Manchester United want Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld according to latest reports. But is Alderweireld what United really need?
A tall, strong, combatitive centre back who is good on the ball is exactly what United need and Toby Alderweireld certainly fits that billing and more. Arguably the best centre back in the Premier League currently it would be a very naive Manchester United fan to say they’d be happier with Jones, Smalling and Lindelof. Plus the prospect of an Eric Bailly and Alderweireld centre back pairing has the look of something that could easily develop in to the next Bruce and Pallister or Ferdinand and Vidic.
But there is a big downside to any Alderweireld deal that makes it highly unlikely to happen.
For one, Spurs have been reluctant to do any business with Manchester United since they sold us Berbatov nearly ten years ago. Admittedly at some point that stance will have to change but as of now it’s a big obstacle.
More important is Alderweireld’s contract situation. His contract expires in the summer of 2019, however it does have a year extension option for Tottenham that would take the deal to 2020, two and a half years away. Interestingly there is a rumoured clause in the contract that allows Alderweireld to leave Tottenham in the summer of 2019 if an offer of 25 million comes in though. And 25 million for a player of his quality is a huge bargain.
The issue United have is two fold. To secure that bargain they’d have to wait 18 months. 18 months is too long in football. So there only other option is to try and deal with Spurs this summer. Which for the reasons stated above would be extremely difficult. