Reds chief Moyes bungles move for Geoffrey
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.”