Monday, November 20, 2006

Adu Arrives as transfer talk hots up...

Freddy Adu has finally arrived at Manchester United for a two week trial, with Sir Alex Ferguson hinting that the player had perhaps made a mistake by signing for DC United. Fergie says that signing for DC stopped Manchester United from keeping tabs on him. I'm not quite sure how to square that particular argument. Clarity of thought and speech aren't always in sync at Ferguson's press briefings. Apparently the teenager trained with United's academy players today and not the first team. It's also being reported that Chelsea have passed on the chance to sign the Ghana born star. Watch this space on the Adu story...

Meanwhile as the January transfer window comes into view, it comes as no surprise to see more stories linking United to potential new signings. Yesterday, a story that must have been leaked from within Manchester United suggests that Alan Smith wants to sign for Bayern Munich on loan. Those who follow the reds will know United failed to persuade Ruud Van Nistelrooy to join Munich in exchange for Owen Hargreaves - who United still desperately want to sign and even though Bayern have threatened United with being reported to Fifa and Uefa, United are still acting will little class by continuing to leak stories mentioning that they still want the England midfielder. Some reports claim Smith joining Bayern will have no bearing on the Hargreaves situation, it could actually turn out to be some good pr for United in what has turned into something of a soured relationship between these two famous clubs.

The reds continue to be linked with Fernando Torres, but the Spanish striker has a massive prize tag on his head and there's little chance of him arriving at the club either in January or next summer - not unless United did a swap deal involving Ronaldo.

United are also being linked to Nigerian striker Chinedu Ogbuke who plays for Lyn Oslo, Liverpool, Arsenal, and Chelsea all supposedly interested. It's even being reported that Oslo have a firm bid on the table. File this story under 'kite flying' from the Norwegian club or the players agent.

One thing is 100% for certain, that is United are pretty much knackered if Saha picks up any sort of serious injury problem. That said I have serious doubts about United getting the right player this January, more likely a short-term signing could be in on the agenda.

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