Several days ago, veteran fullback Dani Alves told reporters that he would like to see out the remaining years of his career at the English Premiership. This statement sparked up interest amongst the entire elite clubs in England who knew the quality they could benefit from signing the 2 times Champions League winner for free once his contract with the Catalan giants expires next July.
Dani’s reputation hinges on his trademark forward burst that makes him more ferociousthan most attackers around. More so when he makes his daring runs at the opponent’s defenders, the energetic Brazilian could get back on time to handle his defensive duties.
One of the potential suitors of Dani was Manchester United until recent rumours revealed that the Old Trafford outfit kept off because of the 31-year-old’s wage demand. Many hoped that United manager, Luois van Gaal will bring an experienced defender to fill the void in his defensive unit having released 3 senor defenders this summer, and maybe the Dutchman might even had considered it if the defender hadn’t demanded for a £5.5m/year wage bill.
While it is true that Dani Alves will be available for free by July, such an exorbitant wage structure is such that can upset so many things around the club. The highest paid player at Manchester United is Wayne Rooney who presently makes £300k monthly, followed by Robin van Persie who earns some tens of thousands below the team captain. I have chosen to leave Radamel Falcao out of this equation as his wages are split between Manchester United and his owners at Paris.
Now to bring in another high earner to a position where the team currently has just one effective player won’t sound silly now, would it? But with what Manchester United have passed through last season, what they need is not a crash program with ageing stars that might actually get the results quickly, but cannot sustain it. Now in the early years of Rafael at Old Trafford, he endured as a youngster as Gary Neville made most of the appearances, but as at now, what he needs is to be handed more games as a first choice. We should remember how the dynamism of Patrice Evra cost Fabio. The real reason why Rafael’s twin fizzled out was because Evra was just so great that even Alex Butner couldn’t displace the great Frenchman.
So with all the big spenders trying to corner Alves, Manchester United should focus more on their rebuilding process and pay for young quality. There is Everton’s Seamus Coleman who could be a Manchester United player by January for just £25m. Coleman is also quite young at 26 and can sustain the new philosophy being built at Manchester United for years to come.