Sir Alex laughs off potential bids for his Old Trafford prized assets.
Barcelona will test Manchester United’s resolve to keep Wayne Rooney with a summer bid, according to reports.
The Daily Mail alleges that the European Champions have already used former United defender Gerard Pique to sound out his old team-mate about a switch to the Nou Camp.
Real Madrid are also said to be monitoring the England striker.
The news follows recent revelations about the state of United’s finances. Huge debt interest payments have raised the prospect that manager Sir Alex Ferguson could be forced to sell his best players to raise funds.
The La Liga giants are aware that United would resist a move for their star asset but are encouraged by the fact United may be forced to listen. (Independent)
Tottenham Hotspur Manager Harry Redknapp has dismissed rumours linking the club with a move for the Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Foster. Earlier reports claimed Spurs had had a bid for the England international, 26, turned down by the Red Devils as the London club seek a reserve for Heurelho Gomes, with Carlo Cudicini out for the season.
“I have no idea where this story has come from,” Redknapp said. “We have never made an offer for Foster, let alone had one rejected. He is an England goalkeeper and I cannot see him going somewhere as a number two anyway.” Foster has recently fallen out of favour at Old Trafford, with Sir Alex Ferguson preferring Tomasz Kuszczak in recent weeks. (Independent)
It seems all and sundry are after Wayne Rooney but do the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid really have any chance of persuading the Manchester United striker to leave Old Trafford? Clearly talk of Manchester United’s financial woes has led many sources to claim that European giants are forming a queue at the Old Trafford exit hoping to entice top players to leave, similar rumours have circulated relating to the likes of Nemanja Vidic but I really don’t see Sir Alex ever selling any of his first team and certainly not to sides that could be considered direct rivals in the Champions League race.
Cristiano Ronaldo was an entirely different kettle of fish with the Portuguese International making it abundantly clear that sooner or later he would leave Manchester United and his departure although problematic was by no means unexpected and can not be blamed as the reason for the Old Trafford side failing to find the Premier League summit.
Ben Foster has definitely struggled to find his feet at Man United and when thrown in at the deep end the England international hasn’t exactly inspired confidence and has therefore been linked with many clubs and supposedly has fallen foul of the wrath of Sir Alex’s hairdryer treatment after his numerous blunders, however it appears that Tottenham will not be chasing the 26 year old and therefore it seems that he will continue to try to prove himself at United but will need to get his confidence back whilst finding himself firmly behind Tomasz Kuszczak.