Final transfers as the window closes
By Andrew Cuff
Tuesday 02 Sep 2008 19:00:00
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Sir Alex Ferguson scoops Dimitar Berbatov in the final hours before the close of the transfer window. Yesterday was the final day for clubs to complete transfers, until the next window which opens in January for a short period of time, and as usual every club supporter was up to the dying seconds to see who would be joining there teams. A lost of doubts surrounded Dimitar’s interest in signing for United as it was reported that City’s new owners were also placing a firm offer for the Tottenham player yesterday and the fact that Tottenham were wanting £35 million for the player, far above Ferguson’s valuation of the player. In the end Berbatov signed for the now overused ‘Undisclosed fee’, so what do we think this fee was? Well it seems apparent that Frazier Campbell the young United striker that Ferguson won’t let go of, has been loaned to White Hart Lane (Tottenham) in a season long deal. This is likely to significantly reduce the cash fee paid by United, the fact that it was the dying hours of the transfer window makes me think it was more likely to be in the region of £25 million cash plus Frazier Campbell.

Dimitar Berbatov is a 27 year old Bulgarian striker, who it seems has had a dream to play for United for quite a while. A true striker with a great perception of ways to create openings and the world class ability to get himself into the all important scoring position. Berbatov has been given the number 9 shirt and along with the likes of Rooney, a soon to be fit Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez suddenly United are looking like a striking force to be reckoned with. At White Hart Lane for the past two years Berbatov has managed to slot away 23 goals in each of the two seasons, and finally a true striker up front for United.

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Louis Saha the injury ridden striker, has completed a two year deal taking him to Everton for yet again an ‘Undisclosed fee’, a term which is becoming rather annoying though if we look at past history and what the papers are saying it is likely he went for a figure between £7 and £9 million. Saha had an impressive striking record with 42 goals in just over 120 appearances over his 4 years at United. In recent times though injuries have meant the striker has been unable to participate in very many matches for United and the move means he may get a bit more first team football elsewhere.

Manchester City provided the greatest noise after a takeover deal was reached with the Abu Dhabi group, they swooped in to sign Real Madrid’s Rubinho from under Chelsea’s noses, but more importantly were unable to steal Berbatov from United. Newcastle’s Kevin Keegan appears to be leaving the Toons, though it does appear that everyone is going crazy, Keegan seen by many a Newcastle supporter as saviour for the club seems to be at loggerheads with the board. Keegan is fortunate enough to have the backing of most Newcastle supporters and the respect of many top managers in the game today. Though officially that is not official as to his future with the club.

Current fixtures for United mean they take on Liverpool at Anfield on the 13th of September and then Villarreal 4 days later in the first of the Champions League matches. United are presently 9th in the league though only 3 points behind front runners Liverpool and Chelsea and bearing a Fulham game in hand after the match was rescheduled due to United’s Super Cup disappointment.

Carling Cup:

Manchester United are to take on Middlesbrough in a home game at Old Trafford on the 23rd of September. The only time Middlesbrough have beaten United in the League Cup is in 1973 though they have held United to two draws in that competition.


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