Old Trafford boss keen on CSKA Moscow star.
After years of transfer rumours between player and club, Manchester United are ready to employ a change in tact in their efforts to sign CSKA Moscow playmaker, Keisuke Honda.
It emerged earlier this week that Arsenal were also gathering interest in the Japanese international, and rather than lose out on the man they’ve been tracking for some years now, it seems Sir Alex Ferguson could offer Dimitar Berbatov in a swap deal to get his man.
Despite the fact that Berbatov has scored six goals in nine Premier League appearances this season, the 30 year-old is still on the chopping block at Old Trafford and is expected to be offered in part exchange.
The Red Devils would still need to pay £4m if they were to land Honda, but it’s arguable that the 25 year-old would be coming into an area of the pitch that United are in dire need of reinforcements.
Dimitar Berbatov has just signed a new one year contract extension but there are some of the opinion that the Bulgarian was only offered such a deal to prevent the 30 year old being picked up on a free transfer in the summer. The Old Trafford striker has managed six goals in his last three Man United appearances but is still very much only seen as a back up by Sir Alex Ferguson so it is plausible that the Scot would consider using the former Tottenham man as a make-weight.
Japanese international Honda was consistently linked with a move away from CSKA in the summer and the playmaker’s agent has stated that his client would consider Premier League advances and clearly a move to Man United would tempt the 25 year old.
Ferguson has been after a goal-scoring creative midfielder for some time with the likes of Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder most often mentioned but clearly an advance for Honda would cost far less than moves for either of those household names.
Injuries to both Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher merely places more urgency to bring in a playmaker and perhaps a move for the Honda is a cost effective option worth considering?