FACT: Cristiano Ronaldo sold to Real Madrid last July for a whopping, world record transfer fee of £80m. WISH: Wayne Rooney desperately wanted to join his former team mate by the big spending Galacticos for an even bigger fortune. SO WHAT GIVES? Has Manchester United become no more than a feeder club to the Madrid giants? Not if you believe the latest reports being reported because it could well be a case of United doing the buying instead.
This season is not yet over, the World Cup is still a month away, yet reports of multi million pound transfer deals have become a dime a dozen! There’s only one problem which readers must be warned about, most of them are merely figments of imagination by media groups who are desperate for a headline.
Here is not only one but THREE examples of who Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is supposed to be considering getting from Madrid for what would have to be the total amount banked by the club from the transfer of Ronaldo. But in all fairness, a strong word of CAUTION has to be given – these reports come from a football website which has not built any credibility whatsoever.
The only reason that Truly Reds even bothers to bring these reports to its readers attention is to make them aware of what is frequently appearing as genuine, headline grabbing stories but are only in fact mere figments of someone’s exaggerated imagination.
Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina) – Sir Alex Ferguson has set his sights on Real Madrid’s in form Argentine international striker Gonzalo Higuain. The Old Trafford boss is looking for some new firepower and has earmarked the former River Plate man as a potential summer signing
Ferguson is hoping that as Real look to trim their squad and cut costs they may look favourably on a swift move for the misfiring forward and any offer made that is similar to that paid by the La Liga club last summer may be successful.
Manchester United are hoping that reports of unrest at the Bernabeu and that in fighting between Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo could help make such a move a possibility. Ferguson has watched on from the sidelines as Dimitar Berbatov continues to flatter to deceive leaving the club needing to bring in a forward who can carry the Wayne Rooney’s burden.
Higuain has had a great season thus far and has managed to keep fellow United target Karim Benzema on the Bernabeu bench but summer changes that may well lead to Manuel Pellegrini leaving the Spanish giants a new wave of Galaticos heading to the club could help Sir Alex to clinch a deal to bring the £25m rated Argentine international to Old Trafford.
Karim Benzema (France) – Manchester United will attempt to lure French international Karim Benzema to Old Trafford this summer. Sir Alex Ferguson is known to be a big admirer of the French international and had hoped to snap up the 22 year old last summer but believes that he may now be able to persuade the former Lyon man to leave the Bernabeu after a faltering start to his Real Madrid career.
Benzema has started just 18 matches at the Spanish giants this term and has found himself warming the bench far more than he would have hoped following his £35m move last summer. Having lost his place in the starting eleven Karim has had his confidence shaken and this has led to the youngster scoring just one goal in 2010 thus far.
Sir Alex is a man on a mission. The wily Scot is desperately looking for a top notch forward he can match alongside Wayne Rooney and has therefore found himself linked with a myraid of attacking alternatives. However the player he places above all other potential signings is Benzema but achieving such a goal could be extremely tricky given the poor relationship between the two sides following a series of high profile acquisitions Real have made from the Man United ranks.
Rafael Van der Vaart (Holland) – Ferguson will this summer attempt to snap up Real Madrid playmaker Rafael Van der Vaart. Sir Alex believes the chance to leave the Bernabeu bench for a move to the Premier League will be too tempting an offer for the Dutchman to turn down.
The major stumbling block to such a move would come from the Spanish club not wanting to sell to a direct Champions League rival but given that the Spanish giants are keen to trim their large squad and cut costs they may still accept any offer that matches their £18m valuation. The Premier League champions are looking for more creative midfield options and have earmarked the former Ajax and Hamburg man as a potential signing.
Ferguson is apparently unhappy with the distinctly average form shown by England international Michael Carrick and is also looking for a long term replacement for veteran Paul Scholes. 27 year old Van der Vaart is an excellent weapon to have in your midfield armoury. The intelligent attacking midfielder has excellent vision and great footballing brain and the ability to make something out of nothing.
So there it is, supposedly straight from the horses mouth! Reality suggests that IF Sir Alex can land just one of these alleged Real Madrid targets he will be doing far better than he has done in all his near 25 years at Old Trafford.
Which of these three would you most like Ferguson to sign?