Liverpool have joined the race to sign Crewe Alexander’s Nick Powell. The Mirror are reporting that the Merseyside team are set to do battle with Arsenal and Manchester United in an attempt to sign the highly rated midfielder. The paper suggests that Sir Alex Ferguson looks most likely to talk with Powell first after a £2 million bid, rising to £5 million, appears to have been accepted. But Brendan Rodger and Arsene Wenger are also ready to make their move.
The 18-year-old has already feature 51 times for Crewe, despite his tender age, and has netted 14 times for the club. He has played 25 games for England’s youth squads, scoring on 6 occasions. Reports last week suggested that Chelsea were also monitoring the situation.
According to the Daily Mail, Sir Alex Ferguson has blasted the prices he has been quoted for three of the players on his transfer list. The Mail claim that a total of £72 million for Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote (£20 million), Everton’s Leighton Baines (£20 million) and Tottenham’s Luka Modric (£32 million) has left Fergie fuming.
Given that this Premier League trio are all regular first team starters for their respective clubs it is hardly surprising that their price tags are so high, but the Manchester United boss feels that they are extortionate and refuses to overpay. Sir Alex is no stranger to setting a high price himself, charging Real Madrid £80 million for Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009 and £25 million for David Beckham in 2003.
In one of the more audacious transfer stories seen this summer, the Metro are reporting that PSG are lining up an incredible £100 million deal for Manchester United start Wayne Rooney. The Ligue 1 runners-up have not been reserved in spending their new found riches, last summer signing Javier Pastore from Palermo for £39 million.
United are no strangers to big transfer offers for their top stars, selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid for £80 million – the highest fee ever paid – in 2010, however the Portuguese star had expressed an interest in playing for the Spanish giants, something Rooney has not and is not likely to do for PSG. The 26-year-old moved to Old Trafford in 2004 and has scored 182 goals in 366 appearances.
Crewe Alexandra’s play-off hero Nick Powell could be on his way to Old Trafford in a dream move according to the Daily Star.
The 18-year-old who is another product of Crewe’s successful youth system has been monitored by several Premier League clubs this seasons and boosted his chances of a Premier League berth with his stunning goal in the League Two Play-Off Final.
The Daily Star reports that he will agree a four year contract and will earn £20,000 costing Man United club £3million.
Powell was watched by Sir Alex Ferguson’s brother on Sunday who is a notable scout within the club.
After Alex Ferguson flew out to watch the German cup final there was much speculation about who he was interested in seeing, with the widely held view being that it was Borussia Dortmund’s23 year old playmaker Shinji Kagawa. The Daily Mail has today reported that this interest has manifested itself in the form of a £13 million bid (the midfielder is about to enter the final year of his contract hence the relative cheapness of the deal).
Kagawa has recently rejected a new deal from Dortmund, adding further fuel to the rumours that he is on the move this summer, and he would certainly provide strength in the area that Manchester United require. He managed an impressive 13 goals and 11 assists in 31 this season, and at such a young age he is only likely to improve.