Surya Solanki

Manchester City linked with Lewandowski

on June 27 2013 2:33 AM
Manchester City linked with Lewandowski

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.

Manchester United 'Agree' Fee for Thiago

on June 26 2013 1:51 PM
Manchester United 'Agree' Fee for Thiago

According to SportsDirectNews, Manchester United have agreed a £17 million fee with FC Barcelona for the transfer of Spain international Thiago Alcantara.

Via SportsDirectNews

"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.

Transfer Talk: Manchester United Close to Signing Ezequiel Garay

on June 25 2013 9:51 AM
Transfer Talk: Manchester United Close to Signing Ezequiel Garay

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.

Manchester United Set to Sign Thiago Alcantara

on June 21 2013 5:10 AM
Manchester United Set to Sign Thiago Alcantara

Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Barcelona starlet Thiago Alcantara for a sum of £17million.

The Spaniard has decided to leave the Nou Camp this summer, having become fed up with the limited playing time at the Catalans.

Now, United, who have been following Thiago over the past three years, are set to prize away the youngster from the former European champions.

The Red Devils' representatives have already met Thiago's father, Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho, to discuss about the potential transfer and it has been reported that personal terms have been agreed between the two involved parties.   

Thiago will earn about £5m-a-year at United, not a mammoth amount for a player regarded as one of the most promising midfielders in European football.

The report from Daily Mail has indicated that no official announcement will be made before the end of the weekend as United are currently still negotiating terms with Barcelona.

Kevin Strootman Close to Joining Manchester United

on June 20 2013 4:35 AM
Kevin Strootman Close to Joining Manchester United

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.