Man Utd 'agree Carvalho deal', Song next instead of Kroos?

William Carvalho

Sought-after Portugal midfielder said to have agreed deal at Old Trafford as Moyes rebuilds

BY Bill Mann LAST UPDATED AT 08:30 ON Wed 16 Apr 2014

HAS much-maligned Manchester United manager David Moyes made his first move into the summer transfer market? Yes, says Talksport, which reports that the Old Trafford club "have agreed a stunning deal" to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

Apparently the mediocre Manchester club have already agreed a fee said to be in the region £35m with the Portuguese outfit although the deal won't be officially announced until the transfer window opens in June. The contract is for five-years, which gives Carvalho an outside chance of tasting Champions League football with the once great Red Devils at some stage in his Old Trafford career.

It's reported that Moyes has been tailing the 22-year-old Carvalho all season and has beaten off competition from Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Liverpool and Monaco, which is "no mean feat" given United's travails of late.

Talksport adds that Carvalho, expected to appear for Portugal in the World Cup. is just the first of many new faces soon to be seen at Old Trafford, with the Southampton pair of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana also close to agreeing to step down a level in order to play for United. Shaw's potential move has also been 

And there's more Old Trafford gossip emanating from the usually reliable corridors of Goal.com. The website claims that United have also "made a shock move" for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song. Astonishingly, Goal.com believes that Moyes is willing to spend £12.5m to bring the 26-year-old Cameroon international to Old Trafford in the summer, although he may face competition from AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool, who these days are linked with anyone who knows how to kick a ball (thus ruling out a move for Yaya Sanogo).

It's claimed Song favours a move to Manchester, presumably because after spells with Arsenal and Barcelona he feels at home with clubs on the wane. At Camp Nou Song has started only 12 of the club's 43 league this season and Goal.com reports that Barcelona are "willing to cash in on the Cameroonian" just so long as they can recover most of the £15m fee that they paid Arsenal two years ago.

There's more bad news for United after the agent of Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos said that his client would be staying with the German champions. According to the Daily Telegraph, United have been tracking the 24-year-old for months and were plotting to offer him a  huge contract to play at Old Trafford next season. But his agent Volker Struth has now squashed the speculation by revealing that the German international will stay at Bayern until the end of his contract next year.

Elsewhere, and Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has said he won't stand in Diego Costa's way if he really wants to join Chelsea in the summer. Sky Sports is just one of several media outlets that carries the comments of the former Argentine star, comments that will be sweet music to the ears of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

Costa has been in superb form this season for Atletico and asked if the Brazil-born Spain international could be on his way to the Bridge in the summer, Simeone replied: "We understand that Chelsea have huge financial power and if he wants to live off football for the rest of his life, I will have no problem in him going." But the Atletico gaffer was quick to add: "It will depend on him and what he thinks is best for his future... [but] I will support any decision he makes."

Finally, the Daily Star reports that West Ham boss Sam Allardyce was in Germany at the weekend to cast an eye over Josip Drmic. The Swiss striker's Nuremberg side went down to Wolfsburg but  that doesn't appear to have dampened the enthusiasm of Big Sam for the 21-year-old frontman. "I was at Nuremberg versus Wolfsburg," admitted Allardyce, whose West Ham side were spanked 3-1 by Arsenal on Tuesday night. "They got beat quite comfortably so in terms of that particular player [Drmic], you wouldn't be able to judge him on that particular game."

Whether the £8m rated Drmic would ever deign to join the Hammers remains to be seen given that a host of clubs are said to be interested, including Everton, Arsenal and, you've guessed it, Liverpool. · 

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Bill, are you retarded, because your article is poorly written. It's one thing to hate a club on a personal level but quite another to let that believe make a mockery of good journalism. There are many people who read these articles, surely you could have done better, rather than just put down United at every chance you got.

The writer of this article sounds like a pathetic, sore, loser, who cannot hide his disdain for Man Utd and is happy that they are going through a bad spell right now. He himself knows that this Man Utd downtime is only a blip, for this season only! That, I strongly suspect, is what really hurts him.
Pathetic fellow, for kicking a club when they're down.

What a Pathetic Writer....hopefully wont see much of you in here

Adam and Luke stepping down a level to play for Utd? thats just asinine.Bill should honestly be strapped to a rail and flogged for being so unprofessional. What a spiteful, shameless nitwit.

I clicked onto this story after seeing a link to it on the BBC sports website. That'll be the first and last time I bother to click onto a link for The Week. My 4 year old daughter is more intelligent than this idiot.

That is without doubt the worst piece of football journalism I have ever had the misfortune to read. Is the author of this seminal work a prepubescent boy who hates Manchester United?
I do not support them but am still angered I wasted 2 minutes of my life reading this chap.
Suggestion would be to never visit this appalling website again for fear of reading this equally appalling writers incoherent and shocking bias again. Awful.

hahaha... This is hilarious! I'm a United fan and I couldn't believe the language used. I first thought it was a joke but then I started reading the comments. I now laugh hard from just the comments.
I definitely wouldn't be returning here in the future though,

When you go onto a site such as this you expect reasonable, rational comment. This guy is shamefully moronic. How did he get a gig here? Try the Viz mate, more like your standard of journalism.

Wow, whoever wrote this article is a mouth breather of the highest order. What an utterly moronic piece of journalism. I don't know how you managed to get a job writing here but I highly advise that the person who runs this site find somebody else, because this jeb end is bringing the quality of your content down to a woeful level. I Will definitely not be returning to this website again.

You Bill Mann are a douche! Sour nob head.

with the Southampton pair of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana also close to agreeing to step down a level in order to play for United

Just goes to show what you actually know about the Premier League.

This guy shouldn’t be allowed to write articles
especially as its poor journalism and he clearly hates MUFC writing idiotic
comments like

“Close to agreeing to step down a level in order to play
for United”

“He feels at home with clubs on the wane”

Clearly united have had an off season and expect them to
come back challenging next year

From a Liverpool fan

Bill, You're a nob and a crap journalist to boot

To use the word 'mediocre' to describe Manchester United FC is quite comical really. I suppose the performance during the 2013/14 season has been mediocre by Manchester United's high standards. Life after Sir Alex was always going to be tough though.

In response to the following: "Southampton pair of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana also close to agreeing to step down a level in order to play for United." & "It's claimed Song favours a move to Manchester, presumably because after spells with Arsenal and Barcelona he feels at home with clubs on the wane."

Any new Manchester United signing, whether from Southampton or Sporting Lisbon et al, would be joining to step up a level, not 'to step down a level' as suggested. And as for being a club on the 'wane', with the right manager and right player acquisitions, there is no reason why the glory days could not return to Old Trafford and Manchester United Football Club.

A question for Bill Mann, out of interest, which football team do you support?

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