The Independent today suggests that money bags Manchester City are not having it all their own way. Mostly their own way but not all. Apparently their attempts to sign the prodigious Eden Hazard from Lille have hit the rocks due to the Belgian’s desire to be remunerated at the same level as City’s top earners.
I suppose that the one drawback of being the richest club in the world is that everyone knows it and everyone wants to ‘git sum’.
Sir Alex Ferguson needs to move now in order to stop the rot. He can’t continue to sit back whilst City snap up all the top players in the world. The precedent is Chelsea but, thankfully for Manchester United, they fell into management turmoil for a few years after Mourinho. But Mancini is an excellent coach who will certainly stay for a while if City win the league as expected. This continuity will mean an even bigger threat to Manchester United’s dominance than was offered by Chelsea in the middle of the Noughties. Chelsea had money but lost a bit of direction. If City keep Mancini this won’t happen.
Manchester United can’t just wait for City’s owners to become bored and move on. They need to compete for the top players. Hazard is certainly one of those and if SAF has to pay top wages to get him then so be it. Players like Wayne Rooney won’t be complaining. They just want to play with world class team mates.
It’s now or never for Manchester United and Eden Hazard. soccersweep thinks that Fergie should give the lad whatever he wants, including a promise of first team football that he may not necessarily get at The Etihad. It’s time to get the cheque book out.