David Moyes has been in the Old Trafford hotseat for nearly a month now and it looks like his first marquee signing isn’t far away. The club’s owners, the Glazer family, have told Moyes they will make significant funds available to him in the transfer market.
Enough to buy the best players in the world.
The papers this morning are trying to guess which superstar will be Moyes’ first buy.
Ronaldo rejects new deal at Madrid
The Mail report that Cristiano Ronaldo denied claims he had signed a new contract at Real Madrid on his facebook page. If he refuses to sign a new deal then Madrid would have no choice but to sell him, as even a club of Real Madrid’s wealth can’t let a player of Ronaldo’s quality run down his contract and leave for nothing.
Ronaldo catapulted his career while at United and became the world’s most expensive player when Madrid paid £80m for him. Ronaldo enjoyed his time at Old Trafford and is grateful to the club and his former boss Sir Alex Ferguson for allowing to fulfil his lifetime ambition of playing for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo has now played out his dreams with a staggering 146 goals in 135 games for the Spaniards. He may be looking at a return to Manchester, and write his name into United folklore alongside club greats George Best and Eric Cantona.
Bale would cost £85m
Another option for David Moyes would be to look at the younger alternative to Ronaldo. Gareth Bale is five years younger than the Portuguese and would be a better long term investment, certainly on the pitch. The Sun claim that Moyes is preparing an £85m bid to test Spurs resolve.
The Welshman has progressed his career at a similar rate to the way Ronaldo did when he was a youngster. Bale started out as a ball playing left back who struggled for form and fitness. A run of games revealed his attacking threat and he was pushed forward to left wing.
In the last couple of seasons he has added goals to his game and that has rocketed him to a world star of the present and the future.
Moyes’ dilemma the envy of football
Bale and Ronaldo are similar players and Moyes will have a decision to make in which one he really goes for. Either way he will be getting one of the best players in the world.
Ronaldo is the better player at the moment and would offer more commercial income for the club, but Bale may grow to be every bit as good as Ronaldo and is just coming into the prime years of his career.
Moyes’ dilemma over which man to sign is not one that many managers will sympathise with facing. He is also still chasing Cesc Fabregas and Robert Lewandowski.
Following Sir Alex Ferguson as the manager of Man Utd was called an impossible job. The Glazers are certainly giving Moyes all the support they can.