Alessandro Del Piero has confirmed that he will not be signing a new contract at Juventus. He’s now 36 years old and, given Juve’s transition and financial situation, will be moving on at the end of the season. Sir Alex Ferguson has previous when it comes to signing experienced players in the twilight of their career. HE COULDN’T POSSIBLY???
The 22-year old Dutch forward has hit the ground running in Portugal since joining Sporting from FC Utrecht in the summer. 9 goals in 8 games, including a cute backheeled finish against Lazio in the last round of Europa League fixtures.
Paul Scholes is, to many Manchester United fans, our most influential player of the last 20 years. There are the usual shouts for Cantona, and Ryan Giggs is of course up there too, but for sheer ability, durability and respectablility there is absolutely only one winner.
Whilst it was grudgingly expected by almost everyone, it was no less affecting when Scholsey brought the curtain down on his glittering career in the summer. In typical Scholes fashion he wanted to slip quietly out the door with no fuss and, one potentially star-studded testimonial against the New York Cosmos aside, he got his wish.
Of course, the big question is now the identity of the man tasked with replacing Paul as our midfield lynchpin. It’s not easy to find a player with such a unique range of talents, so who are we looking at, and who should we be getting most excited about?
For all the shit we have directed at Samir Nasri, some of it deserved, if the rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford are true, and it’s something Fergie is working on behind the scenes, then I would be absolutely delighted.
What better way to stick two fingers up at one of our biggest title rivals, a team on the verge of implosion and about to abandontheir everything they hold dear in a summer transfer orgy, than to sign one of their best players?
More relevantly to us, what better way to show to the world that we mean business by signing a young, hungry player who offers creativity, work-rate and is a ready-made replacement for the player that Ryan Giggs has become?
Whispers are that we’re in for Alex Witsel. Young player who’s been touted around for a few summers now, along with his team-mate Steven Defour. He’s a bit of a defensive midfied busybody, Witsel, whereas Defour is closer to Roy Keane in his box-to-box pomp. Could well be the signing we’re making to cover a potential loss of Hargreaves?
Of course, plan B is offer Hargo a pay-as-you-play deal for next season, but I can’t help but feel that if we do that we’ll need a plan C. I can see no harm in signing a new DMC and offering Hargo the pay as you play deal on top.
This isn’t exactly the exciting signing that people have been crying out for but, with most fans wanking themselves off over the prospect of signing Sanchez, Sneijder, Modric, Pastore, Maradona and God in one transfer window despite having no money, it would be fairly shrewd in comparison.
Whilst it’s not particularly smart to start looking too far ahead, considering we have at least 16 games left (and hopefully plenty more), Edwin van der Sar’s announcement gives us one really major headache to contemplate in the close season.
Edwin has been a superb servant, and one of the best goalkeepers the club has ever had. I also feel that the timing of his announcement is fair, giving us plenty of time to sound out and select the best man for the job of replacing him.
Once you overlook the crazy Buffons and Kasper Schmeichels, the same five names keep coming up when the position is discussed. Which one is the best fit? Read the rest of this entry »
The big story going round today seems to be that Pepe Reina has opened the door to leaving Anfield in an interview with some Spanish radio station.
Now, assuming Liverpool don’t continue their return to form and the players stop buzzing off Kenny Dalglish, and that he actually does want to leave the club which made him the player he is, and assuming Fergie is happy to meet his buyout clause, and assuming he was mistranslated, is he really the keeper we want
Obviously, the wind-up merchants amongst us would absolutely love us to snap up one of the Dippers best players for below market value. As a moral and symbolic victory, in addition to claiming the 19th, it would be second only to signing Gerrard.
But as a keeper, is he really the guy? For me, there are far too many simmilarities to Barthez to contemplate signing him.
He’s a great shot stopper, granted, and a fabulous distributor of the ball, possibly the best in the business, but does he command his area in the way that Peter Schmeichel did or Edwin van der Sar does? Read the rest of this entry »
Neil Warnock has revealved that Adel Taarabt has been watched by United scouts recently – and that a temper tantrum which saw him substituted in the first half against Hull has cost him his chance of making the move, at least in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »
This popped up on the BBC Gossip column this morning. It’s famously unreliable, but a little worrying. I haven’t heard anything any further yet, though I’m going to save my tears.
I rate Obertan, I think he’s a talented youngster who reminds me of Nani and Ronaldo when they first arrived. He is also the spitting image of Skeletor from the He-Man series of comics and cartoons.
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