Reds chief Moyes bun­gles move for Ge­of­frey

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By GRA­HAM CHASE

MANCH­ESTER UNITED have been warned they face a THIRD trans­fer snub of the sum­mer.

Reds boss David Moyes has al­ready been thwarted in moves for Thi­ago Al­can­tara and Cesc Fabre­gas al­ready.

The Old Traf­ford chief was re­jected by Al­can­tara – who joined Bay­ern Mu­nich from Barcelona – and Fabre­gas de­cided to turn down the chance of a re­turn to Eng­land to re­main at the Nou Camp.

Moyes is now con­sid­er­ing a swoop for Seville’s French kid Ge­of­frey Kon­dog­bia, 20, but the Span­ish club are de­ter­mined to keep hold of him. Kon­dog­bia can play in mid­field or de­fence and is part-owned by the Doyen Group – who also have rights in Columbia su­per­star striker Radamel Fal­cao.

The La Liga out­fit have al­ready sold Je­sus Navas and Al­varo Ne­gredo to Man City for £45mil­lion and do not want to see an­other star de­part.


Kon­dog­bia has a £17m re­lease clause and chair­man Jose Maria del Nido in­sists the young­ster won’t leave for less than that fig­ure.

Del Nido said: “Kon­dog­bia is not on the mar­ket. Who­ever wants him has to pay his 20m eu­ros clause but please, any team that tries to sign him, don’t. We will con­sider it an at­tack.”

For­mer United youth team man­ager Eric Har­ri­son has no doubt Ryan Giggs will be a suc­cess in his new coach­ing role at Old Traf­ford.

Giggs has been ap­pointed to David Moyes’ back­room team along with Phil Neville – an­other mem­ber of the famed “Class of 92” which Har­ri­son was re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing through the ranks.

Al­though Giggs will be eased in grad­u­ally, hav­ing en­tered his 24th top-flight cam­paign as a player, some fans are al­ready spec­u­lat­ing he will end up as Red Devils boss.

Har­ri­son said: “With­out doubt Ryan will be a suc­cess. He is a football nut and I am glad he is do­ing what he is do­ing.

“It would have been a tragedy if he had said, ‘Right, I am go­ing to play golf ev­ery day’. He gets bored af­ter five min­utes if it is not football.”

Har­ri­son will sit down with the pair, plus re­serve team coach Nicky Butt, this week to en­sure they have con­fi­dence head­ing into a new cam­paign.

He added: “I will have a word with them. Whether you are a player or a coach, you need con­fi­dence.”

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