Old Trafford boss moves in for the kill in hunt for Eastlands man.
Sir Alex Ferguson may elect to make a controversial move for Manchester City star Stephen Ireland this summer. The Man United boss is known to be an admirer of the 23 year old creative playmaker and news that the Irish international could be allowed to leave the club could spark the Old Trafford outfit into making a move for the £12m rated midfielder.
Ireland’s future at Eastlands is uncertain, a fact supported by recent quotes from the City man.
“There is a question mark over next year for me,”
“I don’t know what will happen. I am contracted to City and all I can do is carry on doing my job and performing well when I am called upon. (Manchester Evening News)
Manchester City midfielder Stephen Ireland met with the club’s football administration officer, Brian Marwood, to discuss the possibility of being allowed to leave the club this summer, Goal.com UK can reveal.
Ireland, 23, has risen through the youth ranks at City and enjoyed a break-out campaign in 2008-09, being voted the fans’ player of the season. This year, however, he has struggled to hold down a spot in the first team after City’s comprehensive spending spree last summer.
Goal.com UK understands that Manchester United have identified the £12 million-rated midfielder as a potential transfer target this summer. (Goal.com)
Ferguson would be keen to bring in more flair to his midfield especially as Michael Carrick has had a very patchy season and Paul Scholes is nearing the end of his career at the club. Roberto Mancini may not like the idea of selling to the local rivals but he won’t want to keep hold of an unhappy player and if Man United meet any valuation placed on Ireland then I guess it matters little who stumps up the money.
Stephen Ireland was one of City’s top performers last season but has figured rarely this term due to injury and poor form. Off field matters have not helped either and the talented midfielder would surely not think twice about completing such a move if indeed it became a distinct possibility.