Tuesday Kickoff: Keane hits out at Man United transfer policy; Messi nearing record; and more

Tuesday Kickoff: Keane hits out at Man United transfer policy; Messi nearing record; and more

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Tuesday Kickoff: Keane hits out at Man United transfer policy; Messi nearing record; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Roy Keane has called out the Manchester United front office as an explanation for their recent struggles.

The former Man United midfielder revealed his thoughts on the team’s struggles and has hit out at the club for “cutting corners” in the transfer market over the last few seasons. Keane called for Man United to sign at least five or six players this summer.

“They’ve kind of cut corners in terms of transfers in the last few years, they’ve not gone out and got the big players, and it’s just caught up with them this year,” Keane told ITV, where he is a pundit in addition to being Ireland National Team assistant coach.

Keane however did back under-fire manager David Moyes, saying that the manager was in the middle of a “rebuilding” phase. Man United tied Fulham, 2-2 last Sunday after a last-gasp equalizer from the London side gave them a point.

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MESSI APPROACHES LA LIGA SCORING MILESTONE

It was only a matter of time before Lionel Messi passed Spanish league legends Alfredo Di Stefano and Raul in the scoring charts, but now it could come as soon as Saturday.

Following his two-goal performance last Sunday, Messi took his tally to 225 goals in La Liga, two behind Di Stefano and three behind Raul. Once Messi passes the Real Madrid legends, he’ll move into third place behind Hugo Sanchez (234 goals) and Telmo Zarra (251 goals).

Despite suffering multiple injuries in the first half of the season, Messi has still racked up 11 La Liga goals, and 21 in all competitions. Barcelona’s next La Liga match is on Saturday against Rayo Vallecano.

QUICK KICKS

Borussia Dortmund are reportedly set to sign Adrian Ramos this summer from Hertha Berlin to replace Robert Lewandowski. (REPORT)

Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago had a screw placed in his left wrist after breaking it during Atleti’s last match against Almeria. (REPORT)

Boca Juniors playmaker Juan Roman Riquelme is back in full training after missing more than two and a half months with a thigh injury and is expected to make his return on Sunday against Belgrano. (REPORT)

The proposed London Underground strike has been called off, allowing games to proceed at Fulham, Arsenal, and West Ham United. (REPORT)

Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi has moved on-loan to Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these reports? Agree with Keane’s comments? Do you see Messi moving into third place this weekend? Think Adrian Ramos would be a smart signing for Borussia?

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