Kicking off in a deluge of cash

It is a sign of the times that in a week when Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea sold Damien Duff to Newcastle United for a bargain stg£5 million (€7.3 million), Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was haggling with Real Madrid over a couple of million p

29th July, 2006

It is a sign of the times that in a week when Roman Abramovich’s Chelsea sold Damien Duff to Newcastle United for a bargain stg£5 million (€7.3 million), Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was haggling with Real Madrid over a couple of million pounds for striker Ruud van Nistelrooy.

United, until recently the world’s richest club, has had to tighten its belt since US tycoon Malcolm Glazer took over the club and...

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