How Manchester Utd and Liverpool must spend their cash this summer
The Red Devils may have an extra £80m to play with
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
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…
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
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
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