Gabriel Obertan, who we reported about yesterday, is said to have a medical at OT. The fee is reported to be around £3m. I bet Wenger must be upset now SAF pulls ‘a Wenger’ and signs an obscure, not too known, French talent for a rather low price.
For a long time we have been rumoured to be interested in Miguel Veloso, a 23 year old Portuguese defensive midfielder. Veloso and his club Sporting always maintained that wanted to stay in Lisbon but things have gotten quiet around him.
Veloso was rumoured to be a +£20m target for us.
Anderson hasn’t been too terrific last season, potential is there but often his performance was below par and the question is if Owen Hargreaves will return and reach his peak again. Veloso would be a great reinforcement for the midfield and take work load away from Michael Carrick. And we have seen in the past that ManUtd CAN play with two defensive midfielders. Anderson and Hargreaves have regularly played together and immobilized the Liverpool and Arsenal midfield. Do we need Veloso? Has it become quiet around him because SAF is masterminding another coup? [Read more…]
According to the media our team will be extended with the French 20 years old Gabriel Obertan. My first reaction was: Gabriel who and I bet we all think that when hearing the name???
The guy has been a member of Bordeaux since 2006 and has played 54 games for the Girondins, while scoring 3 times. In 2009 former ManUtd player Laurent Blanc, now Manager over at Bordeaux, decided to loan him out to Lorient, French Ligue 1 ((Like the Championship for France)) team and there he has played 8 games and scored 1.
Obertan is said to be a winger who can also play as striker or in the midfield. He is rumoured to have attracted the attention of Arsenal and Inter as well. I think that Jean-Louis Triaud , President of Bordeaux, had translation problems when he declared that we were on the verge of signing Obertan and actually meant the other Manchester.
It would be easy now to start ranting about whom we just signed, the guy who spent eight years at Anfield Road. A player prone to injury and do we need another glass house, especially named ‘Owen’, but after yesterday’s capture of Michael Owen, it would be petty to react that way and I think it’s better to have a look at what the England International can bring us and could add to our squad.
The 89 times capped international has a rather impressive fact file and if he can stay injury free, he certainly could be a major boost to our offense.
Stats on club level
1996-2004: Liverpool FC – 216 appearances – 118 Goals (55% strike rate)
2004-2005: Real Madrid FC – 35 appearances – 13 goals (37% strike rate)
2005-2009: Newcastle United FC – 71 appearances – 26 goals (37% strike rate)
Total: 322 appearances – 157 goals (49% strike rate)
It didn’t take long to finalize the capture of the 23 year old Antonio Valencia. The Ecuadorian has signed at Old Trafford. No transfer fee has been disclosed, but Wigan is said to have captured £18m for the international who pledge his trade two years in the shadow of the Theatre of Dreams.
There is no doubt that Valencia will fit our game the only question is will he be a fixture in the starting 11 from Day 1. He is raving to play in the squad though: