Man Utd To Swap Anderson For Benfica’s Angel Di Maria, Man City Enter The Race For Franck Ribery

Chris Wright

19th, May 2010


By Chris Wright

Here’s the round up…

Rumour No. 1: Manchester United are ready to let Brazilian midfielder Anderson leave the club over the summer, and are trying to engineer a player-plus-£10-million exchange deal with Benfica for their highly-rated Argentinian winger Angel Di Maria.

Rumour No. 2: Manchester City have entered the race to sign Bayern Munich’s £50-million-rated winger Franck Ribery.

Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to have quelled their interest in Ribery due to his recent ‘personal problems’, leaving a trio of English clubs (City, Man Utd and Chelsea) as the only sides with a realistic chance of signing the French international.

The Best of the Rest: Ajax have quoted Manchester United a £35 million asking price for their Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez.

United have also lodged a £20 million bid for Everton youngster Jack Rodwell.

Tottenham Hotspur will take on Arsenal in a bid to sign Senegalese defender Pape Diakhate from Dynamo Kiev.

Barcelona will attempt to lure Fernando Torres away from Liverpool with a £70 million bid. Barca are keen to assemble a dream partnership for next season by installing Torres alongside David Villa.

Barca are also said to be preparing a €30 million bid for Lille prodigy Eden Hazard.

Liverpool may make cut-price moves for both Manchester City outcast Stephen Ireland and Chelsea contract rebel Joe Cole.

The agent of Juventus ‘keeper Gianluigi Buffon has rejected any talk of his client joining a Premier League club.

West Ham have turned down bids from Fulham, Birmingham City and Stoke for striker Carlton Cole, as none have been close to their £15 million valuation of the player.

Bolton are in pole position to sign £2.5-million-rated Aruna Dindane from Lens.

Hull midfielder Jimmy Bullard is close to agreeing a season-long loan deal with Celtic.