New Manchester United boss David Moyes hit the ground running today by launching a £70million spending spree in his first week in charge.
While all the pre-Moyes speculation has centred on a return from Real Madrid for Cristiano Ronaldo, a move for Spurs' Gareth Bale and the future of Wayne Rooney, United fans can look forward to £70million of transfer business being quickly concluded.
First in could be 26-year-old Benfica centre back Ezequiel Garay as a £20m replacement for Nemanja Vidic, set to leave along with unsettled Nani and Patrice Evra, the latter making way for Leighton Baines from Moyes’ old club Everton.
Barcelona midfielder Thiago (22) is believed to have agreed terms with United despite a Barca counter offer and interest from Bayern Munich while while PSV and Holland under-21 midfielder Kevin Strootman is another target.
Fans eagerly anticipating an immediate marquee signing to coincide with Moyes’ first day in the Old Trafford hotseat were treated instead to the return of an old face.
Former United favourite Phil Neville will be the first official ‘signing’ by Moyes in his daunting bid to follow Sir Alex Ferguson.
Neville worked with Moyes on his Everton coaching team and is being brought in to provide a reassuring training ground link with the 'United way', familiar to Ferguson's players, in a complete backroom reshuffle.
Ferguson lieutenants Mike Phelan, René Meulensteen and Eric Steele have already been replaced en bloc by Moyes' trusted former Everton backroom team of Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden, and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods and now Neville is set to join them.