After signing one Mexican starlet last summer, in the form of Javier Hernandez, Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly declared interest in ‘little pea’s’ international team-mate Andres Guardado. The winger instead remained at Deportivo la Coruna for a fourth consecutive season, but now faces an important career decision following the club’s relegation from La Liga. The Guadalajara-born midfielder possesses near faultless ball control, is adept at bringing the ball out of defence quickly to link up with the forwards and has a fearsome left-footed long shot. It is not known whether Guardado has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave following the club’s demotion, but would represent excellent value for money at 24 years-of-age.
Soldado netted 18 goals in 26 La Liga appearances last season following his 10million Euros return to his hometown in Valencia. Originally a product of the Real Madrid youth system but struggled to force his way in to the first team before signing a permanent deal with local rivals Getafe in 2008. He was signed by Valencia as a direct replacement for Barcelona-bound David Villa and was a major contributor as the club finished the season in third. It is worth mentioning that Soldado scored 6 in four Champions League appearances last term, and at 26 years-old, has all the attributes required to compete at a top-6 level.
The left-back/winger first came to prominence at the 2007 European Under-21 Championship where he provided the driving force behind Holland’s successful campaign on home soil. A 14million Euros move to Real Madrid followed but Drenthe struggled to assert himself under any of the three managers he worked under and was loaned-out to newly promoted Hercules when Jose Mourinho arrived at the Bernabeu last summer. Although his adopted club failed to secure a second season in Spanish football’s top-flight, the 24 year-old performed capably, displaying flashes of the electric speed and skill he once exhibited for the Dutch youth team. He fell out of favour towards the end of his tenure due to a dispute regarding the team’s management, and has now returned to his parent club in Madrid who would be willing to accept minimal bids for a player who still has lots of promise.
The American-born forward is best remembered in England for not quite breaking in to the Manchester United first-team, and an ineffectual stint on-loan at Newcastle, but much like Diego Forlan before him, has flourished at Villareal since leaving the Premiership. He has scored consistently over the past four seasons in Spain and has since broken in to the Italian national set-up, but was most prolific this year, finishing the season on 32 goals, 18 in the League. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was rumoured to have bid around £30million for the striker in January, and any interested parties should consider a fee of around that much to tempt the Yellow Subramines to sell.