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United’s €75m Madrid raid


By Ryan Kane.

According to recent speculation Sir Alex Ferguson may consider a €75 (£62.2) million pound swoop for Madrid trio Lassana Diarra, Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema. As United prepare to enter the 2010/11 Premier League campaign it is clear they will need to make additions to their squad if they are once again to challenge Chelsea for the title.

The Red Devil’s have greatly missed the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez since the pair departed Old Trafford last summer. With Berbatov possibly on his way out of United following a poor first season at the club, Wayne Rooney will need adequate support up front, and many feel it won’t come in the shape of Michael Owen. The 30-year old striker who missed England’s World Cup campaign due to injury was never expected to be long-term strike partner for Rooney when he arrived at Old Trafford last summer with the majority of his appearances to date coming from the bench.

It is expected Sir Alex Ferguson will now look abroad to bolster his squad for next season. Gonzalo Higuain who has enjoyed a brilliant World Cup campaign with Argentina thus far is said to be valued in the region of €25 million. Real Madrid signed the 22-year old for, what seems now, a measly €13 million in 2007. It is expected that the striker’s value is to rise significantly following his impressive World Cup performances.

Benzema is also believed to be a prime target for United, and it seems, has been for many years. In 2008, Sir Alex Ferguson praised the then Lyon striker following United’s 1-1 draw with the French side in the Champions League. Ferguson was later accused of tapping up Benzema by Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas. The powerful striker, who had a disappointing first season with Real Madrid last term scoring just eight goals, is said to be valued at €30 million. Benzema has been out-of favour at the Bernabeu with the attacking talents of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain keeping the Frenchman out of the side. The 22-year old is said to be unhappy at Madrid and has often hinted on a move away from his current club.

Madrid’s Lassana Diarra is also said to be on Sir Alex Ferguson’s hit list this summer. Diarra had spells in the Premier League with Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth before making his €20 million switch to the Bernabeu in December 2008 .The 25 year old is described as a tenacious and tireless defensive midfielder and would slot into the heart of the United midfield along with Darren Fletcher or Michael Carrick. Ferguson is said to be keen on signing the Frenchman who is also known for his versatility. Diarra can play in a handful of positions including right-back. He is said to be valued in the region of €15-€20 million.

So will the United squad have additions before the start of the 2010/11 campaign? – As always many players have been linked with a move to Old Trafford with the likes of Luis Fabiano and Alexis Sanchez listed as possible targets. United are expected to make at least one more addition to their squad before the start of the new season. A move for out-of contract winger Joe Cole has already been ruled out by the club.

Will Diarra, Higuain or Benzema join Javier Hernandez on the list of summer arrivals at Old Trafford? – Only time will tell.



  1. sean

    July 3, 2010 at 10:44 am

    What a load of rubbish.. United have NO MONEY

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  3. Fifthcolumnblue

    July 3, 2010 at 11:14 am


    As #1 said, you’ve not got a pot.

    Plus, hate to point out the glaring error in your story, but Higuain signed a contract extension at Madrid about 2 weeks ago.

    But don’t let the facts get in the way of youyr wishful thinking!

  4. bryan krane

    July 3, 2010 at 11:47 am

    RYAN KANE, awful journalism -it was berbatovs second season at united!?!?!…

  5. tublu

    July 3, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    That’s hilarious ! 62million ! 62million vietnamese dong I could just about believe (that’s about £2100).

  6. Frankie Fish

    July 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I’m sure this is all true. I also heard that Sir Alex was making a move for Messi and CR7 with unlimited funds. (please apply heavy sarcasm)

  7. rich

    July 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    this story is crap, jus a seller story. utd wont spend big they cant

  8. Lamiki

    July 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Man utd cannot buy expensive players anymore, due to the fact that we are losing on the transfer market. What a pity. Glazers out please, for God sake!!

  9. RedScot

    July 3, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Who ever is doing the speculating really should stay off the magic Mushrooms.
    Good story for humour though.

  10. Danny Boy

    July 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Ryan this is ridiculous. United haven’t got a penny in their pockets and their prospects next season look bleak,

  11. RMCF

    July 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I very much doubt this after all manchester united themself are in about 750 million debt and the owners are in alot more

  12. Ryan Kane

    July 3, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Many thanks for all the comments.
    This is,as is the majority of transfer stories purely speculation.United have been strongly linked with all three of these players in the past and need additions to their midfield and attack.
    The supposed sales of Dimitar Berbatov and Anderson would add to United’s already £40 million strong transfer kitty.
    *berbatov mistake is also due to be rendered.
    As I said, this is PURELY SPECULATION.

  13. RedScot

    July 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    @Ryan Kane, nice to see you moderate comments you dont like, ” Thought police springs to mind”.
    What knowledge do you have regards the sale of Dimatar and Anderson, zero total bullshite.
    Your like most posters totally play station manager and no reality. Idiot.

  14. devil310

    July 3, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    This Article MAKES NO SENCE…..Hahahahaha…>STUPID!!!

  15. utd4life

    July 4, 2010 at 3:04 am

    diarra and higuain are a no go but benzema is apparantly a done deal our offical wensite even have a player profile done for him see for yourselfs{FE60904B-C2A8-4E60-9B05-700DBBC29BBC}&section=playerProfile&teamid=&bioid=93339

  16. Lamiki

    July 4, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Ok let say we’ve got the cash, we surely don’t need Benzema not because he picked Madrid over us, but simply b’coz we’ ve got lot of strikers that should be given a chance to proove themselves, berba owen out. We need lassana diara for sure, the German magician Özil. Grandpa Fergi is always after wingers and strikers while he should be battling to get us creative midfielders utd needs, if we cannot afford any, he should be giving Cleverley a chance this season instead of loaning him.

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