David Moyes doesn’t know what to do with all this money.
Known for his ability to get the most bang for his buck at cash-strapped Everton, Moyes suddenly has the Manchester United coffers at his disposal, and he’s apparently making the most of it.
On the heels of club confirmation that the Red Devils will break their transfer record to acquire Juan Mata from Chelsea, the Daily Mail is reporting that United will now hurl £22.5 million ($37.1 million) at Southampton for left-back Luke Shaw.
The report states that with the bid, Moyes has trumped a Chelsea offer of £21 million ($34.6 million) and are ready to offer Shaw an immediate starting role.
Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino has firmly stated in the past that Luke Shaw is “not for sale,” but this kind of figure will be next to impossible for Southampton to turn down.
Apparently Moyes sees the 18-year-old as a permanent replacement for Patrice Evra, who is 32 years of age and rumored to be on his way out.
He likely wants to pounce not only to secure his own back line, but also to prevent Chelsea from using Shaw to take over for an aging Ashley Cole.
To be fair, Moyes knows he must improve his back line. Manchester United have allowed 27 goals this Premier League year, putting them on pace to allow 47 – the most United would have ever allowed in the Premier League should they reach that number.
Shaw and Southampton have conceded just 25 thus far. The Kingston-born defender has played in 1,561 of Southampton’s 1,980 Premier League minutes to this point in the season.
Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.
Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.
Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.
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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.
With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.
Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.
City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.
Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.
Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.
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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.
Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.