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By Andrew Cuff
Monday 16 Jun 2008 20:00:00
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Well United have finally made their first signing for the new season, but it is not Aaron Ramsey.

Aaron Ramsey was expected to be United’s first signing after getting a tour of the grounds with Gary Neville, though he opted to move to Arsenal earlier this week. United though have still made their first signing, that being the young Italian Davide Petrucci who at just 16 is reported to have been given top price for his move. According to much of the UK press The new addition to United’s youth team is costing £200k in compensation, £95k a year with regular flights home. This signing by United was much to the dismay of Roma supporters and Italians alike with him being the Italians best young striker since Totti. I can understand Roma’s fury over losing such a young prospect, who due to his age the Italians could not sign him into a contract, but the Italians have had a promising player taken under Sir Alex’s hand to be developed into a great player. This is a long term signing from Ferguson looking to the future of United’s striking ability.

Arsenal are reported to have expressed interest in Roque Santa Cruz, meaning that United and Arsenal will be at war in trying to sign the Blackburn striker. The Sun also reported that Carlos Queiroz, assistant manager, is being targeted by Portugal to replace Scolari after his recent announcement of taking over at Chelsea after the Euro 2008 competition. Scolari leaving a bad taste in every United supporters mouth after apparently advising Ronaldo (who is currently in the Portuguese team Scolari is managing) that a move to Madrid would be beneficial for him. A very under-handed tactic in his attempt to salvage Chelsea after defeat in Europe and at home. However the Sunday Mirror says Ronaldo is staying at United, the information supposedly from sources near Ronaldo claiming he ‘will not invoke the wrath of United..’. Ronaldo who is still under contract with United for another 4 years seems happy to continue playing for United. A few sources are indicating that talks between Ronaldo and Madrid had already been finalised on personal terms like things such as salary. This being Madrid’s hope to convince Ferguson that Ronaldo wishing to leave and the big price tag would be motivation enough to sell the wonder kid from Portugal. Fifa stick behind the way Real Madrid have perused Ronaldo and will take no action against them.

Tom Heaton the young United goalkeeper is on loan at Cardiff giving him vital first team experience, it is widely thought that Heaton is intended as the next senior goalkeeper at United after Van Der Sar. Though for the present he is on loan to get the vital experience, especially since Van Der Sar has the first team all wrapped in his brilliant goalkeeping and a good few season left in United’s first team.

The British papers also hinting at a reattempt to sign Berbatov from Spurs with a sum in the region of £25 million being throw around though from Spurs side they are expected to demand £25million cash and Ben Foster who they reportedly have their eyes on.

Silvestre is the latest player to be linked to a loan possibility to either Roma or Bordeaux though nothing has been confirmed yet.

EURO 2008

Nani and Ronaldo take Portugal through to the quarter finals of the Euro 2008 competition, even though they lost to the Swiss. Nani the only one to play in Sunday’s match, with Ronaldo benched. Nani was unlucky not to get a penalty in the early part of the game though the referee seemed to forget his glasses/contacts at home as he missed a clear take out by the Swiss defender. Holland and Van Der Sar march on to the quarter finals after destroying Patrice Evra and the French team in a 4-1 goal thriller. The French can see all hope of reaching the quarter finals slipping away from them.

Currently Portugal, Croatia, Netherlands and Spain are top of their groups with 6 points each. Portugal only leading the group over the Turks by goal difference. Germany in group B with Croatia are favourites to go through barring any slip up tonight against Austria. Groups C and D the closest with 1 point separating the bottom 3 teams in group C and nothing between Sweden and Russia with 3 points each in group D.

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