Realistic Signings Manchester United Can Make In The Summer Transfer Window
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on March 21, 2016
The general consensus around Old Trafford is that another revamp is needed to their current lightweight squad, which is lacking in depth in a number of key areas. With José Mourinho’s much-anticipated arrival, a major transfer kitty is likely to be handed to the Portuguese manager.
An often frank and straight-talking Paul Scholes has recently suggested Man United sign unrealistic targets in Real Madrid duo Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba this summer but which players can the Red Devils realistically sign when the summer transfer window formally opens on 1 July?
Fromthestands.co.uk analyses the signings Manchester United can realistically make in the forthcoming summer transfer window.
Riyad Mahrez | Leicester City
Value: £30 million
The Algerian arrived at Leicester City from Le Havre two years ago for an astonishing fee of only £400,000, since then he has unexpectedly taken the Premier League by storm and has fired Leicester City into title favourites, along with his partner in crime, a certain Mr. Jamie Vardy.
Man United are particularly short of attacking quality, Mahrez’s arrival would certainly add some much needed pace and cutting edge to a lacklustre United team.
Mahrez’s agent has refused to rule out a summer move after suggesting that he would be willing to listen to offers at the end of the season: “The transfer window will open after the season. Then we’ll be able to see if these stories are true or false. What’s good with him is that he loves football. He doesn’t like what goes on around football.”
Renato Sanches | Benfica
Value: £46 million
The 18-year year old has raised more than a few eyebrows in clubs throughout Europe with his impressive displays for Benfica this season. After only making his debut in October, Sanches earned his first call-up for Portugal for friendlies against Bulgaria and Belgium.
Record reported last month United chief executive Ed Woodward has reportedly come to a verbal agreement for Sanches’ transfer. Although nothing is confirmed it is likely United will wish to conclude a deal hastily, with a number of elite European clubs believed to be monitoring him.
Renato Sanches’ presence would certainly add an extra layer of physicality to their midfield. With the Red Devils stocked with defensive-midfielders, the teenager would be an alternative and more attacking option.
Romelu Lukaku | Everton
Value: £50 million
Last October Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola told a French radio station they he could potentially be sold if the right offer came in: “Lukaku to PSG? We had a discussion with Martinez, he said he would let him leave Everton if a good offer comes in. But talking about the transfer window now makes no sense.”
With the departures of Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Radamel Falcao, United have been left with a paucity of options in the striker department. Lukaku’s current form most definitely warrants the Belgian’s extraordinary valuation by the Merseyside club. The 22-year old is the third-highest scorer in the Premier League this season, having notched 18 times in 29 league appearances.
He would bring a great deal to this United side, with his pace, physicality as well as his presence in the box. Lukaku would be a big improvement to their current options and there is no doubt that he would provide them with a focal point to their attack.
Aymeric Laporte | Athletic Bilbao
Value: £38 million
The French defender has long been linked with a move to United and Spanish football expert Guillem Balague told Sky Sports that Manchester clubs are more than prepared to pay his buy-out clause this summer: “He has been linked to them in the past and he has decided to stay and renew his contract with Athletic Bilbao, so we will see. I know both clubs want him … and they will be willing to pay the buy-out clause.”
Laporte’s agent Jorge Mendes, has a good relationship with United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. If Mendes’ client, José Mourinho is to replace Louis van Gaal in the forthcoming summer, it would only aid the Red Devil’s attempts the sign the 21-year old.
Manchester United are currently looking for an elite central-defender to partner Chris Smalling. Daley Blind’s spell as centre-back has gone surprisingly well although there still remain concerns over Blind’s pace, physicality and height. Manchester United are expected to sign a centre-back in the summer and at the tender age of 21, Laporte would represent an excellent investment for the future.
James Rodriguez | Real Madrid
Value: £63 million
Various reports are stating that Real Madrid are ready to cash in on James Rodriguez this summer, President Florentino Perez is rumoured to be discontent with their form this season.In a recent Q&A for Sky Sports Guillem Balague remarked that Real Madrid could offload the Columbian midfielder to create funds for their summer transfer dealings: “Cristiano cannot find a team to buy him, and Real Madrid cannot find a team to sell Ronaldo to, that means Real have to look for alternatives to finance the new signings they plan to make. So, as a consequence Real Madrid want to sell James.”
In 2010, intermediaries first approached senior United scouts offering Rodriguez, when he was a teenager for Argentine side Banfield. The midfielder was available for around £5m, but United nver responded. United rekindled their interest in the 24-year old AGAIN in 2013 but who were put off by his hefty price-tag.
Rodriguez is is another one of super-agent, Jorge Mendes clients, who could act as a catalyst to a summer move. Regardless of Rodriguez’s form for the Spanish giants this season, he would provide United with a cutting-edge as well as handing Ed Woodword his stellar signing.