Old Trafford boss prepares alternative plans
Manchester United are considering a move for wantaway Wolfsburg playmaker Diego and see the 26 year old as a player who could pull the strings for the sides midfield.
The player has been problematic of late, being fined on numerous occasions by the Bundesliga side however with Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm, his bad behaviour could well be a thing of the past.
It is believed the Old Trafford side are seeking advice from former assistant manager Steve McClaren regarding the Brazilian and at one year younger than Wesley Sneijder, not only makes for a younger acquisition but also a much more reasonable option with a valuation of anything between £6m-£10m.
Diego has had a tough time of it over the past couple of seasons, the Brazilian’s career was set to truly take off when he made his move from Werder Bremen to Juventus back in the summer of 2009 but the Turin club struggled and the attacking midfielder was sold back to the Bundesliga with Steve McClaren bringing the 26 year old to Wolfsburg.
It is fair to say that the talented playmaker had an up and down season last term, one severe down being his decision to wrestle penalty taking duties from Patrick Helmes on the field of play, before missing the spot kick and incurring the wrath of McClaren and receiving a €100,000 fine as a result.
Felix Magath has since returned to the Volkswagen Arena and has been angered by Diego’s attitude and antics and is ready to offload the former Santos man and whilst a move to bring the Brazilian international to Old Trafford could result in a headache, his valuation has been significantly reduced to insure a quick sale, so therefore any risk taken would be reduced financially.
Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly keen to bring in a creative midfielder having lost the services of now retired Paul Scholes, and has been linked with the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Luka Modric and Samir Nasri.
Man United chief executive David Gill has stated publicly that the Premier League champions are still looking for one more ‘marquee’ signing and whilst the club has had talks with Inter Milan in relation to Dutch international Sneijder, that move appears to have run cold of late, hence a possible need to look into alternative options.
Man United have already spent almost £50m to bring in Phil Jones, Ashley Young and David de Gea and therefore perhaps a move for a cheaper option such as Diego would make a great deal of sense, not least as Ferguson can of course pick up Samir Nasri for nothing next summer.
Ferguson’s current central midfield options do not offer much in the way of a goal threat, Darren Fletcher, Anderson and Michael Carrick offer much but perhaps the addition of a more attacking force in this area may help the club retain their stranglehold in the domestic game and offer more of a challenge to Barcelona when it comes to Champions League success.