Paul Pogba is certain to join Manchester United for a world record transfer fee within the next few days. The club has acted very professionally in the transfer window so far and has lapped up good players in the positions which needed to be addressed. Jose Mourinho had repeatedly stated that he had a plan, not a philosophy, and it certainly looks that he has executed that plan well. Over the past 3 years, we have spent close to 200 million pounds, but we were far from the standards we used to enjoy under Sir Alex Ferguson.
This season, however seems to be different. We have a manager who has a proven track record, is hungry to answer his critics after being sacked from Chelsea and we have a team, which looks eager to make a point. Our pre season hasn’t been explosive, but all the players have got a run and we did tear Galatasaray apart as well. The Gaffer knows his players well by know, and the players seem to be adjusting to his plans well.
Eric Bailly was our first signing this summer, and he is a typical Mourinho signing. The 22-year-old is tall, strong, has a good game reading skill and knows how to play in a system. Just like he made a star out of Raphael Varane at Real Madrid and Kurt Zouma at Chelsea, Mourinho will be eager to guide this promising centre back into one of the best defenders in the world.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was our second signing, and he came as a free transfer from Paris St. Germain. The legendary Swedish striker has won the league title 9 times in his last 10 seasons with various clubs, and brings with him pedigree and invaluable experience. Although he has signed a one year deal only, yet one expects he will have a Robin van Persie-esque impact at the club, and youngsters like Marcus Rashford and James Wilson will gain a lot by training with him.
Heinrikh Mkhitaryan was our third signing, and the Borrusia Dortmund forward is in the form of his life. Last term, he scored 23 goals and set up 32 more as he was voted the Bundesliga Player Of The Season. At 27 years of age, he has just entered the form of his life and if preseason is anything to go by, we can expect some real fireworks from the Armenian once the season kicks in.
Last but not the least, we have lined up a mammoth bid for the extravagantly talented Paul Pogba, and it seems the deal is almost done saving a few minor details. The former academy graduate will bring tonnes of class and stability in the midfield, something that has been missing ever since Roy Keane left and Paul Scholes retired. Although the sum is steep, yet we are certain to have a world class player on our hands, who is in fact yet to hit his prime.
However, it seems that United want one more player at a position that seems unnecessary right now, but you never know how it works exactly. Brazilian sources say that the club is close to signing Fabinho, the AS Monaco right back as Matteo Darmian, could leave for Juventus or Napoli. The Italian hasn’t had a good time with us, and if he does leave, we will be getting an excellent replacement, that’s for sure. The Brazilian has worked with Mourinho before in Real Madrid, and was very impressive for the French side last term as he scored 8 goals throughtout the year.
So, it seems that United have completed their transfer window, and we have addressed all the positions which needed to be. It will be good if Fabinho comes, but only if Darmian leaves in return. Other than that, I don’t think there is any need to make a first team signing after this.
Man Utd to look at alternatives after refusing to sign this £68.24m star
Manchester United look at alternatives for Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United are looking at alternatives for Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes. (h/t Manchester Evening News)
Fernandes has been linked with a move to the Red Devils since last summer and appeared to be in a strong position to sign the player in the January transfer window.
But the club now seem to have backed out of a deal citing Sporting’s sudden increase in the player’s valuation to £68.24 million.
With the clubs appearing to be unable to agree on a fee, United are considering Leicester City’s James Maddison and Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish as alternatives.
A better fit!
Both Maddison and Grealish have been critical to their team’s fortunes this season at different ends of the table. It can be argued that either of them would represent a better fit for the United midfield than Fernandes.
Maddison has been one of the Leicester’s stars as they push for Champions League qualification whereas Villa would be 4 points worse off at 19th if not for Grealish’s goals.
Both the players have experience of playing in the English top-flight and will not need a bedding-in period.
Fernandes does have better numbers than either of the player. But then Grealish and Maddison have performed at a higher level in the English Premier League.
Paying over the odds will not help United in the long term. It sets a precedent with other clubs likely to hold them for ransom.
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The 2-0 loss to Liverpool highlighted the gulf in quality that now exists between United and the Premier League elite.
A massive rebuild is required in the coming windows as the Red Devils look to close the gap to their arch-rivals. Rather than overspending on foreign players who present an element of risk, United can look at domestic alternatives. As Liverpool have shown of late, there is quality available if you are willing to look for it.
Man United keen to reinforce midfield with this 24-year-old La Liga ace
Manchester United are keen on signing Marcos Llorente
Manchester United are keen on reinforcing their midfield by signing Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente. (h/t Manchester Evening News)
The 24-year-old who plays for Atletico Madrid has impressed at the Wanda Metropolitano following his move from city rivals Real Madrid.
Llorente has made 17 appearances for Atletico this season , with a majority of them coming off the bench.(h/t Whoscored)
Having started just 3 La Liga matches this season, a loan move to United could be of interest to both parties.
The Red Devils are currently short of players in midfield after the injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.
Llorente is an assured passer of the ball and can play in central midfield in both a defensive and a holding role.
He is also an aggressive ball winner and will add much-needed energy in the United midfield. At 6 feet tall, Llorente is also an imposing presence who can deal with the physical aspect of the Premier League.
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The Spaniard came through the Real Madrid academy and has made 22 appearances for the Los Blancos.
He was a part of the Real Madrid squad that won the UEFA Champions League in 2018.
Man United veteran agrees to move to Serie A side for £1.3million in January
United skipper Ashley Young agrees to move to Inter Milan
The 34-year-old will undergo a medical on Friday prior to signing an 18-month deal with the Italian giants.
Young will join up with former United teammates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez as Antonio Conte’s side aim to win their first Serie A in 10 years.
Antonio Conte has been a long term admirer of Young and even tried to sign him when he was at Chelsea. United were initially reluctant to sanction the player’s move in the middle of the season.
With the player keen on the switch and the prospect of losing him on a free in the summer seem to have convinced the United hierarchy to cash in on the veteran in the January transfer window.
Young joined United in the summer of 2011 and has gone on to make 261 appearances for the English giants.
The veteran, who started off as a winger has predominantly played at full-back for United the previous few seasons.
He took over as captain from Antonio Valencia at the beginning of this season
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United are 5th in the league, 5 points off Chelsea in fourth ahead of the match against arch-rivals Liverpool at Anfield.
Man Utd agree on contract terms with midfielder who could be signed for £51m
Manchester United have reportedly agreed on terms with Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United have reportedly agreed on terms with Portuguese star Bruno Fernandes. (h/t Sun)
The 25-year-old has played 25 times for Sporting this season and has scored 13 goals and 10 assists. (h/t Whoscored)
United were to make their first formal offer for the player. It is being reported now that the deal has already been agreed upon. (h/t Sun)
It’s claimed that Fernandes has been offered a deal nearing £100,000-a-week at United.
The signing of the Sporting skipper should provide the United midfield with numbers and an attacking impetus.
The midfielder has an £85million release clause in his contract but Old Trafford bosses have been working to drive the price down. The club were also open to offering two players to bring the price down. (h/t Sun)
Fernandes was part of the Portuguese squad that won the UEFA Nations League in 2019.
He has won 19 caps for the Portuguese national side and has scored 2 goals since making his debut in 2017.
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United next play Manchester City in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals at the Etihad on Wednesday.
The Red Devils trail 3-1 from the first leg as they aim to get to their first final under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.