Manchester United have been linked to Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan in the press, a long with several other clubs. Like Aaron Ramsey, who recently signed for Arsenal, Annan grew up supporting United. Arsenal have recently requested that the player joins them for training.
The midfielder has been in England undergoing a trial with Blackburn Rovers, however Paul Ince has yet to seal the deal for the player who is tipped to be the next biggest thing out of Africa, following in the footsteps of his national team mate, Michael Essien.
If you need convincing any further, Anann poked John Obi Mikel in the eye during the recent African Cup of Nations, which I’m sure could inspire a jolly chant or two when the rent boys come to town.
After being out muscled from the Essien deal by Chelsea, is now the time for United to dip in to the African market?
“I know that Racing Santander, Blackburn and Arsenal are interested,” said Annan. “I have not heard anything about the United interest myself. I let my agent manage this. United was my favourite club as a child. If I get the chance, it would be a dream for me. I cross my fingers that something will happen in the next days.”
By all accounts, this player is supposed to be pretty special, and at 22-years-old, should have a long career ahead of him. However, in contrast to the barren period around 2005 and 2006, United are now packed to the rafters with talented central midfielders. Paul Scholes is the only one of these who is likely to have said goodbye to his United career in the next couple of years, with Anderson (19), Owen Hargreaves (27) and Michael Carrick (27) all with plenty of time in our shirt.
However, with a transfer fee likely to be around the £1.5 million mark, is it worth us putting in a bid? Or will Arsenal end up with another United fan on their books?