transfer of center-back Ezequiel Garay.
The Red Devils are expected to complete the signing of the Argentine, for a reported sum of £17million, in the next couple of days, although Garay's former club Real Madrid will pocket half of the fee.
Rio Ferdinand might have signed a contract extension, but he is entering the twilight days of his career, while Nemanja Vidic has struggled with fitness issues over the past two seasons.
This still leaves David Moyes with plenty of options in the form Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, but the Scot is adamant to purchase an experienced and proven defender.
Garay has reignited his career at Benfica after a torrid time with Real Madrid. He might lack in the pace department, but his positional awareness tends to make up for this deficit, while his tackling attributes are also impressive. Garay is comfortable in possession and can calmly build up attacks from the deep.
Spain entered the Confederations Cup as the favorites to win the tournament. Despite facing a difficult rival in the semifinals, the Spaniards still have every reason to believe that they can take down Italy. Here are a few of those reasons.
Xabi Alonso is out injured and Pique might not be able to start in the match due to his injury against Nigeria. Here’s the advantage that Spain has. They don’t depend on a striker. Each and every player is able to score a goal. We found that out with Jordi Alba against Nigeria with his duo of goals.
Thursday June 25, 2013, all eyes will be watching the NBA Draft as it takes place live at the Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center Arena. This year's draft is not be as strong as the previous ones, so most of us will only watch the first 10 picks (let's face it, after No.10 the rest of the draft will almost be as boring as sitting at the dentist waiting to get your teeth cleaned). Leading up to Thursday's draft there are a lot of speculations about who goes where. The reality of it is this, most NBA team execs have a lot of work to do—there are rosters to be filled, and the pageantry of picking the right pieces by keeping their current picks, or trading up or down to get the player(s) they desperately need to complete their rosters worth of making the NBA playoffs are at stake.
Since only the Top 10 picks in this year's NBA draft will be relevant, allow me to indulge you with my Top 10 predictions:
1. Cleveland. Alex Len, C, Maryland.
Manchester United Transfer News: Glazers Authorize Mega £50m Deal For Edison Cavani From Napoli Plus Thiago Bid
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.
As most of the major sports throughout enjoy a well deserved off-season break, we can focus on the debate as to who are the top sportsmen alive today. There have been outstanding displays of athleticism during the past 18 months from each of the individuals mentioned in this list.
Here are the top ten male athletes in the world today, in my humble opinion.
10. Jon Jones (UFC):
Jon 'Bones' Jones is widely regarded as the best pound-for-pound athlete currently competing in any mixed martial arts organization. The UFC Light-Heavyweight Champion has destroyed his opposition over the last 18 months, as he has done throughout his time in the octogon. He is the youngest champion in UFC history and, at only 25 years of age, promises to get even better.