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£millions for Fergie..and more transfer gossip

Transfer rumours are a dime a dozen. Very few have genuine substance so they should always be taken with a huge amount of cynicism. Yet they cannot be completely ignored in case there’s the slightest grain of truth in them. Some media outlets are obviously more reliable than others so Truly Reds is prepared to report the gossip and give a rating of 1 to 5 as to how believable it’s likely be. A rating of 1 can almost certainly be dismissed out of hand while a 5 may give the story some merit and warrant a small wager. Have a look at the latest sports news and transfers being reported but be warned – only believe what you want.

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Manchester United will sign Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea this summer says Sky Sports. The Red Devils have been scouring Europe to find a replacement for veteran shot stopper Edwin van der Sar who will retire after Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final with Barcelona. Talented Spanish youngster De Gea has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford and has won Ferguson’s vote ahead of other reported targets such as Ajax’s Maarten Stekelenburg and Schalke’sManuel Neuer.

As revealed by skysports.com on Tuesday, a deal between United and Atletico is in place with a fee understood to be in the region of £18.3 million with additional add ons. This long running story must – at long last, be RATED – 5

The highly reputable Guardian reports that Manchester United’s owners have made it clear to Sir Alex Ferguson that he has a substantial transfer budget at his disposal for big name targets during a summer in which the club’s bank account is expected to swell to more than £160m. The £17m signing of the Athletico Madrid goalkeeper David de Gea will not be the last big signing during a close season in which the club will spend more than in recent years and Ferguson has been given the green light to target the best players in the world.

The Glazers have consistently maintained that the manager has funds to spend but fans have questioned the club’s ability to compete for the biggest names in recent years amid concern at United’s debt levels and interest commitments. The fact that this story is being reported by The Guardian must mean that it has to be Rated – 4

I really don’t know what to make of this sensational story as reported in The Sun. I like to think that I’m not gullible or naive but stranger things have happened in football. “Alex Ferguson has opened the door for Cristiano Ronaldo to make a sensational Old Trafford return. Fergie has confided in close friend and Italian World Cup winning boss Marcello Lippi that Ronaldo would be welcome back at Manchester United.

Ronaldo forced through an £80million transfer from United to Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 but Lippi said “Sir Alex told me he would take Ronaldo back tomorrow. We both think he is an extraordinary striker who can start on either wing or as the sole striker and perform brilliantly. The truly remarkable thing about Cristiano is that he ALWAYS scores.”

Ronaldo has enjoyed a great season breaking the all time La Liga record with 40 goals. He hit 51 in all, a Real record. But his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has been strained and he admits he misses Ferguson and life at Old Trafford. There IS one fact that remains in the back of the mind however.

The £80million transfer fee paid by Real for Ronaldo is still sitting in the United bank account! Despite all that, and as much as I would love to believe it, the story can only be RATED – 1

This story is reported on caughtoffside.com so make of it what you will. Manchester United could be about to make a surprise swoop for Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri. According to French reports, the schemer has become a target of Sir Alex Ferguson after contract talks with the Gunners have stalled.

Nasri is out of contract at the Emirates at the end of next season meaning Arsene Wenger could be forced to sell, or risk losing his fellow Frenchman for free should a new deal not be agreed. L’Equipe claim the former Marseille midfielder has become frustrated at the club’s lack of progress in recent years, and would consider a move to United should he not receive the right guarantees about the future direction of Arsenal RATED – 2

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  1. Red Devil says:

    Quite right Frank to question any story which The Sun publishes as they are well known for ‘if there is no story, make one up’ and the one about Ronaldo returning is truly make believe!
    Why would he want to return to OT from Real Madrid, who has ever done that?
    Anyway, the De Gea rumour would appear to be absolutely true as Sir Alex has as good as confirmed it.
    The Nasri rumour is interesting (even if it has come from ‘caughtoffside.com who are not the most releiable of sources) as he could be the vital link to continuous success on the pitch BUT is the boy just holding out for a hefty pay increase from Arsenal?
    What we do not read or hear is about the players Sir Alex has identified to replace Scholes who almost certainly has called it a day and Giggs who although he has another year to go will at some time have to be replaced and IF as reported the Glazers have released significant funds then perhaps now is the time to buy Giggs’ replacement for who knows what the finances will be like in a years time?

  2. Frank Scicluna says:

    Love the way your mind thinks Red Devil. It’s almost as cynical as mine! IF we lift the big one on Saturday, I would not be at all surprised to see Scholes AND Giggs – after his recent events, to both say their goodbyes.

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