Man United close in on Robert Lewandowski and Luka Modric

Jun 8, 2012
Bill Mann

Fergie also signs young Chile striker Angelo Henriquez; Spurs close in on Samir Handanovic

Luka Modric

MANCHESTER UNITED are positioning themselves for some big summer transfer moves as Euro 2012 kicks off, and have been linked with some of the top names appearing at the tournament.

First up is the perennial Old Trafford target Luka Modric of Spurs. According to The Sun his move is a done deal, with United paying an initial fee of £25m for the midfielder, which could rise to £30m depending on appearances and honours. The Croatia star won't do badly out of the deal, and will be paid £125,000 a week for his efforts in a red shirt.  However, Alex Ferguson will have to wait for confirmation of the move, as the 26-year-old will not officially sign until Croatia are out of Euro 2012.

United are also said to be closing in on Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who is set to quit Borussia Dortmund this summer after they secured the league and cup double in Germany. The Daily Mail claims that Poland manager Franciszek Smuda has confirmed that he is on his way to England.

The news comes as no great surprise as last month the 23-year-old's agent, Maik Barthel, revealed that talks with Dortmund had broken down and that there had been interest from United. Fortunately for commentators and journalists Alex Ferguson is not interested in fellow Dortmund player Kuba Blaszczykowski, who will be joining Real Madrid.

United are also said to have signed 18-year-old Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez for £3m. The Daily Mail says they are hoping that the teenager, who has eight goals in ten appearances for his club Universidad de Chile, will be awarded a work permit even though he has not yet played international football. But they could find themselves in the same boat as Arsenal last season who had to send Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell out on oan when he was denied a permit.

Talking of Arsenal, after being linked to Venzeualan striker Salomon Rondon, they now face competition for the services of his namesake Salomon Kalou, who is out of contract at Stamford Bridge. Talksport reports that Newcastle are also interested in the French star.

Back at Old Trafford and it's not all good news. United's hopes of signing Valencia star Jordi Alba look to be dwindling with Talksport reporting that the Red Devils will be beaten to the chase by Barcelona.

The 23-year-old left-back caught the eye of Alex Ferguson last season but according to Talksport, Barca have come calling and "expect to finalise the move in the next few days". Alba hails from Catalonia and is said to be desperate to move to the Camp Nou in a deal that will set Barcelona back £10m.

A cool ten million is also said to be the sum that Tottenham are about to give Udinese in return for their goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. The Metro reports that the Slovenian shotstopper has been on Harry Redknapp's wishlist for some time now and a deal will be completed this month.

The 27-year-old Handanovic has been linked with Arsenal in the past but the Metro says Spurs are at the front of the queue with Udinese apparently willing to sell for £10m plus the loan from Spurs of Mexican forward Giovani.

Spurs have recently put bungling Brazilian keeper Heurelho Gomes on the market, leaving them a couple of goalkeeping geriatrics in 41-year-old Brad Friedel and 38-year-old Carlo Cudicini. Handanovic, who is contracted to Udinese until 2016, has played more than 50 times for Slovenia and is rated one of the best goalkeepers in Europe.

One deal that is definitely done and dusted as far as Spurs are concerned is that sale of Niko Kranjcar to Dynamo Kiev. The Ukrainian club have announced via their website that the 27-year-old midfielder has signed a four-year contract. Kranjcar arrived at the Lane in 2009 after a three-year spell with Portsmouth but struggled to establish himself under Harry Redknapp.

There are conflicting reports from Wigan surrounding the future of Nigerian international Victor Moses. The 21-year-old winger put in a string of eye-catching performances last season to help lift the Latics clear of relegation and rumours began circulating that the big boys would come calling in the summer.

In an interview with MTN Football on Wednesday Moses was asked about his future. "I don't know for now [if I will move], but there's a link for me to Liverpool, Chelsea and some other clubs in England. If the offer is cool, why not, I will move."

Not according to Wigan owner Dave Whelan he won't! On learning of Moses' interview, Whelan told "Moses will be staying with us and I don't think there is any doubt about that."

Finally the Daily Mirror claims that German international Thomas Muller has hinted he may be thinking of leaving Bayern Munich for the Premier League once the European Championships are over.

The 22-year-old striker, who scored for Bayern in their Champions League defeat to Chelsea last month, is one of the most sought-after finishers in the business and Chelsea and Manchester City are among the clubs known to be tailing Muller.

With the big frontman allegedly in dispute over a new contract with the club, Muller told reporters that "the situation at the moment does not particularly make me say that I would not listen to offers". The Mirror says it would cost £25m to prise Muller from Bayern.

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Muller isnt 27 he's 22

Let's be honest he was never going to come to United over Barca.

What makes you think that Daniel Levy will ever agree to sell Modric to ManU or any other English club? Didnt the Spurs Chairman say only a few short weeks ago that he will not under any circumstances sell any of his star players to to the opposition in the EPL. The low class sun is full of random reporters masquerading as professionals always dreaming up storie, trying to unsettle players. The unfortunate facts are that they invarialbly end up with egg on their faces when their fabricated twaddle proves to be just that, rubbish.

why should we sell to man u on the cheap I dont think we should sell modric but if we do its got to be at our asking price

@Phil: if modric doesnt have the passion to play for his club anymore, then what can Levy do? :))

Modric 22/25 mil to the 2nd best team in Greater Manchester. please. Spurs are getting Rooney and the money.

First up the perrenial Old Trafford target Luka Modric , erm I thought that was Wesley Sneijder , I'm sure the Dutchman will soon be brought out as United's 'key target ' this transfer window .
The valuation the Sun are attatching to Modric bares no realism to the truth.His valuation is a low estimate £32 million up to the offer that was declined by Spurs last summer , reported to be £40 million.Spurs to secure  his talents ,extended his contract at White Hart Lane through to  30.06.2016.His he what Manchester United need, the cost of a 4 year contract at United for a 27 year old in September , in excess of a cost of £62 million for 4 years of his ability. Limited sell  on worth at 31 years of age, unless he finished his career at United.
I think when you look at his proven stats, last season 4 goals and 6 assists , thats a lot of money for a fine passer of a football,with great vision .
The most obvious stumbling block to this 'alledged ' transfer taking place, if your not in desperate need for funds , which Spurs are not , why would you sell your better players to a 'major ' rival for the Premiership title.
If Luka Modric is in such demand to command a princely sum and 'wanted ' to move on to play Champion's league football , you would surely sell him to a European team were he can do least damage to your league challenge. Not to a league rival like Chelsea or United.
As the article highlights he will  officially decide after Croatia are out of the Euro's.I would say that was June 18th after Spain eliminate Croatia in Gdansk .I simply can't wait , with eager anticipation of Modric signing for United, not!  

Salomon Kalou is not French. Get your facts right PLIIIIIIIZ