According to various reports brewing in Manchester, Sir Alex Ferguson and co. are mulling over a bid for Shakhtar Donetsk defensive-midfielder Fernandinho.
Although Fergie has stated that he won’t be bringing in any new player in January, City’s interest in the 27-year-old have compelled United to make inquiries regarding player’s transfer status.
Many outlets had stated over a week ago that the Sky Blues had agreed upon a €20 million with Shakhtar for the transfer of Fernandinho and although nothing official has been announced as of now, the English champions remain keen for the signature of the Brazilian.
Fernandinho himself is adamant on a move to England and a transfer to one of the two Manchester clubs is surely on the cards of the former Atlético Paranaense youngster.
"I am closing a deal with an English club. I will play in Manchester in January," said the Brazil international in an interview with told Italy’s Calciomercato.
Fernandinho has been a revelation in this season’s Champions League, with phenomenal displays against the likes of Juventus and Chelsea, but United could be making a foolish mistake by signing the player in January.
Although, the lad will bring about the much-needed defensive solidity to United’s game and probably assure them domestic glory this time around, Fernandinho won’t be eligible to play in the Champions League for the Red Devils as he is already cup-tied for the tournament.
This will, to some extent, make his transfer futile as United desperately require a midfield enforcer for the European front. Although, the 4-4-2, without any true defensive-midfielder, can produce the required goods domestically, in no way can it flourish against the star-studded midfields of Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich.
Furthermore, Fernandinho’s age means that he is on the ‘brink’ of the “age limit” Alex Ferguson has at Old Trafford, although the transfer of Robin van Persie showed us that some exceptions can be made after all.
Then, even if Fernandinho can be as effective as van Persie, United’s midfield desperately require some young legs to replace the likes of Scholes, Giggs and even Carrick as the latter two is likely to enter the twilight days of his career sooner rather than later.
Hence, players like Kevin Strootman (22) and Lars Bender (23) appear as more suitable options as both are relatively younger transfer targets and will also be available for the knock-out phase of the UCL.
Let City win this battle, and the Old Trafford faithful will be more than happy if they get to see Strootman donning their beloved red jersey next year.