Robin van Persie has completed his move to 19 Time English Champions Manchester United earlier today. The former Arsenal player signed a reported 24m deal which will see him at United until 2016, the 29 year old striker enjoyed his best ever season in the English Premier League last season .
Sir Alex Ferguson said: “Robin is a world-class striker with a proven record in England and in European football. His talents need no introduction to our fans – he has scored a number of goals against us in some classic battles with his former club. His movement, finishing and all-round ability are outstanding.”
An official unveiling will take place today, we’ll be sure to bring you a more detailed post on this major deal.
Manchester United has reportedly agree £26m deal for 19 year old Brazil star Lucas Moura, the Reds have been trying to land the young Brazilian but faced a stumbling block over the fee his club Sao Paulo valued him at. Lucas’ move to Old Trafford is 100% completed as personal terms between the player and club has to be met and a work permit granted in order to complete the move.
Lucas’ signature was also being chased by Inter Milan and EPL rivals Chelsea but both clubs were put off by the price tag placed on the player by his club. Moura recently made a substitute appearance to Brazils 2012 Olympic team in a 2-0 victory over Team GB captained by his soon to be teammate Ryan Giggs. If the deal goes through Lucas Moura will be the third signing in the transfer window by Manchester United, the first two being Nick Powell and Shinji Kagawa who have featured on the Reds pre-season tour thus far.
Chelsea have finally signed 26 year old defender Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderes on a reported £7million deal after the player successfully passed a medical on Saturday morning. Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas had the defender set in his sights for the January transfer window.
Cahill will be paid £80,000-per-week which is £20,000 less than the defender was hoping for. A few clubs were also chasing the defender, most notably Arsenal and Tottenham but both failed to land the England international.
On his signing to the club Cahill told the clubs official:
“Chelsea is a massive club, it is a club that looks to win trophies season in, season out and it is a big opportunity for me to be a part of that.
“Opportunities like this, you can’t turn down.”
Cahill could make his debut for the Blues this coming weekend when they come up against newly promoted Norwich City.
The agent of Jermain Defoe has told Tottenham Hotspur that the striker wants to leave White Hart Lane during this [January] transfer window after not finding himself in Harry Redknapp’s first team.
This information was passed on to the Tottenham manager through Daniel Levy who is the chairman of the club, Mr. Levy was contacted by Defoe’s representative to discuss a possible move for the England international who is seeking regular playing time before this summer’s European Championship. Continue reading →
Everton FC has completed the signing of Manchester United and Republic Of Ireland midfielder Darron Gibson on a four-and-a-half year deal for a fee believed to be in the region of 1.5m. The 24 year old United academy product has had a rough time at Old Trafford and has rarely been used this season, his final appearance for The Reds’ came in a 5-0 victory against Wigan on Boxing Day.
Gibson made the breakthrough to the senior squad for United in the 2005/6 season and has since made a total of 60 appearances and scored a total of 10 goals. His arrival at Goodison Park is the second signing made by the Toffees and could make his debut against Aston Villa and has been given the number 4 shirt.
“I was very frustrated at Manchester United, “It was hard for me at times. I think when I did get a chance I did well and obviously I was getting left out afterwards and I was playing one or two games here and there. It was very frustrating. I think it was the right time for me to move on”.
Once the main man at Stamford Bridge things have changed a lot for the Ivory Coast international. The arrival of 50m Fernando Torres and the promising Daniel Sturridge performances seem to be the direction the former champions are focused on.
The 33 year old recently turned down a one year contract extension offer by the Blues, his contract expires next summer and the striker to leave the London club for free but his agent Thierno Seydi is considering a couple moves which could see the striker playing is the United States, Asia or Russia. Continue reading →
Arguably the biggest transfer saga football has ever seen finally came to an end as FC Barcelona completed the signing of midfielder Cesc Fàbregas on a reported five year contract said to be worth €40million with an eye opening buy-out clause inserted in it of €200million.
