It’s been all over the news lately about this. Yesterday evening Manchester United have apparently accepted an £8 million bid for their midfielder Tom Cleverly. It seems as though he isn’t rated by new United boss Van Gaal and is willing to sell the young midfielder. Danny Welbeck has also been made available. Aston Villa aren’t the only club interested in Cleverly as Hull City have also been keeping an eye on the midfielder but it has been Aston Villa who made the first move to sign the player.
Of course the United fans have been celebrating about this news but this doesn’t mean that Aston Villa fans should be upset about this. Cleverly is a young midfielder (25) and could offer our team a lot. He has scored goals and impressed during his time at Wigan, he isn’t exactly an attacking midfielder but he would be used in a more attacking role since Sanchez has been brought in for some additional cover.
Cleverly has been targeted as a weak player by numerous English and United fans on Twitter, but that doesn’t mean that he wouldn’t do well at Aston Villa. If he played under less pressure from the fans he could surprise a few.
There has been mixed reaction from the fans, and most fans wonder where Aston Villa have gotten this money from. At the beginning of the transfer window it was believed that Lambert had received £10 million to spend on fee’s and wages, with Sanchez’s transfer using the majority of those funds. Most fans believed that any additional signings would be loan. Of course this could be a Clint Dempsey situation where the bid is accepted, but nothing materialises. Or Villa’s new CEO, Fox has convinced Lerner to splash the cash on one more player before his sale.
We’ll just have to see what develops, I don’t think this transfer will be concluded this week but probably does mean that we will bring in at least one more player before the close of the transfer window early next week. By then we’ll all learn whether or not Cleverly will actually be joining Aston Villa.