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.
Aston Villa American owner Randy Lerner is due back in England this week to step up the sale of Ashley Young. A Daily Mirror report expects the 25 year old England winger to complete a £16million transfer to Manchester United later this month. Villa are being forced to sell as Young has just 12 months left on the contract he signed on his arrival from Watford in January 2007. This move must now be RATED – 4
The Mirror also carries a story claiming that Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is ready to make a bid for Old Trafford pair Darron Gibson and Wes Brown. Bruce would also like to sign United striker Danny Welbeck who spent the whole of last season on loan at the Stadium of Light. Despite the close association between Bruce and Sir Alex Ferguson, the chances of all three going to Sunderland can only be RATED – 2
Latest on the long running Wesley Sneijder saga. The Holland international is on the verge of joining United according to talksport’s Dutch correspondent Marcel van der Kraan. He claims the deal is on the brink of being finalised with the playmaker’s £175,000 a week wages the only issue holding it up. Sneijder has been linked with United for the past year but the speculation has intensified since the announcement of Paul Scholes’ retirement. Recent reports have claimed the Inter Milan midfielder had flown over to the United States to discuss a move with his model wife who is currently on assignment in California. He is thought to be weighing up whether to move to United or City but Van der Kraan has said Sneijder wants to move to the Reds. “We know that Wesley is really keen to move to Manchester, I think it is United most of all. He knows Scholes is retiring and that is the job for him, the role is made for him at Old Trafford.” Nobody doubts that Sneijder is a class midfielder but my nagging gut feeling is that he may turn out to be a luxury. This ongoing story has now got to be considered to be at least RATED – 3
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has played down speculation that he could be set to leave the Emirates according to Sky Sports. The France international has seen his future with the North London club thrown into doubt following an interview in which he refused to rule out the possibility of joining Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson is in the market for a new creative play maker following Paul Scholes’ decision to hang up his boots. Nasri is among the names to have been linked with a move to the 19 times English champions and he did little to quell the speculation with his recent comments. This sounds like a classic, player agent instigated story and can only be RATED – 1
Talented Switzerland teenager Xherdan Shaqiri is reported to be a United summer target. The story appears in Caught Offside so take it as you will. Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be an admirer of the pint sized winger who was on display at Wembley when the 19 year old Basle youngster took on England in Euro 2012 action. Shaqiri has been getting rave reviews and is expected to leave his Swiss side this summer with a wealth of Europe’s elite reportedly looking to snap up the cultured wide man. The starlet is a regular member of the national team set up and has already helped his side to two domestic titles and perhaps most importantly, has also impressed in Champions League action Rated – 2
What do you expect Nani’s United future to be if Young comes in?