If rumors are to be believed, English Premier League giants Manchester United are ready to bring in United States and current Fulham frontman Clint Dempsey to Old Trafford. This will be an attempt by Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson to further strengthen his side’s attacking line-up.
Dempsey, who in recent years has become one of the primary players for Fulham manager Martin Jol at the Craven Cottage, has had a memorable season this year, netting 22 times in 41 games in all competitions. Now he may feel tempted to join the likes of United at Old Trafford and get a much deserved taste of Champions League football.
However, the Whites may find it difficult to hold on to the player any further primarily because a player of Dempsey’s class will normally want to play in Europe’s biggest league with one of the European heavyweights. Secondly, the American only has a year left on his contract after he spent six loyal seasons with the southwest London-based club.
It has been heavily rumored that United are looking to offer as much as $16 million (£10 million) for the American targetman which may be a tempting offer for the club to resist for a player who has just a year left in his current contract. Fulham could look to cash in on the player right now rather than letting him go for free.
Sir Alex was previously reported to have decided to let go the likes of Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov and Englishman Michael Owen in the summer. As contracts with both of them are coming to an end, it is more than likely that both of them will leave the Old Trafford. Here Dempsey could be a useful player to have to compliment the gameplay of players like Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck, offering a much needed back-up.
Dempsey has also attracted interest from London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham, according to a Guardian report.
Dempsey, who arrived at Fulham from American MLS club New England Revolution in 2006 for a fee of $4 million (which then became the largest amount ever offered for an MLS player), has managed to score 59 times from 221 games in all competitions thus far. He has also made as many as 83 appearances for United States and has successfully found the back of the net 25 times.