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The Rumour Mill - Benzema, Alves, Fabiano

Well, here we are again. With the summer approaching transfer speculation swings into overdrive. You can't move without hitting a daft rumour and it's getting crowded even on the vast plains of the Internet.

Yet some names appear more often than others and though it is not strictly scientific we decided to take a closer look at them.

First (and second) to start with is Sevilla's duo. The two Brazilians (both with Spanish nationalities as well so no work permit problems), Daniel Alves and Luis Fabiano are heavily linked with United. The former is an attacking full-back, the latter is a striker. Sevilla hopes to keep them both; club president Jose Maria del Nido announced that they rejected offers of 25 million euros for Alves and that he's hopeful of coming to an agreement with Luis Fabiano.

Well, to start with Alves, it's absolutely ridiculous I think. It's not very Fergie-like, dishing out huge money for a player with a big ego and a terrible disciplinary record. At one time this season Alves was sent off in two consecutive games... and it is not even the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that though he's a defender (theoretically) his one glaring weakness is defending. It's like signing a striker who can't score a goal to save his life - but Dirk Kuyt at least did not cost Ł20m.

Fabiano is a more realistic option and as Spanish top scorer he's hardly some hopeless wannabe Pele. The fans would probably choose Karim Benzema: the Lyon hotshot is a huge talent and at 20 he's got plenty of time to improve. Yet his hefty price tag will probably throw off United of his pursuit especially as he's already stated he wanted to stay in Lyon for another year. That does not prevent tabloids claiming we're leading the race for him but oh well.

Mikael Silvestre is heading for Bordeaux but they believe it won't be easy to sign him. Well, it will be easier than to believe that United are really after Inter's Suazo: The guy is breathtakingly fast but once he gets to the ball it becomes clear that his main asset is his only asset. Pace is his only weapon, otherwise he's distinctly average. We could play Evra up front then: he's quick and much more skilful than Suazo...




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 1 2008

Time: 2:51PM

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the problem with getting alves is that in evra, we already have a superb attacking fullback. if we were to get alves, we would hae two players bombing forward leading to alot of space at the back. having said that, i wouldt complain if we got him, but would probably prefere a more defensive option such as richards or lahm. in all honestly, in afew years the young starlets fabio and raphael silva may be ready, so its not impossible sir alex wont sign a full-back this summer and instead focus on a striker, somethign i belive we are in more need of, i mean, brown was pretty good trhis season IMO.
united4life
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01/06/2008 15:17:00

i would like micah richards.
rooneyisgod
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01/06/2008 16:36:00

Goodluck with Alves, i`m still glad we didn`t sign him! (Though not completely happy we got Belletti instead. Bosingwa is looking good.)
raaid
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01/06/2008 19:19:00

Alves is a NO GO! Sevilla will want in excess of 25 million pounds and that much for a rightback is ridiculous! I've forgotten about Alves, too expensive! Benzema JUST signed a extension till 2012 or 14, very unlikely he's leaving. Fabiano is the only TRUE possibility and I thin we should definitely try for him or try and get Huntelaar.
ForeverUnited
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02/06/2008 04:18:00

I agree, I always thought Man utd going for Alves was bull. Fabiano would be an interesting buy for United though.
Paulinho
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02/06/2008 22:16:00

Moutinho and Veloso shouldn't be over looked though. Veloso reminds me of Pirlo but more of a tough tackler who can play DM,CB and LB usefull? I think so.
Paulinho
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03/06/2008 20:22:00

You got two Brazilian full backs joining you next season anyway. Fabiano would be a good addition to the league - he's quite some striker.
The_Legend_Of_Zola
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03/06/2008 23:03:00

 

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