Old Trafford boss looks to take advantage of Juventus clear out.
Reports in Italy suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to make a move to sign Brazilian defensive midfielder Felipe Melo from Juventus and may also attempt to sign his teammate Diego. The Turin outfit are set to allow a plethora of players leave as new boss Luigi Delneri looks to reshape things at the Serie A side after a shocking season last term.
The Old Trafford boss has reportedly been looking to bring in more steel to the centre of his Man United midfield a need made even more important by the fact that Owen Hargreaves is once again injured. The former Fiorentina man had an up and down time at the World Cup, culminating in his sending off for stamping on Arjen Robben.
Diego is another player said to be on his way out from Juventus and is another player that Sir Alex Ferguson has had his eyes on before. Indeed before the Werder Bremen man moved to Italy the wily Scot was apparently looking to make a move for the pint sized attacking midfielder.
Juventus are looking for quick sales so as to give their new boss time to bring in new additions and with that in mind the Premier League side could net a bargain. Many believe that because Man United are in heavy debt they are unable to make significant moves in the transfer market but David Gill has stated that this is not the case.
The £38m rated pair may well jump at the chance of leaving the Old Lady of Italian football after seeing the side slip to a seventh placed finish last term and Ferguson will have even more spending power if he looks to cash in on the likes of Anderson, Michael Carrick or Dimitar Berbatov who could well also be used as bait in any potential player exchange deals.
Previous interest shown in the Brazilian pair – Manchester United are looking to sign Juventus outcast Diego, according to Calciomercato. The Brazilian playmaker signed from Werder Bremen last summer for €24.5 million, and after a promising start to life at the Stadio Olimpico, he fell out of favour towards the latter stages of the season. New Juventus boss Luigi Del Neri reportedly does not see Diego playing any part in his squad plans and is considering letting the 25-year-old leave for the right price.