If you read the transfer headlines today, you would certainly have noticed how the Manchester United players are starting to learn about tapping up from their Barcelona counterparts. In today’s papers, Wayne Rooney has come out openly to welcome RVP to Old Trafford. Well, looking at the situation, I am thinking that RVP going to Manchester United may not be such a bad thing after all for our beloved Gunners.
First, the debt situation at Manchester United is well documented and although they will get quite a bundle from the IPO, it is hardly going to put a dent in their debt ratio. We all know the situation meant that they have limited funds to purchase new players so by plunking £20 million or so down for RVP, they would have used up a significant chunk of the transfer kitty for several years. If you look at the trend of Man United transfer deals, you see that they only do major transfer every few years. So we can expect them not to make any make purchases in the near future.
Second, with the purchase of RVP, it means that Alex Ferguson will not be able to add another ball controlling midfielder to his squad. I am surprised that Alex Ferguson is actually looking at Van Persie because he has to know that the one position his side needs most currently is a creative and ball handling midfielder, the likes of Wesley Sneijder or Cristian Eriksen. Scholes cannot go on forever in that position and not replacing him last year saw them lost the Premiership yet Sir Alex is not making any attempt to address this situation. They already have a lot of good strikers in Rooney, Welbeck and Hernandez so adding RVP does not make the team any better.
Third, with RVP in the squad, it means that one of the other strikers will be left out. That will probably mean either Welbeck or Hernandez will be spending more time on the bench. This is actually great news for Arsenal and all the other clubs because Welbeck and Hernandez are genuine threats and natural goal getters in the box. It will be interesting to see how Ferguson can juggle the squad he has to get the best mix.
Lastly, Arsenal will get a hefty transfer fee they want for a 29-year-old player with only a season left on his contract. Furthermore, it solves the problem for both player and club since the player does not want to stay and the club does not need him anymore. It is a win-win situation – RVP gets his wishes and higher package while Arsenal is rid of the RVP baggage. The only loser here will be Manchester United.