Date: 8th October 2007 at 7:37pm
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Several sources state that Sporting midfielder Miguel Veloso could join United in the near future.

The reports say that Sporting have slapped a Ł20m price tag on Veloso who can play in central midfield, at left-back and centre-back. Arsenal and United are set to battle it out for the versatile youngster.

Veloso, 21, is said to be eager to move to England, following compatriots Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani who both stepped of the Sporting youth production line and left for Old Trafford.

United are thought to be favourites to sign him due to the ties between the two clubs but I’d be surprised if that Ł20 million proved to be true. It’s just too much for a 21-year-old player.

And do we need him? Well, we could certainly do with a left-back and a central midfielder at the moment but when everyone is fit, he could be surplus to requirements. He wasn’t bad against us but wasn’t brilliant either and United have quite a few midfielders now. He’s better than being a squad player but not good enough to be a starter…

At left-back, Evra must better than Veloso (that’s his natural position while Veloso is actually a midfielder who can be used in defence) and buying a player for Ł20m (or even Ł10m) to provide cover on the left… I don’t know.

But of course seeing that Ronaldo turned out to be a roaring success and Nani shows encouraging signs… I won’t be sad if we indeed sign him. But a striker should be the priority, a fourth striker who can provide cover in that position. Scholes, Carrick, Hargreaves, Fletcher and Anderson are good and enough for central midfield.