This is the transfer United fans have been waiting for as their club gets set to bid £30 million for Bayern Munich favourite Franck Ribery. Tired of buying youthful yet inexperienced players, Sir Alex looks set this to buy some real proven quality this summer.
Ferguson tried to purchase Ribery in the same summer he sold Ronaldo to Madrid, only for the stubborn Germans to price him out the market. However the Scot is reported to have a huge transfer kitty available to improve the team for the following season and Ribery is on the list of targets.
The Bundesliga club have had a disappointing season and find themselves in 4th place, some 14 points behind leaders Dortmund. With Louis Van Gaal set to be replaced in the summer, there is uncertainty surrounding the German club as to whether they can hang on to their top stars. This would almost certainly be true should the club miss out on a Champions League place.
Ribery only signed a new contract last summer, but the German club were in a much better position back then. Having just completed a domestic double and looking forward to a Champions League Final against Inter Milan they were on the verge of a famous treble.
The Frenchman has had a disappointing season so far, dogged by rumours of the reported sex scandal last year involving 3 other French players and an underage prostitute, coupled with a traumatic World Cup, it is felt Ribery would relish a fresh start.
He would certainly add quality to the United squad. Particularly in the wide areas given he can play on either flank. Antonio Valencia has only recently come back from injury and Nani is only real class outlet. The United Chairman David Gill has spoken of the ability to bring a couple of “marquee” signings this summer.
With a new manager coming into the German side, he may well want to use the funds to stamp his own mark on the team. The £30 million received would go some way to doing that. Ferguson has been a keen admirer of the talented winger since his Marseille days and it looks as though this summer maybe his best chance yet.
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