Ashley Cole set to be replaced by AS Roma

Published 2 Comments

Football News

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.

Related articles

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.

Manchester United
Ashley Cole
Premier League
AS Roma

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again