TRANSFER TALK

Manchester United eye a Brazilian striker, Sol Campbell linked with Newcastle

The latest transfer gossip, rumours and damned lies

Luis Fabiano

Luis Fabiano to Manchester United
While Michael Owen stories have dominated today’s back pages, The Daily Mirror claim that Manchester United are offering Sevilla £16 million to try to beat AC Milan to the signing of Brazil striker Fabiano.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Fans probably wouldn’t be too happy to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez replaced solely by Antonio Valencia and Owen so it is plausible, especially considering the latter’s injury record, that Sir Alex Ferguson will want another attacking option.

Yuri Zhirkov to Chelsea
Chelsea completed their first summer signing last night, bringing in Middlesbrough’s reserve keeper Ross Turnbull – who conceded seven goals against the Blues last season – on a free transfer. The Daily Mail believe they will now finalise an £18 million deal for CSKA Moscow’s Zhirkov by Monday.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: It’s rumoured that Man City will unveil Tevez on Monday so Chelsea may be planning to confirm Zhirkov’s capture on the same day to appease any fans disgruntled at missing out on the striker.

Sol Campbell to Newcastle
The out-of-contract defender has been linked with Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham but recently bought a house in Northumberland, causing The Daily Star to speculate that a move to Newcastle could be on the horizon.

The Spoiler truth-o-meter: Campbell recently said: “I want to be in the right environment for at least the next two years, to be successful. It’s top to bottom: you want a good chairman, you want a great manager, it doesn’t matter if he’s coming into the game or if he’s vastly experienced. You want stability.” Obviously, the five words everyone associates with Newcastle are “stability”, “good chairman” and “great manager”.


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