Manchester United Made Nine-Figure Bids For Three Players

Bale, Neymar, Muller Were All Manchester United Bid Targets

Gareth Bale Manchester United transferManchester United showed interest in Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane as well as Sergio Ramos and – perhaps by default – Keylor Navas, according to the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez. But there were huge concrete bids for other players at top European clubs as well, it is emerging.

United’s link with Ramos is well known. They offered €40million (£29million). Real wanted €90million (£64million). But in a wide-ranging interview with Spanish radio network Cadena SER in which he criticised United’s board for a lack of experience in the transfer market, Perez said that there was never any chance of Ramos leaving Real Madrid.

“There is nothing to talk about,” Perez said when asked about Ramos.

“This summer and every summer there are many things. But nothing has happened. Manchester wanted to meddle in the situation but do you think I make a decision out of fear?”

Ramos eventually signed a five-year deal at the Bernabeu.

United were linked with a number of big names this season and there were three other Madrid players the Red Devils were linked with including a rumoured bid of €100million (£73million) for Bale.

“We know that Manchester United showed interest in Bale, Benzema and Varane but there was no deal,” added Perez.

United were linked with nine-figure bids for Bale, Neymar and Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller and one-by-one all those rumours are proving to be true. Neymar admitted to United’s interest last weekend and Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge suggested today that there was also a bid for Muller.

“I’m not talking about numbers, but it was very high and if I were a bank manager, we would have had to do a deal at that,” Rummenigge said confirming United’s interest in Muller.

“As a football club we have to close the door and the door remains closed, I can promise that,” said Rummenigge but he warned of the increasing financial power of the Premier League: “In the face of the British television money it will not be easier in the future.”




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Italian Referees To Be Given Green Cards!

Serie B Green cardSporting behaviour in Italy’s Serie B will be recognised with a green card in the new season which begins this weekend.

The move comes after the successful conclusion of a trial in a number of youth competitions last season.

According to Italian newspaper La Stampa, a green card will be shown to a player who kicks the ball out of play if someone is down injured, helping the referee to award a penalty or taking responsibility for decision in doubt.

The referee will respond by showing the green card in the direction of the relevant manager and the name of virtuous player noted down. At the end of the season a league table of those players with the most green cards will be produced and it is hoped the new development will be put alongside free-kick spray as a modern embellishment to the game.




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Qatar Beat Bhutan 15-0 In World Cup Qualifier [Video]

Qatar Notch Up Record Victory

Eyebrows were raised when Bhutan edged past Sri Lanka to qualify for the second stage of the Asian qualifying round for the 2018 World Cup. Unfortunately, the Dragon Boys have found the group stages heavy going.

Defeats to Hong Kong (0-7) and the People’s Republic of China (0-6) were followed by a trip to Qatar, ranked 94 in the world, on Thursday. Bhutan are often outside the top 200 nations in the world but currently stand at 164.

The difference showed.

Mohamed Musa opened the scoring for Qatar on eight minutes and it was one-way traffic after that. The Qataris added a further seven goals before half-time and another seven in the second half. There were hat-tricks for Ali Asadalla and Mohammed Muntari with six other outfield players getting in on the act.

Bhutan, almost all of whose players are part-timers playing in their own domestic league, were more worried about the desert heat and while the Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Stadium was fully air-conditioned it was still 27 degrees.

For Qatar the victory was record beating the 8-0 victories against both Afghanistan and Lebanon in the 1980s. But this wasn’t a record defeat for Bhutan. They suffered a 20-0 reversal against Kuwait in 2000.




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Premier League News Friday 4 September

De Gea, Martial, Benzema. Friday’s Premier League News

Premier League transfer news and rumoursManchester United have rubbished reports that David De Gea will continue to spend his season sitting in the stand. The Spaniard could be picked for the clash with Liverpool a week tomorrow. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has labelled Manchester United’s board as ‘inexperience’ in transfer matters following the David De Gea farce. Perez said the same thing happened on Monday as happened with Fabio Coentrao and Ander Herrera two years ago.

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Manchester United have admitted to overpaying for Anthony Martial. However, the club believe they faced competition from some of Europe’s big guns who were trying to get the 19-year-old to sign a pre-contract agreement for next summer.

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Meanwhile, Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has told Martial that English football can be difficult to adapt to.

Manchester United superfan Andy Tate says he is ‘scared’ for the season after the events of the past week.

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Chelsea forward Pedro has denied that Louis van Gaal’s treatment of Victor Valdes is the reason he didn’t move to Manchester United.

