Sunday, June 08, 2008

Berbatov and Santa Cruz secondary striker targets?

A report in the Sunday Times claims that United will soon tie-up a deal to sign Spurs striker Dimitar Berbatov, a player who is not without his critics, there are those who say that he's lazy and lacks pace and that he is by no means the complete striker. It's not all bad though, because when the Bulgarian is on the ball he is arguably the best in the business where touch is concerned and he would certainly bring something different to the Red Devils attack.

United have also been strongly linked with Blackburn's Roque Santa Cruz, the former Bayern star is a class act. The Paraguayan has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester City following Mark Hughes exit. A report in today's News of the World claimed that Saha could be offered as a makeweight as part of the deal.

However, with Euro 2008 getting under way and with neither player taking part it's interesting to note that United haven't thus far made a move for either, which in turn raises the question are either or both on Fergie's wanted list?

United are definitely looking to sign another striker but as yet the identity of the Reds' first choice target remains unknown leaving the media to play their guessing games. Young Dutch star Klaas-Jan Huntelaar remains a possibility as does Lyon's Karim Benzema, given that United are yet to show their hand it could well be the case that Berbatov and Santa Cruz are secondary targets.

The Reds' may have to wait until after Euro 2008 before making their move to sign their top target, which could prove to be something of a costly gamble if either player has a good tournament which will in turn increase the asking price.


  1. which in turn raises the question are either or both on Fergie's wanted list?

    Berbatov is ever present in Fergie's anted list

  2. With the money coming from Ronaldo's departure, United's cheque book will be well prepared for any sort of war. Santa Cruz should be good for two or three seasons, whereeas Benzema and Berbatov can be more long-term options.

    However, given the amount of player disloyalty on display, how rare players like Giggs, Scholes, Gerrard, among others of their loyal calibre are, even buying youngsters for crazy prices may not be the best thing in the world.

    It is astonishing that these days, personal terms are being discussed before transfer fees are being arranged between two clubs, player-power has gone too far, and the Duke of Edinburgh's statement that the Premier League is a prostitution racket is becoming more and more relevant.

    Anyhow, strikers for United have been a good idea since Van Nistelrooy left. The question is whether Nani can fill the gap left by Ronaldo, or whether we need to pick up another winger.

  3. United are finally going ahead and reporting Madrid's illegal behaviour to FIFA on the Ronaldo fiasco.

    Technically, what can FIFA do to Madrid for this kind of activity? Can they just write them a warning, a slight slap on the wrist? Or can they fine them heavily or make them compensate to United heavily? Can they even ban the club?

    What do you think?


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