The veteran Manchester United manager hopes to bring the Portuguese international centre-back to Old Trafford in an effort to provide more competition for places and to make up for the seemingly constant injury worries of Rio Ferdinand.
With Rio spending most of his time informing his Twitter followers about his attempts to disguise farts in his chauffeur-driven car, and Jonny Evans featuring only 9 times in the league this season, Ferguson has had to blood Chris Smalling quicker than he perhaps would have liked. Fortunately for United, the former Fulham man has adapted very quickly to the rigours of playing for such a big club, but it is felt that he need not shoulder the burden on his own, and the signing of the impressive Rolando will relieve some of the pressure and give Ferguson another option at the back.
Rolando, 25, has had a great season for Porto, who are currently top of Portugal’s Primeira Liga with an astounding unbeaten record of having won 21 games and drawn 2 of the 23 they’ve played. Perhaps even more staggering than that is that the Portuguese giants have conceded just 7 goals, thanks in large part to the outstanding form or Rolando.
The Cape Verde-born defender has won 10 caps for his adopted country and his excellent play this season has caught the eye not just of United, but of arch rivals, Liverpool as well as Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan. Rolando’s agent Peppino Tirri recently made clear that the Portuguese defender is wanted across Europe,
“There were observers to follow him from many clubs including Inter Milan, Juventus, Manchester United and Liverpool,”
“There are possibilities he arrives in Italy, we will work from here to June but there have been approaches with Juventus and Inter.”
“The player’s rating is very high. €15million? Even a little more,”
Such a price-tag should not prove a problem for United, but it seems Alex Ferguson will have his work cut out to land the promising centre-back, who is thought to prefer a move to Italy with Inter Milan.
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