The January window is upon us and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United requires one obvious addition. Despite maintaining a solid attacking ethos at the club, they have still been shaky at the back.
If the gaffer has any hope of finishing in the top four and putting up a decent Champions League run, effectively securing his job for the future, then a centre-back is the need of the hour. Let us have a look at a few that the side can sign:
1. Kalidou Koulibaly
Age: 27-year-old Potential Transfer Fee: £100m
The obvious name on the list and one that United have been strongly linked with, particularly in the past says. Most claims report that the side are close to signing the Napoli defender, with a world-record fee potentially being exchanged between the giants.
2. Toby Alderweireld
Age: 29-year-old Potential Transfer Fee: £30m
United’s relentless summer pursuit could continue this month as well, particularly since he’s now available for a bargain amount. However, with the player being viewed as quite Mourinho-esque and reports claiming that the higher-ups at Old Trafford earlier vetoed his transfer, it remains to be seen if any hope remains.
3. Kostas Manolas
Age: 27-year-old Potential Transfer Fee: £32m
Fresh reports have surfaced strongly claiming that the Red Devils have submitted a £32 million bid, effectively activating the buy-out clause of the Greek defender. With the player’s agent Mino Raiola also reported to be in the fray, this could be a done deal soon.
4. Nikola Milenković
Age: 21-year-old Potential Transfer Fee: £45m
The Serie A is clearly bursting with centre-backs who are desired by the Mancunian giants. A decent amount of cash could be splashed for the Fiorentina defender, whose versatility to play the flanks as well as at the heart of the defense is said to be what has charmed United as of recent.
5. Éder Militão
Age: 20-year-old Potential Transfer Fee: £42m
A relatively newer name on the list, but the youngster is a clear target for several European giants. Most notably, Real Madrid showing interest in signing him could hurt the prospects of United, who’ll nevertheless try to secure the deal.