Michael Owen is expected at Manchester United for a medical examination this morning ahead of an extraordinary move out of the wilderness to join the Premier League champions.
Owen, a player dumped by the England manager, Fabio Capello, and widely written off as an individual lacking the appetite and physical fitness to make it in the top flight, is expected to have signed by the end of today, provided he passes a medical which is likely to be stringent, given his injury record.
For the United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, it would be the fulfilment of an old ambition, as he admired Owen when the striker was a youngster in Liverpool’s youth set-up. “We wanted to sign him,” Ferguson once said. “But we weren’t prepared to meet his father’s requirements so he signed for Liverpool.”
It is unclear how much Owen will earn but it seems likely his salary at United will be highly incentivised, with Ferguson presumably harbouring concerns that after four years of persistent injury during his spell with Newcastle United at St James’ Park he may lack the physical durability to play a role at Old Trafford.
A one-year rolling deal seems possible. For Owen, the incentives also include proving to Capello that he warrants a World Cup place at next summer’s finals in South Africa.
The tabloids all expect Owen’s move to Old Trafford to go through on Friday, and The Daily Mirror claims the Reds will also lodge a £16million bid for Sevilla’s Brazilian international striker, Luis Fabiano, although there may be competition from AC Milan.
Cristiano Ronaldo may have left Old Trafford, but he is in no doubt over which team will win the Premier League again next season. “For me, United will still win the Premier League next year, and I hope for a long time to come.”
Olympique Lyonnais informed of an agreement with Real Madrid on the modalities of a transfer of its international striker Karim Benzema for an amount of minimum € 35 million which will add different bonuses related to sports performance, allowing for achieve a maximum transfer of 41 million € net.
A few days ago, Karim Benzema has informed President Jean Michel Aulas of his desire to reach more quickly than he had originally envisioned the Madrid club which has always been his preference after OL
The player wanted to seize the opportunity offered to it by Real Madrid to be one of the major elements of his ambitious new policy around some of the biggest players in the world.
Olympique Lyonnais has accepted the decision of Karim Benzema and he negotiated the terms of a transfer that give satisfaction to the various parties.
The club wishes to Karim’s greatest success with Real Madrid who enjoys developing its ambitious sports project of legislation (particularly in terms of sponsorship, games and online paris with Bwin) but also tax and real estate (taxation and foreign athletes land for private development stage) incomparable to the situation existing in France for professional sport.
We have some reports that Miralem Pjanic told that his team-mate, Benzema, will finish in Manchester. But we are not sure if he meant on UTD or City, even if UTD is much more closer.
Miralem will probably be the next playmaker in Lyon.
If this happen, Lyon will probably buy Amantino Mancini from Inter Milan (who is watching Makoun).
All those talks that Maicon will go to Chelsea is falling a part after our sources told us that he confess someone close to him that he is staying where he is.
Real Madrid also tryed to get him.
About Inter, Ibrahimovic also confirmed he is staying, as for Jimenez, he is going to West Ham.
PS. On post before, about Misimovic, maybe he’ll go to Fenerbahce.
After they agree to sell Cristiano Ronaldo, everyone was thinking how will look new Man. UTD.
But, we have idea what will Fergi do. This is not for sure, so don’t hate us.
The most important thing is that they will look for a player like Chelsea and Liverpool have, Lampard and Gerrard.
So, they will change a little the style they’re playing, but they will be still strong.
On the top of Sir Alex list is the best assistant ever of Germain Bundesliga, Zvjezdan Misimovic (6 days ago, turn 27) from Wolfsburg (new champion).
He can play on left, but is more likely offensive midfielder, who can be brought for about €15-20m.
A lot of expert says that he has eyes on back, his pass is amaizing.
Ferguson sees in him a very important man on the field for new Manchester game.