Manchester United really are not having much luck this summer with players that had been linked with a possible move to Old Trafford, all of whom have made comments saying a move was not even a thought, with the latest player, Arjen Robben distancing himself from being reunited with Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal. Robben was reported by the Daily Star as saying:
“Manchester United? That’s not an option. I am staying at Bayern Munich. Period.”
“And I cannot imagine that Bayern would want to sell me.
“I have only just renewed my contract and we are happy with each other. It would have been a different story had I been unhappy.
“I would have been open to a move then, because I had a great time under Van Gaal at Bayern. He has been very important for my career. However, fact is that I am very happy at my current club.”
He did however say:
“I think United did great to appoint Van Gaal.”
Personally I am happy that Arjen Robben will not be heading to United. He is a great player and would be an upgrade on the wingers we currently have, but at 30-years-old and likely to cost more than £25 million, he would have only been an option for United for 2-3 years at most, meaning the player had no resale value and rebuilding would have been needed at the end of that period once again.
Earlier this week it was reported by the Daily Mail that United had struck a deal with Bayern Munich for midfielder Toni Kroos for £20 million, which seemed too good to be true. The was followed within 12 hours that Louis van Gaal has decided that Kroos was not to be pursued by United this summer. Not long after, the German midfielder made a comment about the rumours in the press, he said:
“I am expecting to play for Bayern Munich next season.
“There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not an issue.”
Many United supporters, including myself, were certain that Kroos would be wearing a United shirt next season, but with the reports the Van Gaal had ended United’s chase for the midfielder, I was not overly shocked, as it is something I have seen time and time again. We were linked with Wesley Sneijder heavily in 2010, still to this day there are some reports of the player and United being brought together, but it is just one of those moves that will never happen. We have been promised arrivals this summer, there are constant reports suggesting a considerable amount of money will be spent, but right now there is too much uncertainty about the possible targets.
It just goes to show that the press have no idea who United will be targeting this summer. Last season we were constantly told by former manager David Moyes, that United had players lined up to move to the Old Trafford club, but with the Scottish manager now relieved from his role after a lacklustre season at the club, it is unknown as to whether these players Moyes talked about were still lined up, or whether it was back to the drawing board for United under the leadership of Louis van Gaal.
Earlier this week, reports suggested United were looking at Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka of Dnipro, the player who was linked to Liverpool during the last transfer window, failing to make a move to the side that lost the Barclays Premier League when Steven Gerrard slipped against Chelsea, gifting Demba Ba, who scored moments later. The Ukrainian winger seems to have also rejected United with Artur Petrosyan, editor-in-chief of Russian publication Sport-Express tweeting an apparent quote from the player, which said:
“Man United? I’d rather stay at Dnipro and play in the Champions League.”
If this quote is genuine, it would seem that the player would rather play in the UEFA Champions League, rather that improve his chances winning trophies in a different league. Dnipro are currently the second best team in the Ukraine, behind Shakhtar Donetsk. I do not think Dnipro have a chance at winning the Champions League, but if it is important for him to play in the competition, albeit until December when they could either fall into the UEFA Europa League or even out of European competition altogether. They may, depending on their group, make the knockout stages of the competition, but personally, I doubt it. To me, rejecting the chance to sign for United, who are lamented as one of the biggest teams in the world, it suggests that the player may not be a winner, he may know he is not good enough to play for the club, those types of player, I would like the club to steer clear of. We all only want to see players that want to play for United, to be playing for United.
What will the summer bring? Will Ed Woodward struggle to attract signings? Will he prove us all wrong? Tell us what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
By Paul Bienkowski
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