Manchester United is in the driver’s seat of the English Premier League, but that won’t stop them from trying to bolster the club’s roster.
The Red Devils have a stacked squad that has helped them win 18 matches in EPL play this season. But that stacked squad is bound to get better with the transfer window open and Sir Alex Ferguson ready to pull the trigger on a few players.
Here’s the latest news coming out of Old Trafford on players potentially joining Manchester United in their quest for a 20th division title.
Juan Fernando Quintero Prefers Italy
The 19-year-old star from Colombia isn’t too keen on coming to play for Manchester United. Richard Arrowsmith of The Daily Mirror reports that Quintero doesn’t have the Red Devils atop his list of potential destinations:
“United, No, I like Inter,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I prefer the Nerazzurri because they have a lot of South American at the club. And I’m happy in Italy.”
Quintero did go on to say that he wouldn’t necessarily turn down an offer from Manchester United as he considers them to be one of the strongest teams, but his heart clearly doesn’t beat for the Red Devils.
Arrowsmith believes that price tag to be around £10 million which is pretty steep considering Quintero would prefer to stay in Italy rather than come to Greater Manchester. It would be advised for Sir Alex Ferguson to pass on the young Colombian.
Wilfried Zaha Deal Expected Soon
Another young gun that Manchester United has had its eye on has been Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha. Zaha, 20, was named the Football League’s Young Player of the Year at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season and is regarded as a star in the making.
David Hytner and Jamie Jackson of The Guardian reports that Sir Alex Ferguson didn’t travel with Manchester United for its fourth-round FA Cup matchup in order to work on a deal for Zaha:
Sir Alex Ferguson is confident of signing Wilfried Zaha for £12 million from Crystal Palace by the end of the week, with the aim of loaning the winger back to the Championship club for the remainder of the season.
Throughout Zaha’s English League Championship season, he’s scored five times and racked up four assists through 27 games. If he continues to develop, that £12 million will be a bargain at the end of the deal.
Jeff Schlupp Working Out With Red Devils
Leicester City striker Jeff Schlupp may be one of the next players coming to play at Old Trafford. Jason Le Miere of The International Business Times reports that Schlupp has been working out with Manchester United under the permission of manager Nigel Pearson:
He is training with them at the moment. I have allowed him to go there for a week. It is a great opportunity for him. We have a good relationship with United and I am not going to stand in his way to go there for a week’s training. If anything comes of it, we will wait and see. They have had a good luck at him.
Schlupp has appeared in just nine matches with his current club this year and has yet to score a goal. Nonetheless, Schlupp shows a lot of promise and may be worth the price for Manchester United should they liked what they see in his week with the club.