ANGEL DI MARIA has jetted into Manchester ahead of a £60million move to United while Mario Balotelli admits he regretted quitting English football in an interview after signing for Liverpool. Meanwhile, Arsenal are on the hunt for a new striker with fears Olivier Giroud could be out of action for up to thee weeks.
The summer transfer market is in full swing, as clubs look to bolster their squads ahead of the new season. Here is a round-up of all the latest news, rumours and gossip…
Angel Di Maria has jetted into Manchester ahead of a £60million move to United.
The Real Madrid star is expected to have a medical today and put pen to paper on a five-year deal worth about £190,000-a-week.
United had initially wanted to pay around £56m while Real were wanting to hold out for a fee closer to £75m.
Liverpool new boy Mario Balotelli admits he was wrong to quit English football.
The ex-Manchester City striker sealed a £16m move to Anfield yesterday and says he is out to right a wrong.
“I’m happy to be back because I left England and it was a mistake. I wanted to go to Italy but I realised it was a mistake.”
Arsenal could dip into the market again to buy a striker.
Olivier Giroud could be out for an extended period after fears arose he broke his ankle.
It is likely he could miss the Champions League play-off game against Besiktas as well as the away trip to Leicester.
Club chat and other gossip…
Everton are closing in on a deal to sign Samuel Eto’o.
The ex-Chelsea striker is currently a free agent but Roberto Martinez has confirmed the club are interested in him.
Eto’o had previously been a target for Liverpool.
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MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman said tonight’s Capital One Cup tie against Manchester United is the biggest game in the club’s existence.
He said: “It just sounds right doesn’t it? It has taken us 10 years to get a really, really great cup draw.”