Regardless of the funds available, acquiring a top level footballer can be a pain in the back-side for even the most esteemed clubs in the modern game.
Whilst the age of the much coveted ‘one-club man’ may well be on the verge of being altogether forgotten, there are a number of factors standing in the way of the sport’s elite managers when they want to improve their sides during the transfer market. Manchester United, and more specifically David Moyes, are all too familiar with this theme.
Last summer the Scot tried and spectacularly failed to accrue some of Europe’s finest talents whilst in the Old Trafford hot-seat, and the added negative of no Champions League football was poised to make his successor’s task even more difficult this time around. Whilst Louis van Gaal has already clinched deals for Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw the pair are merely the initial building blocks in the revamp project the Dutchman is aiming to oversee, and it remains to be seen whether or not he will be able to add more players before the start of next season.
Put plainly, the 62-year-old, despite all his guile and obvious experience, needs all the help he can get to transform United’s fortunes. That’s why he should be chomping at the bit to take on Atletico Madrid’s Arda Turan should the Spaniard, as is being speculated, be offered to him.
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This morning the Daily Express claim that Diego Simeone will offer United the chance to sign his highly-rated Turkish playmaker as he looks to raise funds for a potential bid for Santi Cazorla. The Argentine manager is keen to keep his side above water on the back of a summer which could see them lose a host of the key stars which drove them towards La Liga glory last term, and Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder, said to be worth £18m, is seen as a leading candidate to improve the squad at the Vicente Calderon.
However, with Atletico lacking the financial clout of virtually all their European rivals, Simeone needs to sell before he can spend big, which is where Turan comes in. The 27-year-old has proved himself an incredibly capable footballer during his time in Madrid, but he doesn’t rank amongst the most indispensable players, despite what his price tag of £33million might infer.
Turan’s potential impact
As has been evident in his performances over the past three seasons, Turan is more than capable of excelling in big fixtures. A reputable winger possessive of both pace and trickery there’s been more than one person liken him to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, and he would definitely provide Van Gaal with firepower moving forward.
If it’s assumed that the likes of Ashley Young, Nani and Tom Cleverley could be shipped at some stage after the World Cup then there’s definitely room for the former Galatasaray man, and then of course there’s the notion of United dealing a blow to Arsenal as part of the very same deal.
The report from the Express claims that the reasoning behind Atletico’s proposal for United lies in their longing to secure the services of Cazorla. If that’s the case then it is yet another factor for Van Gaal to take into serious consideration.
Arsene Wenger understandably wants to keep Cazorla at the Emirates Stadium, and the diminutive playmaker is likely to be a key part of his plans moving forward. As such Van Gaal will know he can essentially kill two birds with one stone, particularly given the rumours that Cazorla would be open to a return to Spain should Atletico come knocking.
In one move Van Gaal can strengthen his own side whilst conspiring to deal a blow to one of his major rivals. There’s worse scenarios to envisage, that’s for sure.