Manchester United Transfer Rumours: 4 Players Linked to the Red Devils

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentSeptember 25, 2012

Manchester United Transfer Rumours: 4 Players Linked to the Red Devils

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    Here are four players linked to Manchester United.

    I know what you’re thinking, it’s only September, but you have to understand that football transfer rumours are a year-round business.

    Instead of just outlining the transfer rumour, this article will take a more critical look at the player in question and whether or not the rumour is fact or fiction. 

Isco, Málaga, Attacking Midfielder, Age: 20

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    What’s the transfer rumour?

    A whole host of clubs including Manchester United are vying to sign Isco from cash-strapped Málaga, according to caughtoffside.com.   

    Tell me more about this guy 

    Isco is a world-class talent, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise similar to that of Gastón Ramírez. In the span of a year, both players went from under-the-radar youngsters to transfer speculation fodder. 

    Caught Offside's title: "Man United Lead Chase to Sign £16m ‘New Xavi" is slightly wrong because whilst Isco's long passing is superb, he plays more like Andrés Iniesta than Xavi. 

    Isco can play across the "3" of the 4-2-3-1 but he's elite as a no. 10. In the recent UEFA Champions League game against Zenit, he started as a deep-lying forward behind Javier Saviola and caused havoc to Bruno Alves and Nicolas Lombaerts. 

    Give me one reason why this rumour is total BS

    Isco plays in the same position as Shinji Kagawa—why would United wreck the Japanese international's confidence by effectively signing his replacement?

    Akio Kogiku, Kagawa's mentor, told Asia and Japan Watch: "He [Kagawa] worries too much about his mistakes. One problem he has is shaking off his emotions."

    During the Isco's time at Valencia, he experienced what it was like to warm the benches, so he won't be fine with being a sub at United.

Fernando Muslera, Galatasaray, Goalkeeper, Age: 26

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    What’s the transfer rumour?

    Galatasaray vice-president Ali Durust says Manchester United have enquired about the availability of defender Semih Kaya and goalkeeper Fernando Muslera, according to the National Turk

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    I won't comment on Semih Kaya because I've only seen him once. He didn't look like anything special against United. If anything, his partner Dany Nounkeu should be the one linked to United because he was a brick wall at the back.

    During Muslera's tenure at Lazio, he consistently pulled off incredible saves, which has been the same whenever I've seen him for Uruguay. 

    I named him as the fifth best player during the 2011 Copa América. 

    Against United, he denied Nani from 12 yards out. Hasn't the Portuguese learnt that stuttering isn't conducive to converting the spot kick? 

    Give me one reason why this rumour is total BS

    Who is the third most expensive keeper in football history? David De Gea. What club does he play for? Manchester United. 

    If De Gea is worth £18 million, then Muslera, the fifth most expensive keeper ever, will cost United at least £30 million. Will Sir Alex Ferguson spend that much on a keeper? Here's your answer

Viktor Fischer, Ajax, Deep-Lying Forward, Age: 18

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    What’s the transfer rumour?

    John Ashdown at guardian.co.uk said: 

    It could be a busy January at Old Trafford. United have also got their eye on the Ajax youngster Viktor Fischer, who may sound like the latest chess prodigy to become a grandmaster before the age of three, but is in fact an 18-year-old forward worth splashing £5m on.

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    In April, when I published a list of the best teenagers in Europe, I cut five players from the long-list—all five were NextGen standouts: Jean Marie Dongou, Gary Gardner, Davy Klaassen, Viktor Fischer and Betinho.  

    Fischer is a genius, he's technically perfect (the large majority of Ajax academy players are) and has a bright future. 

    He hardly broke a sweat as he scored a hat trick against Molde in the NextGen series. 

    However, excellence at youth level doesn't correspond to greatness at senior level. 

    Macauley Chrisantus was unstoppable during the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Javier Portillo was earmarked as the next great Los Merengues forward. Bojan Djordjic was the 2001 Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year at Manchester United. 

    Sometimes, prodigious talents just don't make that step to the senior level. 

    It's a major red flag that Fischer has yet to prominently feature in an Ajax side known for blooding youngsters.  

    Give me one reason why this rumour is total BS

    Fischer isn't even an Ajax regular. Why would United sign him? If he was 15 or 16, then maybe, but at 18, the young Dane needs to concentrate on breaking into the Ajax team. 

Angelo Ogbonna, Torino, Centre-Back, Age: 24

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    What’s the transfer rumour?

    ESPN FC is reporting that Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi claims centre-back Angelo Ogbonna is a Manchester United transfer target. 

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    Ogbonna's athleticism is amazing but his capacity to be a quasi-deep-lying playmaker for Torino is what really stands out. 

    It's so advantageous on counter attacks to have a centre-back whose vision and passing ability is so good like Ogbonna.  

    This season, he has completed 94.6 percent of his 60 passes per game, with a 90.6 completion percentage on long passes—10 percent higher than Mats Hummels. 

    Give me one reason why this rumour is total BS

    It's an attention seeking ploy from Petrachi because it's in Torino's best interest to build up Ogbonna's profile—and there's no better way than informing the media hungry English tabloids of United's supposed interest in him.  

    Ogbonna is Torino's most valuable prospect since Gianluigi Lentini (watch this if you don't know who he is).

    In 1992, Torino forced AC Milan to break the bank and submit a then-world record transfer fee of £13 million for Lentini. 

    The Premier League rarely attracts upper echelon Italian talents without a catch. 

    Gianfranco Zola to Chelsea; forced out of Parma by Carlo Ancelotti. 

    Fabrizio Ravanelli to Middlesbrough; was the Premiership's highest earner at £42,000 per-week.

    Paolo Di Canio to Sheffield Wednesday; built up a reputation as a dressing room cancer across Serie A clubs. 

    Alberto Aquilani to Liverpool; the Reds were the only club stupid enough to spend an exorbitant amount on Italy's answer to Owen Hargreaves. 

    Mario Balotelli to Manchester City; Inter Milan didn't want to sell him to a rival Italian club. 

    During the heyday of Alessandro Nesta and Fabio Cannavaro, both players chose not to sign with a Premier League club. 

    Andrea Ranocchia, the latest hyped Italian centre-back, decided to move to Inter Milan where he has crumbled under the media's intense scrutiny. 

    Will Ogbonna be the same if he moves to a bigger club? Comment below with your opinion.

     

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