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Sanchez to Man Utd Odds Slashed by Over 10 fold

Sanchez to Manchester United odds have been completely slashed by over 10 times from the odds only days ago.

Obviously bookies respond to rumours and bets; which was evident last summer when a punter with a Manchester Address opened a Paddy Power betting account and put a huge bet on Sanchez coming to Man Utd as his next club. The bet was made last summer at 50/1, the odds came crashing down to 12/1 soon after.

This transfer window however, saw Man Utd with initial odds of 16/1 for Sanchez to join the Red Devils by the end of January: City were obvious favourites, and were very much odds on at only 2/7. Since the interest from Man Utd, the odds for Sanchez to come to Man Utd this month have been slashed by over 10 fold to 6/4. City’s odds have increased by over three times to 10/11, which suggests that it’s a lot closer than it once was. – Sanchez January Transfer Odds

According to Sky Sports in Italy, Man Utd have made a higher value bid than Man City with Mkhitaryan being part of the deal. They’ve also matched City’s sign on fee for Sanchez of £30mil and offered a bigger wage of £250,000/week which is £110,000/week more than he’s currently getting at Arsenal currently.

Cynically however, this is Sky Sports that have broken the news. I wonder how much they’d profit on fans betting on Sanchez to Man Utd when he was clearly on his way to Man City. It’s not as if they have nothing to gain by putting a breaking news story out in the social media domain. Could it be a quick cash booster before the Sanchez to City deal is announced? Who knows, I’m merely playing devils advocate.

How true the transfer story is at this stage is obviously unknown; but the bookies have reacted more drastically than first expected. Let’s just sit, wait and hope that Man Utd are able to pull of this coup from under our rivals noses. I’d be ecstatic with this deal, would you?

Man Utd ‘In Contact for Sanchez’

In the last hour football pundits, fans and social media have gone into melt down over developments on Sanchez. A tweet from Gianluca Di Marzio said ‘United in contact for Sanchez in the last hours.’

This has already sparked attention from all sets of fans involved. Man City fans are threatening to give banter if and probably when Sanchez signs for them, Arsenal fans are debating what they’d prefer (City or Man Utd + Mkhitaryan) and Man Utd fans refusing to believe it, but still hoping.

Sanchez has been heavily linked to Man City since last summer, and have reportedly offered Arsenal £30mil with a £30mil sign on bonus for Sanchez. Despite Di Marzio’s tweet, there’s a number of theories as to what’s happening.

Theory one, Man Utd are attempting to push the price for the player up and not give their rivals a free shot at a great player.

Theory two, Arsenal have themselves leaked the story to push up the price and get City to sweat a little.

Theory three, Man Utd have caught wind of something and they are genuinely trying to hijack the deal to City. Could he be offered the Number 7 shirt? There’s also lots of talk of Mkhitaryan going the other way, which I think would suit Arsenal brilliantly.

Sanchez is the sort of player we are missing, but signing Sanchez would possibly reduce the chances of signing Ozil who many believe is the type of player we’re in more need of. Either way, if we get either of these two players most Man Utd fans would be very happy.

How much probability do you think we could actually pull off this deal under the noses of City? I give it 15%. What do you think? Have your say below!

Juventus Require Darmian to Take a Pay Cut

Juventus are interested in signing Darmian; however they are unwilling to meet his wage demands.

Reports from Italy are saying that Juventus are on the lookout for a Right Back after telling Lichtsteiner that they will not be extending his contract which expires at the end of the season. Matteo Darmian is one of their top targets to fill in the position.

Darmian would like a move back to Serie A but would be reluctant to join Juventus after playing for their local rivals Torino for four years.

The other stumbling block are Darmian’s wage demands. He’s currently on £60,000/week, which is equivalent to Juventus’ top paid defender Chiellini who is set to sign a new contract soon. Juventus don’t want to match his current salary and would require him to take a pay cut. Sandro, Barzgali, Benatia and Rugani are all on less than £50,000/week, therefore it would be a fair speculation that Juventus would offer no more than that.

