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Date: Sat Jun 27 10:38:35 GMT+00:00 1998
KLUIVERT CAN JOIN UNITED
AC MILAN last night told Patrick Kluivert he can join Manchester United
after the World Cup.
They have now valued him officially at £11.75million - the same price United
paid for his Dutch team-mate Jaap Stam.
Kluivert has been told by his agent Sigi Lens that United have made an
offer. The deal isn't that advanced according to United who are adamant that
they have not made a firm bid. But their interest will be stepped up
following Milan's offer to sell the 21-year-old striker.
1. Bat & Ariel (Soccernet)
2. England v Colombia Report
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From: Richard Usher
Subject: Bat & Ariel (Soccernet)
Alex Ferguson would love to land a mouth-watering £15million Argentinian
double of Gabriel Batistuta and Ariel Ortega - if the Manchester United
money men will let him.
The United manager has become increasingly frustrated with the influence of
the PLC at Old Trafford and the power they have wielded over his transfer
Today Fiorentina's Batistuta and Valencia's Ortega will face Croatia here in
Bordeaux with Argentina just needing a draw to confirm top spot in Group H
and earn a possible second-round clash with England.
Batistuta, with four goals so far, has established himself as favourite to
pick up the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer. Ortega has scored
two from the deep-lying position similar to that filled by Teddy Sheringham
Ferguson would gladly pay the £8m it would take to talk Fiorentina into any
transfer business and wouldn't flinch at Batistuta's demands, believed to be
That's where the PLC have so far disagreed. The men in suits feel that
Batistuta, at 29, is too old to command such a price even though he is one
of the world's top strikers.
What is even more galling for Ferguson is that the talk from within the
Argentinian camp is that Batistuta does fancy a move to the Premiership -
with Old Trafford his favoured destination.
Valencia have revealed that they have been in negotiations with United over
the possible sale of the £7m-valued, 24-year-old Ortega, who has had the
awesome mantle 'The new Maradona' bestowed on him by Argentine football
Valencia vice-president Garcia said this week: 'Manchester United have told
us that they want to sign him and we have no problems with that. We are
trying to negotiate a fee.' Valencia are interested in signing United's
Norwegian star Ole Gunnar Solskjar with an exchange deal a possibility.
Solskjar has been telling Norwegian journalists that he is fed up with being
confined largely to the substitutes' bench.
From within Old Trafford denials inevitably follow any talk of the Argentina
double act. However, it is understood that Ferguson is prepared to part with
Sheringham after less than 12 months.
Sheringham faded at the end of the season and Ferguson has attempted to use
him as bait in other transfer deals.
Valencia want to get rid of Ortega, insisting that he has been a disruptive
influence, and have signed Romania's emerging striker Adrian Ilie as his
They were hoping Ortega would enjoy a headline-catching World Cup to help
any future sale. So far, they have got their wish. Batistuta believes that
Argentina can go all the way in France 98. 'We have already shown what we
can do and we can get better,' he said. 'Winning the World Cup has to be our
ambition and I know that we won't settle for anything less.'
While the strikers have been receiving much of the acclaim, Argentina have
yet to concede a goal. 'We are strong right throughout the team. That is
very important,' added Batistuta.
Both Argentina and Croatia are already sure of qualifying but Croat coach
Miroslav Blazevic wants his side to go flat out for a win - because he wants
to play England in the next round rather than Romania. 'England would suit
us better because Romania play the same style as us,' he said.
Batistuta said he doesn't mind who Argentina play next and he was also
non-committal about where he expected to be parading his striking talents
next season. Alex Ferguson would love to have a say in that.
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Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 00:18:51 -0700
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From: Amir Inbar
Subject: England v Colombia Report
England 2(Anderton 20, Beckham 30) Colombia 0
A good English performance against a real 2nd rate side. Beckham got his
first International goal with a trademark free kick from 25 yards.
Seaman had little to do, Campbell was good as was Adams. Neville was
terrific, Colombia created nothing from his right hand side of the
defence and he occasionally moved to cover for Adams and Campbell, a
real 10/10 performance from Gary.
Anderton had a really good game and scored. With Beckham And Scholes
starting, I really don't think we care about his debate. He was good and
is much better defensively than McManaman(who played 10 mins and done
nothing). He may start the next game at my blessing.
Ince was good and solid, Le Saux was bad going forward. Scholes had a
decent game with a few well-spread long balls. He also conceded a yellow
card do to not standing far enough from a Colombian free kick.
Beckham was terrific, the goal helped his confidence and he marshalled
the midfield with brilliant touches and passed. MOM alongside Mr
Shearer was not bad, especially in the 2nd half, unlucky not to score.
Owen was not brilliant but added A HELL OF A LOT MORE life than Teddy.
He could and should have scored, but should CERTAINLY start next match
I wouldn't change anything in Glenda's first team.
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