Monday, May 28, 2012

Hazard to announce transfer decision

Eden Hazard
Lille midfielder Eden Hazard hinted he has reached a decision on which club to join this summer.

The 21-year-old Belgian has been pursued by several clubs and has previously revealed interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

With his future looking likely to be in the Barclays Premier League, an announcement from Hazard on his future could be imminent.

Today [Monday] he wrote on Twitter: "good afternoon guys. i made up my mind. see you later. thanks"

Hazard enjoyed a stellar season as Lille finished third in Ligue 1 and struck a hat-trick in what was almost certainly his final game for the French outfit.

Andy Cole tips Manchester United to bounce back for new title challenge

Andy Cole has insisted Manchester United will emerge stronger — not weaker — from their Barclays Premier League title misery.

Former Old Trafford favourite Cole dismissed any suggestion United could struggle to get over the agonising manner in which they surrendered the championship to neighbours Manchester City.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson claimed before the epic final day of the season a fortnight ago that City might suffer “untold” damage were they to blow their chance to win a first title since 1968.

Cole insisted United were made of stronger stuff, having almost always bounced back from failing to retain the Premier League by regaining it the following season.

The former England striker was part of the side that famously did so in 1996, having blown it on the final day of the previous campaign in similar circumstances.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Must Secure Phenom Nick Powell

Nick Powell
With 18-year-old star Nick Powell set to make his last appearance for Crewe Alexandra on Sunday, news continues to heat up regarding where he may transfer. There is no question that the current leader in the clubhouse appears to be Manchester United.

According to Neil Moxley of the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are prepared to offer the up-and-coming midfielder a $4 million deal as early as next week. Alexandra hasn't been beaten in 18 straight English League Two contests, and Powell is a big reason for that.

Crewe only finished seventh in the regular-season standings thanks to a rocky beginning to the year, but Powell has been absolutely fantastic as of late in leading them to the league final against Cheltenham. Powell's 14 goals on the season lead Crewe by a large margin, while his seven assists are third on the squad as well.

Ryan Giggs sure Man Utd will win back their Premier League crown

Ryan Giggs
Ryan Giggs is convinced Manchester United will win back their Premier League title from derby rivals Manchester City next season.

United missed out on a 20th top-flight title after City completed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season, winning the Premier League crown on goal difference ahead of their derby rivals.

Giggs, who has won the title on 13 occasions, pointed to the Red Devils past triumphs in the face of adversity, and the veteran midfielder insisted United would come back stronger in August.

“So it’s disappointing to have been so near but then again, there are so many positives to take out of the season as well,” Giggs told United’s website.

Berbatov: Man Utd's loss, PSG's gain

Dimitar Berbatov
Dimitar Berbatov is set to leave Old Trafford despite Manchester United having activated a one-year extension to their record signing’s contract in the past couple of months.

However, they are willing to listen to offers for the £30.75 million Bulgarian forward, 31, and PSG- bossed by ex-Chelsea chief Carlo Ancelotti - are leading the chase, according to The Sun.

Berbatov’s agent Emil Danchev said: “PSG’s project can really interest him because he wants to play in the Champions League next year.

“Plus, there has never been a Bulgarian player at PSG, so it could be good.”

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Sunday 27 May

Eden Hazard
Manchester United’s pursuit of Eden Hazard depends on them being able to pay him £155,000 a week, according to The People. The newspaper reports that Lille have accepted offers of 40million euro – £32million – from each of United, Manchester City and Chelsea – and it is now up to the player to decide which of the three Premier League giants he is set to choose.

City have offered Hazard a basic wage of £8million a year – £155,000 a week – and that could rise to as much as £10million a year if Hazard successfully earns a series of bonuses. Hazard is already the highest-paid footballer in France, but the wage he will pick up in the Premier League will dwarf the £77,000 a week he currently earns at Lille.

The 21-year-old Belgian looks set to make up his mind following his country’s friendly with England at Wembley next Saturday and he said this week that minutes on the pitch and where he will play is just as important as any financial factors.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Manchester United close in on midfield duo Kagawa and Hazard

Shinji Kagawa

Manchester United are set to make an improved offer of £13m for Shinji Kagawa.
The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has one year left on his contract but Sir Alex Ferguson wants to land him.

United are also confident Eden Hazard will choose to move Old Trafford this summer.

Manchester City and Chelsea are also fighting for Hazard's signature but the Belgian winger has confirmed that his choice will ultimately be governed by regularly he will be a starter. 

He told Belgian news website HLN: 'I do not know when I'll make a decision about my future club.