United transfer rumours rumble on
A recent report on a very well known sports news website ran the story that Spanish side Valencia had issued a hands off warning to Manchester United regarding David Silva.
The report claims United were thought to be weighing up a £30million move for Silva.
This was the quote, Valencia club president Manuel Llorente said: “He (Silva) will not leave.”
They have a quote, but how do we know it relates to United? Real Madrid have also been linked with Silva and this seems more likely in all honesty, Barcelona have just signed David Villa and they’re after Cesc Fabregas, considering Real finished second last season and they’re changing manager (again) it seems safe to suggest there will be a lot of transfer activity in the Spanish capital this summer as they look to build a side capable of challenging Barca’s recent La Liga dominance.
United have long been linked with a move for the 24-year-old star but never has there been any concrete proof, to my knowledge and after a bit of research, that Sir Alex Ferguson has ever made a move or considered making a move for Silva.
As much as I would welcome a move for the World Cup 2010 bound Spain star I don’t think it is going to happen in all honesty.
Another report to surface recently, this time in a well known British newspaper, has linked United with a move for Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart, currently at Real Madrid.
The paper ran with his headline: ALEX FERGUSON EYES £20M RAFAEL VAN DR VAART
This time ‘reports in Madrid’ is the alleged source, again no quotes. This is probably a little more likely, but the reporter has made a massive error. They suggest the Dutch international is ‘surplus to requirements’ at the Santiago Bernabeu, but they’re changing manager with Jose Mourinho looking almost certain to come in and you would have thought the ‘special one’ might want to look over the squad himself before deciding who will be moved on. Mourinho got the best out of Wesley Sneijder at Inter Milan, and the two Dutch midfielders are fairly similar players so I’m going to suggest if United are interested in the 27-year-old they may have to hold tight for a bit first, probably until after the World Cup.
Sir Alex has already said he doesn’t expect to do a great deal of business this summer after capturing Fulham’s Chris Smalling and Mexican striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernández. I don’t know a lot about Hernandez but we’ll get to see him at the World Cup and I’m hopeful his nickname ‘Chicharito’ travels across the Atlantic to Old Trafford with him, Smalling hasn’t impressed me particularly from what I’ve seen of him at Fulham (admittedly not a great deal), but considering Arsene Wenger was also interested and Ferguson went to great lengths to convince him to move to United I’m willing to hold fire before I make a concrete judgement. The United boss may make another deal or two, but whether they will be relatively big names already or players with potential remains to be seen, but until I see them holding a red shirt and shaking hands with Sir Alex I’m going to be a very sceptical man when it comes to transfer rumours after Ferguson’s admission that it won’t be a busy summer of comings and goings at Old Trafford.
Written by Gareth Freeman