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Fergie: No Value For Money In The Transfer Market

It seems we can forget about January signings and we'll have to make do with the current squad plus Adem Ljajic and Mame Biram Diouf if they get the work permit they need. Sir Alex Ferguson explained, when prompted again, that he's unlikely to sign anyone in January not because he could not think of players who would improve the team but because their price is way too high for his liking.

'I'm in the same position as I was in the summer,' he said, once again explaining the lack of spectacular summer activity.

'There are a lot of players out there, all valued by their current clubs at 50 million. Given the prices being asked, I just do not see the value.'

The likes of Silva, Villa, Aguero - this is the calibre we are linked with - would command hefty price tags indeed and there is Everton's Jack Rodwell of course (I thought he did quite well at Old Trafford) but he won't be allowed to leave in January and as he's English he'd cost a fortune anyway. Here's hoping that A) in the summer there will be good players available for good prices and B) City, Chelsea and Madrid won't sign all of them.

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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday November 23 2009

Time: 9:10PM

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I guess if we give this current squad time it will get better and better plus if we manage to get ljajic and diouf,then that should be enough.The players that we are looking for won't be available in jan. so it will be better to wait and just urge the midfield to bomb forward and give it a try,I honestly believe that the 3 that scored against everton can score a lot more.
Antriksh (abmtd)
So, it's lack of "value for money" rather than plain old lack of money that's stopping you from making new signings eh? Didn't stop you from splashing the cash in previous seasons, what with spunking 30m on Berbatov and 17m on Valencia. It's arguable whether you've got value for money for either of them as of yet. There are plenty of decent players about who would cost much less than those two and would reinforce your squad quite capably, so why isn't fergie concentrating on them? The short answer is debt repayments. When will your fans wake up and start to question what the Glazers are doing with all the cash? If you miss out on the title, the champs league or even the top 4 because you passed on the opportunity to sign anyone in January due to "Lack of value", how long will your club stay afloat then?
Fifth has said it, must I must insist I continue. For years, Utd have spent countless millions, and all of a sudden it's "no value for money". When you were spending 30m a player, it wasn't an issue then was it? In all fairness, you have been an excellent side, but the tide is turning (as it invariably does) and you need bolstering. But what happens? Taggart gives out this crap! The club has no money, or at least not for the players it needs, and yet everyday fans go to the forums and the newspapers declaring there isn't a problem. Wake up!
What he said, precisely, was the clubs value their players at 50m which, in the light of the Kaka and Ronaldo transfers, is not surprising. Aguero, Villa, Silva, Ribery - these would all cost in this category. And we never spent 50m on a player...
Oh, and one more thing, Fergie was always very reluctant to spend in January. Vidic, Evra, Forlan, Cole - these four were the only major January signings and of course Vidic's is a special case as he left Russia at the end of the Russian season (the same way Arsavin is not a typical January signings because his club did not sell him in the middle of their season)
Strange though, you have to admit, that not long after this talk of the huge debt at the club surfaced, Utd stopped spending as much as they have done for many many years.
I hear what you'rre saying regarding fees Zae, and it's true you've never spent 50m on a single player. However, tyou did pay 30m for Ferdinand a good few years ago (does he not remain the PL's most expensive defender ever?), and in real terms that would surely be nearly equivalent to 50m today. United have never been ones to go on a huge spending spree, but they have generally made at least 1-2 big (expensive) signings per season, but that now appears to have stopped. Still think that Fergie is using the "value for money" statement as a ruse to deflect your fans from the fact that The Glazers are being rather more careful with the pennies these days.
He's in the same position as the summer in that his club are skint and any player sales are going to the Glazers.

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