Manchester United’s surprise move for Ashley Cole has been given a timely boost, as AS Roma are ready to bid for VfL Wolfsburg full-back Ricardo Rodriguez.
That’s according to the Daily Express, who claim that the former Chelsea and Arsenal star could indeed make an imminent return to Premier League by making a controversial switch to Old Trafford.
Problems for Cole
The British publication cite Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport when they say that Rodriguez has impressed Roma boss Rudi Garcia, which could essentially render Cole an unneeded asset.
Despite the fact that the England centurion is one of the most established players currently still in the game he’s struggled to translate that into great form for his new club, and rumours that he’s not taken to life in Italy as swimmingly as he might have expected have consequently been rife.
A move to United?
That doesn’t change the fact that a move back to his former stomping ground in the form of United would kick the hornet’s nest. Cole made his name at Arsenal before becoming a firm fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, and a disloyal reputation would likely stick were he to transfer to another big Premier League outfit.
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That being said Louis van Gaal is said to be ready to place his faith in experience during the January transfer window, especially since his defence has looked increasingly suspect as the season has gone on.
Luke Shaw has yet to prove that he has what it takes to play consistently as United’s left-back, whilst a recent injury disaster has exposed a need for more defenders to be purchased at the turn of the New Year.
Turning down United?
For Cole a transfer to United might not be one that he can turn down however, with money and the chance to continue at the highest level likely to massively factor in his ultimate the decision.
It makes sense to assume he won’t want to be benched in favour of Rodriguez, and whilst he remains capable of competing at an elite standard a move to the MLS will probably be put on hold.