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Is it the end of Fergie-time?
Manchester was in shock and awe last night after reports suggested that Sir Alex Ferguson could announce his retirement this week before Manchester United’s home game against Swansea, the Telegraph says. Ferguson has expressed that he will continue at the club for years to come but the Scot will miss the start of next season with a hip surgery which has cast doubts over his health. But Ferguson has always cited health as the major factor that could decide his retirement and looks like the gaffer will make the announcement to end his 26-year old reign at Old Trafford this week. Everton boss David Moyes has emerged as the successor to Ferguson with Moyes all set to quit the Toffees at the end of the season.
Bayern enter race for Rooney
Despite Sir Alex Ferguson claiming that he will not sold in the summer, Wayne Rooney’s Old Trafford future has been shrouded in mystery since he was left out of the starting line-up against Real Madrid in the Champions League. With Paris Saint-Germain admitting to have an interest in signing the 27-year old, Rooney has been eager to sort out his United future with a new deal. But the Mirror reports that Bayern Munich have entered the race for the striker with a £30million offer. Rooney is said to be open to a move to Germany to work under Pep Guardiola after being left frustrated at playing out of position on most occasions this season.
Chelsea in clear as Real pull out of Falcao pursuit
Real Madrid have decided to give up on their chase for Radamel Falcao as the Express understands that talks failed between the club and the player’s agent Jorge Mendes over wage issues. Real’s pulling out gives Chelsea the clear run-in to the Atletico Madrid striker with the Colombian looking odds-on favorite to follow Jose Mourinho to Stamford Bridge in the summer. The Blues have been chasing Falcao for a while and despite interest from Manchester United, Chelsea may succeed in landing the striker.
Azerbaijan back Atletico Madrid move for Suarez
It is rare for a national government to enter into sponsorship agreements with a football club but Azerbaijan are looking to break the norms as the Central Asian Republic signed a multi-million shirt sponsorship deal with Atletico Madrid in January. And the Baku government is looking to use the country’s oil money to fund a£40million move for Luis Suarez, the Mirror reports. Despite Liverpool and Suarez maintaining that the striker will leave in the summer, speculation has been rife over the Uruguayan’s future at Anfield after his biting incident that got him a 10-match ban. With Radamel Falcao looking closer than ever to joining Chelsea, Atletico will have a substantial amount of money to spend and are targeting Suarez with the lure of Champions League football.
Man City edge closer to Cavani with Dzeko to be used as bait
Roberto Mancini has expressed his intentions to make some big-money signings this summer after the club failed to defend their Premier League title due to their failure in the transfer market. And the Manchester City manager has identified Edinson Cavani as the man who will lead them to glory next season. The Express reports that Mancini has cleared a move for the Napoli hitman but as £50million look too steep, the Manchester City boss has sanctioned a£33.8million move for the Uruguayan with Edin Dzeko to be used as bait in the deal after being deemed surplus to requirements at the Etihad.
Barcelona to step up interest in Reina
Pepe Reina may still have 3 more years on his contract with Liverpool but the Spaniard could leave Anfield as early as this summer as the Daily Mail reports that Barcelona are preparing to firm up their interest in the goalkeeper to replace Victor Valdes at Camp Nou. Manager Brendan Rodgers has expressed hope that Reina will continue at Liverpool but an offer from the Catalan giants may prove too much for Reina to turn down. Valdes has signaled his intentions to not renew his contract beyond the summer of 2014 and could be sold at the end of the season with Valencia’s Vicente Guaita the other target along with Reina.
Arsenal and Tottenham slip behind Juventus in chase for Higuain
Real Madrid are preparing to offload as many as 8 players at the end of the season with Gonzalo Higuain already confirmed to leave the Bernabeu. Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with a move for the Argentine as the London duo struggle to find a reliable striker. According to the Express, Juventus have edged ahead in the race for the 25-year old as the Old Lady seek to bolster their attack. Reports suggest that Juventus representatives will meet with Real officials to enquire about the player’s availability as they look to reach consensus on Real’s £25million asking price. Tottenham had been leading the race for Higuain with Real looking to include him in a cash-plus-player deal to sign Gareth Bale from White Hart Lane.
Swansea attach £10million price tag to Williams
Liverpool and Arsenal will have to fork out £10million if they want to sign Ashley Williams as report in the Metro suggests that Swansea have attached a £10million price tag on the their captain. Williams signed a contract extension with the Swans that ties him down at the club till 2015 but Liverpool and Arsenal have been credited with interest in the Wales international. Brendan Rodgers wants a reunion with his former player at Anfield as he continues to find a replacement for the retiring Jamie Carragher while the Gunners look to strengthen their squad for another trophy assault next season.
Juventus and Roma to battle Arsenal for Jovetic
Arsenal have company in the race to sign Fiorentina striker Stevan Jovetic. According to the Express, Juventus and Roma have emerged as the latest clubs to express an interest in the Montenegro international and Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season could force Jovetic to stay in the Serie A. Arsenal are believed to be currently in negotiations with Fiorentina for Jovetic for fees upwards in the region of £21million but Juventus and Roma are on the standby to seize the chance if the Gunners fail.
AC Milan look to reunite Kolo Toure with Balotelli
Kolo Toure is among several players tipped to leave Manchester City at the end of the season and the Daily Mail understands that AC Milan have entered the race to sign the 32-year old defender. Toure is out of contract at the Etihad in the summer and has already indicated his desire to leave with Galatasaray, Monaco, PSG and Fenerbache expressing interest in signing the Ivory Coast international. AC Milan are looking to sign older players with experience who are available on free transfer and cheap fees and Toure fits that profile.
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