Date: 14th April 2010 at 10:19am
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The transfer rumours seems to suggest, quite reasonably, that we now have a weakness in central midfield, especially in terms of creativity. Which is true and which has to be solved.

Three names come up with the biggest frequency. Those of Joe Cole, David Silva and recently Stephen Ireland. Let’s have a look at the credibility of these rumours.

The Joe Cole issue has been discussed to death: he’s unlikely to leave Chelsea and United are unlikely to grant him the kind of wage he allegedly demands from Abramovich’s plaything. Can’t see him ending up at United.

David Silva is believed to be preferring to stay in La Liga – no surprise for a Spanish player – and Marca reports that United’s interest in the Valencia player triggered Real Madrid Florentino Perez into action. If that’s true our only hope of landing him is if he’s a sensible lad and sees that Real Madrid are going nowhere but fast with their insane transfer policies. Marca quotes a price of 25 million euros, something even United could fork out but I doubt he will be that cheap.

And lastly, Stephen Ireland. Latest rumours say that as plays less than he’d like to at City, he wouldn’t turn down a move elsewhere. He’s certainly a quick, skilled, creative midfielder but I’m not really convinced if he’s good enough. He goes missing way too often, even though he had a brilliant 2008/09 season before enduring a difficult time during the current campaign.

We’ll see. One thing is certain: a quick, creative central midfielder is absolutely crucial.