The 24-year old Spanish midfielder left the Catalan club in 2003 and joined Arsenal where he developed his game under the watchful eye of manager Arsène Wenger. After years of not winning any silverware at Arsenal the Spanish international grew frustrated and rumors of him making a return to his childhood club began surface.
Arsène Wenger always said his captain is not for sale at any price as he struggled to keep hold of his inspirational midfielder, today this battle has now been lost. Wenger said that they had to sell Fàbregas because he was no longer committed to the Gunners. Continue reading →
I’m sure Arsenal fans all around the globe have grown frustrated with the ongoing transfer speculation of midfielder and captain Cesc Fàbregas joining FC Barcelona.
Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger is determined to keep his star player and has said he’s not for sale at any price, although his manager is keen to keep him at the club the lure of winning league titles and the UEFA Champions League as Barcelona did recently at Wembley Stadium where they defeated newly crowned Barclay’s Premier League Champions Manchester United may play a key part in Fàbregas leaving the Gunners and joining the Catalan giants in the summer.
Recently the midfielder was quoted as saying: “Barca is the best team in the world and going there guarantees titles”. Continue reading →
Manchester United have signed 19 year old defender Phil Jones on a 5 year deal for a reported £16.5 million. The England U-21 international passed a medical last week but the deal was delayed due to Blackburn Rovers seeking a further £3.5million for the services of the defender who’s contract had a £20 million buy out clause.
There were numerous reports that Liverpool had joined in the race for the defender and made a much improved offer £20 million but the defender told the club he’s only signing for the 19 time English champions. This wasn’t the first team that was after Jones’ services, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger held talks with the defender but he elected to join Manchester United the following day despite being offered more money to join the Gunners.
One of Tottenham’s downfall last season was in goal with the comical errors by Heurelho Gomes. If it hadn’t been for some of the errors made by the goalkeeper Tottenham could be in the Champions League for a second straight season.
Spurs have somewhat solved their problem in goal by acquiring Brad Friedel from Aston Villa on a free transfer, i’m not sure that this is a good move but i’m not sure it is a bad one aswell. The 40 year old veteran goalkeeper has shown his worth over the years for every club he’s been between the post for, my main concern is his age but age is nothing but a number as many Manchester United fans will say if you ask them about now retired Edwin van der Sar who recently helped his team to a record 19th league title.
The American goalkeeper signed a 2 year contract which will see him compete for the number one spot with the likes of Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini. The signing of Friedel has casted doubts about the future of Gomes who has had a mixed time in goal since joining Tottenham from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven a few seasons ago.
French newspaper L’Equipe has claimed that 23 year old Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has grown frustrated with Arsenal’s lack of progress over the years and would consider a move to Old Trafford. Samir Nasri will be out of contract at the end of the 2011/12 season and could leave the Gunners on a free is he’s not given a new deal. Contract talks with the Frenchman and Arsenal have recently stalled and this would be an ideal time for Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United to make an offer for the midfielder.
I must admit that this would be a welcoming addition to Manchester United seeing that the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are on the brink o retirement and the skillful play maker will be a good addition in solving United’s burgeoning need for an attacking midfielder.
Patrice Evra recently suggested that his fellow Frenchman come to United by saying:
“If Samir comes, he has to know there is no room for mistakes, each year you are playing to win. That is Manchester United’s culture.
Each year it is a guarantee of a title, I have been at Manchester for five years now and I can’t remember how many trophies I have won. 13? 15? So, ‘Petit Prince’, if you want to become King you know where you have to go.”
Evra’s comment won’t go over well with Arsène Wenger and Arsenal fans who already have a dislike for the player who once stated that it’s “Men Against Boys” when United play against Arsenal. Ferguson has been an admirer of Nasri for some time now so an offer for the Frenchman is something that has the possibility of being made but there’s huge doubts that Arsène Wenger will listen to any offers from a title rival.