Arsenal legend Paul Merson believes the Gunners should have offered Real Madrid £75m for striker Karim Benzema.

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Arsenal are being linked with a £22m January bid for Juventus striker Simone Zaza after deadline-day loan bid was rejected by the Serie A side.

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Meanwhile, former Arsenal transfer target Lorenzo Insigne wants to end his career with Napoli. Arsenal are still being linked with PSG striker Edinson Cavani – after a squad overhaul NEXT summer.

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Kevin de Bruyne Manchester City transfer newsThe agent of Manchester City new boy Kevin De Bruyne says that the private jets and limousines they used to transport him made him feel as though he was a movie star.

A poll of 2000 West Brom fans shows that 70percent want Saido Berahino relegated to the reserves.

Sunderland defender Younes Kaboul claims he was made to train alone by Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor will pick up £5m even if he doesn’t play for the side. The Togo international has been left out of Spurs’ squads for both the Premier League and the Europa League.

See also: New Tottenham Hotspur Son Heung-min scores a hat-trick for South Korea in a World Cup qualifier.

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Stoke City defender Marc Muniesa says the Britannia Stadium is the right place to achieve his full potential after nailing down a first-team place with the Potters.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe believes new signing Glenn Murray can add a “new dimension” to his side.

QPR striker Charlie Austin wants to double his pay to £40,000 a week, plus a buyout clause if the Rs fail to gain promotion back to the Premier League.

Former Manchester United, Spurs and Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov has signed for Greek side PAOK Salonica. The free agent was greeted by more than 10,000 fans at his unveiling. Aston Villa were linked with the Bulgarian but decided against a deal after hearing his wage demands.




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Arsenal News: Merson – ‘Wenger Should Have Bid £75m for Benzema’

Merson Rails At Arsenal Transfer Policy: ‘It Cheats The Fans’

Karim Benzema Arsenal transferArsenal should have bid £75million for Karim Benzema, according to former Gunners legend Paul Merson. His comments after it was revealed Danny Welbeck will be out of action for some months following knee surgery and after a summer transfer window which saw Arsenal fail to sign a single outfield player.

“It cheats the fans,” Merson told Sky Sports.

“The fans think ‘what are we coming for? We turn up every week, we pay the highest prices and what for? Top four? We might get a day out at Wembley again in the FA Cup.’ Wow-wee.

“Just put in a bid for Benzema. £75million. If Real Madrid turn around and say ‘we’re not selling him’, you can’t argue with that. You’ve put in a bid and if they turn it down or the lad doesn’t want to come, that’s the way it goes. But show something.”

While Merson is right in what he says, it seems that Wenger went straight to the man himself only to be knocked back by Benzema.

Wenger spoke to the France international in July according to reports from Spain. Radio journalist Paco Gonzalez revealed that Wenger had telephoned Benzema for the second summer in succession only to get the same response from the striker – that he wasn’t interested in leaving Madrid.

Arsenal may well have been tempted to approach Madrid with a huge bid – but Benzema’s reluctance to leave the Bernabeu meant that any bid had zero chance of success.

Welbeck is expected to be out until at least Christmas following a knee operation. The Gunners knew about the extent of his injury before the transfer deadline, but they failed to reinforce their front line.

Arsenal In Zaza Link

Sky Italia claimed on Thursday that the Gunners made an attempt to sign Juventus striker Simone Zaza on deadline day. Arsene Wenger was looking for a loan for the 24-year-old, who hasn’t featured in either of Juve’s Serie A games so far this season. But following exits for both Fernando Llorente and Kingsley Coman coach Massimiliano Allegri refused to allow Zaza to leave.

Sky Italia claims the Gunners could make a bid of £22million in January for a player who cost Juve just over £13million this summer.




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Manchester United Feared Missing Out On Martial

Barcelona, PSG and Others Wanted Deal Next Summer

Anthony Martial Manchester United transferManchester United’s huge £43million bid for Anthony Martial was lodged to fend off interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs including Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain as well as some of the Premier League’s big guns.

United have been accused of over-paying for the 19-year-old, who became the world’s most expensive teenager when he moved to Old Trafford from Monaco at the start of the week.

Manchester United put in a bid of €50millon (£36million) plus a further €20millon (£14.5million) for Martial on Sunday. That was rejected by Monaco although it is the being quoted in the British media as the figure the deal was done at. A bid of €60million (£43.4million) plus €20million in bonuses was lodged on Monday morning and was accepted by Monaco. At that stage Martial, who was in Clairefontaine having been called up to the France senior squad, headed to England to agree personal terms.

