It’s been a disappointing season for Manchester United’s Korean star Park Ji Sung and it seems ever more possible that it could be his last at Old Trafford. Park signed an extension last summer which ties him to United until the end of next season.
With just a year to go and Park seemingly behind Young, Nani and Valencia in the pecking order for the Champions’ wing positions it seems likely that Sir Alex Ferguson will look to cash in on Park rather than seeing him leave for free in 2013.
Monday’s derby against City was Park’s first league start for three months and his failure to impress in the sort of game he has usually served United so well over the years is not a good sign for Park.
It is expected that whether United win the league or not Ferguson is keen to strengthen his aging squad in an attempt to return United to the top of European game and the likes of Park will probably be one of the first to make way for younger fresh blood.
Juventus are expected to be one of the sides interested in Park and a move to Italy’s slower top division would perhaps suit an aging Park. Juve are also being linked with a move for Park’s United team mate and captain, Nemanja Vidic but that talk has been rubbished by the Serbian’s agent Silviano Martina.
Park’s United career has taken in three Champions League Final and seen him win an impressive collection of medals. His class is undoubted and he can surely still give one of Europe’s top clubs a few years service, not to mention the commercial benefit that he will bring any club in the Korean market. At 31 it can be expected that Park will have a few years left in him and the gamble could be a great move for a club such as Juventus.