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Should Manchester United really be targetting £30m youngsters?

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Manchester United have had some fairly audacious talent on their books over the years, but Cristiano Ronaldo must surely take the biscuit. Whilst he was fantastic for United during his last couple of years at the club, he’s gone on to fulfil his potential since joining Madrid. He is now the second best player in the world and a worthy competitor to Lionel Messi’s thrown. Though Manchester United have Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia down the wings, it’s fair to say that they miss him. Any team would miss him.

So wouldn’t it be handy if Manchester United could get their hands on ‘the next Cristiano Ronaldo’? According to the Daily Mail, United are chasing £30m rated FC Porto star James Rodriguez. Unfortunately for him, sites like CaughtOffside have applied this moniker to him (unfortunate in the sense that he’s now got a lot to live up to). I’m sure the player himself will be keen to forgo any points of comparison and concentrate on carving out a developmental path of his own.

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The pacey winger grabbed 12 goals in 22 League fixtures last season and helped his team onwards to the domestic title. He oozes confidence on the ball. He’s got all the tricks, all the sass and all the skill, but best of all – there’s end product. Even at 20-years-old Ronaldo often struggled to meaningfully influence the game. At 20-years-old Rodriguez is slamming in goals. The signs are extremely good.

So what’s the catch? As is usually the case with these things: price. The Mail claims that the youngster has a £40m price-tag built into his five year FC Porto contract. They also talk of a £30m bid registered by Manchester United. In other words, if Fergie is genuinely interested, Rodriguez will not come cheap. That’s an absolute fortune to pay for a player that young, who is yet to prove himself in one of Europe’s top Leagues.

When you further consider that Sir Alex Ferguson has demonstrated a more conservative attitude towards transfers in recent times, it would seem as though this is a very unlikely transfer. Fergie would have to break the club’s transfer record and it strikes me that he has more pressing concerns (the centre of the park).

Whilst it’s nice to see United snapping up Europe’s brightest and best, it doesn’t hurt to be realistic. He’s a player that could make it big, but might not. Pouring that much cash into his transfer wouldn’t make much sense.

What’s your take? Is this the kind of signing United should be making?

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7 comments

  • Paul says:

    In football, as in all sports, the best teams find talent when they are young and (relatively) cheap. The big teams will always be at risk for ending up getting a dud at times; they are usually in a situation where they can absorb the loss while smaller teams cannot. And we are still going to have to spend money if we are to compete with the Chelsea’s and the Man City’s. I would love it if we had a similar scenario as Ronaldo, buy when they are young and sell them in their prime for a large sum.

    As an aside, did anyone notice that we bought almost all English based players last year, and now we are looking at bringing in all foreign based players?? Do you think this was a conscience decision on Fergie’s part??

  • Michael says:

    Fergie please break the bounds and sign rodriguez and also moutinho and strootman

  • Nsukka nig says:

    Fagie wether u like it or nt no sign any player again u wil combak empty handed dis season without a trouph

  • Schascha says:

    Fergie 4get abt rodriquez nd gt sneidjer as swap 15 plus anderson

  • Schascha says:

    Motinho can b a beta option

  • ToneDiez says:

    Why would we be linked with ANOTHER winger, at such a high price, and so young? We have plenty of wingers, barring a rumored possibility of Nani departing.
    Sign another decent central midfielder to beef up our depth and bring in a quality striker since Owen is gone and Berbatov is on his way out.

  • Mandla says:

    Why is Man Utd delaying in terms of closing deals for good players. We lost Eisen, Robben, Ballack, Hazard, Torres, Aguero. Pls sign James, Defensive midfielder and one top striker.

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