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Date: Sun Jun 28 23:06:52 GMT+00:00 1998
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Keeper Leaves

Port Vale have completed the signing of keeper Kevin Pilkington from
Manchester United on a free transfer.
The 24 year old becomes the first United player to leave under The Bosman

Goalkeeper Kevin Pilkington has joined long-serving Brian McClair as the
second first-team squad regular on the list of players to be released by
Manchester United this summer.
McClair was told last week that his contract was not being renewed after 11
years, and 24-year-old Pilkington is also being freed, after playing four
times in the Premiership and serving as cover for Peter Schmeichel since
making his debut in 1994.
Youngsters Stuart Brightwell, David Brown, Ross Millard and Gavin Naylor
are others leaving United, along with Graeme Tomlinson, signed from
Bradford City in June 1994, and trainees Adam Sadler and Leon Mills.

This Issue:
1. Inter Off Johnsen's Trail (TeamTalk)
2. Kidd/Batistuta&Ortega (TeamTalk)



X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 02:41:45 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Inter Off Johnsen's Trail (TeamTalk) Inter Still Sniffing Following on from a report we first brought you on Thursday, it now seems likely that Italian giants Inter Milan will follow up their interest in United's Ronny Johnsen. The versatile Norwegian international has been in the spotlight during France '98 and his performances at the heart of Norway's defence has led to a whole flurry of interest. Inter Milan started showing interest in Ronny Johnsen after seeing the Norway star mark Ronaldo out of the momentous 2-1 World Cup victory last Tuesday night. The Serie A side were impressed by the United defender's performance so much one report claims they are ready to offer 12 million! Other reports have placed a more realistic 6m price tag on the 29 year old's head. However, Johnsen remains a big part of Alex Ferguson's first team plans and with at least three years left on his contract is unlikely to go but, having bought Johnsen for only 1.5m the prospect of making a huge profit may well be tempting for the United board. The question that needs to be asked, however, is: "How much would it cost to replace him ?" Johnsen proved his versatility in The Champions' League last season when playing a holding role in midfield and, for that reason alone, we believe that Alex Ferguson would do all he can to keep Johnsen at Old Trafford.

X-Sender: red-devils@pop.pipeline.com X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 18:15:56 -0700 To: manutd@pipeline.com Subject: Kidd/Batistuta&Ortega (TeamTalk) Kidd Row Erupts Everton's interest in appointing Brian Kidd as Howard Kendall's successor has been well documented, but Kidd's own position has been given considerably less publicity. However it appears that United's assistant manager is far from happy with the current situation. It has been suggested that, despite United's refusal to even consider letting him go, Kidd is keen to talk to Everton, and that he has not taken kindly to having his hopes of a step into management blocked. Reports of a series of rows between Kidd and Martin Edwards point to a potentially damaging rift at the club. Kidd is said to have had three separate requests to be allowed to speak to Everton turned down, with each exchange more acrimonious than the last. Edwards' straightforward assertion that; "He is a very important member of the Manchester United management team and has recently signed a new long term contract" appears to leave Kidd with little scope for manoeuvre. Even so Kidd still remains the hot favourite to succeed Howard Kendall with Merseyside bookmakers. In fact Liverpool based Stanley Racing have refused to take any more bets on Kidd. We may not have heard the last of this. Dream Duo Doubts The men in grey suits appear to have derailed any hopes Alex Ferguson had of landing the Argentinian double act of Gabriel Batistuta and Ariel Ortega. Reports claim that Ferguson has become increasingly frustrated with the manner in which the PLC have reportedly thwarted his recent forays into the transfer market and the claims that United officials are refusing to bow to Batistuta's personal terms will inevitably anger him furthermore. Fiorentina's Batistuta and Valencia's Ortega are both in action today, with Argentina needing just the draw to confirm top spot in Group H and line-up a possible second-round clash with England. ] Batistuta has rapidly established himself as the favourite to land the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, with four goals already, and with Ortega also finding the net with considerable ease, the mere thought of the deadly duo lining up together in a United shirt is a mouth-watering one to say the least. Reports within the Argentinian camp also claim that Batistuta views Old Trafford as his preferred destination. But at 29, the PLC believe Batistuta's reported 2m-a-year demands far exceed their wage structure. The possible signing of Ortega, though, may not be as difficult with Valencia officials confirming that they are willing to part company with the player labelled 'The new Maradona' because of his 'disruptive influence'. The Spanish club have recently signed Romania's highly-rated striker Adrian Ilie also. Commenting on the proposed 7m transfer, Valencia vice-president Garcia said: "Manchester United have told us they want to sign him and we have no problems with that. "We are trying to negotiate a fee." But United chairman Martin Edwards countered: "There is absolutely no truth in it whatsoever." It's also claimed that Norwegian striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the subject of much transfer speculation lately, may be used as a bargaining chip in the bid to land Ortega. Solskjaer is reportedly fed up with his bit-part role at Old Trafford, with Teddy Sheringham also bracing himself for a summer exit from United after less than 12 months.

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