Manchester United latest transfer rumours, team news roundup
Manchester United lock horns with Chelsea for the second time in a week, on different terms but with the same aim, and while Sir Alex will have both eyes on the Capital One Cup prize thoughts of January transfers will be stirring in the back of his mind.
Today the papers are bubbling with speculation that Nani is as good as sold and should be ready for dispatch as soon as the transfer window opens, that’s good news for any Italian club with pocket money to spend as his likely destination is Serie A.
If delivered in one piece without breakages, Juventus will put its signature on the electronic handset and add the Portuguese winger to its collection of midfield valuables.
Sticking to a water-tight one in one out policy Fergie will find a suitable replacement in the Bundesliga, the Scot is keen on 23-year-old Lars Bender of Bayer Leverkusen.
The young midfielder, who can also step in at right full back, broke into the Germany side over the past year with a series of strong performances for Leverkusen, now he could be on his way to Old Trafford if the price is right.
Bayern Munich tried to sign Bender in the summer but Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller is rotective over his home grown star, but a bid in the region of £10m might do enough to prize Bender away from German football.
If Bender does not come round to the idea of a move to United Fergie will use the £20m sale of Nani to finance a move for Porto winger James Rodriguez, as reported by the Daily Star.