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How Manchester Utd and Liverpool must spend their cash this summer

The Red Devils may have an extra £80m to play with

Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benitez

After exposing the gaps the five London clubs and the Prem newbies need to fill, we have now condiered the manner in which Manchester Utd and Liverpool should redistribute their cash this summer…

Manchester Utd

Top priority:
The best deal for Ronaldo – If he wants out, get shot of him. If United demand big money, Real Madrid are likely to agree and if not, they keep him.
Fergie should demand Wesley Sneijder, who has outperformed Ronaldo at the Euros, in exchange and then use the remaining money to buy another striker.

Fitting the bill:
Wesley Sneijder, Dani Guiza, Luis Fabiano, Dimitar Berbatov

Liverpool

Top priority:
A quality winger – Liverpool already boast Gerrard, Mascherano, Alonso, Lucas and Plessis in central midfield so it’s confusing that they make Barry the main priority. Babel is quality, but Kuyt’s a striker and Benayoun and Pennant aren’t good enough.

Fitting the bill: Aiden McGeady, Franck Ribery, Robinho, David Bentley

Spoiler bonus: Here’s who should be on the shopping lists of the other two Merseyside and Manchester clubs…

Everton

Top priority:
A new Lee Carsley – Rival fans may scoff at the idea that losing Carsley was a big blow for Everton, but while they have an abundance of attack-minded midfielders, they need someone capable of playing a spoiling role in front of the back four. The last time Everton lost Carsley for a lengthy period was the start of 2005-06 went from Champions League qualifiers to relegation battlers.

Fitting the role: Scott Parker, David Albelda, Dejan Stankovic

Manchester City

Top priority:
A goalscorer – There are a few areas in need of improvement or greater depthl but Manchester City are crying out for someone who can consistently put it in the net. Last season’s top scorer was Elano with eight goals and though Sven brought in and tried a number of strikers, he ended up starting Darius Vassell (who he initially deemed surplus to requirements) in over half of the league games.

Fitting the role: Lukas Podolski, Jo, Roque Santa Cruz, Ivan Klasnic

Do you agree with our choices? Disagree? Are you hungry? Tired? Let us know with a comment below.


7 responses so far
  • Red dawn // June 24, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Liverpool must get rid of Pennant Benayoun Crouch Voronin & Riise and buy Alvez,Villa,Van der vaart & Silva. New line up
    Riena – Alvez – Agger – Skyrtel – Dossena
    Mascherano
    Van der vaart – Gerrard – David Silva
    Torres
    Villa

  • bluman // June 24, 2008 at 10:57 am

    i dont agree that pennat is not good enough, he has a quality winger skills, lverpool can go to REO CROKER, ARETA AND BENTLY

  • jamie // June 24, 2008 at 11:04 am

    “Liverpool must get rid of Pennant Benayoun Crouch Voronin & Riise” i agree with that but the players you want in is just not going to happen. Van der vaart & Silva yes i could see that but villa has already said that he wants to stay at valencia and alvez has already agreed a deal with barca so thats not going to happen. the thing that gets me is that everyone is saying get this defender get that defender and then do there line ups and seem to forget that carragher is our best defender and leave him out. whats wrong with you lot should we get rid of a big part of our team just to buy a big name defender when there shouldn’t be anyone bigger than a player whos plays with his heart and not his wallet a player that would put his life on the line playing for our team. you lot need to show carragher some respect. just remember which players stood up and was counted for in the champions league final 2005 GEERARD AND CARRAGHER born and bread liverpool.

  • jamie // June 24, 2008 at 11:09 am

    WE ALL DREAM OF A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, WE ALL DREAM OF A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, AND NUMBER 1 IS CARRAGHER AND NUMBER 2 IS CARRAGHER AND NUMBER 3 IS CARRAGHER AND NUMBER 4 IS CARRAGHER, WE ALL DREAM OF A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, WE ALL DREAM OF A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S, A TEAM OF CARRAGHER’S

  • reikirebel // June 24, 2008 at 11:27 am

    WE have a good solid foundation …. we just need an extra 2 or 3 players and it makes sense to sell players that are not going to figure in Rafas plans …..

    Defence: I would leave as is for this season …..

    Midfield: I can understand selling alonso and buying barry … alonso is a great player but suited more to spain or italy, barry is a good solid english player and he can play centrally next to gerrard or on the left wing …. maybe .. maybe not?

    Wingers; this is an area that we do need to strengthen and I hope to see 2 signings

    Striker; we need support for torres, so a good up-and-coming who doesn’t mind sitting on the bench for part of the season but shows his potential when playing … if Rafa stays with the formation from late last season, we might have problems if we buy a top quality striker as 2 top strikers battling for the one position might have a negative on the team …. (can you image torres or villa being happy sat on the bench for half the season) and i don’t see rafa playing a 4-4-2 .. our league is better suited to counter-attacking style and the second half of the season we were played good football!!!

    reikirebel :-)

  • Maz! // June 24, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I think we should sell off Ronaldo while Madrid still ready to break the bank., lets say for £ 80 millon., then take the same amount and spash it on Messi (Barca won’t refuse – they need the money) and having the transfer money from the oweners untouched., we can go get Sergio Auguero., with those two at Man Utd., we’ll be untouchable., NOT even Mr. Scolari., haha!!!

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