There’s always plenty of transfer gossip throughout the year with numerous players linked to clubs. So how much of this gossip is realistic and how much of it would be sensible for the clubs and players involved in it? These transfer gossip analysis articles take a look at the major gossip to try and answer the big questions.
Danny Ings to snub Liverpool in favour of move to Man United
Full Story: Daily Star
What’s the story? Danny Ings is a striker in demand and for good reason. He’s English, he’s only just about to turn 23, he’s scored 9 goals and made 4 assists in his first season in the Premier League and he is a free agent at the end of the season. It’s this last factor that would be most attractive to the top clubs. Ings could be brought in for a small fee, as his new club would have to pay Burnley the under-23 player compensation, and can be developed without the pressure or expectation of a high fee.
The option of going to Manchester United rather than Liverpool would be interesting. The idea presumably would be that with United’s strike power in flux, he could get more game time there. With Falcao unlikely to be re-signed and Robin van Persie struggling for effectiveness and getting older there’s reason to think he could be active in the first team.
Does it make sense? This would be a pretty sensible move for both parties. United may well have plenty of resource available to them this summer, but with some pretty expensive work to be done in defence and midfield, getting a pacy, technically talented young English striker for little outlay would be good business. The same can be said for Liverpool, as this is the type of player they look to buy. For Ings, going to United would appear to offer a more immediate route to the first team, and the fans do love to watch young English players in red.
Is the price right? With Ings on an expiring contract the only fee would be the compensation Burnley would be due because of Ings’ age, but it’d be unlikely to be more than a few million which will be MUCH cheaper than it would be to get, for example, Charlie Austin
Will it happen? 5/10 – It sounds like Ings is impressing a lot of clubs and his low cost will draw larger budget clubs who may otherwise have baulked at spending over £10m on him. Man United will need not only striking re-enforcement, but to get younger at the position. I guess it depends largely on whether they are eying up any of Real Madrid’s fabled attacking trio. It’s probably easier to see Liverpool pushing harder for him to replace Balotelli at this point. He seems more like their type of signing if United focus on bigger names.
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