The eleventh hour intervention by Wenger is sure to enrage
City manager Mark Hughes who believed the deal to be a formality after the
player had agreed in principle a move across the city.
Wenger, who is keen
to add cover at left back for Gael Clichy and values Silvestre's Premier League
experience, apparently made his intentions known to the player whilst he was at
the City of Manchester Stadium, with Silvestre abandoning the medical to head
straight to London to discuss terms.
Quite why we would be chasing Silvestre (let alone any left-back), given that defensive additions are hardly a priority at present is a complete mystery to me.
With just over ten days before the transfer window shuts, both the midfield and attacking areas (even more so given Bojinov's injury) are still pressing concerns which have not been addressed and to add a player who is at best a bit part at United is puzzling.
Both Ball and Garrido are solid ( albeit lacking in areas) and with Ben Haim also able to fill in there if required, adding Silvestre does not upgrade the position in any way and if this is an indication of the moves 'in the pipeline' that Hughes referred to at the weekend, then the closing of the transfer window perhaps cannot come quickly enough.