FERGIE OUT OF HOSPITAL
Various tabloids reported that Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson is out of the hospital. This news comes under a month since the 13 time Premier League collapsed at home due to a brain haemorrhage which required surgical correction. Ferguson was released from intensive care last month. Sir Alex hopes to be in the Old Trafford directors’ box come August when the new Premier League season kicks off.
UNITED CLOSE IN GOLOVIN
Manchester United have reportedly moved closer to completing the transfer of 22-year-old Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow. The Russian is said to be close to completing a 15m move to United. Mourinho was in the stands personally scouting Golovin when Austria took on Russia in a friendly earlier this week. United view the poster boy of Russia’s World Cup as a valuable option from the bench and a long-term replacement for Juan Mata.
FRED SET FOR MEDICAL
Manchester United target Fred is reportedly set for a medical after Brazil’s friendly in Liverpool tomorrow. United and Shakhtar have reportedly agreed upon a fee of £42.5m which will rise to £52m after performance-related add-ons. Fred may be announced and unveiled to United fans as early as Monday if things go according to plan.
NEVILLE’S WORD OF ADVICE
Former Manchester United player Gary Neville has pointed out the signings his old team must make in the wake of a second place finish in the Premier League. Mourinho said, “That’s the most difficult question for Jose Mourinho. I would say definitely defenders – you could argue right-back, left-back and centre-back. Not necessarily to replace Antonio Valencia, but to challenge him. A central midfield player who can dictate the pace of a game and can control the game. “I think that is something that I’d say is required when I watch United play and you could argue definitely a winger.”
Manchester United are now odds-on favourites to land Toby Alderweireld in the summer but bets haven’t been called off just yet. United want to sign the 29 years old Belgian before the start of the World Cup and the want-away Spurs star’s wage demands are not a problem for United. United was lining up a bid of £50m for the services of Alderweireld. Spurs’ are playing hardball and want at least £55m but could be willing to come down to £50m. United are set to sell one of their centre backs to facilitate the arrival of Alderweireld with Phil Jones or Chris Smalling among the contenders to depart.