Blues firm up Veron interest
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Since Roman Abramovich's shock takeover at Stamford Bridge, the Russian billionaire has been determined to make an immediate impact in world football.
He has already agreed deals to sign Glen Johnson and Geremi and has also had two bank-busting bids for Blackburn Rovers winger Damien Duff rejected.
Abramovich has now trained his sights on Argentine midfielder, Veron, whose tumultuous two-year stay at Old Trafford appears to be drawing to a close.
Veron's future with The Red Devils has been repeatedly questioned since his £28.1 million arrival from Lazio in the summer of 2001.
The 28-year-old has regularly been linked with a return to Serie A and Veron recently admitted he envisages playing in Italy again later in his career.
The South American, though, also confirmed he is happy at Old Trafford and was determined to stay and repay Sir Alex Ferguson's faith in his ability.
Veron has struggled to stamp his authority on The Premiership, although his performances in the Champions League have perennially caught the eye, with the slower pace of European football suiting his crisp, passing game.
Judging by the speculation, it would appear United boss, Ferguson, has finally run out of patience with Veron's ability to command the domestic stage and has allegedly sanctioned the sale.
While the purported fee of £14 million will only recoup half of United's outlay, it will further strengthen Ferguson's hand in the transfer market and may enable the Scot to rival Chelsea for the capture of Duff, as he also closes in on the signing of Brazilian star, Ronaldinho, who could easily step into Veron's boots and attempt to succeed where his fellow South American has failed.