There are other Serie A teams interested in the Italian Right Back: However, if Juventus are unable to offer the wage demands, is it likely other Serie A teams are going to?

If this transfer is going to go ahead it will happen in the summer when Lichtsteiner has been released. The transfer fee is speculated to be in the region of £15mil-£20mil.

If needed, should Man Utd contribute to his salary until his contract would have run out in 2019? It’d be a year of around £10,000/week (£520,000 in total) to get him off our books whilst receiving the transfer fee. It’s something we’ve done before with Rooney, and it’s something I would seriously consider doing with Darmian.

This is the problem with having deadwood on extortionate salaries at the club. They’re going to be hard to convince to leave for a smaller salary. Have your say below!

Ibrahimovic Could Leave Man Utd Early

There’s been wide spread reports that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could leave Manchester United before the end of his contract following complications with his injury.

Zlatan has done exceptionally well to recover from a potential career ending injury at the tail end of last season. Ibrahimovic recovered ahead of schedule from his cruciate ligament injury; however, he’s still suffering from some long term effects of the injury which is keeping him side-lined.

He is said to become available to play again from mid-February. However, with there being little left on his contract, it’s rumoured that he could be offered an early release to pursue the next phase of his career. Teams in the Chinese Super League and MLS being the most interested in the legendary striker; their season’s both start in March.

Personally, I think it’s unlikely he will want to leave Man Utd at this stage as there’s a reason he decided to resign for Man Utd whilst taking a big pay cut to do so: It’s his best chance of winning an unlikely Champions League medal.

If he does end up leaving early then we do need a winger this month as either Martial or Rashford would step into the Number 9 role with Lukaku.

Would you be happy for Zlatan to move on early, move Martial/Rashord to a Number 9 and bring in a winger? If so, which winger? If not, when and where would you play Zlatan?

Young French Star Signs Professional Contract

Aliou Badara Traore has officially signed his professional contract with Manchester United.

The 17 year old Midfielder, who signed for the youth set up a month ago, has now put pen to paper and signed his first ever professional contract.

Head of Youth Nicky Butt had this to say: “Aliou is a tremendously gifted young player and we are all delighted to see him sign his first professional contract at Manchester United.”

“Aliou will naturally need time to adapt, but he has an exciting future ahead of him and we are all looking forward to seeing his performances for the Under-18s in the second half of this season.”

Traore was eligible to sign a professional deal on turning 17; he didn’t hang around as his 17th Birthday was only yesterday.

Aliou will be partnering Gomes, who has also recently signed his pro deal, in midfield for the U18’s as they develop through the ranks to the first team. They will likely be playing together this weekend against Sunderland U18’s in a Saturday lunchtime kick-off.

The young Frenchman is a first team regular for the U17’s and has captained the team on a few occasions. He has a bright future at the club and has got the staff excited as to what he can offer. Here’s what U18’s coach Kieran McKenna had to say on Traore in December:

“He is a really powerful midfielder who likes to run box to box. He is very strong technically and is improving all the time.”

“He’s a nice man and his English is improving. He’s settling in well with the boys and has taken to the club really well.”

He’s an exciting prospect and has been likened to a young Paul Pogba. I cannot wait to see some of this exciting youth make its way into the first team set up. Jose simply has to take a chance on the youth, the will surprise him!

Griezmann Sets New Wage Demands

According to a reported interview between an Old Trafford insider and the Sun: Griezmann has increased his wage demands since last summer; from from £290,000/week to £400,000/week.

Griezmann is currently on £125,000/week and has reportedly moved the goal posts for his wage demands after observing what other stars have been offered over the last six months. United were set to make him the joint top earner alongside Pogba, however, if he does get the wages he wants he’ll be one of the top five footballer earners in the world.

Here’s what was said by the Old Trafford Source to the Sun:

“The goalposts have moved significantly since the first attempt to sign Griezmann.”

