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United Look To £10m Midfielder


By Chris Woodruff.

Manchester United are reportedly ready to table a bid of around £10million for Everton star Mikel Arteta. The 28-year-old Spanish midfielder, who has also drawn interest from Arsenal and Manchester City, has two years remaining on his current contract. However with negotiations over an extension faltering, the door may be open to a move away from Goodison Park.

Despite having his 2009/10 season disrupted by injury, Arteta impressed with a return of 6 goals in 13 premier league appearances, form which Sir Alex Ferguson may feel is what is needed to boost his United side which at times was too reliant on Wayne Rooney for attacking inspiration last season.

Arteta, who somewhat unfortunately has never been capped for Spain, was initially brought to the Blues on loan from Real Sociedad, and soon after was snapped up on a permanent deal for a fee of £2 million in 2005. He has played a total of 173 games for the Toffees, scoring 28 goals in all competitions.

Ferguson and his fellow Scot David Moyes have an amicable relationship that has paved the way for a number of transfers between the two clubs over the years. Philip Neville, Tim Howard and Louis Saha have all made the move from Manchester to Mersyside, whilst Wayne Rooney became the most expensive teenager ever when he moved to Old Trafford for £25.6 million in the summer of 2004. Young starlet Jack Rodwell has been constantly linked with a move to the Reds this year having impressed in his first full season in the Everton team, however having signed a new 5 year contract last week, this switch is one which is unlikely to take place in the near future.

Although Moyes is desperate to keep his midfield maestro, Arteta – who is revered by the Goodison faithful – may find the lure of Champions League football too much to turn down as he desperately tries to break into an outrageously talented Spain midfield.

I personally would relish the prospect of seeing Arteta in a United shirt. A proven Premier League player, he would provide much needed creativity in the heart of the midfield, something that I believe has been lacking from the squad for a number of years. With Michael Carrick’s performances deteriorating at an alarming rate and the impending retirement of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes, Arteta would be the perfect midfield partner for the industrious Darren Fletcher, and along with the electric pace and skill of Nani and Antonio Valencia on the wings, would give Manchester United a balanced midfield full of goals and assists ahead of the 2010/11 season.

Would United fans like to see Arteta at Old Trafford? Please leave your comments below….



  1. Ragnar

    June 2, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Arteta for 10million? I seriously doubt that Moyes will let him go for such a low sum considering he received 24million for Lescott last year.

  2. Dr_Congo

    June 2, 2010 at 10:20 am

    10m??!!?? Seriously, if you are going to make things up at least have a stab at being realistic with the price.
    If nothing else at least try and bare in mind that moyes has slapped a 15m price tag on Pienaar who only has one year left on his deal and more importantly is isnt half the player Arteta is.

    3/10 must try harder.

  3. Shanks

    June 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Gets worse – £10 million?
    Wouldn’t buy his left leg

  4. Paul Withe

    June 2, 2010 at 10:27 am

    This has to be the most ridiculous story of the summer so far! As if £10m would buy Arteta, try doubling it before we would even dignify the bid with a rejection.

  5. Chris Woodruff

    June 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I agree that £10 million does seem rather low, however I am just going on what other sources have suggested.

  6. Colonel Bogey

    June 2, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    You could buy his left foot for £10 million. You’d have to pay another £15 million for his right foot.

  7. Erlingur

    June 3, 2010 at 12:29 am

    well, of course the price seems a little low for this player, but anything is possible in Football today . Maybe Fergie has something to offer Moyes , which could lower the price pay’d by Man U. I would like to se Arteta in Man U. We are a little short of quality in midfield and need more goals from there, don’t thing Gibson is good enough there, and we lost the title to chelsea, so obviously we need to strenghten the team.
    greatings from a Man U fan in Iceland.

  8. mel

    June 3, 2010 at 1:39 am

    A fair price tag would be in the 15M mark. He’s a real talent but he isn’t a superstar.

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