Reds weigh up Villa swoop
SIR Alex Ferguson is considering entering the race for Spanish superstar David Villa. The United manager knows he is well behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in the queue of top clubs lining up for the Valencia striker. Chelsea and Liverpool are also hoping to lure him to the Premier League. But Fergie believes there is the chance of nipping in ahead of his rivals after learning of Villa's increasing frustration over his failure to find a new club this summer. The 27-year-old wants to remain in Spain with Real and Barca his preferred options. But as yet no move has materialised and the Spanish international is becoming increasingly restless. Fergie has monitored his situation closely and sources in Spain claim he is ready to meet Valencia's £38m valuation. The danger is that Villa's representatives will use United's interest as a bargaining tool to force the hand of either Real or Barca. Interest Chelsea are also certain to renew their interest if they believe there is any chance of the player heading to England, while Liverpool would like to see Villa link up with his international team-mate Fernando Torres at Anfield. Fergie has claimed that he will make no further signings this summer after recruiting Michael Owen, Antonio Valencia, Gabriel Obertan and Mame Biram Diouf. But he has hardly touched the £80m United received from Real for Cristiano Ronaldo after missing out on top target Karim Benzema. Even if he ultimately opts to pass on Villa, Fergie believes that 17-year-old Federico Macheda has the potential to follow in Ronaldo's footsteps and become United legend. "Macheda is top drawer, a hero in the making, just as Cristiano was," he said. "It is hard to believe he is just 17. We probably need to check his birth certificate because I reckon he is at least 28. "He is a player all right - and tough as old boots. He can look after himself. "He does not have the lightning reactions of Ronaldo but he is quick around the box and he has an eye for goal." What do you think? Have your say.
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