Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly back on the trail of Real Madrid playmaker Rafael Van Der Vaart. Spanish daily Sport claim Jose Mourinho may jettison the 27-year-old in order to raise funds, and although Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City have all previously been linked with the player, Manchester United are the frontrunners.
In January Manchester City and Chelsea were strongly linked with the player with both Roberto Mancini and Carlo Ancelotti reportedly keen on bringing the Dutchman to the Premier League, while Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has previously spoken of his admiration for the former Hamburg star. Sport claims despite previous overtures from City, Chelsea and Arsenal, Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson has earmarked the mercurial Real Madrid star as a potential replacement for the ageing Paul Scholes. The Old Trafford supremo had initially sounded out Valencia’s David Silva, but his unwillingness to match Chelsea and Manchester City’s offers of £29 million has led him to look elsewhere to replace the evergreen Manchester United hero.
The Spanish report claims Manchester United could face competition from Serie A outfit Sampdoria, and intimate the Red Devils may yet be contested by Chelsea, Manchester City, or Arsenal particular if Roberto Mancini or Carlo Ancelotti fail to land Silva. The newspaper quotes that the Real Madrid player, who has endured an indifferent spell at the Bernabeu, could be available for as little as €10 million which would prove an enticing proposition for both Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
Although Sport purports to interest from Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, the newspaper suggests Van der Vaart is currently happy at Real Madrid and will wait to discuss his future with Jose Mourinho when he returns from World Cup duty with Holland. The Premier League target scored six goals and provided 29 assists for Real last year, which amounted to his best season for the club since joining in August 2008 from Hamburg.
When asked to comment about rumours linking him with a move to England, the 27-year-old told Sport: "Why should I go? My last season was pretty good and I think that there is no doubt that I can perform at this club."