Owen set to have medical at Old Trafford

July 3, 2009

“Michael Owen could be a Manchester United player by the end of Friday after a day of medical checks in the city. The striker spent this morning at United’s training complex, Carrington, before heading to a south Manchester hospital for more tests. Owen left the hospital just after five o’clock and was understood to be returning to United’s Carrington training ground to complete the formalities of the move.” (ESPN)

Ten Top Shock Transfers (ESPN)
“With Michael Owen about to stun the football world and sign for Manchester United, we pick out 10 of the most interesting, and downright stupid, transfers of all time.”

Owen worth Man Utd gamble (BBC – Phil McNulty)
“Sir Alex Ferguson placed his faith in something he trusts far more than a glossy brochure when he picked up the phone and offered Michael Owen a new home at Manchester United. Owen’s management team produced the 32-page magazine advertising their client’s qualities – aspirational, cool, devoted and sincere to name but four – and delivered a slick reminder of why he was once one of football’s genuine superstars.”

Owen completes switch to Man Utd (BBC)
“Michael Owen has completed his surprise move to Manchester United after the free agent signed a two-year deal with the Premier League champions. The 29-year-old ex-Liverpool and Real Madrid striker’s contract with Newcastle ended earlier this week.”

On top of the world (Times)
“THE Confederations Cup has never been a big deal in the football world, but the tournament which ended at Ellis Park on Sunday certainly changed international perceptions. Even England took an interest. The chief reason was obvious: despite much evidence to the contrary, there is still some scepticism about South Africa’s ability to stage World Cup 2010. The foreign press corps came in their numbers to see whether we could successfully stage a dress- rehearsal for next year’s big thing.”

England’s summer of rejection (ESPN)
“Kaka chose Spain. Cristiano Ronaldo chose Spain. Franck Ribery, should he be granted a choice, appears likely to choose Spain. David Villa wants to remain there. So, despite the offer of becoming the best paid player in England, does Samuel Eto’o. Collectively, it amounts to a considerable snub.”

FC Barcelona: Samuel Eto ‘o & Signs of Bad Management III (Spanish Football & Sports)
“Does anyone remember that FC BARCELONA won “The Big 3” titles – Spanish League, Spanish Cup & Champions League – last year? To REAL MADRID presents their first new signing KAKÁ & there is no place on the World media for anything else, except the news conference that SAMUEL ETO ´O´s representative has given this morning to give their version of what some are already calling the first pre-season “Barça crisis”. How can FC Barcelona be in crisis after finishing their most successful season in their history?”