Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that efforts to bring Robin Van Persie to Old Trafford have stalled mainly because of Arsenal’s refusal to sell to a Premier League rival.
The Manchester United manager had earlier said he didn’t have a gut feeling that RVP would be a United player come August 18. One battle he has lost is Brazilian ace Moura who’s opted to go to Paris Saint-Germain rather than ‘boring’ Manchester. Nothing to do with the money at all.
Ferguson was speaking after the Red Devils lost a penalty shoot-out to Barcelona in Gothenburg last night after the game ended 0-0.
Joe Allen is on the verge of quitting Swansea to join old boss Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool. The Anfield club have bid £15m for the Welshman which should trigger a release clause in his contract.
While in Scotland, Celtic reached the Champions League play-offs with a 4-1 aggregate win over HJK Helsinki. The Bhoys will automatically transfer to the Europa League if they fail to qualify for the Champions League proper at the end of the month.
The US PGA Championship gets underway in a couple of hours and Paddy Power are paying 1/4 the odds the first SIX each-way for the final Major of the season.
Tiger Woods heads Paddy Power’s online betting for the Kiawah Island test. And it’s going to be some test in South Carolina as practice was abandoned yesterday due to the weather. Players used to links golf may hold the advantage and there are already mutterings that the tournament will struggle to finish on Sunday.
Adam Scott plays his first Major since his collapse at the Open Championship and lifting the Wanamaker Trophy would be some consolation as he, like World No 1 Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, has yet to win a coveted Major.
Usain Bolt believes he can break his own Men’s 200m finals record after cruising in tonight’s final (8.55pm) with Jamaican compatrioit Yohan Blake.
Bolt who took 100m gold last Sunday night in a record Olympic time has his eyes set on his 19.19 200m best set at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009.
Ireland’s Katie Taylor is on the brink of Olympic gold in women’s boxing when she faces Russian Sofya Ochigava at 4.45pm.
Richard Hughes has 10 rides at Brighton (2.20) and Sandown (5.40) after pulling level with Ryan Moore in the title race yesterday. Hughes rode Danz Choice (6/4f) Rising Legend (9/4) and Chasin Rainbows (3/1f) to win at Brighton as he goes all out for his first champion jockey’s crown.
Today’s action also comes from Haydock (2.10), Yarmouth (2.30), Chepstow (5.15) and Southwell (4.55). While Leopardstown (5.25) and Sligo (5.35) race in Ireland.