Woodward opens up on Solskjaer future, Would United fans welcome signing for Juventus?, Solskjaer can wrap up superstar deal for £127 million
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Aaron Ramsey could be sold by Juventus after only a season in Italy – but would Manchester United fans want him?.
Ramsey was in talks over a new deal for months, but simply could not come to some sort of agreement at the club as very high wages, and rumours he would not be part of Unai Emery’s plans at the Emirates, meant he was able to agree a pre-contract agreement with Juventus in January.
And he announced that he would be making that big move to Juventus, after agreeing a four-and-a-half year deal with the Champions for a wage of around £325,000-a-week.
He spent 11 years with the north London club after joining the Gunners as a teenager from Cardiff and, will go down in history as one of the club’s greatest midfielders having scored two FA Cup final winning goals.
But reports on Tuttosport, via Calciomercato, suggests Ramsey’s future is already in doubt and that he could leave after just one season, And Tony Cascarino, the former Chelsea striker and talkSPORT pundit, believes the Red Devils would be wise to tempt Ramsey to Old Trafford.
In his THE TIME column on Monday, Cascarino writes: “Ramsey would be the perfect fit for United.
“Ramsey played in Juventus’ defeat away to Verona on Saturday but it was fairly typical of his first season in Italy as he came on as a substitute and didn’t have an impact on the game.
“I can see the former Arsenal man back in the Premier League next season.
“Reports linking him to Manchester United make a lot of sense as he is the sort of player they need – a proven midfielder with goalscoring pedigree and plenty of Premier League experience.
“I could see him not costing too much, with Juventus possibly settling for £20 million as that would get them most of their outlay back.”
Ramsey was good at Arsenal but has struggled in the Italian League, so maybe it would be a smart idea if United did make a move for a player that spends a lot of time on the sidelines?
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has given a clear indication that the Red Devils are sticking with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and seeing through the club’s current long-term re-build plan.
Solskjaer has not had the best of times of it since taking over at Old Trafford and there has been constant speculation in the media that he will get sacked sooner rather than later, especially if the club fail to get back inside the top four spots by the end of the season.
However, his comments come as Mauricio Pochettino is only months away from being able to take another job without including a hefty penalty clause from his former club Tottenham.
“Our recruitment process focuses on analysis and selection of players over the course of a season, with a view to the following summer transfer window,” Woodward said at a fans’ forum.
“As part of the rebuild we see this coming summer as an important opportunity. There has been no shortage of investment in players over the past few years, with over £200million spent since Ole became manager. Our aim is to ensure that we continue to achieve consistency in quality of recruitment.
“The recruitment department is working to a clear plan and philosophy, along with Ole and his coaching staff.
“Our focus is on bringing in a combination of experience and the best young players with potential to develop further, fusing graduates from our academy with high-quality acquisitions.”
Reports have claimed Manchester United will be able to sign Kalidou Koulibaly in the summer if they pay the massive £127 million release clause.
Look despite all the transfer speculation and rumours over the summer window that Solskjaer was going to be backed in his chase to land some world class signings, The Red Devils once again wasted their money on signing players that are the future, and that are past their best.
And inability to spend the big money on leader-type-players has started to cost the side dearly in the early stages of the season, but there have been calls in the media for United to go out and spend some serious money on players that will come in and make an impact on the side, send a statement to the rest of the Premier League, and be a leader, someone like Koulibaly.
Koulibaly has been outstanding for Napoli over the past few seasons and his performances has attracted all sorts of interest from the games biggest clubs, with the likes of United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and even Barcelona all joining Chelsea and Arsenal in the chase for the defenders signature.
It has been reported on many occasions that Napoli do not want to sell one of their biggest players and would rather keep him at the club well before he leaves for a a big club, and would only sell if the £150 million valuation was met.
However, THE DAILY MIRROR has reported that the release clause of Koulibaly will be active from June, meaning that United would only pay around £127 million to secure a deal for the powerhouse.
And reports in Italy suggest Napoli will have to sell the highly sought after centre-back should they fail to secure Europe League football next season with Paris Saint-Germain also interested in acquiring his signature.
Look United have the financial power to go out and buy the kind of leaders that will help Solskajer out in his job, so if United are to get back to winning the big titles, then they need to change how the club was run, or they will find themselves in this kind of situation on a yearly basis.
So if they have signed Koulibaly, it is a massive statement from the club.
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