In what was a busy day for Manchester United two transfer targets are seemingly on the verge of signing for the club.
Angelo Henriquez completed a medical yesterday and has reportedly agreed personal terms with Manchester United. The player turned down a late move from Manchester City in order to pursue a move to Old Trafford. It has been reported that a fee has been agreed in the range of £4 million for the young striker.
Later in the day Manchester United released a statement announcing that the club have agreed a £24 million pound deal with Arsenal in order to sign Robin Van Persie. Last seasons golden boot winner had previously announced he would not sign a new deal with Arsenal which began the long transfer saga which now looks to be drawing to a close.
It is already rumoured the Van Persie and United have agreed in principle a salary package equal with that of Wayne Rooney. This would make RVP United’s joint best paid player on £220,000 a week.
Manchester United have shown ambition by out bidding Manchester City for both strikers. Showing that they still have the ability to compete with big spending rivals for the most sort after players. The arrival of Van Persie in particular should strengthen the squad and help to prepare the team for a tough campaign. A premier league veteran to help retake the title that was so painfully relinquished last season. Henriquez is a top youth prospect with a very bright future, he is expected to be sent straight out on loan to gain match experience but expect to hear more about one of South America’s top prospects in the very near future.
There are certainly questions over the signing of RVP. Most obviously the cost and how he would best fit into the team. Many people would also argue that striker is not one of the positions in most need of strengthening. However RVP is undoubtably a quality player who can only strengthen United’s title challenge next season.
More importantly these moves continues to show that United have the ambition to both build for the future and also to respond immediately to the challenges of City and lasts season’s poor showing in Europe.