Manchester United are set to face Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday 8th August at the Philip II Arena, Skopje before turning their attention to their first game of the Premier League season with a home draw against Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United just five days later.
After completing three signings so far in the current summer transfer window, José Mourinho has stated how we would be elated if they could manage to get a fourth before the window shuts. But the question on everyone’s lips is who could it possibly be?
Gareth Bale: 4/10
It’s not a secret that Manchester United have been keen admirers of Gareth Bale since the unforgettable David Moyes reign. Ed Woodward is known to be in awe of the welsh superstar and believes he could be the catalyst the squad has missed for too long.
However, with Mourinho publicly stating “You have contacts, you have feelings, you understand things, I think it was clear that Bale likes Madrid, the challenge, the situation, he’s in a club in a very good situation now, I never felt a desire from him to leave, so why lose time and energy on that? No.” Despite stating this less than a fortnight ago, most UK media outlets are claiming that Mourinho believes he can obtain Bale for less than £90 million?!
I cant see this deal becoming a reality this summer as Bale wouldn’t have any real reason to leave the Spanish
capital and return to the Premier League. Despite being amazing for the league itself, I think its clear that it would be a strange decision to make from a Madrid starting 11 player (when fit) who has an opportunity to help Real Madrid retain the La Liga crown for a second time running for the first time in over 10 years and be the first to win the Champions League for the third year in a row in over 40 years whilst also getting his fourth personal champions league medal just because they might sign an 18-year-old from France.
Ivan Perišić: 7/10
A lot of rumours are spreading as to whether or not this long anticipated signing will actually happen or not. News began to circulate that Manchester United had finally given up the battle to sign the Croatian winger from Italian side Inter Milan in recent days as Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausillo stated “I don’t understand where some of these stories come from”…”[he] is an important player and we are currently discussing a new contract with him.”
Mourinho is a fan of the winger and would want to purchase the winger for around £45 million which would help fill the gap of the left wing back/winger position.
The established and highly reliable Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio began to start confusion between Man United fans today has he replied to one eager fan. The Italian seemed to state that the deal was off but then later reassured fans that United are still keen but have still not came back with an improved deal and may well be losing grip on the signing.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) August 4, 2017
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) August 4, 2017
Yes. But inter hasn't received a new offer yet
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) August 4, 2017
I understand those of whom would be inclined to make this signing to take place as they see a well rounded, hard working, two footed winger who would be committed to do the gritty ugly defending and tracking back on the flank. However, I have full faith in Antony Martial to make that Left Wing role his this season as the young Frenchman is showing signs of improvement under José throughout the pre-season and become one of the first names on the team sheet come the end of the season.
Serge Aurier: 8/10
Aurier has two years left on his contract with PSG, but is understood to have a preference to leave the French club this summer and explore options abroad, despite being offered a new contract.
With the arrival of Dani Alves the Ivory Coast International has extra pressure and has the threat of reduced game time. The 24-year-old has pace, power and provides a great attacking threat which will make him one of the most ideal players to man the right wing-back slot. He will be a strong choice for the United back line if the deal does go through. Signing a quality right-back has been a top priority for Jose Mourinho this summer and Aurier can easily make the cut. After having to rest Antonio Valencia on several occasions last season due to the hectic schedule Aurier will have the opportunity to play more frequently than in PSG and may see him succeed the Ecuadorian right back in the future.
Serge Aurier has his court hearing scheduled to take place on Monday August 7th as he has appealed against his conviction of assault, following his arrest in May last year; attempting to be cleared to enter the UK to be able to sign for the English team.
Cristiano Ronaldo: 1/10
He will not sign.
He moved from 0/10 because he was quoted by Cadena SER saying ‘In England I never had problems, that’s why I’d like to come back,’.
This isn’t big news but it gives the papers more articles to claim how he’s definitely coming back.
Who is most likely to sign this summer out of these options?
— Patrick McCrystal (@mccrystal21) August 5, 2017