Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Should Manchester United Sign Sebastien Frey?

Talk has been on the cards since pre-Christmas that Manchester United are looking to sign Fiorentina goalkeeper Sebastien Frey.

With a reported £16,000,000 buy out clause in his contract, it should depend on whether United want to pay that much and whether the Frenchman wants to play outside of Italy for the first time in over a decade.

Frey made a name for himself, at least in my eyes at Parma from 2001. They signed him after a season as Inter Milan's first choice. Frey has been a star for Fiorentina since joining them in 2005, originally on a loan spell during Parma's days of financial problems.

He's been an underrated goalkeeper for many years, despite playing for a Champions League side. Amazingly he only has 2 international caps for France, but the Lyon number 1 looks very good from what I have seen of him, I will give him that. Now one of the biggest teams in world football is looking at him, finally he is being linked to a club as successful as one he belongs at.

Frey is very agile and does have a decent commanding presence in the area from set pieces, something that Tomasz Kuszczak lacks. With Edwin van der Sar only fit enough to have played 5 of Manchester United's 21 Premier League games this season, aged 39 and having considered retiring for a few seasons now, looking towards the future is the only thing Sir Alex Ferguson can do. He seems to have lost faith in Ben Foster, while Kuszczak who's currently their first choice isn't reliable enough to be playing with the top 4 in my opinion.

Sebastien Frey would be a great asset to the Premier League and one I would like to see happen. Arsenal have also expressed interested, but can we see him leaving Fiorentina any time soon? He would be cup tied for the Champions League should he switch this month.

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