Manchester United have been linked with the signing of Celtic’s midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama ever since he started bullying teams all over Europe in the Champions League.
The Independent has suggested that United are scouting the midfielder ahead of a possible move to sign him before the January transfer window closes.
The most significant aspect of this development is that Sir Alex Ferguson seems to have scouted the player himself, as he watched Celtic’s SPL win over Dundee United.
Whether United make a bid or not remains to be seen but there are two main factors why United could miss out on Wanyama altogether if they don’t sign him this January.
The first reason is the fact that United haven’t already made an official approach for Wanyama when they have had plenty of time to do so.
This suggests that Ferguson may have been at the game out of leisure more than anything else and that he never had any intention of paying well over £12 million for the player. He was in Glasgow for a funeral first and foremost, and the trip to Parkhead was a secondary affair while he was up there.
Had Ferguson wanted Wanyama at Old Trafford then he would have sorted out a deal before now and got him signed on the dotted line before any rivals could even blink.
The second major reason United may not sign him at all if January passes is because the club has been linked with several other, seemingly higher quality players, who aren't available now but will be more likely to in the summer.
United are also scouting several star players from the Bundesliga and Eredivisie including Lars Bender, Kevin Strootman and Christian Eriksen. Any of those three players could do a very decent job at United.
They may even sign an unknown player in the summer for a much smaller fee than it would take to sign Wanyama. Frank Lampard is going to be available after all.
United have learned how to play without a player sat in front of the back four, simply to create an imposing figure and to have a physical presence.
Playing for Manchester United is now much more than that which tells us that Ferguson could be looking for a player who is much better on the ball than Wanyama.
A few decent performances in the Champions League don’t automatically make a player a superstar. United could well move for Wanyama but it seems unlikely as they have let so long pass without any formal approach.
It's a dangerous game of wait and see, because if he plays superbly against Juventus in the Champions League, his price tag will increase dramatically. It's one to watch, but don't be surprised if United end up looking elsewhere.
Give us your thoughts, any chance on Wanyama going to Old Trafford before the end of the month?
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