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From Owen's Agent:

"The time has now come to evaluate where he is in his career. Maybe later (Thursday), he will talk with the coach Felix Magath and see how he views things. As he has already said, Owen sees this (United offer) as an excellent opportunity. Owen rates Manchester United on the same level as Bayern Munich with the advantage that, being an England player, it would be better to play at Manchester United.


"There, he could replace (former United player) Roy Keane and play in his favourite position in front of the defence, where he can show off his full abilities. He will continue to push for a move there (to Manchester United), there is no need to discuss any other offers.

"(Yesterday) he was the best player for England, was voted man-of-the-match and he really enjoyed being there. It is only normal for Bayern Munich to say they don't want to sell a player they have brought up through the youth team, even though they can earn €25 million (£17 million) for him."
 

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Bayern Munich insist they do not have to cave in to Owen Hargreaves' desire to join Manchester United. The midfielder has expressed his wish to clinch a move to The Premiership prior to the closure of the transfer window. After a couple of impressive performances for England, The Red Devils are reportedly ready to pay £17 million for Hargreaves. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed his pursuit of the Canadian-born 25-year-old and feels the player wants to head to Old Trafford.

German champions Bayern are digging their heels in and are determined to resist any big-money offers for Hargreaves. With the player under contract until 2010, the Bavarian giants appear to be in a strong position and are determined not to buckle under the pressure of United's interest. "We want to develop a new, young team," Bayern general manager Uli Hoeness told Bild am Sonntag.
"Therefore, we do not sell Hargreaves. "Bayern Munich will never become the ball of the big clubs and become soft starting from a certain sum. "If you only have this image at times, then you are broken."

When asked whether Bayern can keep a player at the Allianz Arena against his will, Hoeness remained optimistic Hargreaves would stay. He added: "Yes, you can do that. "I know that, perhaps, until August 31 his thoughts are with Manchester.

"But, starting from September 1, if the transfer list is closed, his whole heart will again be here with FC Bayern."

Just heard that Hargreaves has been left out of the Bayern team for today's game v Nurnberg.
 

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed The Red Devils are still interested in landing Bayern Munich's Owen Hargreaves.

The Old Trafford side tried to land the England international before the transfer window closed in August, but they failed to strike a deal with the Bundesliga outfit. Just weeks after Hargreaves missed out on a Premiership switch he broke his left fibula against Arminia Bielefeld and has not featured since.

Although the Canadian-born star is still on the sidelines recovering, Ferguson has hinted he will renew the club's interest during the new transfer window in January.
"We're still interested," revealed Ferguson. "But there's no update to give at the moment ad we haven't spoken with Bayern again."
 

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Agreed there, we are not the driving force anymore - teams prepared to splash out on players, like Real, Barca and Chelski have undermined us. Still, it could work in out favour. We need to be scouring the lower leagues for talent more. We used to do it in the Busby, Docherty days and with rich rewards - eg: Steve Coppell, Stuart Pearson, etc
 

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Its Official - We Have An Owen

Franz Beckenbauer confirmed today that Owen Hargreaves has joined Manchester United for £18m.

As the transfer season does not officially kick off till July 1st, that will not be official till then.

Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer has confirmed that Owen Hargreaves will leave the club for Manchester United this summer. The England international has long been a target for Red Devils chief Sir Alex Ferguson, with Bayern fending off interest from Old Trafford last summer. Hargreaves has made no secret of his desire to move to Old Trafford and in the face of renewed interest from United and the midfielder's desire to move on, Bayern's stance has softened in recent weeks. Bayern are planning an overhaul of their playing staff after falling well short in the Bundesliga and a reported £17million deal will hand the club a substantial transfer kitty.

German magazine Spiegel reported on its website a deal had been agreed and Beckenbauer has confirmed the 26-year-old will head to England this summer. "Owen is leaving," Beckenbauer told Germany's DSF sports television network. "That was the player's wish. It's a good match and it's also a good deal financially." Bayern executive board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted losing Hargreaves will be a big blow. "A player like Owen Hargreaves would have looked good in our team next year," Rummenigge told the club's official website. "In the defensive midfield position Owen is one of the best in the world - it's a big sporting loss for us."

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