Manchester United’s deadline day loan departure Tom Cleverley has hit out at his agent, saying that the man in charge of his career did not act responsibly, with the England international seeing a mooted loan move to Aston Villa almost fall through at the last hurdle, as reported by The Metro.
Both Everton and Aston Villa were reported to be interested in the midfielder, with the Goodison Park club also making a move for his signature.
With the player keen to move away from Old Trafford to reestablish himself, having come under considerable criticism for his displays for the Manchester club, Cleverley was clearly concerned that his move to Villa was on the cusp of collapse.
His agent has become the target of his scorn, suggesting that he was not impressed by his actions.
Cleverley said: “It was just a case of what was going to be the best deal for me and honestly it was more out of my hands than anything.
“It’s a modern-day part of football. Agents are massively involved and sometimes they don’t act as responsibly as they should do. It’s a tough one, it was a crazy day.”
Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa have remained unbeaten in the opening three ties of the Premier League season after acquiring experienced talent to go along some of their highly rated young prospects.
Liverpool could be set to make a £24 million bid for Italy international and Lazio winger Antonio Candreva in January, as reported by Italian news source Tutto Mercato Web.
Brendan Rodgers’s side have been hit by an injury to Daniel Sturridge this week, and he may have reassessed his squad and decided that he requires more forward options if he wants to achieve his goals this season.
The 27 year old Candreva failed to impress for Italy this week, but he is highly regarded for his technical ability on the ball and his pace, two assets that Rodgers seems to rank highly in players in forward positions in his side.
Candreva has had a long and storied career in Italian football. He began his career with Ternana before moving to Udinese, although he made only three appearances for them.
During his time with Udinese, he spent time on loan with Livorno, Juventus, Parma and Cesena, before moving to Lazio on loan in 2012. Lazio then purchased him permanently in 2013 €1.7 million, and he has gone on to impress further.
German international defender Antonio Rudiger has suggested that a move to Manchester United in the future remains a possibility after discussions with the Old Trafford club in the summer saw them express their interest in signing him, as reported by the Daily Express.
While a move between VFB Stuttgart and Man Utd failed to materialise for the newly capped German, the Manchester club did make a transfer enquiry to his current side to see whether he was available for a switch.
At only 21 years old, Rudiger is considered to have great potential and sees it as possible that he could make a move to the Premier League in the future.
He said: “The enquiry honours me, it makes me proud. But I focus on the VFB, and I will continue to grow.
“What might happen sometime in the future, I do not know. This is of course a top international address. And they play in the league of which I dream.”
With his national side facing significant retirements after capturing the World Cup in Brazil this summer, Rudiger has been involved in both of Joachim Low’s most recent squads against Argentina and Scotland.
Man Utd have signed Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind this summer, but have not added a specialist central defender like Rudiger.