QPR manager Mark Hughes is said to be readying a £5m bid for United’s Korean winger Ji Sung Park after getting the nod from club owner Tony Fernandes.
Rangers dramatically escaped relegation in the final minutes of last season and are aiming to consolidate their place in England’s top tier. The club owner is particularly interested in the deal given the vast Asian market where QPR could generate revenues from. Fernandes ‘private airline company Air Asia operates flights to Seoul and Park’s arrival could be a marketing masterstroke.
The 31 year South Korean has been a trusted figure in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side since his move in 2005. Park has often been used by the United boss against tougher opposition to give the midfield some protective cover. However, the former PSV man is considering moving Loftus Road in search of more football after first team opportunities came infrequently last season.
Ferguson is also contemplating selling Park so as to invest in fresh talent after a disappointing last season. United have already signed Shinji Kagawa from Dortmund and young teen sensation Nick Powell from Crewe.
Chelsea are set to complete their third signing this summer with Wigan striker Victor Moses expected to join the Blues in the next 24 hours for a sum of £10m.
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has been weighing various options to replace Didier Drogba but has finally decided to sign the Latics frontman. Moses was very impressive for Roberto Martinez’s side last term and was key to their survival in the Premier League. Chelsea had a bid rejected earlier but the renewed offer is likely to test Wigan as the cash strapped side needs funds of their own to rebuild.
The 21 year old Nigerian is eager to move to a top club and the opportunity to play alongside the best at Stamford Bridge has attracted him. Wigan, however, won’t settle for anything less than £10m since 20% of the profit will go to Moses’ former employers at Crystal Palace.
Meanwhile, the Blues have commenced their pre season training although their Euro 2012 stars are yet to join them. Moses’ signing would take their net expenditure this summer to £50m.
In the wake of Manchester United boss sending his chief scout to Sao Paolo to negotiate a possible transfer for Lucas Moura, Inter Milan’s director of football has followed him to the South American nation to wrap up a deal for the Nerrazuris.
The Serie A side have already had a bid rejected by Sao Paolo earlier but according to Italian newspaper Gazetta dello Sport, the Brazilian club are willing to negotiate this time. United manager had sent chief scout Jim Lawlor to thrash out a deal for the talented Brazilian international and are now set to face stiff competition from Inter.
Reports have emerged that the 19 year old has already visited the Italian club’s facilities in Milan and could be set for a move pretty soon. Moura has been one of the most sought after young footballers this transfer window and albeit ruling out a move earlier, could be tempted to join one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Sao Paolo have climbed down from their rigid stance on the player’s value and would accept a fee in the region of £20m according to reports.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is eager to bolster his attacking department ahead of the new season and is mulling over a move for Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo.
The 29 year old had earlier been linked with a move to Chelsea but the Blues seemed to have cooled their interest in the prolific striker. Within days after Robin Van Persie declared his decision to not re-sign with the Gunners, Le Professor has reacted quickly to find themselves a replacement. The Paraguayan, who netted 20 goals last season for Benfica, has been one of the top scorers in the Primeira Liga ever since he made his move to the Lisbon club back in 2007.
Arsene Wenger is confident that the big South American can adapt himself easily to the English game and is pleading with the Emirates officials to sign him. Benfica value the striker at £16m and it remains to be seen if the Londoners spent that big an amount for a 29 year old. Cardozo, meanwhile, chose to down play any interest that the Premier League clubs have in him.
“Right now I only have Benfica in my head,” said the 29-year-old. “I have two years more on my contract and I don’t worry about leaving the club or not.”
Former Bayern Munich manager Louis Van Gaal has been appointed as the Dutch coach on a two year contract after Bert Van Marwijk decided to quit following a calamitous Euro campaign.
The 60 year old is one of the most experienced managers in the world but has had a forgettable stint with the Holland national team back in 2002 when he failed to qualify them for the World Cup finals. Van Gaal has managed Barcelona, Ajax, Bayern and was once touted as the successor to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Oranje fans were in favor of Frank Rijkaard as the next manager but KNVB opted for the more experienced Van Gaal. KNVB director Bert van Oostveen said: “We were looking for a coach with a wealth of experience, with personal and technical expertise.
“Van Gaal has a proven track record both nationally and internationally, and we know he is a dedicated and very passionate coach.”
The veteran thwarted competition from Rijkaard, Co Adriaanse and Ronald Koeman to become the next Dutch coach. Many believe he is the ideal one to deal with the egos in the dressing room.
“I am pleased that the KNVB has approached me,” Van Gaal told the federation’s official website. “This is the challenge that I was waiting for.”