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Date: Sun Jun 28 23:06:52 GMT+00:00 1998
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
INFO Post 15 May 1998 PILKINGTON RELEASED BY UNITED
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.
1. Inter Off Johnsen's Trail (TeamTalk)
2. Kidd/Batistuta&Ortega (TeamTalk)
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Date: Mon, 29 Jun 1998 02:41:45 +0800
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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
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.
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Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 18:15:56 -0700
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
Commenting on the proposed £7m transfer, Valencia vice-president Garcia
"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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