La Liga has taken a bit of a battering this last fortnight with it’s two biggest clubs getting knocked out of the Champions League in such spectacular style.
While more than a few pundits have been rejoicing in the seeming end of the Spanish era of dominance and the birth of the Teutonic one, it would be foolish to claim plying one’s trade in Spain is anything other than difficult. Yet one youngster has made the trip through to La Liga, via the unlikely route of Halifax as Athletico Madrid’s Elliot Kebbie is reportedly a target for the Reds.
The Mirror notes:
Manchester United are plotting a summer move for Atletico Madrid’s English prodigy Elliot Kebbie.
Kebbie, 18, came through the youth academy at Leeds before moving to the Spanish capital to join Atletico two years ago.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been keeping tabs on Kebbie, who can play right-back as well as in midfield, with a view to making a bid.
As Kebbie was reportedly on United’s radar even before he went to Spain so it would come as no great shock if Sir Alex gave the green light for a cheeky swoop. The problem with the Mirror’s story is the idea of who could be used as a makeshift for the deal:
They [United] have revived their interest, which could see United striker Javier Hernandez go the other way to Atletico as part of the deal
This is where the story doesn’t ring true as the idea of Chicharito being jettisoned to help bring an 18 year old right back to the club seems about as likely as Rafa Benitez bringing out a range of salads. The only interesting part of the whole article is the fact it’s Dave McDonnell who’s usually one of the more reliable journalists covering the Reds.
Kebbie has recently been invited to train with Athletico’s first team after impressing in the under 19s, but whether he’s done enough to warrant a bid from United remains to be seen.
Read more: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/manchester-united-plan-summer-move-1865859#ixzz2SBfOSqLg