According to Spanish news outlet AS, Manchester United are monitoring Porto midfielder Famalicao Gustavo. The Brazilian has also been linked to the likes of Everton and Wolves. The midfielder is rumored to be valued at around €25 million and there is a possibility that Porto might let him go in the January transfer window itself.
Famalicao joined the Portuguese giant’s last summer only. Currently, he is the captain of his team, and last season he made more than forty appearances for the club. The Brazilian primarily plays as a defensive midfielder. He also boasts some football heritage, his father Paulo Assuncao also played in the same position for Atletico Madrid.
Ole Gunnar Solskjear would probably be hoping that Gustavo turns out to be a signing like Burno Fernandes. The Portuguese international was signed by United in the January transfer window of 2020. Upon his arrival, he instantly sparked life in the United campaign. He was very influential in helping them finish third and qualify for the Champions League.
The Red Devils have promoted young players since Solskjear has been appointed. Mason Greenwood has been a primary example of that. If they are able to sign the 20 years old, they can send a message to young players that Old Trafford is the place to develop. By signing such young players they can be in a position to challenge for the title.
Man United looking for a Defensive Midfielder
The Red Devils are in desperate need of a defensive midfielder. They have Matic and Fred but those two are not good enough. The Serbian is now 32 years old and he is no longer at his best. While Fred has been given plenty of chances but he hasn’t been good enough. Also, both of them cannot carry out the functions which a modern-day defensive midfielder can.
Manchester United need a defensive midfielder with excellent technical and defensive qualities. These days it is very hard to find such a player. Either players are usually better technically or they are better defensively. Like Chelsea has Jorginho who has very good technical ability but lacks defensive prowess. Real Madrid has Casemiro who is the other way round.
In Gustavo, they can potentially have a player who can do well in both areas. The Brazilian links up the defense and attack for Porto and recycles the possession back for his team. On average, he makes 54 passes per ninety minutes. With him in the team, both Pogba and Fernandes can play together and both of them can be pushed forward.
Also, the Premier League giants only have €30 million to spend in the January transfer window. With the Brazilian being valued at around €25 million, they might be able to get a good deal for him. They could also ask for some discount, and pay the rest of the money through add ons based on performances.
Alternative solutions for Position
It would be very exciting to see both Fernandes and Pogba thriving in the United midfield. Fernandes plays as a No.10 as a result of which Pogba has to drop deep. When the Frenchman drops deep he tries to become the link between the defense and attack. This is because he has better technical qualities that Matic and Fred.
However, that is not his best role and United isn’t able to get the best out of him. Therefore the Red Devils need a midfielder who can connect defense to attack and provide defensive protection. When these two things are there both Pogba and Fernandes have to worry less about the defensive side of the game.
Though Gustavo is a young talented player he is very reckless as well. He often commits too many fouls, this season only he already has four yellow cards from eight games. It is also possible that he might improve with time considering he is only 20 years old. But in the meantime, United could try to get some more experienced players.
They have been linked with a move for Swiss midfielder Denis Zakaria. The 23 years old is physically strong and he already has Champions League experience. However, the likes of Chelsea and Bayern Munich have also been linked with him. In order to sign him, the Manchester giants must qualify for the Champions League.