Cesar set for Napoli move
David Moyes says he has money to spend this summer, with
Manchester United looking to land ‘the best players’ around.
Having succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, Moyes has
been released from the transfer shackles which occasionally left
him frustrated at Everton.
There is no bottomless pit of cash at United, but the Scot
claims to have been informed that there are no budget
That has given him the freedom to chase any target he likes,
with United reported to still be mulling over approaches for
Tottenham Hotspur forward Gareth Bale and former fans’ favourite
Cristiano Ronaldo – who remains on the books at Real Madrid.
Moyes is reluctant to divulge the identity of those on his
summer shopping list, but expects to be backed by his board in any
decisions he takes.
After seeing his first game at the United helm end in a 1-0
defeat to the Singha All Star XI on Saturday, Moyes said: “Isn’t it
great that the club says, ‘There’s no budget here, you go get who
you want to get, just go and do it’.
“We are looking at the best players. I do think it’s important
that we show people we are carrying on the traditions and trying to
take the club forward.
“I will not name anybody, but certainly we are always looking at
the best players. I think we are trying to strengthen in a couple
of areas. We are short in midfield.
“We are also a club which tends to invest in the youth side, so
you can expect us to go for players in that age group.
“We are working hard to make sure the first signing is the right
one. I have been left a really good team and I want to add to it
The Uruguay international has expressed a desire to leave
Anfield after becoming disillusioned with life in England.
He has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, but Spanish giants
Real Madrid are considered to the frontrunners in the race for his
Liverpool are reluctant to let the unsettled striker leave, with
boss Brendan Rodgers in ‘constant communication’ with the South
American, but Suarez has reiterated that he will push for a move if
he can further his career elsewhere.
He said: “If I receive an important offer to progress my career,
I will study it. Some clubs have asked about me but I hand
questions over to my agent. I am no stranger to rumours.
“I always want to improve. That’s why I left Ajax for
“But this club needs to fight to enter the Champions League and,
when it doesn’t happen, it damages the morale of any player. So
“It is hard to view the Premier League every week with never a
chance of winning it.
“On top of that, the English media do not understand me. The
controversies with (Patrice) Evra and (Branislav) Ivanovic were
decisive. There are always extra questions when people analyse
“After the Evra incident, it was very difficult to convince
people about the ‘real’ Luis Suarez. Things had improved but then
the incident involving Ivanovic was another blow.
“Had that not happened, perhaps I would have been regarded as
the best Premier League player last season.”
Giggs, about to start his 23rd season as a United player, is the
proud owner of a record 13 Premier League titles.
The fact he can still turn in the type of top-class performances
that persuaded Sir Alex Ferguson to hand him another contract is
testament to the 39-year-old’s phenomenal mental strength.
Giggs admits he cannot really explain it himself.
However, speaking on his arrival in Sydney for the second leg of
United’s pre-season tour, it is clear he loves the game as much as
he ever did.
“Crazy, aren’t I?” he said.
“I’m enjoying it just as much as I did 20 years ago. It’s as
simple as that.
“Every year is a bonus to me. Take last year: winning the
league, that feeling you have after the hard work you put in.
Winning that trophy makes it all worthwhile.
“The thing about Manchester United is you have to do it all over
And that philosophy will remain the same even though there is
now a new man at the helm.
“This is the start of the journey this season and I hope to be
lifting a trophy again at the end of it,” he said.
“We have to put the hard work in now in order to achieve
It is United’s first visit to Australia since 1999 and this time
round Giggs will have the chance to see one of sport’s fiercest
Cardiff-born Giggs only ended up in Manchester in the first
place because his dad moved north to play professional rugby league
Giggs played the sport as a youngster and has retained a healthy
interest even though he has gone on to achieve so much success in a
different footballing sphere.
So Wednesday’s State of Origin decider between Queensland and
New South Wales – in the same ANZ Stadium United’s sell-out tour
match against the A-League All Stars will take place on Saturday
evening – is going to be an occasion for Giggs to relish.
“I’m a big rugby league fan,” he said.
“I had the great pleasure of spending some time with Melbourne
Storm when they were playing in Leeds in the World Cup
“I spent some time with Billy Slater and Cameron Smith, who are
Queenslanders. I’ve also had a text off Andrew Johns telling me in
no uncertain terms who I need to support on Wednesday.
“I’m in Sydney so I’ll be supporting New South Wales.”
The 33-year-old Cesar joined QPR last summer and produced some
impressive displays, although he was unable to save them from
relegation to the Championship.
And he now looks set for a return to Italy, having made over 200
appearances for Inter during a very successful seven-year stint
Cesar was recalled to the Brazil team last season and was
between the sticks for their recent Confederations Cup triumph.
The Brazilians will host the World Cup next summer and Cesar is
believed to be keen to remain in a high profile league, in order to
boost his chances of remaining his country’s number one.
QPR are thought to be open to his departure due to his high wage
bill and he has been strongly linked with a move across the capital
However, a loan move now looks on the cards to Napoli, who
enjoyed a superb 2012/13 season, finishing second in Serie A, and
who will be coached by Rafael Benitez this season.