News, views and rumours relating to Manchester United in the past 24 hours.
Manchester United are preparing to take on A-League All Stars in Sydney at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday night for the pre-season tour friendly of the Far East and Australia.
United legend Dwight Yorke is expecting a ‘tough test’ from the hosts and believes they will present strong opposition to David Moyes’ men.
"It will be a good team from the A League – they will have good quality," he told ManUtd.com.
"They have selected the top players in the league and that gives them a better chance in terms of competing with the players. We know this is work in progress for the lads, but it'll definitely be a good run-out.
"Of course, the quality of football over here isn't the same as the Premier League, but it's a sport that is growing all the time. Playing in Sydney was a great experience for me. It's a great place to be and I thoroughly enjoyed my time out here," Yorke added.
In transfer news, David Moyes has confirmed United are in talks to sign Cesc Fabregas of Barcelona.
"We're trying very hard to make some additions to the squad and hopefully there'll be some good news in the not too distant future,” revealed the boss.
"I couldn't tell you exactly. I'm in contact with the chief exec [vice chairman Ed Woodward] who has been dealing with it just now.”
However, Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted Fabregas is not for sale and assured the Catalans’ fans the would not be listening to any offers for the Spaniard.
"Barça can ensure they will not entertain any offers for Cesc. He is completely non-transferable," he explained.
However, reports tonight indicate that Barcelona are to hold a press conference to confirm Tito Vilanova standing down as manager, speculated to be because of further health concerns. This could cast new doubt on the future of Fabregas.
David Moyes has reiterated that Wayne Rooney is not for sale, after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho revealed he is the Blues’ primary target.
"The club's position has not changed,” stated Moyes.
The Independent reports that Moyes is chasing Gareth Bale with a £60 million bid to Tottenham being lined up.
The Express claims that Paris Saint-Germain could sign Cristiano Ronaldo; ‘scuppering’ plans United may have to re-sign the fans’ favourite from Real Madrid.
Incidentally, Ronaldo put his house in England up for sale. The property in Cheshire’s status opens the door to speculation that the Portuguese is not planning to return to the Premier League any time soon.
Elsewhere, former United striker John Cofie has signed for Barnsley on a rolling one-year contract.
In other news, David Moyes is impressed with Robin van Persie’s start to pre-season.
"I got to see him this week for the first time. His control, touch, awareness in the small games is excellent. I've really been impressed by his professionalism, too. He's never complained: he's worked hard,” said the Scot.
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