Manchester United have 'agreed a deal' for the transfer of Robin van Persie from Arsenal, the club have announced on their official website. The move is still subject to a medical and personal terms, and is expected to be completed within 48 hours.
Angelo Henriquez' transfer to Old Trafford is nearly complete. The Chilean told his national newspaper La Tercera he was, "fulfilling a dream," by moving to Manchester United, and had his medical yesterday. It is expected to be announced imminently.
Robert Lewandowski gave the biggest indicator yet that he is to stay with Dortmund by insisting he is focused on the new season with the defender Bundesliga champions. Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich have been monitoring the players progress but he now looks likely to stay in Dortmund where he has two years remaining on his contract, and in light of United's capture of Van Persie, any deal to bring the Polish striker to Old Trafford looks dead in the water.
The Daily Mail are reporting that Rio Ferdinand’s FA trial for a ‘choc-ice’ retweet has already taken place in top secrecy and that a verdict could be given as soon as this evening. Rio Ferdinand is reported to have attended a hearing in London last Friday and is now expecting a fine for his actions on Twitter.
Darren Fletcher made his return to action yesterday playing in a testimonial match for Aberdeen’s Neil Simpson. Fletcher played half an hour in the second half as he replaced Ryan Giggs and was welcomed with delight from the crowd. Sir Alex Ferguson similarly revealed his delight at Fletcher’s return but urged caution on his progress. "It's been a quiet progress for the boy," Sir Alex told MUTV before the game. "He joined in training a couple of weeks ago and it's one of these situations where you say: 'Let's see how he does' because he has had a really difficult time in the last year.”
Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic believes he and Rio Ferdinand could form the Premier League’s best defensive partnership this season. Vidic has recovered from an 8-month lay off due to a knee injury and will partner Ferdinand, who himself has endured injury-plagued seasons recently, as they seek to establish themselves as the obstinate defensive force they once were.