Accused of sometimes not acting quickly enough in the transfer market, leading to losing many of their top targets down the years, including Ronaldinho, Berbatov and just last week Gareth Bale, Manchester United seemed to have learned a lesson and have moved with haste is signing two of the most promising youngsters in world football, Nani of Sporting Lisbon, and Anderson of Porto.
Following on from the Owen Hargreaves signing, which is virtually done and dusted, United have flexed their financial muscles with the imminent signing of the two wonder kids in deals worth around 17 million each, taking their spending to around 50 million pounds on three players, in a first real showing of the Glazer money since their controversial takeover two years ago.
While the Nani signing had been talked about for over a year, the Anderson deal has taken many by surprise. Anderson, who was named the best player at the U-17 World Cup in 2005, has been hugely impressive in the Portuguese League, and has been linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter and AC Milan.
United acted swiftly in flying Assistant Manager Carlos Queiroz, and chief executive David Gill, to Portugal to personally see the deals through, and finalise personal terms with both players. Fee’s have been agreed with both clubs, personal terms have been reached with both players, all that is left are the medicals and obtaining a work permit for Anderson.
With the capture of two of the worlds hottest prospects United have clearly shown their intentions to improve their Premiership winning squad for the long term and signal a clear signal to Chelsea and the chasing pack that they intend to pursue a dominance that they enjoyed in the 90’s again. United are expected to also sign a top class forward in the coming months.