Some of the more shamelessly speculatory rags are today suggesting that Manchester United are now in pole position to sign wantaway Arsenal striker Robin Van Persie. The Mirror, never short of a tenuous link, has reported that:
‘Fergie is understood to have told footballing friends he believes Van Persie will be moving to Old Trafford’
We still think that Van Persie will go to Manchester City, a club who would sign a 70 year old if he’d scored 20 league goals the previous season. Manchester United, on the other hand, seem to have abided by a strict policy of signing youngsters, especially since the failed Berbatov experiment.
But maybe the boss is still prepared to make exceptions for exceptional players and there is no doubt that he likes Van Persie. If Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is to be believed, this will be Fergie’s last season as manager of the club, so perhaps the Scot is treating himself to a few parting gifts. Gifts which he and the fans can enjoy now rather than in three or four years time.
Meanwhile, everyone thought that Luka Modric was Real Madrid bound and that may well still be the case. But Tottenham manager AVB has said today that any club matching their valuation of the player has a chance to sign him. He is quoted in The Daily Mail as saying:
‘There has been continuous interest (in Modric) from three different clubs. But it’s important for Tottenham to hold on to their rights.
‘His situation will continue as it is until the price is right. Luka is an intelligent person and understands the club have to defend his value, their values, rights and interests.
‘The offer has not met what the chairman wants. If that is met there won’t be any problems.’
Until now, most thought that Daniel Levy would only sell Modric abroad but these latest quotes possibly allude to a softening of stance. So United may well still have a chance if they really do want Modric.
We should get some serious developments either way in the next few days.