Manchester United Transfer Rumours worthy of April 1st
We’ve already examined the 5 players most likely to leave Manchester United this summer, but with silly season firmly underway, we here at OldTrafford.com would like to take the opportunity to silence the jokers, disprove the tall tale tellers and nullify the out and out liars. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the most optimistic and unlikely Manchester United transfer rumours doing the rounds on the pack pages this past month.
Cesc Fabregas – This isn’t the first time Cesc Fabregas has been connected to a Manchester United transfer rumour. Even during his days at Arsenal, many suggested that he would be ideal for our creatively uninspired midfield. Of course, Barca beckoned then. It was his home turf; his heart belonged there; and he had never made a secret of his desire to return. Despite this, the back pages have been rife with rumours that the Spanish midfielder will return to the Premier League. To Arsenal perhaps? The one location capable of stealing the heart of Barca’s former youth talent? Nope, to Manchester United no less. Perhaps we would be wise to take it from the horse’s mouth, in outlining the simple falsehood of this Manchester United transfer nonsense; “All rumours linking me with Man United are false, I will not join Man United.” Thanks for the clarification, Cesc.
Everton Clear Out – It doesn’t take a genius to speculate that David Moyes may have one or two former players he would like to bring to Old Trafford. With a midfield enforcer such as Marouane Fellaini and a solid left back in the form of Leighton Baines, one could certainly understand United fans’ excitement at the prospect. But, in the cold light of day, is Moyes really going to be keen to tear apart what he spent more than a decade putting into place? Whilst he is a football manager first and foremost, he is also a man of marked integrity. It may make for easy transfer speculation, but I would expect United’s new man in charge to keep Everton fans happy and look elsewhere in his hunt for United’s next group of inductees. Then again, with a new manager set to take over at Goodison, could United’s millions be exactly what the blue side of Liverpool needs?
Ronaldo Returns – We would all love to see the return of the prodigal son. Since Ronaldo waved goodbye to the rain of Manchester and landed in sunny Spain, United have missed the cutting edge that the Portuguese sensation brought to the Premier League. Sadly, his return seems to be little more than a pipe dream. Everything but the heart stands in the way of David Moyes’ career beginning with such a superstar signing. Be it the transfer fee, the wages, or the fact that Madrid will do everything they can to keep hold of their star man, it seems that a Ronaldo return will have to be left to the simulated fantasies of Football Manager.
Zaha Returning to Palace – Ian Holloway perhaps said it best following his star winger’s match winning display in the Championship Playoff Final; “I think he’d be silly to give him back to me.” Despite his assertiveness, it hasn’t stopped every major newspaper running with the possibility of United loaning Sir Alex Ferguson’s last ever major signing back to his former club. Without doubt, United would love to have a Wilfried Zaha who has played in the Premier League and is already the finished package. But, with Nani an almost certain candidate to leave in the summer, Zaha is readymade to not only take his place in the squad, but to bring some much needed pace, creativity and power to Manchester United’s attacking line. Palace fans may love the idea of a swift return, but there’s no silver lining to this tabloid fairytale.
Gareth Bale to Old Trafford – David Moyes would love a landmark signing to firmly stamp himself into the hearts of the Old Trafford faithful. Sadly, when you look at the face of the Gareth Bale/ Manchester United transfer saga, it seems that he doesn’t quite fit the bill as a Manchester United signing. If Alex Ferguson was a stickler for value in the transfer market, then David Moyes is downright tight-fisted with every single budgetary penny. A newfound transfer jackpot may be burning a hole in his pocket, but the likelihood that he will want to blow the entirety of a rumoured £60 million budget on one player is highly unlikely.
To make matters worse, it’s fair to suggest that United don’t always have the best record when it comes to splashing the cash. The likes of Veron and Berbatov continue to make certain fans wince anytime United outlay £30 million on a single player. To make matters worse, the latter represents the last bit of business Tottenham may be willing to do with United. Gone are the days when Spurs seemed intent upon solving Manchester United’s every problem. Daniel Levy seems to have set his stall out to block a sale to the Premier League Champions and, with Madrid in tow, don’t be surprised to see the Welsh winger playing at the Bernabéu next season.
So, there you have it. 5 transfer stories which may make for great reading, but aren’t going to have too many punters rushing to the bookies any time soon. Despite these lacklustre attempts at stretching the facts, United will certainly be signing some strong players in the summer. Strootman, Thiago and Garay join the more likely contenders for a place in the United squad and, with David Moyes just beginning his Old Trafford tenure, there could be exciting times ahead; just not fantasy ones…