David Moyes’ first transfer window as Manchester United manager was one to be forgotten.
Bringing in just one player – Marouane Fellaini for an inflated and some would say bemusing £27.5million – Moyes and United chief executive Ed Woodward appeared to be starring in a comedy of their own making – Carry on Transfers, if you will.
But with January upon us, the United hierarchy have their first chance to put things right.
Seasoned football fans will know the hard work will not take place until the summer, but if Moyes can bring in at least one quality (and necessary) player, he would go a long way to proving he has what it takes to manage at the highest level.
In short, United need a top-class midfielder, and they need him now.
One player who evaded them last summer was Roma’s Daniele De Rossi, who it was later revealed had the chance to move to Old Trafford but opted against it.
Now Italian football journalist Tancredi Palmeri has given what he claims is an accurate insight into United’s dealings when it came to the combative midfielder.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia has previously stated that United’s bid came too late, by which time the player had given his word he would remain in Rome.
But now Palmeri has claimed United waited all summer before finally making an offer with just 11 days of the transfer window remaining.
On his official Twitter account, the journalist states that De Rossi indicated he would consider a move, that United contacted both the player and Roma at various times over the summer, but only made a bid on 20 August, by which point De Rossi had decided to stay.
If the latest claim is true, it is just another example of United’s dallying costing them dear.
But you sense Moyes will not be waiting so long in the future.
You can read Palmeri's tweet below:
1)De Rossi in May tells Roma he wd consider to go;2)Mufc contacts him+club all summer;3)Only after Aug20 Mufc bid;4)DDR says it's too late— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 4, 2014
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