Football FanCast columnist Tom Jones wonders whether two Spanish internationals are the final pieces of United’s jigsaw.
Manchester United are being linked with moves for Valencia forwards David Villa and David Silva in an attempt to bolster their attacking options. Valencia have conceded that they may have to sell their key duo to help deal with their financial problems, and Alex Ferguson still has much of the £80 million he received for Ronaldo burning a hole in his pocket. But would a move for the Spanish duo be a good one and could they represent the final pieces in United’s jigsaw?
Since Ronaldo left Manchester United in the summer the Red Devils haven’t been able to fill the massive hole that the Portuguese player has left. United haven’t spent much of the money they received on finding a player to replace him, and are still lacking that spark that Ronaldo gave them. Now they are being linked with a £50 million double swoop for Valencia pair David Villa and David Silva. In the summer it was reported that a number of English clubs expressed an interest in the pair, so should United snap them up while they have the opportunity to do so?
Villa and Silva are both undoubtedly world-class players who have much to offer United in an attacking sense. Silva would be more of a direct replacement for Ronaldo or the aging Giggs, as he is capable of playing on either wing and is a very skilful and talented player. At the age of 23 he is still developing as a player and Ferguson may think that there is no better place for him to improve than Old Trafford. Villa on the other hand is already in his prime at the age of 27 and would bring an immediate goal threat to United. The Spaniard was top scorer at Euro 2008, has scored 33 times in 52 matches for Spain and hit the back of the net 28 times in La Liga last season. Berbatov and Owen haven’t found form this season, and Villa’s goals could be the perfect accompaniment for the talented Rooney.
Valencia may be forced to sell the pair as well, as they continue to face financial difficulties. Valencia Director Fernando Gomez is quoted in The Telegraph as saying “the club made a great effort to keep our players this summer but our economic situation remains very serious. It was a success to keep them, but there comes a point when you can’t stand it any more. We may have to sell Villa.” Neither of them will come cheap, but they are both very attractive purchases and for the money that they are likely to cost, are their any better players in the world that Man Utd could buy?
There is no doubting that Villa and Silva would both bring something to the club if they signed for United. The current situation also seems to be ideal for the Premier League club, as Valencia may have to reluctantly sell the pair to guarantee their economic future. But which off them would be a better buy for United? Or should Ferguson use the money from the Ronaldo transfer to buy both of them?