Media Watch: Inter Milan seek to snatch up £18m-rated Manchester United star


It’s a sign of how far Darren Fletcher has come over the course of the last couple of seasons, that there are headlines out there linking him in a big money move to a top Italian club. But, if you believe Sportingo, that’s exactly the case: Inter Milan are seeking to bring the 27-year-old into the fold at the San Siro with a shock £18m bid for the competitive midfielder.

Whilst Fletcher has faced criticism from neutral fans over the years, there’s a reason that Sir Alex Ferguson has kept him in the United set-up for so long. A man with three Premier League titles to his name, an FA Cup, two League Cups and the Champion’s League can’t be all that bad. His importance to Manchester United’s midfield was underlined recently when he spent time on the sideline nursing an injury. The fact is, Fletcher has got himself into a position where United miss him when he’s gone.

Inter Milan are said to be looking for a long-term replacement for their veteran midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and view Fletcher as a perfect replacement.

That’s the story as reported by Sportingo. There are no quotes or sources provided and it’s highly implausible at best.

Firstly, Cambiasso is only 30-years-old and I find it difficult to believe that Inter are scouring the globe for his replacement at such an early stage. Moreover, are we really expected to believe that they view Darren Fletcher as a long-term replacement? He’s a perfectly capable player and a fine man to have in your squad, but he’s got some way to go before he acquires Cambiasso’s reputation.

I’d also argue that £18m rather overvalues Fletcher. Italian sides are notoriously tight-pursed and there’s no chance that Inter would be willing to put up that kind of cash to tempt Manchester United to let him go.

When you consider further than Fletcher signed a four-year deal with United back in March and is regarded as a key member of his side by Sir Alex Ferguson any possibility of a deal becomes more and more unlikely. I simply don’t believe that Darren Fletcher is on Inter Milan’s radar and even if he were, no move away from Manchester United would ever materialise.

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