BEATEN in Bangkok in his first game in charge of Manchester United, David Moyes has “refused to rule out moves” for either Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Premier League champs suffered a humiliating 1-0 defeat to the cabaret-sounding Singha All-Stars at the weekend, and according to the Metro the reverse could spur Moyes into swooping on a star of his own.
Though Real Madrid have insisted Ronaldo is not for sale, it’s believed the Spanish giants would part with the Portuguese preener for an offer in excess of £75m. Similarly, Spurs remain adamant that it would need a bid of silly proportions for Bale to be on his way.
But addressing the press after the balls-up in Bangkok, Moyes hinted that the United board will give him what he wants in his first season in charge: “Isn’t it great that the club says, ‘There’s no budget here, you go get who you want to get, just go and do it’.” Pressed on whether Ronaldo and Bale were in his sights, the Scot replied: “I will not name anybody but certainly we are always looking at the best players.”
Meanwhile United have lost out in the race to sign Thiago Alcantara after the Barcelona playmaker agreed terms with Bayern Munich. The Daily Mail reports that Tiago has signed a four-year deal with Bayern and that Barcelona received £22m in return.
In other news, the Daily Star claims that Arsenal are torn between signing Tim Krul and Julio Cesar. The Gunners were in the running for QPR’s Cesar but reports from Italy suggest the 33-year-old could be on the brink of signing for Napoli.
If that’s the case then the Star says that Arsenal will move for Newcastle gloveman Krul as manager Arsene Wenger looks to spice up the competition for the No 1 shirt with the Polish pair Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski. It’s said that Arsenal are lining up a £6m bid for the 25-year-old Krul with the Dutch international allegedly champing at the bit to move south to the Emirates.
One man likely to be on his way out of the Emirates before the summer’s out is Gervinho. The Mirror says that the Ivory Coast international “will sort out his future in the next fortnight” but is predicted to leave London. Gervinho is absent from Arsenal’s two-week tour of Asia because of illness and it’s claimed he’ll use the time to examine proposals from Roma, Juventus, Lyon and Marseille.
Since moving to Arsenal from Lille in 2011, the frontman has flattered to deceive and the Star says the Gunners will accept a bid of £8m, even though that’s three million less than they paid for him two years ago.
It wasn’t so long ago that Arsenal were linked with a move for Stevan Jovetic but The Sun says that the 23-year-old striker is soon to be unveiled as Manchester City’s latest signing. The Fiorentina ace has agreed in principal to join the Sky Blues and “only personal terms have to be finalised”.
Once they have been hammered out, the Montenegro star will sign a five-year deal that will net him £120,000 a week at the Etihad. To prove its case, the Sun quotes a Jovetic insider whispering in its ear: “It’s pretty much sorted he’ll go to City. They just have to sort his contract. It shouldn’t be a big problem.” ·