Tom Cleverley is to be given a new contract by Manchester United that would see the England international’s weekly wage doubled, bringing him closer to his more senior teammates in the Old Trafford financial pecking order, the Daily Mail has reported.
The Mail adds that Cleverley currently takes home £40,000 per week from United, which, if doubled, would see him receive the kind of pay packet usually reserved for key members of Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. With the bump in income would come a multi-year extension to Cleverley’s contract, tying down the 23-year-old for the foreseeable future.
Having previously spent time on loan at Wigan Athletic, Cleverley was introduced to the United first team at the start of last season, only to suffer an injury against Everton at Goodison Park that left him on the sidelines for much of the campaign. Since regaining fitness, however, Cleverley has been a regular in the United team and made his senior England bow under Roy Hodgson.
Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung, taking the South Korea international to Loftus Road for a fee of £5m, the BBC has reported.
Park had a year remaining on his contract at Old Trafford, having signed an extension last summer, but has been allowed by Sir Alex Ferguson to move on to pastures new. Park becomes QPR manager Mark Hughes’ sixth signing of the summer so far, after the former United striker also brought in Andrew Johnson, Ryan Nelsen and Robert Green, all on free transfers, and made the loan deal of Samba Diakite permanent. Park will also see a familiar face at QPR as the club have already signed Fabio da Silva on loan from Man Utd.
The 31-year-old made 133 Premier League appearances for United, scoring 19 goals, and won the league title four times and the Champions League once in his seven years at the club.
Manchester United are keen on bringing Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago to Old Trafford, according to reports in Spain.
The Argentine midfielder spent last season on loan at Roma, but a deal to take Gago to the Olimpico on a prmanant deal is unlikely.
Gago, 26, is surplus to requirements in Jose Mourinho’s Madrid side, and could be of interest to Man Utd as an alternative to Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric, who may be priced out of a move to Manchester.
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.
Caughtoffside have reported that Manchester United are eyeing a move for Adam Johnson. While According to Mirror and Metro both Sunderland and Newcastle are also interested in Manchester City winger.
Adam Johnson is looking for more assurance from Mancini that he will feature in his plans next season, having started only 10 games in the last season. His lack of playing time has cost him his place in the England national squad. Mancini is said to be unhappy with the winger’s lack of consistency and defensive discipline. He might let him go if he receives a good offer. The Italian has always preferred Silva and Nasri over Johnson.
According to Caughoffside, Sir Alex is a long time admirer of Johnson and might consider a bid for him. But this looks highly unlikely since United already have a host of wingers in Nani, Young and Valencia. But the rumours about Sunderland and Newcastle are more enticing. Martin O’Neil, according to reports, wants the Englishman on loan primarily but he might also consider a permanent deal. But Johnson’s high wages of £50,000 a week will be a problem for Sunderland. Mancini might consider any bid above £10million, but a loan deal looks most likelier.
According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United’s sensational striker Papiss Cisse is wanted by both Man Utd and Man City as Alan Pardew desperately tries to hold on to his prize asset.
Cisse scored 13 goals in 14 games since joining from Freiburg in January and has rightly attracted the interest from the two Manchester clubs who could be preparing a summer bid for the Senegal captain and this will not be the last time the rivals go head to head for a player this summer.
Pardew’s Newcastle came 5th and sacrificed Champions League qualification which could see top players like Cisse leave, though any bid would have to be greater than the £9million Newcastle paid for him.
Europe’s hottest prospect, Eden Hazard, delivered a teasing message to the world today by claiming he has made a decision on his future. The Lille winger is being pursued by several of Europe’s top clubs and recently narrowed down his options to England, telling Belgium news websites HLN: “It will anyway be Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea.” This left a huge question mark over which English money-machine will land the Frenchman’s services, however an announcement today on Hazard’s Twitter page suggested his future will be revealed soon.
“Good afternoon guys. i made up my mind. see you later. thanks”, was the message published for all of his Twitter followers to see.
Reports from the English media, including the Telegraph, are inclining towards Chelsea being the favourites. Recent rejuvenation, Champions League triumph, and first team opportunties make Chelsea an attractive proposition for Hazard, 21, who has made clear his decision will be based on the position he would play and the amount of time he would get on the field.
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.
According to the Mirror, Manchester United Chief Executive David Gill has approached Everton intent on brokering a deal for England left-back Leighton Baines.
The 27-year-old will shortly travel to Euro 2012 has emerged as one of David Moyes’ most influential signings and it is common knowledge that he has attracted interest from Manchester United in recent times though it remains to be seen if this move will have an impact on current United left-back Patrice Evra’s position within the squad.
The Mirror report that the deal is in the region of £12million and its thought that Bill Kenwright may be willing to sell in order to give David Moyes money to strengthen the Everton squad.
Luka Modric has hinted he sees his future away from Tottenham Hotspur but will put on hold any talk of a transfer until his participation in Euro 2012 with Croatia is over.
A year ago the saga of Modric’s proposed move to Chelsea was one of the longest-running of the summer, with Spurs eventually winning the day and keeping the midfielder at White Hart Lane in the face of incessant Chelsea interest. But the 26-year-old has suggested he is itching to play at a level higher than that currently offered by Tottenham, but will delay any discussion until later in pre-season.
Modric said: “I will decide about my future after the Euros. I will make the decision where to continue my career. I’m ready for the big tests.” Tottenham may yet be part of next season’s Champions League as, after finishing fourth in the Premier League, they must now wait on the outcome of the Champions League final on Saturday.
Ordinarily fourth place would be good enough for entry into the competition at the play-off stage, but if Chelsea defeat Bayern Munich then they would receive the last qualification spot awarded to England, pushing Tottenham into the Europa League and, the Telegraph suggests, Modric towards the exit.