The Arjen Robben story continues to gather steam, especially now that Wesley Sneijder has reportedly agreed a five year deal with Inter.
Robben, best known for being a crock — aside from being among the few creative outlets in a Chelsea team — also shone during his spell in Real Madrid. He is on the right side of 26, in keeping with our policy to sign ‘younger players’. However questions need to be asked on whether we need another creative winger instead of a dominant central midfielder. There is little doubting Robben’s ability and credentials. However, we must keep his injury history, what it means for our wingers, namely Nani and Valencia who’ve been promising and the price for the player. If this ever were to happen, Nani would be most worried because he currently occupies the left wing. [Robben has also been known to function as a right winger who can cut in, but in this current United side, that would sound contradictory to Ferguson’s pre-season pronouncements.]
Robben would be a fantastic addition, if he can stay fit. [Keeping in mind we’ve signed Owen, this will be another potential crock we’re signing.] But it won’t really address the key issues with the side.
Here’s a summary of his appearance records for Chelsea and Real Madrid [inclusive of league, cup and European appearances]. It must be noted that was one of Mourinho’s untouchables which meant he invariably started if fit (as well as a sure starter for Real Madrid when fit.)
Update: Guillem Balague, who professes intimate knowledge of transfers pertaining to La Liga (although I’ve found most of his claims rather dodgy), says Real have received no bids for Robben:
As far as a move for Arjen Robben is concerned, at this moment in time, Real Madrid have received no offers for the Dutch winger from Manchester United – however, the player`s agent has been in touch with the Spanish club in the last few days to clarify Madrid`s asking price, should another club be about to make a bid.
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