Former Barcelona manager Terry Venables believes Sir Alex Ferguson would be wise to retract his earlier sentiment that Manchester United's summer spending has ceased, and finance a deal for Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o who, it was revealed earlier, could potentially be involved in a swap deal for Zlatan Ibrahimovic, of Internazionale.
Venables still believes that United's squad needs further bolstering, as they will have been significantly weakened by the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez - and the signing of Eto'o, who has also been courted by local rivals Manchester City, could exact revenge on Mark Hughes for recruiting the tireless Argentinean forward who spent two years on loan playing for Ferguson.
“Ferguson will make another trip to Wembley when United take on Chelsea in the Community Shield next month,” Venables wrote in his column for The Sun. “And if he is not too busy he might want to visit the Arch next weekend as well for the Wembley Cup - featuring Tottenham, Celtic, Al Ahly and, most poignantly, for Sir Alex, Barcelona.
“Not only will he see some great football, he will also see a possible solution to United's summer discontent. His name is Samuel Eto'o. That's right, the same Eto'o who scored Barca's opener against United in May's Champions League final.
“The same Eto'o who has scored 108 goals in five years at Nou Camp. The same Eto'o who has been courted by Manchester City. And the same Eto'o I believe can fill the void at Old Trafford caused by the shattering departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.”
He continued, “Eto'o is a realistic target and world-class player. They need one more top striker and this would be United's chance to not only sign a world-class player but exact some revenge for Tevez's switch.
“Eto'o might not have been keen about moving to City but United would prove a much more attractive prospect. City are aiming to become a force in Europe. United already are. They need to make sure they stay that way,” he concluded.
Alan Dawson, Goal.com