Saturday, January 23, 2021

Manchester United looking for a midfield shuffle in the winter transfer window.

Current state of Manchester United Midfield.

Over the summer transfer window of 2019, a total of 15 players were on the released list by Manchester United. The Reds of Manchester signed the Welsh youth Daniel James who has given sterling displays, scoring in the opening game against Chelsea. It marked his debut goal. The ex-Swansea player has scored 3 goals in 5 appearances for the club. He also bagged 2 goals in 6 matches for his country. Ole has been giving chances to the youth in the midfield. In fact, Scott McTominay alongside Andreas Pereira started most of the matches. Although, playing on Thursday night and Sundays would be tiring. This is why Manchester United have been looking to shuffle their midfield by bringing in new players.

Top players targetted over the summer transfer window.

Manchester United blew the chance to employ a midfielder in the ​summer transfer window but might look forward to signing one in the winter transfer window. United was engrossed in the likes of ​Saul, Sean Longstaff as well as ​Bruno Fernandes in the summer. They chose to migrate their plans to sign a midfielder to January.

It is also said that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and administrative vice-director Ed Woodward convened at the beginning of this month to discuss considered targets for next year. They have also finished the summer unable to replace Romelu Lukaku. Solskjaer spoke to ​Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen in the closing week of the summer transfer window but learned that the Danish midfielder has his heart set on transit to Spain. Eventually, he decided to linger back in North London.

Players that should be on Manchester United’s radar list.

Declan Rice

The absurd rumors circling United and a £90m bid Declan Rice that emerged this week. It was a result of an unashamedly revolving inference from 1990s former Leeds and Coventry player Noel Whelan into a sensationalized transfer scoop. Having said that, as a naive England international with immense future potential and opportunity to improve, Rice does fit the characterization that United are looking for.

Blaise Matuidi

It might not seem likely because it does not fit with the overall squad building policy. Although, if United discover themselves solely lacking midfield depth and a shot in the arm come January, a brief-term fix may be very essential to tide them over till the end of the season. Blaise Matuidi has been associated with Manchester United for years and could be the absolute January acquisition. The indefatigable 32-year-old is one of the reasons Paul Pogba shines at international level for France. He will be beginning the final six months of his Juventus agreement.

James Maddison

James Maddison is a very distinctive type of player to the more defensive Longstaff and Rice. Even then, the Leicester player applies for the same category in terms of age, nationality and expected potential. The 22-year-old is seen as one of the most illustrious young midfielders in Europe. He has fascinated so far this season after an extraordinary breakout term in 2018/19. Due to which, he earned a senior England call-up for this month’s internationals. Maddison is another player that will come with a huge price tag, while United know that Leicester will not be persuaded into accepting less than a bonus rate after ultimately allowing to pay £80m for Harry Maguire in August.

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