If Manchester United still think they hold all the cards when it comes to enticing players, they really have lost touch with reality.
Given the choice of playing for either of the Manchester clubs, it is a no-brainer – United are the past while City are the future.
It is almost embarrassing to see the Red Devils pursue Arsenal striker Robin van Persie.
For one, they are not going to outbid the Premier League champions, and if Van Persie is serious about winning trophies the decision should already be made.
The only stumbling block preventing a move to City is Arsène Wenger’s reluctance to sell to a domestic rival – and that is why Juventus should not be ruled out.
But if it is a straight tussle between blue and red, there is only ever going to be one winner from now on – and that is the Eastlands outfit.
As Junior Hoilett edges ever close to a move to Queens Park Rangers, it must be said that he is selling himself a bit short.
Of course the Canadian is not the next Ryan Giggs, but at still only 22 and with plenty of Premier League experience under his belt, why jump ship from a relegated side to yet another relegation battle next season?
We are not aware of which clubs have expressed an interest in Hoilett but it would be a shock if none of the top six had failed to make an enquiry.
He is fast, deceptively strong, two-footed and has a real eye for goal, and along with Yakubu, he was the only reason Blackburn ever looked like scoring last season.
When the Rovers fail to get out of the Championship this season, it would come as no surprise to see Hoilett down there in 2013/14 after QPR bite the dust in the Premier League.
Wigan manager Roberto Martínez managed the great escape last season but he will need to keep hold of Victor Moses if he wants to do it again.
With Wigan at the bottom of the Premier League for most of last season, it was only surprise wins against Newcastle United, Manchester United and Arsenal that saved them from the drop.
Moses played a big part in their success at the back-end of the season, scoring six goals and adding six assists in his 37 appearances for the club, and now Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has admitted the Blues would be very interested in signing him.
“It’s something that the clubs are discussing but at the moment he is a Wigan player. He had a good season last season, he is young and an interesting prospect,” said Di Matteo.
Martínez will not give him away easily though, and he has placed a whopping £10m price tag on Moses’ head. If he must go to Chelsea, they are going to have to spend big to get him.
Chelsea are said to have already offered £4m and a choice of one of their fringe players for the Latics forward, but as Wigan chairman Dave Whelan explained: “Victor is one of the most exciting young talents around, so little wonder Chelsea want him, but if they want him they are going to have to pay the price.”
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