There has been plenty of speculation over Richard Dunne’s future at Manchester City with the latest reports suggesting that the Manchester City captain had turned down the offer of a long-term contract, casting serious doubts over him playing for Manchester City next season.
With Tottenham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Newcastle United interested, Dunne may be sold for 5m or so. Spurs are reported to be the closest to signing Dunne but then again Spurs get linked to every player these days so it’s not exactly a ‘done’ deal. Newcastle need Dunne the most and personally I don’t think West Ham would be an attractive target for Dunne, so it’s one of Pompey and Tottenham if you look at European football as a determining criteria and Newcastle if money is going to be involved.
What’s more interesting is what will happen to Manchester City’s younger players if Dunne leaves. Despite the rumours of a summer exodus there is never going to be a mass sale but someone like Micah Richards may start to rethink his future at City if Dunne was to leave, especially if the reasons behind it are to do with the current ownership / manager situation. And if Richards was to consider a move, Manchester United could be the closest to bagging Richards this summer or the next (although Richards is a self-avowed Arsenal fan I doubt that Arsenal will be able to afford City’s asking price, Chelsea have Bosingwa and United are a more attractive proposition than Liverpool any day of the week).
Richards to Manchester United? Yes, it’s speculation. Yes, it’s tenuous and depends on Dunne actually leaving. But if it happens, this summer or the next, it would be another coup for Sir Alex and Manchester United as they would be picking up the next best young English footballer since Wayne Rooney. And he would be the perfect long-term replacement for Gary Neville in that position too.
What do you guys think? Will Dunne jump ship, and if so, will Richards follow?