United activity in the transfer market for next season is limited. While other clubs finalize strengthen their squad, Sir Alex Ferguson says that who only need one or two players to be added to the squad that won the champions league in Moscow 49 days ago. Red Devils have 38 days to the start of the campaign and 53 until the summer transfer window closes. Time is not running out, but even with two impressive major trophies doing the rounds at Red functions, Manchester fans are eager to see a new import.
Now, with a bigger and better squad already in place this time around, a whole band of newcomers is no longer an urgent requirement. “I wouldn’t think we will buy any more than one player,” Sir Alex has said. “We are looking at one or two things. People think it is easy to buy players nowadays, but it isn’t. Money plays a big part and clubs with ambition don’t want to sell their best players, so it is not as easy as you think.”
It is reported that our team is looking for a striker after Luis Saha problem with injuries and Cristiano Ronaldo’s surgery yesterday which will see him slide lined for more than one month. So the Reds are in the market for a striker and the short-list seems to be limited to three between Spurs’ Dimitar Berbatov, Ajax’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Lyon’s Karim Benzema.
While it looks difficult to sign Berbatov due to his £30 asking price and the fact that Tottenham is unlikely to sell the player to a premiership’s club, the name of Klaas Jan Huntelaar is raised up. Although his agent says there has been no contact with Manchester United, the Dutch striker claims many time his desire to join united. ” For him, United is a club that is interesting, but unless a suitable club come in for him, he will be at Ajax next season,” said Oosterveer, Huntelaar’s agent, in the Daily Mirror. “We won’t speak to Ajax any more about a new contract because they wanted to put a new clause in it, but he has two years to go.
Karim Benzema impressed United when he scored against us in the Champions League clash in Lyon. Physically, and in terms of talent, he could cut it in premier league with Manchester and at his age of 20, he would fit into United’s young squad. However, Benzema has extended his contract at Lyon last March and appears to show his trade in France a bit longer before stepping up.
So are these three names going to fit into the squad? Or Fergie should consider another name?