A quick update on the transfer news tonight:
Tottenham have sold Andy Reid to Charlton for a 3 mil fee.
As far as their left-wing and right-back issues are concerned, there is little expectation that Tottenham will renew their interest in Wigan’s Chimbonda, while Tottenham’s interest in Downing seems to have cooled as well.
No more developments on the Owen Hargreaves situation, although considering that the news is less than a day old we might want to lay off it and let Manchester United comment on it first (as Bayern have already move to deny that they would be selling their midfielder). SportsBild has put the figure at 17 mil although other sources are putting it at a more conservative 13 mil. Whatever it is, Hargreaves would be the perfect foil for Carrick in Manchester United’s midfield.
Hopefully United will talk about this tomorrow. Hargreaves is the only credible option left, as Diarra has already said that he would move for Real Madrid and not Manchester United.
Phil Bardsley has moved to Rangers for a season-long loan. While this will be good experience for him it means that John O’Shea will be moved to right-back as backup for Neville. Either that, or we might see Wes Brown at right-back. Manchester United for their part will benefit next season when a host of young players return from loan and vie for starting berths.
By the end of this month Real Madrid’s transfer signings could read something like this:
Cannavaro, Emerson, Nistelrooy, Reyes and Diarra.
Add Casillas, Ramos, Baptista (if he stays), Cicinho, Beckham and Robinho/Ronaldo/Raul and you have a first-11 that could beat any team on its day. Real Madrid, under Capello, can truly become a European force once again. Their cause has been helped with both Reyes and now Diarra saying that they desperately want to play for Real Madrid.
Read Diarra’s interview to L’Equipe (where he complains about Lyon refusing to talk to Real Madrid) here.
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