The entire left flank of Manchester United’s ranks is what Jose Mourinho has been most vocally concerned about. Having missed out on Ivan Perisic in terrible fashion in the summer window, he will now look to amend those errors.
Those will ache even more after seeing Manchester City, who outspent the Red Devils by £79.6 million in the summer, strike a scoring fear in all of their opponents since. United, on the other hand, made the sole investment of Romelu Lukaku up front.
But as per Manchester Evening News, all that is set to change in the upcoming window, with the United boss eager to make four left-footed signings and put to rest that daunting issue once and for all.
First on his list is Tottenham’s controversial wing-back Danny Rose, who hinted at a move earlier this summer when criticizing the wage gap that the Spurs players had to deal with.
Seeing how Luke Shaw’s Old Trafford playing days are all but over, and how Ashley Young, despite being phenomenal in his recent form, is simply not a complete full-back, the signing will be a crucial one.
Next, the ever elusive Gareth Bale is actively being targeted by the club, and recent reports of further unhappiness at Real Madrid seem to give all the more leverage to this deal.
The injury-prone forward will be the ideal solution to Mourinho’s issues upfront despite the electric performances of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. As of such, Bale is still the player that is most likely to join from this list.
Further, United might revisit another summer saga that went awry in the form of Antoine Griezmann, who still has a very attractive release clause of £89.4m over his head. However, reports that the Atletico forward might favor a move to PSG might mar even this move.
Lastly, we have the more recent saga of Ozil and Mourinho reuniting. Arsenal’s assist king was believed to be all set to depart for Barcelona in the winter window as per reports from earlier this week.
This move was claimed as an effort from the Gunners to gain at least something from the playmaker’s departure, that could otherwise see the German sign for United for free when his contract expires in the coming summer.
But Mourinho might still have something up his sleeves, and it will be interesting to see where Ozil shall render his services in the future.
If United are to take up this tremendous task, they must be ready to break all transfer records of the past, including Louis Van Gaal’s eye-catching and retrospectively flopped splurge of £152m in 2014. But with a strong financial backing, the Red Devils might go and do just that.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.