£16m Liverpool Target: “Manchester United is the club of my dreams”
Despite being an apparent £16 million target for Liverpool, 20 year-old defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila has revealed his love for club rivals, Manchester United. This may be a big blow for Liverpool, who have reportedly been scouting the Rennes player for a while through their Director of Football Strategy, Damien Comolli, and it perhaps shows a sign of the times at Liverpool. The Mersey side club have dropped out of the top four, haven’t won a trophy for a couple of years, and have suffered utter turmoil both on and off the pitch in recent times having trouble with both their owners and managers.
The French player M’Villa, who has been described as a player who possesses “excellent defensive abilities” and “impressive physical strength” said:
“Manchester United is the club of my dreams. It’s a very prestigious club and I dream to play for them.”
Since losing Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid in 2009, Liverpool have never really replaced him with a quality central midfielder to partner Steven Gerrard, who can create for the attack, whilst holding the team together in the middle of the park. They tried with Alberto Aquilani – look where that ended up. Raul Meireles hasn’t had an immediate impact on Liverpool, and doesn’t look as if he has the authority to command the midfield like Alonso used to. M’Villa would certainly add to the squad at Liverpool.
Manchester United on the other hand, have not been linked to the player as heavily as Liverpool have, but will soon be looking for some midfielders themselves as Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs will be looking towards retirement in the near future. The problem with transfers at United is mainly about both the price, and the preference of the player. If the player wants to join you, you have a great chance of signing him, but if you are in hundreds of millions of pounds of debt… well there lies the problem.
United have been linked to Belgian central midfielder Steven Defour, as well as German play maker Bastien Schweinsteiger for the central position, while players such as Michel Bastos and Fabio Coentrao have been tipped to replace Giggs – despite both being defenders.
Liverpool have far bigger problems on the pitch than top of the League, unbeaten Manchester United, but both teams can easily be improved. By who, we will have to find out.
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