Anxious Fergie confirms Chelsea enquiry
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
At the press conference unveiling new signing Tim Howard, Ferguson admitted he was just waiting for the Ronaldinho deal with Paris Saint Germain to be rubber-stamped in order to calm his nerves. With most of next season's plans centred around the brilliant Brazilian, his anxiety is understandable.
Meanwhile, the Scot seemed to suggest that Argentinian international Veron will be allowed to leave if the price is right, but stressed he would be happy to keep the midfielder if Chelsea do not table a sizeable offer.
"We're pursuing the Ronaldinho thing very intensely," admitted Ferguson. "We're now getting to that stage (of completion), but I don't want to say it's for certain until it is.
"But we're very close.
"I think we've got something, plenty, to offer here. It's one stadium that's full to capacity every week - there's not a stadium in Europe can do that.
"I hope we have (got him) but, as I said, I don't want to be counting our chickens.
"It's not a healthy thing. You never know.
"Disappointment can come very quickly in football.
"People can change their mind like that, but the signs are okay and very positive, and I just want to get that seal on it and then we can talk about it more."
PSG president Francis Graille revealed that Ronaldinho's future is set to be resolved by the end of the week and that he plans to meet with United officials again
"This week will be decisive, the matter will be closed before the end of the week," said Graille.
"I have agreed to meet Manchester United officials again. I want to know what Manchester have to offer.
"There could still be surprises, nothing has been agreed for the moment.
Ferguson, who also confirmed that United are actively pursuing Ronaldinho's international colleague Kleberson, indicated that the ball is in Chelsea's court with regards to their interest in Veron.
Although Claudio Ranieri stressed he knew nothing about a move for the South American, it would appear as though the West Londoners are making enquiries for a whole host of potential targets.
"I don't know a lot about Veron," Ferguson claimed. "Just what I read in the papers.
"There's been an enquiry but that's as far as it's gotten.
"No (I won't be having talks with him), until something concrete happens.
"The player might not want to go. He's happy here and is enjoying his football here, so I'm happy with that.
"The circumstances might change because I don't know what their (Chelsea's) offer is."
It would appear as though United are prepared to do business, considering the current financial climate, if a tempting bid is posted by Blues owner Roman Abramovich.