According to the Manchester Evening News, United are interested in Swansea left-back Neil Taylor. United have been on the search for reliable cover at the position and have also been linked to Everton’s Leighton Baines and Bryan Oviedo (more below). The 22-year-old, from Manchester, is currently on Olympic duty with Great Britain.
Manchester United today announced that second-choice goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard has signed a new four-year contract that will see the Dane at old Trafford until 2016. The player made 8 Premier League starts last year in place of first-choice De Gea but had his run in the first-team cut short by injury in February. The 28-year-old stated last season that he was not at United to ‘pick his nose’ and would fight for the goalkeeping start.
Manchester United are reportedly interested in FC Copenhagen full-back Bryan Oviedo as the proposed move for Everton’s Leighton Baines stalls. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson conceded two weeks ago that the club were seeking a left-back to provide cover for 31-year-old Patrice Evra and the 22-year-old Oviedo could be a cheaper, longer-term alternative to Baines. The Costa Rican has today told Danish press Bold that he is ‘flattered’ by United’s interest and that their speculated pursuit for his services will motivate him to be a better player. Oviedo has one year remaining on his contract and would be available at £3m.
Interestingly The Mirror report that the Everton manager flew to Denmark to cast an eye over Oviedo as he readies himself for United’s bid for Baines. Any bid for the player from Everton is contingent on United acquiring Baines as the carousel of this transfer saga will intensify in the coming weeks.
The chairman of a leading financial consultancy firm has speculated today that the Glazer’s decision to place 10% of shares on the New York Stock Exchange in the first step in the owners’ decision to sell the club. He claimed that the share price, at $19 per share, was overvalued and that adds further weight to his assertion.
The FA aim to conclude the investigation into Rio Ferdinand’s charge for improper conduct on Twitter before the start of the season. Ferdinand has denied the charges for the incident in which he retweeted a ‘choc-ice’ comment from another user. The player is not expected to be suspended as precedents in punishment for conduct on Twitter have only amounted to fines. Arsenal’s Emanuel Frimpong was the last to be punished for such an incident and he was fined £6,000.
Lastly, after reports in Italy last night that Sao Paulo had accepted an offer for Lucas Moura from Inter Milan, the Brazilian club’s vice president has quickly denied the rumours. Sky Sports Italia had reported last night that a fee in the region of €23m had been accepted and that the club were negotiating personal terms with the 19-year-old winger. Vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes today refuted these claims and asserted that the club had only received from United that they promptly rejected.
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