Rumours of Samir Nasri swopping London for Manchester have increased after the French midfielder said on French TV: “I don’t know if I will sign a new contract with Arsenal. Am I going to Manchester United? We’ll have to see if it’s real and if it’s concrete.”
However Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that he doesn’t see Nasri going anywhere. “We have a financial disagreement which hasn’t yet been settled. We are still in discussions but we haven’t agreed a deal. One thing’s for sure, we’re not selling him to United.” But the stories of a move won’t disappear and some reports say he will be available for around £15m.
Ferguson has stated he would like to bring in around three players this summer with one being a replacement for Edwin van der Sar. Along with Nasri there have been strong links with moves for Luka Modric, Ashley Young and Raphael Varane.
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Reds international review.
Nani, Darron Gibson and Rio Ferdinand all played for their countries this week. Nani helped Portugal to three points against Norway with Helder Postiga grabbing the winner while Gibson took part in Irelands 2-1 victory over Macedonia. Ferdinand meanwhile was unable to help England to win at home to Switzerland and was partly to blame for the first goal. However all three sides remain top of their respective qualifying groups.
A number of United players were rested over the weekend due to their Champions League commitments and the likes of Wayne Rooney will fully expect to be restored to the starting line up for their country for the next round of fixtures.
Patrice Evra was an unused substitute for France but it remains another important milestone in his rehabilitation into the French side after the World Cup debacle.
Rooney Player of the Month.
Wayne Rooney has captured Player of the Month for May for Manchester United, an excellent finish to a fairly tortuous year for the England forward. Even though Rooney only grabbed two goals for the month, meaning he was outscored by Brazilian Anderson, his performances thrilled fans as he pulled strings in the classic trequartista position.
Despite Manchester United losing in the Champions League final, Rooney can have no regrets about his performance and his goal was arguably the best of the match. Combined with his stellar performance against Chelsea which all but sealed the league title, he has every right to feel he has earned the award. It was also Rooney’s penalty against Blackburn which finally guaranteed the title for the Red Devils.