Man U News
In other news, the transfer merry-go-round continues. Man U think they might fancy a bit of Colombian striker Falcao for £15m rather than shell out £30m for proven Premiership player Dimitar Berbatov. Clearly the Diego Forlan fiasco didn’t dent Sir Fergie’s faith in South American strikers.
Perhaps more worryingly for Fergie is the news that Portugal want his assistant manager Carlos Queiroz to take up the post vacated by Big Phil Scolari. The one season he spent away from Old Trafford in 2003/4 was a disaster for United and they’ve steadily improved since his return.
Rafa and his ways
Rafa Benitez is obsessed with signing Gareth Barry but he has indicated that his current £17m bid is to be his last. Villa will probably accept but if they don’t then Gareth Barry may get very upset to the point of being quite useless and unmotivated next year. That might actually be fun to watch.
Meanwhile Spurs deny that Robbie Keane has handed in a transfer request but the striker is thought to be keen to move to Liverpool if they lodge a formal bid. As I said yesterday, a big money deal for Robbie would be good business for Spurs if they have a replacement. And by big money I mean the guts of £20m – not £10m and Peter Crouch.
Spurs continue the clear-out
Paul Bobbinson fancies a move to Aston Villa but now Villa are sniffing around West Ham’s Robert Green. Bobbins will cost about £5m, Green about £6m. Who’s the best?
Kevin Prince Boateng who I have to say was utterly useless from what I saw of him, is going back to Germany on a year’s loan.
Darren Bent is off to Sunderland for £10m. Considering his shambolic season we’re doing well to get that sort of money for him. Having said that he did show signs of improvement towards the end of the season with his performance at home to Portsmouth being particularly impressive. Good player, not good enough.
Let’s hope Tottenham aren’t going to spend some of those proceeds on £8m-rated Anton Ferdinand and instead work on getting Michael Dawson back to his best.
You must be joking
You have to admire Arsene Wenger. In Emmanuel Adebayor he has the Togolese Kevin Beattie on his hands and someone wants to pay £24m for him. The striker netted 30 times last year and 12 times the season before. Sounds impressive?
I wouldn’t have a huge amount of faith in Adebayor despite his goal tally. He seems to miss a lot of chances, his touch is poor and his temperment is lacking. If he produces goals and quality for 2-3 seasons in a row then he can call himself the new Thierry Henry. He thinks he already is the new Henry though.
“People ask if I’m asking for the same salary as Henry. That is not necessarily the question. But I am being considered a worthy replacement for Henry while not deserving his salary. The question lies on this level. Either Arsenal give me what I want and I stay or they don’t and I leave.”
£24m? Drive him to Barcelona, Arsene.
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Josh Dutton-Black has been released by Southampton.
Oh you want something more high-profile? How about Roberto Di Matteo being set to become the new manager of MK Dons.
Too much for you? Did you hear that Paul Ince – the former Dons boss – wants to bring right-back Fredrik Stoor to Blackburn.
Not sure about that one, right? Well, Ian Harte and Watford are so attracted to each other that a contract will be signed soon.
Anthony La Tallec reminded everyone that he was a Liverpool player by announcing that he has left them to sign a deal with Le Mans. Liverpool officials are double-checking to ensure that Florent Sinama-Pongolle is gone too.