However, the Daily Mail quotes an Old Trafford ‘source’ who allegedly told the paper that a number of top European sides were looking to sign Martial next summer and were willing to agree terms now.

Barcelona, Paris St Germain, Chelsea and City were all in on pre-contract for Martial next season,” the source reportedly told the Mail.

“We paid a premium to get him now.”

How much of that is factually correct we’ll never know. Certainly, PSG were closed from business for this window from last Friday while Barcelona went into Spain’s transfer deadline day on Monday with nothing left to transact. But Monaco have gained a reputation as driving a hard bargain for their players.

Martial had been a target for Tottenham Hotspur this summer with Spurs lining up an £18million bid. The striker instead signed a new deal with Monaco and that seemed to be that until United came calling.

See also: United to consider De Gea for Liverpool clash. Real chief Perez labels United board as ‘inexperienced’ following transfer debacle.




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Manchester United News: De Gea Set For Return. Perez Hits Out

See also: Manchester United admit to overpaying over for Martial.

De Gea To Be Considered For United

David de Gea Manchester United transfer newsManchester United have rubbished reports that David De Gea will continue to spend his matchdays in the stands. The Spain international hasn’t played since an appearance in a pre-season friendly with Paris Saint-Germain in Chicago in July with manager Louis van Gaal claiming De Gea had told goalkeeping coach Frans Hoek that he wasn’t in the right frame of mind to play. But a United spokesman said that reports coming from Spain that De Gea still woudn’t be considered for selection are wide of the mark.

“Those reports are absolute rubbish, the team will always be picked solely on merit,” a club spokesman said on Thursday.

United’s next game is against Liverpool at Old Trafford a week tomorrow.

United are likely to offer De Gea a new deal worth £200,000 a week – some £70,000 a week he will earn at Real Madrid. But De Gea will reject the offer safe in the knowledge that he will pick up over £7million from Real Madrid even though he hasn’t signed for the club.

De Gea has already agreed to join the Spanish giants and came to an agreement whereby he would be paid €10million (£7.2million) if he didn’t join by 20 August, the final registration period for La Liga’s first round of matches. That dropped to €5million (£3.6million) if Real signed him up by 1 September. The fact that he hasn’t moved to the Bernabeu means he will pick up the ten million euros – plus his United wage.

Perez: ‘Manchester United Board Lacks Transfer Experience’

Florentino Perez Real MadridMeanwhile, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says a lack of experience amongst United’s negotiators – presumably executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward – led to the De Gea deal collapsing.

Speaking to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, Perez said that United told Madrid through De Gea’s agent, Jorge Mendes, on Monday that they wanted to discuss the sale of the keeper.

“Manchester knew he did not want to renew. It was not for sporting reasons but that he would like to return to Spain,” said Perez.

“We do not talk with anyone who will not talk. If you say there is no chance … Manchester had said that he was not for sale. We are very respectful towards all clubs.

“But the player had made an effort and we could not leave it lying. At 1.30pm Manchester had all the contracts. We just needed to agree on the price.”

Perez was asked if the transfer fee offered by Madrid was €20million (£14.5million) plus €10million (£7.2million) in add-ons as is being reported in Spain.

“Whatever,” he replied. “Contracts are made and shipped and then you make the transfer agreement between the two clubs’ players. What do you pay for De Gea and what to pay for Keylor [Navas]. It took eight hours to return.

“I do not think there has been ill will, I imagine they would have had a lot of work to do. But there was very little time remaining. I have to tell the truth. The hours are fixed on a screen. At 23:59:59 it closes. We had to send it to FIFA but it arrived too late.

“What happened is a disgrace. I do not want to blame anyone but I want to understand why it needed eight hours if you only want to sell in the last twelve hours.

“If someone comes to us to buy and we say that he is not for sale then he is not for sale. And that’s what they told us until 31 August. We could have said we were not interested, but we thought we had an obligation to try knowing it was going to be difficult.

“I do not think there has been misconduct. What they [Manchester United] lack is experience. The same thing happened [in 2013] with Coentrao and with Athletic Bilbao for Ander Herrera.

“With Coentrao it was the same with De Gea. The same – the same day. It is a new team that lacks experience.”

Perez admitted that De Gea has been on his side’s radar for some time.

