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Transfer Rumours: Quaglierella, Smudger and Heinze (again)

Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella has broken his silence and admitted his interest in joining United if the opportunity presents itself. As you may know, his agent had previously issued a come and get me plea. But the main point is that he indicated that United have upped their bid from a previously reported 10 million pounds. He spoke to Gazzetto dello Sport and says that their offer is ‘serious’.

“It seems a serious offer, they have raised it and it is an important figure.
“Manchester United are a big deal and if it ended up going that way, I would gladly join the Premier League.
“It is a fascinating and beautiful competition.”

Well, I really feel ambivalent about this deal and while one part of me says that if the scouts are really serious about this guy then he might turn out really good, the other part of me says that given we have made so many transfer deals this season, one of these signings is bound to flop and that flop might just be this lad. It’s a bad hunch that’s all. Don’t lynch me for this. I wish, if he does come over, he would score a hatful of goals. Anyway, his arrival might indicate Ferguson’s intention of really preparing the side for the long haul and if he does arrive, then it would not be to slot him in straightaway, but to create some real competition for striking positions. For, let’s be honest here, Ole is old and Smudger cannot really be expected to change a game (he’s never been prolific for us) and it looks likely that he’d be the one to be sold.

Speaking of whom, Alan Smith is attracting interest from Boro. And if we do get a striker, we must sell him because, he is still rated by many clubs and he would fetch us decent money. I am sure the Glazers would want a bit of squad trimming. Although, I think Sunderland might be the place he will want to move.

And as expected, the Spanish media will come into their own during the next two months, spinning their yarn. Manchester Evening news carries a report that links Madrid to Heinze again, but since it does not contain any new references to any Spanish tabloid or whatsoever, we take it more as a forewarning of what to expect from the Iberian peninsula over the coming weeks. As far as I am concerned with regards to the Heinze saga, things will be clear only after he returns from the Copa America.

Finally, Nani says he can’t wait to prove the Chelsea scout, who claimed United paid over the odds for his signature, wrong and he is looking forward to the community shield. The determination in the lad is nice to hear, but I’d suggest he comes over well ahead of the pre-season to sign up for classes on “The Art of Learning to Shut up While Letting your Football do the Talking” under the tutelage of Sir Alex, Queiroz and Ronaldo.

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