Manchester United are in a dire position this transfer window. While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and company are looking to make world-class additions to their squad, the deals they have in mind don’t look to be going smoothly.
At the moment, Swansea City’s Daniel James appears to be the most likely arrival but he isn’t of the stock that the likes of Jaden Sancho or de Ligt would bring to the squad.
As of such, the Red Devils may have to revisit a past route that gave them mixed success and look at bringing veterans to their roster and inject tested and experienced presence that way.
According to the Daily Record, United are keen on bringing Ivan Rakitic to Old Trafford and have identified him as a possible target. While Barcelona are willing to sell, the Croatian being surplus to requirements in their midfield, it is their asking price that may pose some worry to the English giants.
The report claims that Barca require upwards of €55 million for the 31-year-old, which is a fee that United aren’t willing to pay. The Red Devils would instead like to offer around €30 million for the central midfielder and are likely to negotiate from up there.
However, the fact that Rakitic is tied to the Catalan giants by contract until 2021 gives the Spanish side the upper hand.
United are desperate for a versatile and creative presence in their midfield after losing Ander Herrera and more worryingly, due to the uncertainty that surrounds Paul Pogba’s future.
This is a trend that has been plaguing the Old Trafford outfit for weeks now. Most of their targets are being priced way too high by their parent clubs leaving United in a deadlocked position. Ed Woodward, in particular, is allegedly wary of splashing big again after their repeated failures in that area over the years.