Sunday, June 8, 2008

Premier League Transfer Talk: Manchester United

Manchester United

Barcelona will reportedly join Real Madrid in their attempts to sign Cristiano Ronaldo, with Sandro Rosell to use a pledge to sign the winger as his main weapon to be voted the club's next president

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Cardiff for Aaron Ramsey. United's official statement read: "Manchester United is delighted to announce it has agreed terms with Cardiff City for the transfer of Aaron Ramsey subject to terms being agreed and the player passing a medical." However, Cardiff have also given permission for another Premier League team, expected either to be Liverpool or Arsenal, to talk to the teenager.

Manchester United are taking advantage of the managerial speculation over Mark Hughes' future at Blackburn to prepare a £15 million bid for striker Roque Santa Cruz. However, reports suggest that Hughes will attempt to take Cruz with him to his next club, be it Chelsea or Man City.

Micah Richards, and Sevilla's Brazilian duo Luis Fabiano and Daniel Alves are heading the list of players that Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to sign, apparently within two weeks. The Scot has a reputed £50 million to fund summer transfers.

Alves is seen as a replacement for Gerard Pique while Fabiano has been designated as United's top summer target. Ferguson will be looking to broaden his attacking options this summer, especially after losing patience with Louis Saha. Fabiano, who has scored 33 goals for Seville in La Liga this season, is eclipsing names such as Dimitar Berbatov as United's first choice summer buy. The 27-year-old has a contract valuation of £46.8 million but, more realistically, United could expect to sign him for a quarter of that price. Fabiano's own representatives put his price at £8.6 million.

Patrice Evra has negotiated himself a new four-year contract at Manchester United worth £55,000 a week.


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