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The unofficial transfer window shopping list

Posted by hakanrylander on June 22, 2009

 United are about to receive £80m for Ronaldo and are therefore linked with just about every top class player in Europe and their dogs. Some of the suggested signings are very tempting but totally unrealistic (e.g. Essien and Torres) while in other cases the fees quoted are very fanciful (Ribery).

The Between The Lines shopping list stays away from the most expensive options and contains just three names:

Micah Richards. Probably the most talented young defender/midfielder in England. Hasn’t played to his potential during the last two seasons but it would be very interesting to see him develop under Ferguson. Could play in central defence or at right-back, but I see him as a future holding midfielder, “the next Patrick Vieira”. Tops my shopping list if indeed City, as rumoured, are stupid enough to sell him.

Robin van Persie. Reports claim that he’s unhappy with the level of ambition at Arsenal. Very skilful and mobile and would work wonderfully with Rooney or Berbatov or both. A bit injury-prone but worth a gamble.

Antonio Valenicia. Impressed me a lot as man-of-the-match against United in January. A fast and direct winger/midfielder who eschewes fancy footwork but can make it look very easy to get past a full-back. Some think he’s overpriced at £18m. I don’t agree.

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7 Responses to “The unofficial transfer window shopping list”

  1. Erik said

    How ’bout Miralem Pjanić? Turned out great in Football Manager at least!

  2. hakanrylander said

    Cheers, Erik! I’ve never seen Pjanic play but of course I have to trust your judgement.
    Unfortunately it seems that van Persie is about to sign a new contract with Arsenal. Rumours about a possible move to United were probably instigated by his agent to try to force Arsenal into agreeing to a pay-rise.

  3. RedJack said

    How about Owen on a pay as you play contract?

  4. hakanrylander said

    Thanks for your comment, RedJack. It’s an interesting thought if we could sign an experienced goalscorer like Owen on “pay as you play”. At his best Owen is a very good player. But I have to say that I wasn’t too impressed with what I saw of him at the barcodes last season. If he doesn’t improve on that form I would probably prefer that we give more opportunities to Macheda and Welbeck.

  5. hakanrylander said

    Full marks to RedJack for seeing the Owen-deal coming!

  6. Nice post any shopping list for the January transfer window. Personally i feel Utd could do with another center back.

  7. hakanrylander said

    With serious question marks over Ferdinand’s fitness and Vidic’s willingness to stay in Manchester, you might well be right. Simon Kjaer tops my list. I’m still keen on Micah but I think Mancini is much less likely to sell him than Hughes was.

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