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Date: Sat Jun 27 10:38:35 GMT+00:00 1998
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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.

This Issue:
1. Bat & Ariel (Soccernet)
2. England v Colombia Report



X-Mailer: Internet Mail Service (5.5.2328.0) Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 00:23:55 -0700 Reply-To: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Richard Usher Subject: Bat & Ariel (Soccernet) To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU 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 dealings. 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 at United. 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 around 2m-a-year. 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 observers. 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 replacement. 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.

X-Mailer: Mozilla 3.01 (Win16; I) Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 00:18:51 -0700 Reply-To: amir79@netvision.net.il Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Amir Inbar Subject: England v Colombia Report To: MUFC@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU 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 Neville. 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 as well. I wouldn't change anything in Glenda's first team. -- Amir Inbar, Israel

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