Transfer Bin: Manchester United linked with triple Barcelona swoop

Cristian Tello

Spanish reports claim Manchester United want three Barcelona stars. Here's why we believe all three to be unlikely to arrive at Old Trafford.

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Spanish newspaper AS have claimed Manchester United are eyeing a spectacular triple swoop for a Barcelona trio which could cost towards the €100 million mark, being Pedro, Alex Song and Cristian Tello.

It's a little like shooting fish in a barrel, but here's our assessment of why each claim looks at this stage very unlikely.


The forward scored the winner against United in the Champions League Final in 2011, and has been a regular goalscorer for them in recent years. But this season is his best to date, thriving under the management of Tata Martino. That he continues to be linked away is bizarre, with the 26-year-old offering no indication he wants to leave the club. With a contract until 2016, he already has 17 goals this season and nine assists, and Barcelona would likely resist even a big offer for his services.

Alex Song

Re-signing Alex Song would be a sensible suggestion, to strengthen the club's midfield, and also to re-unite him with Robin van Persie who he linked up with so well at Arsenal. Recent reports however suggest that Manchester United have no interest in him. It was widely reported United were offered the chance to sign Song in January, only for David Moyes to turn down the opportunity, and there's no obvious reason for a U-turn in the club's plans.

Cristian Tello

Left winger Cristian Tello has made only two La Liga starts this season, but recently bagged an impressive hat-trick in the Copa del Rey in front of a watching Arsene Wenger. In fact it's Arsenal and Liverpool who have been more regularly linked with the winger's signature. Tello has always said he would make a decision on his future at the end of the season, and perhaps he is the one of the three who United would be most likely to pursue, yet there is no concrete evidence of their interest in the player.

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