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United - Milner Transfer War?

United - Milner Transfer War?

City may have the money but we`ve certainly got enough history to challenge our neighbours when it comes to acquiring decent players in the transfer market this summer.

Now we don`t normally go head-to-head but we could be about to if the red-top press have their facts straight.

Our neighbours, if the red-tops are right, have had quite a large bid for James Milner, of Aston Villa turned down. Villa, naturally, do not want to sell.

But with Randy Lerner implementing a sell before you buy policy they may not have a choice, especially if a bidding war erupts for a certain talented player.

Milner, a midfielder of great promise, is tipped by those same red-tops to have tickled Sir Alex`s fancy and if the rumours are correct Sir Alex has the financial backing to snare his man.

The red-tops go on to pontificate that Milner is seen as the player to add fresh impetus to our midfield and at twenty-four years of age has his best years ahead of him.

It`s even suggested that out-of-favour Michael Carrick could be used as part exchange.

Now part of me hopes, for once, that the red-tops have this spot on because I`d just love us to go head-to-head with City in the transfer market and see if ambition can see off money!

Where would your money be going, on us or them?

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Thursday May 20 2010
Time: 6:00PM


I might irritate a few out here by my statement but for me going to City doesn't mean he is going for money,whether anyone likes it or not City have done pretty well and with a huge transfer budget again,this year they will be even more stronger and I do believe that they will get that CL position pretty soon.The only way they will destroy it is by doing a Real Madrid and trying to get instant success rather than going with continuity.
Antriksh (abmtd)
20/05/2010 18:45:00
On the other hand if we were interested too this would mean unnecessary hiking of prices, villa won't complain, bitters can afford it and we can't.
20/05/2010 18:51:00
JM is another player who would be a pretty good signing for us.Like Rodwell,he too has all the qualities that would make SAF take notice of him.To tell u the truth,Milner,Rodwell,Silva,Ireland,Modric all of these would be good signings for us in my opinion and I hope its from this group but in SAF we have a manager who can always spring a surprise and buy someone unknown.
Antriksh (abmtd)
20/05/2010 18:54:00
Just heard that RM are closing in on Silva,so we are about to lose another target but what about Ribery then?
Antriksh (abmtd)
20/05/2010 19:24:00
Maybe I havent watched enough of James Milner but, everyone is always describing him as promising. At 24 how much of an improvement are we expecting? Carrick was 6 months older when we signed him than milner is now. Carrick has done well for us, but his improvement was hardly drastic - why should milner be any different. I would have james milner over carrick based on this seasons performances, but if we only sign one player - I'd rather it was someone better than milner - especially at the prices quoted for him.
20/05/2010 19:31:00
In terms of our potential targets going elsewhere, we dont need to be too worried - I think waiting is probably the best course of action. Once Barca, Madrid, Chelsea and City have finished snapping up all the young talent they desire, we'll pick from whoever is left. More importantly, with those four having satisfied themselves the prices will be more realistic.

Players who could potentially be available this summer include: Silva, Mata, VanDerVaart, Giovinco, Krasic, Hamsik, Jovetic, Ozil, Marin, Ribery, Gourcuff, Hazard, Di Maria, Aimar, Ben Arfa, Joe Cole, Ireland, Douglas Costa, Milner, Ashley Young, Modric, Pienaar and Arteta. Some of those will go to the big spenders, some of them will stay with their clubs - based on that list we wont exactly be short of quality options whoever we go for.
20/05/2010 19:45:00
Playing and career wise Milner would be MUCH better off either joining United or staying at Villa, but obviously financially to join Citeh. People have only used part of Randy Lerner's 'sell to buy' speach. Villa do not want or need to sell Milner, and the only way they would consider it is with a stupid large offer well in excess of what he is actually worth. Can United afford that? We know Citeh can.
20/05/2010 22:38:00
milner is definitely an upgrade over what man u have at central midfield. He has a good combination of skill and industry. Furthermore he has the ability to take on players. That is something that Scholes never had.
21/05/2010 01:09:00
Would want him here if we get rid of at least one of Carrick or Gibson.
21/05/2010 04:07:00
Tuscan, your argument is so flawed! Once Barca, Real, Citeh and Chelsea pay big money to get promising players, you think the other players will be sold at a realistic rate? You evidently don't understand how a market works.
21/05/2010 08:21:00
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