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Liverpool Sign Keane : Any more to come ?

So Liverpool have finally managed to sign one of the most proven goal scorer in the premiership. Even though he may have cost around $20m, he will be worth every penny. Now it will be interesting to see if he and Torres can form a good partnership, and I am confident they can. This is the the Liverpool’s biggest signing of the season so far and Rafa will need to sign a few more players of his stature if he wants Liverpool to challenge for the premiership.

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Another Club Joins the Berbatov Chase

Looks like there is going to be a transfer war between Manchester United and Barcelona over the signature of Berbatov. Earlier it looked that Berbatov was heading for Manchester when Sir Alex said that he was almost sure that Berbatov will sign for Man Utd by the end of this month. It is reported that united have made a bid of around $20 million for the Bulgarian forward. Though Tottenham have rejected the bid and also reported Man Utd and Liverpool to FA for pursuing both there forwards, it looks as if they are going to lose both there forwards.

Barcelona seems to be a new club that has joined the race for Berbatov. After not progressing in there negotiations with Arsenal over Adebayor, it seems they are going to make a bid of around $24 million for Berbatov. One advantage they have is that, they can also offer Samuel Eto to Tottenham as a bait for Berbatov. But I highly doubt that Eto will want to come to Barcelona. But what will Berbatov do, he already snubbed United once, will he do it again ? If Berbatov moves to Barcelona, then another player that Man Utd can pursue is Samuel Eto. With Barcelona no longer wanting the forward, he would be an easy target. Though I am a bit amazed to see that no clubs such as AC Milan, Liverpool etc are going for Eto who is available and is also a proven goal scorer at the top level.

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Who should Manchester United Sign ?

So while the rest of the big names such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham etc are busy in the transfer market, Manchester United have been quiet. Sir Alex has already confirmed that the club will sign utmost 1 player only but that might change if the Ronaldo moves to Real Madrid. But who is going to come to Old Trafford, striker, midfielder or defender.

There is a big chance that United will go for a striker. They currently have only Rooney, Tevez and Saha for that purpose. But with the injury problems of Saha, it will be no surprise if he is sold. A new recruit will be Manucho but he is the not a proven goal scorer and might take time to settle. So who are the players that Sir Alex might be interested in.

Berbatov : It is no secret that Sir Alex has been an admirer of Berbatov abilities for a long time. He tried signing him but he decided to move to Tottenham. But his current situation at Tottenham is not good and if the price is right, he might play is trade at Old Trafford next season. And with his already established record, what a signing he would be.

Benzema : He is another great option. He is young, got great pace and technique and there is no doubt that Sir Alex admires him. But price could be a big issue here, Lyon would want at least $30m and considering his below par performance at the Euro 2008, i don’t think he will be a good choice to take a risk.

Hunteleer : He is another good option. He has already expressed his desire to play for United and he has got the Dutch factor with him(remember Van Nistelrooy). His record at Dutch league has been excellent (31 goals in 34 games i think). He will be a great choice and will be easily available too.

Michael Owen: He is the latest Striker to be linked with United. He is the last year at his Newcastle contract and there is a chance that Newcastle will try to cash on him lest should he move away for free next season. He is a proven goal scorer in the Premier League but his injury problems will be a negative point. But if he is available for a cheap price, then i say why not take the risk ?

If the midfield department is considered, i think United have got enough talent. They have Fletcher, Carrick, Hargreaves, Scholes, Anderson. And the wingers are Ronaldo, Nani, Giggs, Park. But considering the age of Scholes, i would be happy to see an attacking midfielder join the United team. One of the players which i would love to see is Van Der Vaart. He is an amazing player and his performance at Euro 2008 were top notch. He will be a good replacement for Scholes in the long run. Another Dutch player that i would love to see is Wesley Sneijder. His performance at Euro 2008 speaks for itself but I don’t think Real would be interested in selling or he would want to come here (unless United get him in exchange is Ronaldo decides to leave). Arjen Robben is a good player that United should definitely bring should Ronaldo decided to leave. Though he hasn’t got the same pace like Ronaldo, his technique is top class. I wish United would have signed him before he moved to Chelsea.

