Paper Gossip: Keane Rips into Fergie, Arsenal Eye 'New Bergkamp' and More

Alex LivieFeatured ColumnistDecember 10, 2013

Paper Gossip: Keane Rips into Fergie, Arsenal Eye 'New Bergkamp' and More

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    Another day, another load of transfer speculation to get your teeth into.

    The transfer talk really is hotting up as we head towards January and the opening of the window.

    Unfortunately, there’s some negative coverage of football in the papers, namely the spot-fixing controversy.

    There’s also the matter of Roy Keane’s views on Sir Alex Ferguson making the headlines.

    All this and more feature in Tuesday’s edition of the Paper News and Gossip Roundup.

Ribeiro Eyes Manchester United Move

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    Manchester United could do with some reinforcements, given their current Premier League form, and Cruzeiro’s Everton Ribeiro wants to ride to their aid.

    According to the Mail’s Simon Jones, Ribeiro has familiarised himself with the United squad via a video game and is keen to cement that relationship.

    Jones picked up Ribeiro’s interview with ESPN Brazil:

    United have Kagawa, Rooney, De Gea is the goalkeeper. I know them very well because I play with them a lot in video games as they are a great team. You play it one day after the other and know the players even better.

    It would be great (to play alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie).

Roy Keane Tears into Sir Alex Ferguson

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    A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Roy Keane was Sir Alex Ferguson’s midfield general for Manchester United.

    Their relationship soured after Keane left United in 2005, which followed on from interviews Keane gave criticising his Red Devils team-mates.

    It appears that the tension between the pair is still high, as Keane has teed off at Ferguson once again.

    The Mirror’s Mike Walters has picked up Keane’s quotes from a TV documentary, to be aired on Tuesday evening.

    The two words the manager spoke to me about, a number of times, were control and power.

    That was how he worked: I think we can still see that now, even though he is not a manager—I don’t think that will ever leave him.

    I think there’s a massive ego involved in that you have power and control over people - and you try to have it even when you are not working with them.

    Ferguson is widely felt to be the greatest British manager of all time, but not in Keane's eyes.

    When asked who was the best manager he played under, Keane replied: “Without a doubt, Brian Clough.”

    Keane also added that he has started taking his son to watch United, but only because Ferguson is no longer in charge.

Sporting Leaders Summoned by Government over Spot-Fixing Scandal

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    The spot-fixing scandal gripping football continues to be headline news.

    There were further arrests on Monday, and the Mail’s Matt Lawton claims the players involved could be banned while the investigation is ongoing.

    Law also claims Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has called on senior officials from leading sports, including cricket, rugby and football, to a meeting to discuss the problems.

Arsenal Set Sights on Klaassen

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    Arsenal are riding high in the Premier League, but there is no chance of them resting on their laurels.

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is seeking reinforcements and the Mail’s Simon Jones claims the Frenchman posted scouts at a recent Eredivisie game between Ajax and NAC Breda.

    According to Jones, Ajax’s Davy Klaassen was the man in the spotlight of the Arsenal scouts.

    At 20, Klaassen is at the beginning of his career but Jones claims the forward has drawn comparisons to Dutch and Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp.

Pep Guardiola Dismisses Manuel Neuer Manchester City Move Talk

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    Reports have linked Manchester City with a move for Manuel Neuer, but Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola has rubbished talk of a transfer.

    With Joe Hart struggling to convince Manuel Pellegrini he is the right man to be in goal for City, it has been claimed, such as this report by the Mirror, that a £40 million bid is being put together.

    If a bid is tabled, it is likely to fall on deaf ears. Responding to questioning about whether Neuer could be sold to City, Guardiola was unequivocal.

    The Mail’s Chris Wheeler has the quote: “Absolutely no chance.”



City Missed out on Free Transfer Paul Pogba

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    Brace yourselves, Manchester City fans. Your club passed up the chance to sign Paul Pogba on a free transfer.

    Pogba left Manchester United in the summer of 2012 and joined Juventus on a free transfer. He has since gone on to flourish and is now one of the brightest midfield prospects in word football.

    It would appear that Pogba had a chance to sign for City, but the move did not materialise.

    At the time, City were managed by Roberto Mancini and he cannot recall why the deal was not done.

    The Mail’s Adam Crafton has picked up on an interview Mancini conducted with Tuttosport.

    "He is a player I really like," Mancini said. "Two years ago, before he went to Juventus, we could have signed him for Manchester City on a free transfer.

    "To be honest, I can't really remember why we decided not to."



United Head the Race for Mohamed Salah

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    Manchester United are ready to head off Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in the race for Basel’s Mohamed Salah.

    The Star’s Jack Wilson cites a piece from his own paper last month which claimed Spurs were interested in the Egyptian.

    Wilson suggests Liverpool and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on Salah, but claims United are ready to step in with a firm bid for the forward.

    In what could be a double raid on Basel, Wilson suggests United are also interested in defender Fabian Schar.

Samuel Eto’o to Swap Chelsea for MLS

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    Samuel Eto’o has had a frustrating time in front of goal since joining Chelsea in the summer.

    It would appear his stint in the Premier League will last a mere one season, according to Dominic Fifield of the Guardian.

    Fifield suggests the Cameroon forward will turn his back on Chelsea next year in order to take up the option of a role in Major League Soccer in America.

    Eto’o is unlikely to be short of options, as Fifield suggests Los Angeles Galaxy, DC United, Club Deportivo Chivas USA, Seattle Sounders and Chicago Fire are likely to be keen.


Bits and Pieces: Poyet Fancies Cesar, Gomes Snubs United, Arsenal Eye Sanabria

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    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is keen on bringing Queens Park Rangers keeper Julio Cesar to the club in January, according to Colin Young of the Mail.

    The Mail’s Adam Crafton claims Bruno Gomes has snubbed Manchester United in order to sign for Internacional in his native Brazil.

    West Ham’s search for a striker could see them launch a bid for Inter Milan’s Diego Milito, according to the Mirror.

    The Mirror’s Sam Adams claims Arsenal are plotting a raid on Barcelona for rising star Antonio Sanabria.

    The Star’s Gary Jones takes the Sanabria case on a shade by suggesting the player wants to leave Barca and will talk to interested parties, Arsenal and Roma among them.

    Crystal Palace are considering a bid for Brondby’s giant striker Simon Makienok, according to the Mirror’s Darren Witcoop.