The Merry-go-round 5: Man United, Rooney out Fabregas in?
Right now I have no idea what is going on at Old Trafford. My first two potential moves deal with my Man United, since the transfer window seems to be getting somewhat more exciting for us this week.
Wayne Rooney; Man Utd – Chelsea/Arsenal/PSG
No need to explain the choice of photograph, I’m sure.
Oh Wayne, what will become of you and your petty ways? I’ll bet everyone has heard or expressed this view before, but back in 2010 when he first went off the rails and handed in a transfer request, it was down to the club’s lack of ambition, yes?
Fast forward two years and Fergie buys the league’s top goalscorer from one of his biggest rivals. Rooney becomes surplus to requirements in the main striker role, and becomes angry, as it seems United have now become too ambitious.
I’m not sure we really need Rooney in all honesty. On the enormous wages he is on he should be 100% committed to the team and to winning trophies, not trying to weasel a move elsewhere.
Yes, his goals and assists records have been top class over the last five years or so, but as we all know nobody is bigger than Manchester United.
Annoyingly, he has played absolutely brilliantly in central midfield. This is annoying because of the complete disdain he shows to being given that role.
If we got £20m+ for him, I don’t think I’d be sorry to see him go. Hopefully we can offload him into Europe, so this statement doesn’t come back to bite my behind in May.
Likelihood: Chelsea 2/10, Arsenal 5/10, PSG 6/10
Francesc Fabregas; Barcelona – Man Utd
And now, to follow directly on…
While Rooney briefly seemed like the answer to our poor depth in midfield, he doesn’t like it. Boo hoo, we are going after someone better, it would seem.
A £26m bid has been rejected already, if we are to believe the news. With Tito Vilanova’s sad news expected later on today, Barca may not be in a position to sell Fabregas until a successor steps in.
I can’t see Fabregas outright choosing United over Barca, but he is used sparingly at the Nou Camp and still has age on his side for a good few years as a regular starter.
This would be a seriously exciting signing. Fabregas could slot right into the role Scholesy has filled for the past 20 years.
I do wonder how his Emirates return would compare to RvP’s for hostility, since he wasn’t exactly loved when he left.
It just seems to fit, this deal. We need a bonafide, world class CM. Barcelona happen to have a spare one lying around on the subs bench. Game time for Fab, money for Barca, trophies for United. Win-win-win.
Having said that, it could easily be one of those to good to be true things, which is why I don’t normally write about these kind of deals. It’s just been an exciting couple of days.
Pepe Reina; Liverpool – Napoli
Right, less of the MUFC fanboying. Another Liverpool player makes it in this week.
Pepe Reina has been at Liverpool since 2005, and he is still only 30. As a keeper he still has a few of his best years to come, you would feel.
I’ve never been the biggest Reina fan, but I do feel sorry for him when it comes to international football. Being born in the same generation and country as Iker Casillas is just unfair for a goalie.
If Rafa does come calling on his old club as is expected, I would like to see Reina go to Italy to test himself in a new challenge. The last couple of years at Anfield he seems to be on cruise control.
One major advantage Napoli have over Liverpool is they might be able to put Reina in a keeper kit that doesn’t make small children vomit or bleed from the nose on sight. That could apply to many of the recent Red’s kits though. Or is it just me?
Anyway, with Simon Mignolet turning up on Merseyside Reina might be eased out of first team action this year. Moving to Napoli might be a bit of a sideways choice, as they are similar to Liverpool in terms of ambition, but I just think he needs to be fully testing himself again.
Who knows, perhaps the competition Mignolet provides might actually spur Pepe into a burst of his old form. One thing he’ll always have going for him, he’s one of the best penalty savers in the world.
Bafetimbi Gomis; Lyon – Newcastle
Another day, another French international being courted by Newcastle.
Whether Alan Pardew is afraid signing a player from outside France will upset the feng shui he has going on in the Toon dressing room at the moment I don’t know, but I think Newcastle will have a much better campaign this year.
In my opinion, the reason they failed so badly in the league was their European obligations, coupled with their squad size. They just didn’t have the resources to compete on both levels.
Now after all this Papiss Cisse talk has blown over, as I imagine it will, Newcastle can look forward to a solely domestic season, and bringing in someone like Gomis is a step in the right direction.
He is a big strong lad much in the Ba mold, and while people say he could unsettle Cisse I think the opposite could be true, similar to Reina and Mignolet.
I honestly think Newcastle should play with two up front. Cisse and Gomis could form a great partnership, and with Ben Arfa sitting behind them they could cause a lot of teams a lot of problems.
Newcastle top 8 this season for me.
The Wishlist! Hal Robson-Kanu; Reading – Swansea
Having seen him just sign a new contract last month, this shall not be a viable transfer. Hence its inclusion on the wishlist.
Like Alonso last week, Robson-Kanu is a player I enjoy watching, and I’d like the chance to watch him again next season in the Premier League.
When Reading played Man United last year he was terrific down both flanks and caused all sorts of problems. Reading have done well to tie him down after the season he had.
He is only 24, and although I have put Swansea as my destination of choice it is more a placeholder for any side with top 10 ambitions.
Don’t think he’s ready for a top four club yet, just look what happened to Scott Sinclair. But I am sure that he will find his way back into the Premier League, if not with Reading this season then certainly in the one or two after that.