Sir Alex should also be thinking about the right back situation. Last Season, Gary Neville missed most of the season because of injury, and it that age, it is difficult to get your same form back. Wes Brown was superb at that position last season. United have also got Danny Simpson who impressed in cameo performances last season. But a player that i would like to see is Phillip Lahm. He is an amazing player. Not only he can defend well, he got good attacking instincts too. He can come forward and even score goals. Out of these players, i would be happy to see Berbatov and Van Der Vaart in a United Shirt ? So what do you think ? Which player should Manchester United sign ?

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Manchester United without Carlos Queiroz

Ever since Scolari left Portugal to sign for Chelsea, Carlos Queiroz is being linked with the vacant position. And why not, he has been a great coach at United and that speaks for itself. In the latest development, it was being reported that he is close to agreeing a $1.5m four year deal with Portugal.

As a United fan, I would be disappointed to see him leave which i am almost sure is going to happen. But i wouldn’t blame him, who wouldn’t want to manage there country one day. That type of job doesn’t come often. For United, it will be a big loss, or we can say, a bad summer for united as the Cristiano Ronaldo drama continues with Madrid reporting there interest and Ronaldo saying nothing to deny it. Considering he was a big mentor to Ronaldo and one of the main reason behind his deadly form, a face which even Ronaldo agrees. So his departure will once again bring the Ronaldo saga to the fore front. The fact that Ferguson welcomed him back after his stint with Real Madrid, and Ferguson also saying that he is the ideal man to replace him after he retires, tells you about his importance to the club. Even Ryan Giggs mentions in his autobiography

He’d train us, prepare us for games, organise the team and decide the things we needed to work on. Some said he had too much influence, but I don’t agree. He impressed me from the start."

He was one of the main reasons behind United’s impressive defending and there tactical approach to big games. Not only was he a master tactician, he had a great eye of discovering talent. He was the man responsible for scouting Nani and Anderson, two impressive young talents. And most important, he had an amazing language skills as he could speak 5 different languages and a good network, as well as being a father-figure to Ronaldo.

Though the club hasn’t said anything official about this but I guess Ferguson must be looking for a new no. 2. One of the men being linked with the post is the great “Eric Cantona”. Though what will happen only time will tell. But it is a bad news for the club and it might also be for “Ronaldo”.

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Spain are Champions of Europe

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Spain finally put years of underachievement behind them to win the Euro 2008. A goal from Torres was enough to seal the win for them against a lack lustre German side. Germany’s loss completes a bad season for Michael Ballack as he was part of the losing side in the final of three cups ( League Cup, Champions League, Euro 2008). But for Spain, it was a major victory that have eluded them for the last 44 years.

Looking back at the tournament, Spain had been the best throughout. And when you look at there players, it will be hard to imagine how they didn’t win any trophy for 44 years. The omission of Raul was a major talking point before the tournament, but it was soon forgotten in the opening match as David Villa and Torres formed a deadly strike force to demolish Russia 4 – 1. They further showed there dominance when they beat Italy in a penalty shoot out in the quarter finals. There defence was great with players such Ramos, Puyol and Marchena doing a wonderful job. If you look at the midfield, it was filled with World class players such as Fabregas, Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, Xabi Alonso. However one player that really caught my eye was Marcos Senna. He performed the role of a holding midfielder superbly and brilliantly stopped the opposition attacks and helped the team to go forward. I am sure we can see him moving to a big club now. And there strike force was a terror in the eyes of every defence. Torres, Villa and Guiza, what more can you ask for. And a brilliant coach in Aragones completed the puzzle. And they were the best in the final too. How they won by only one goal is a surprise. The nearest Germans got to a goal was a Ballack shot the grazed the outside of the post.

Over all the tournament was good and it was great to see the best team winning it.

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