“The package offered last year which was agreed is now a lot less than what he wants next summer.”

“It might be too much even for us to afford. The club is desperate to sign him but it is an awful lot of money.”

“His people are making different demands which the club might be reluctant to give in to.”

You’ll notice that not figures were mentioned in this snippet, so the £400,000/week figure could be pure speculation from the Sun. However, if we were offering him £290,000 last summer and the goal posts have ‘moved significantly’ from last summer, you’d suggest that £400,000/week can’t be too far off.

£400,000/week is a lot of money. However, it was only last season were we paying the then 34 year old striker Ibrahimovic £367,000/week. It would mean breaking our wage record to get our man, as well as paying the £89mil to trigger his release clause. I think negotiations will knock the wage down slightly, but as Mourinho says; if you don’t pay the money, you don’t get the player. Would a player receiving this sort of wage unsettle the dressing room?

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If he gets the wage demands he’s after, he’ll be the third highest paid player in the world outside of China; behind Messi and Neymar. There are many United fans out there that are already sceptical of Man Utd signing Griezmann on his current form, this certainly will not help. I still really want him at United, and I hope and believe that Man Utd and Griezmann can meet in the middle somewhere.

What do you think? What wage would be acceptable to you, or do you think we should be looking elsewhere and not even attempt negotiations?

Bale Rumours Resurface – Madrid want £85mil

No transfer window would feel complete without speculation of Gareth Bale to Man Utd. Bale is back from his calf injury and scored a goal in Madrid’s game in the Copa del Rey match last weekend and a further two goals in the first half of this evening’s match against Celta Vigo.

As we are all well aware Bale is an injury prone player, especially since he’s been at Real Madrid. As a result of his injury record and Madrid trying to free up funds for summer spending; it’s been rumoured that Real Madrid are looking to cash in on Bale for £85mil. In today’s market, I think he’s well worth it.

My theory on Bale’s injury problems are based on a number of factors. Playing at Real Madrid he’s playing in a team with Ronaldo; a player he was being compared to and was the player he was supposed to be replacing in the longer term. This is an almost impossible expectation, but the work ethic of Ronaldo means Bale needs to work that little bit harder. With Bale putting in the work in the gym, I believe he is putting too much strain on his body making him much more likely to pick up an injury. This is a problem he will not have at Man Utd, therefore will pick up fewer injuries.

The other aspect is the spoilt fan base that dislike Bale for reason’s only Madrid fans will know; this also puts pressure on Bale to perform, work hard in training and the gym. This will not happen at Man Utd as our fan base would embrace Bale as we’re crying out for someone of his skillset and class.

This transfer is being seen as possible this month by some fans and the media: However, with Bale’s resurgent form, Madrid maybe reluctant to let him go or be tempted to move the goal posts to a higher valuation. They’ve done it before!

I would take Bale at £85mil. He’s in great shape, works hard, he’s aggressive and is Premier League proven. At £85mil, I think he’d be a great addition and I believe he’ll have the freedom to play football and not be required to over-exert himself in the gym keeping up with the world’s best player.

Would you take him? Have your say below!

Man Utd & Arsenal Lead Chase for Fred

Manchester United are one of the front runners for the Brazilian midfielder Frederico Rodrigues Santos AKA Fred.

Fred currently plays in Ukraine for Shakhtar Donetsk in Central Midfield and has a host of teams after his services this month. He’ll reportedly cost around £30mil, and for his ability in today’s market would be a great bit of business.

He’s 24 years old, left footed and plays on the right hand side of the midfield. He has excellent touch, an eye for a pass and enjoys bringing the ball forward. He rarely plays in an advance role like a Number 10, but has played a few games this season as a Defensive Midfielder.

The major concern which needs to be improved is his disciplinary record, which I believe Jose will be able to manage out of him. So far this season he has already received nine yellows and a red card (two yellows): In the last five matches he’s picked up six cards. Despite him picking up cards for fun, his defensive contribution is actually one of his strong points. Positionally sound, he simply loves to tackle; maybe that will be more of an asset in the Premier League with cards being handed out less frequently and players generally diving less.

