As we approach the January Transfer Market, there are a number of positions that need strengthening. If Jose Mourinho decides Shaw is not going to be the long term left back and no youth products ready to step up; we will need to bring players in. Here are my top 5 replacements if Shaw is to depart Man Utd:
5: Danny Rose – Club: Tottenham Hotspur – Estimated Cost: £50mil
Danny Rose has been heavily linked to Man Utd since upsetting the applecart at Spurs by saying he believes he’s not being paid what he’s worth. Rose is 27 years old and plays as a wing back. However, like Luke Shaw; Danny Rose is out of fitness and struggling to find form. He’d be rumoured to cost Man Utd in the region of £50mil: Considering we have a very similar player who is four years younger I can’t understand why we’d consider this transfer. However, Rose is a good player; I just feel that there are better, younger and cheaper options out there.
4: Jordi Alba – Club: Barcelona – Estimated Cost: £45mil
Jordi Alba was rumoured to be considering a bid from Jose Mourinho over last Summer’s transfer window. He stayed at Barcelona under the advice of Messi, however interest from Man Utd and Jose Mourinho has not let up recently. Jose is keen on the Spaniard who turns 29 in March, he’s in the prime of his career with a lot of experience at the top level. He’d cost slightly less than Rose as he won’t have and English Premium or a ‘Premier League Proven’ premium. Even without those additions, he’d still cost us in the region of £40-45mil. Quite expensive when you consider a few other options available to Man Utd in this position.
3: Ryan Sessegnon – Club: Fulham – Estimated Cost: £25mil
This young lad has been all over the press in recent weeks with a move to Man Utd being touted in the January window. He’s only 17 years old and plays for Fulham in the Championship. Mourinho is keen to beat rivals to this very exciting youth prospect. It’s been said that Jose will offer Fulham £25mil and a loan back deal just to get Ryan on the books. He’s a flare player, very quick and can play in left midfield. Ryan has played 18 games as a left back as and 5 on the left wing, he’s scored 4 goals (one hattrick) and made two assists, a first team regular. I think he’s worth the money in the current market. He’s English and will almost certainly be a future star, whether it be as a left back of further up the pitch like Gareth Bale.
2: Alex Sandro – Club: Juventus – Estimated Cost: £60mil
Alex Sandro is very hot property at the moment and is widely seen as the best left back on the planet at present. He’s got a hefty price tag attached to him at £60mil, would Juventus want to sell another one of their top players to Man Utd?
Man Utd are now favourites to sign the Brazilian with Mkhitaryan being bait to the Italian giants. Sandro wants to leave, so a swap deal of sorts involving the Armenian could be something that suits all parties. Could it happen as soon as January? If we could do this deal, we should do this deal!
1: Philipp Max – Club: Augsburg – Estimated Cost: £20mil
Philipp Max is having a terrific season, he’s the joint best in Europe’s top leagues for assists. He’s made nine assists already this season, and as a left back that is nothing short of brilliant. Max is 24 and having only cost Augsburg £3.8mil two years ago, I think he could be prised away for as little as £20mil. He’s good in defence, an excellent crosser and a corner specialist; something Man Utd lacks massively.
Augsburg’s chief, Steffen Reuter, is open to offers for the German and Max could be tempted to move to a bigger club in a bid to be included in the World Cup Squad. I’d be more than happy to have him at the club, and being so cheap we could conceivably buy Max and Sessegnon for cheaper than the other left backs on the list. Man City is the other team that is currently scouting Philipp.
Needless to say, with or without Shaw, Man Utd need quality cover for left back. What order would you put these five players to come into the United Squad? Is there a left back we’ve been linked with that you would rather see at United?
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