Legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes he can break the will of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and sign Samir Nasri, according to The Sun.
Nasri has been the subject of a move to Old Trafford this season, but with Manchester City reportedly interested in signing the Frenchman after their offer for Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez was snubbed, Ferguson is ready to offer £20m for the 25 year old.
Ferguson, who picked up a honorary degree at the University of Stirling earlier this week, had sat back and waited for Nasri to become frustrated at Arsenal and Wenger to openly state that they would never sell to Man United. Now, United’s board have given the green light for a Nasri bid and an offer will take the Red Devils’ spending to over £70m this summer.
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Gill: FA targeted us.
Manchester United chief executive David Gill has claimed that the club were unfairly targeted last season by the Football Association, Sky Sports reports.
Last season saw striker Wayne Rooney handed a two match ban for swearing down a television camera and manager Sir Alex Ferguson was given a five match touchline suspension for his comments over referee Martin Atkinson. Gill spoke out over the incidents in a new book, Champ19ns, which covers the club’s record breaking title achievement last season.
Gill said: ‘I do genuinely believe that there have been some poorish decisions that, in my opinion, wouldn’t necessarily have hit other clubs. What better way to demonstrate the authorities are being tough than by hitting one of the biggest clubs the hardest?’
De Gea deal done.
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper David De Gea on a five year deal, BBC Sport reports.
The Spain under 21 international underwent a medical at Old Trafford on Monday and will finalise what is thought to be a £18.9m move on Friday. The deal was agreed before the 20 year old went to Denmark for the European Championships this summer and it has been finalised by Manchester United to take their summer spending to over £50m.
De Gea told MUTV: ‘When a club the size of Manchester United comes in for you, it obviously makes you very, very happy. I’m keen to do my best and show what I can do. I feel very proud and I can’t wait to start playing here’.