Manchester United are reportedly interested in Udinese attacker Gabriel Torje. The little Romanian has been likened to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi due to his small frame and unbelievable dribbling.
United are not alone in the chase though. Real Madrid and Chelsea are tracking Torje who was originally bought for £9m from Dinamo Burcharest. The Italian side have only just brought Torje in the last transfer window in 2011 as a replacement for the departing Alexis Sanchez to Barcelona but are now resigned to losing the inspirational forward. Udinese will be more than prepared to cash in on Torje and know that his original fee will only rise as a result of this increasing interest in the player.
Arsenal are apparently interested in Torje as well but may find it hard to raise the cash compared to United, Real or Chelsea. Torje’s reputation will be a lot to live up to wherever the Romanian decides his future lies but already his loyalty is under scrutiny will several clubs already under his belt. Would he be a fantastic signing for United’s new generation of young players or would we simply see him leave for Real or Barcelona next season for even more money?
Udinese will certainly miss him if he does go in January. He has helped the club to the top of the league but as everyone knows, if the price is right. United would indeed find Torje useful in Europe especially when up against rivals such as Barcelona. To match them like for like with their own little Messi would set up an astonishing encounter if the transfer was to materialize. January will reveal all but it’s true to say that gone are the days of loyalty to a club for life when money is literally thrown at you left right and centre.
You wouldn’t blame Torje for leaving Udinese but it would be a shame. A shame for the future of football.