The other strong points to his game are his key passing ability, long shots and dribbling. Through watching Shakthar in the Champions League I’ve noticed he is good at set pieces, can actually cross the ball and is accurate at shooting from just outside the box. His aerial ability is almost non-existent, but with Fred positioning himself just outside the box he is good at picking up second balls, followed up with an accurate shot or pass to set up the next attack.

There is a slight stigma to signing him however: Fred has been banned for drug doping in the past for taking the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide. The ban was extended to worldwide football back dated to 27 June 15; the ban finished at the start of this season.

Fred will be looking to get back in contention for the World Cup with Brazil and could feel a move to a club like Man Utd would give him more chance of getting noticed and therefore more likely picked. He would be cup-tied for the Champions League, but for £30mil for this young Brazilian would be a great piece of business. He has all the tools to be a success in the Premier League, just needs to sort out his disciplinary record.

£30mil: Would you take him to bolster our midfield options? If not Fred, who else?

Man Utd Board Sanction the Ozil Deal

Manchester United’s board have sanctioned the finances to complete the Mesut Ozil deal this month.

There’s been a lot of speculation that Ozil will be coming to Man Utd at some point, many thought it would be this month. Previous reports stating that Ozil told teammates that he’s going to Manchester United; the Man Utd players giving Ozil a series of warm embraces after the Arsenal vs Man Utd game. It all adds to the speculation that he is destined to join in January.

A few recent events have put major doubt in the deal. The first being that Man Utd have businessmen as owners; why spend millions in January when you can get him for free six months later? Mesut Ozil said of his pride at Arsenal which also raised a red flag, with speculation that he will sign a new contract with Arsenal. This was quickly followed with him starting the match against Chelsea earlier this month which has put major doubt in the deal.

However, fresh reports late last night stated that the Man Utd board have sanctioned the funds to get Ozil this month. Man Utd are set to offer Arsenal £35mil to test their resolve and hopefully put off rival clubs bidding for him. Should this be enough, Ozil has said to want £300,000/week with a substantial sign on fee. Man Utd are open to negotiations.

Personally I think £35mil will be the minimum fee to tempt Arsenal to sell to direct rivals in January. Ozil is currently on £140,000/week at the Gunners, therefore he wants over double his current salary to join Man Utd. I know United are desperate for a quality number 10, but to be held at ransom by a player who is also desperate to move is a little rich.

I want this deal to happen, but Ozil needs to show desire to join by reducing his wage demands. Are you happy with the £35mil fee? If you were negotiating for Man Utd, how far would you come down from the requested £300,000/week?

Jose’s ‘Desire is to Stay’ at Manchester United

There has been a lot of ‘garbage’ in the press spreading yet more fake news about the club we all love. Last night the press published articles scaremongering United fans about Jose’s future at Manchester United. Jose confirmed the news was ‘garbage’. Will the press issue an apology? There’s more chance of Man City filling the Emptihad.

Jose was asked straight away if there was any truth behind the reports in the press. He said: ‘If you want to speak about some news, I say garbage. I don’t find a better word to define… the talk.

He continued: ‘If you want to ask me directly, which I suppose you want: If I see myself next season, in Manchester United. I say; I see myself, and as I told when I arrive, I am going to leave when the club wants me to leave.

I have no intention at all (to leave), my intention is to stay and to work and to improve and to bring the club to where the club belongs. And I want to stay!

I don’t see any reason for not to stay.’ ‘I still have a contract, in fact in the middle of my contract, I’m not in the last couple of months.

My desire is to stay until the owners and the board is happy with my work.

I am ecstatic that Mourinho has once again pledged his future to Man United, as winning managers are scarce in today’s football. All that needs to happen now it for the board of Manchester United to both offer Jose a contract extension, and to back him in the transfer market.

Great news for most United fans!