What is Mancini thinking?
Manchester City have tried to sign the former Manchester United and Chelsea midfielder Juan Sebastián Verón according to reports emerging from Argentina last night.
The 34-year-old told Italy’s Corriere Dello Sport that he had turned down the chance to join City after a bid of £7m was lodged with his club, Estudiantes. “I did it for my family,” said Verón. “But also because I chose to continue my career here at Estudiantes and I want to respect this contract.”
The Argentina international, who was bought by Manchester United for £28m in 2001 and transferred to Chelsea for £15m after two years, returned in 2007 to the club where he began his career following two seasons playing for the City manager, Roberto Mancini, at Internazionale. The two had formerly been team-mates at Sampdoria and Lazio.
The player’s agent, Miguel Pires, had earlier confirmed in a Daily Star report that City had made an inquiry and followed up the approach with an offer. “I was very surprised with this position,” he said. “Mancini has called the player and me as well. But I said sincerely that Verón is very happy and grateful at being back at Estudiantes and it is very complicated to leave at this moment.” (Guardian)
Is it possible for a club to have too much money? Why the hell would Roberto Mancini consider making a £7m for a player at least five years past his best? It is no coincidence that Juan Sebastian Veron is regularly placed on a list of worst ever signings for both his forays in the Premier League, it is because the Argentine was a glorious failure in English football.
I can see why the new Manchester City boss might be looking to add a new dimension to their central midfield spots but the idea that bringing in the 34 year old Argentine would be a good one is insane. Its just as well that Veron turned down such a move as it would surely have been a big mistake.
Luckily it seems the Eastlands side are closing in on the capture of Patrick Vieira and that move represents an intelligent signing as the Frenchman has proven in the past few seasons at Inter Milan that he can still do a job even in the autumn of his career.