“We knew more than a year ago that De Gea was the future in the Madrid goal because he is the best suited. Then comes Keylor, with whom we are very satisfied.”

Perez said that although he does not know whether De Gea will move to Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer he hasn’t spoken to the player. But chief executive Jose Angel Sanchez has.

“He is very upset because he was very excited to be coming here.”




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Manchester United Superfan Andy Tate: “I’m Scared For This Season”

Club ‘A Laughing Stock’ After Deadline Day

Andy Tate Manchester United NewsManchester United super-fan Andy Tate says he believes the team gone backwards since the side’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea City and the events surrounding the transfer deadline.

Tate told the Full-Time Devils Youtube channel that prior to the weekend he could see the side having a good season but he now sees them scrapping for fourth place rather than for the Premier League title.

“Louis van Gaal will be judged at the end of the season, Ed Woodward as well. Seriously, questions need to be asked about what can he do – what can he negotiate? Commercially, he’s fantastic. But on the pitch – recruitment – sorry, not in my book. I’m really scared for the season, now.”

Tate added: “Wayne Rooney – all he does is moan. Just start scoring, mate. We all love you – you’ve got the instinct. You’ve got it there. It’s just not good enough – it’s not happening.

“The defence: it’s still not strong. We got shown up on Sunday.”

Tate then turned to United’s showing in the transfer window and while he hoped new £43million striker Anthony Martial would soon settle in and start scoring goals he could’t understand why two United players had left the club.

“Monday: Januzaj going out – Hernandez – why let them two go? Last few games against Bruges the potential was there for both of them and when Hernandez missed that penalty – that look between Ryan Giggs and Louis van Gaal. That sealed it, he was doomed.

“We’ve been made a laughing stock again with this transfer window. Something seriously needs to be done next summer for the recruitment drive. We could really have a bad season. I hope I’m proved wrong.”

Tate ended with a message for wantaway keeper David De Gea.

“Knuckle down, do your time, see out your contract in a red shirt, leave at the end of the season with our blessing. Who knows you might leave a hero and with a trophy or two.”

Andy’s video is below.




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New Tottenham Signing Son Hits Hat-Trick For South Korea [Video]

Son Heung-Min Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur’s new signing Son Heung-min was on target for South Korea as they thumped Laos 8-0 in Hwaseong on Thursday.

Son, whose £22million move from Bayer Leverkusen to Spurs was confirmed last week, scored a hat-trick with goals on 12, 74, and 89 minutes as the Koreans maintained their 100 percent record to stay top of Group H in the Asian qualifiers. Watch out for the second goal – a superb volley from a tight angle.

Son will expect Premier League defences to put up much stiffer resistance than Laos, ranked 174 in the world, 117 places below the South Koreans according to the latest Fifa rankings. Having said that, he is expected to make his Premier League debut when Tottenham take on Sunderland in their first game after the international break.

In the meantime Son and his South Korean team-mates travel to Beirut for their next qualifier against Lebanon on Tuesday.

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Arsenal In January Link With Striker Zaza

Loan Bid Was Turned Down On Tuesday

Simone Zaza Arsenal transfer newsArsenal were thwarted in a bid to loan Juventus striker Simone Zaza and could make a bid in January. The Gunners asked Juve for a season-long loan for Zaza but received a resounding ‘no’ from the Serie A side. Having parted with Fernando Llorente, who signed for Sevilla, and one-time Arsenal transfer target Kingsley Coma – now at Bayern Munich – coach Massimiliano Allegri wasn’t in the mood to part with another striker.

Zaza, 24, in his second spells at Juventus but has never played for the club. He moved from Sampdoria for €3.5million in 2013 only to be immediately transferred to Sassuolo in a co-ownership deal. He scored 20 goals in 64 Serie A games over two seasons and was bought outright by Sassuolo in 2014. The total outlay was €10million. But Juve inserted a buyback option for €18million (£13.2million) which they exercised this summer.

Zaza looked set to join West Ham United last month for £13million, but that deal fell through and he remains with Juve. Marseille and Atletico Madrid were also interested. However, he hasn’t featured in Juve’s opening two Serie A games and Sky Italia claims a bid of £22million in January could see him join Arsenal.

But after being told he was fourth-choice striker this season and would not be included in Juve’s Champions League squad Zaza finds himself handed the number 7 shirt for this season’s competition.

A January sale cannot be ruled out, but a loan move may still be on the cards. In that case, Arsenal would have to pay a loan fee of €2million (£1.4million).




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