Belgian side Standard Liège are believed to be ready to listen to offers for their star man, Steven Defour. The two main contenders for his signature are Arsenal and Manchester United; however, Alex Ferguson may feel he already has the edge over Arsene Wenger, after his infamous “get-well-soon” letter to Defour following the player’s broken metatarsal suffered last year.
“Dear Steven, I heard about your serious injury… You must be feeling quite down and are no doubt asking yourself all sorts of questions. But don’t worry: everything will work out. You will have to work hard to come back and I am going to follow your performances. I will remain in contact with Standard. I am writing this letter because one of your fans drew my attention to your injury.”
Fergie would never usually afford one particular player such special treatment, and so must rate the Standard Liège captain very highly. Defour has stated in the past that his future lies in the Premier League, and despite links with Arsenal and Aston Villa, it looks increasingly likely that Old Trafford will be his ultimate destination.
Defour is valued at £15m, and United may look to finance a move by offloading Darron Gibson and Michael Carrick. Gibson has yet to break into the United first team, and may be sold to Sunderland or West Brom for around £3.5m. Carrick, meanwhile, although a first team regular and undoubtedly talented, is an inconsistent performer for United; sometimes the best player on the pitch, sometimes the worst, and Ferguson would hope to receive somewhere in the region of £10m for the England midfielder, with Fulham the likely destination.
Defour is certainly a highly-rated player, yet with Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs both nearing the end of their careers, can United afford to sell two more midfielders to accommodate the Belgian in their squad?
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