Man United transfer news: Manchester United are stumbling a bit lately after a great kick start to the season. Many fans and the club themselves feel that the lack of a quality holding midfielder might be the reason to it. United have a great attack lineup, but the midfield seems edgy at times.
Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are efficient at orchestrating play upfront. The lack of a solid holding midfielder leads to a gap in the formation leading to pressure on the backline. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was aware of this fact and did hope to bring in Declan Rice this summer. But with the arrival of new attacking players and the high asking price of West Ham United. Manchester United had to hold off their interest in Declan Rice.
Ole was hoping that Fred might be able to keep a hold of things up until a new recruit could be brought in. However, the Brazilian midfielder has been causing more problems so far into the season. Hence, the fans are urging the Red Devils to find a solution real quick.
Manchester United will have to wait until next summer to sign Declan Rice. But United may have to divert their attention away from Rice, as the player is valued at over £90m by the Hammers. With Erling Haaland also being available next summer, the club will be hoping to use their transfer funds wisely. Hence, we have listed down three stars that United can consider to strengthen their midfield.
Man United transfer news: Red Devils board consider signing midfield star’s in the summer
Manchester United have always maintained a good relationship with Serie A side Inter Milan. The Italian champions have been able to make some great signings from United in the past. Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez and Ashley Young have all been great assets from Inter. Hence, Manchester United can also try and sign players from Inter to strengthen their squad.
One player that the Reds must try to sign now is Marcelo Brozovic. The Croatian is a key player for Inter Milan and dominates the pitch with his presence. Brozovic has the ability to control the game from deep and spark play up forward. With a pass accuracy of 90% last season, Manchester United can utilize him to break attacks and stride on for a counter. His contract with Inter is set to expire next summer, according to Transfermarkt. Hence, United can try and lure him in for a cut-price deal in January.
Another player that United can consider is Frank Kessie from AC Milan. He did cause some trouble for United last term in the Europa League. Kessie will surely fit the needs of United as he is exceptionally strong and is great at winning the ball back from opponents. Frank Kessie had an 80% tackle success rate last term and is also precise with his passes.
In addition to this he is also a great penalty taker with an 85% conversion rate. Not that Ole will give him penalty duties with Bruno and Ronaldo in the lineup. But should the duo be unavailable, Kessie is the man to do the job. His contract with Milan is expiring at the end of the season, hence he will be available for free next summer.
Man United transfer news: Denis Zakaria on club’s radar?
Denis Zakaria is a player who is targeted by a host of clubs. The Swiss footballer is a midfield destroyer with a high tackle and interception rate. Zakaria has been a prominent part of Borussia Monchengladbach since his arrival.
Ole is hoping to pair his holding midfielder to a three-man midfield with Bruno and Pogba in the front. Zakaria is familiar with such a role and can easily fit into the setting. Manchester United usually find themselves under pressure when opponents break past midfield. However, Zakaria can act as a defensive wall that is ahead of the backline.
All of Zakaria, Brozovic and Kessie will be out of contract at the end of the season. However, it is no guarantee that they will not sign a contract renewal. But all of these stars are great in their role and United are in dire need of a defensive midfielder.
Hence, the above three options are the most economical options they can consider at the moment. However, Manchester United will not be alone should they develop an interest in these players. Many other clubs are reportedly watching the situation around these players to strengthen their side. It is pretty clear that the only position that the current United squad need to upgrade is the defensive midfield. Hence, Manchester United must make sure to sign a reliable player in the next transfer window.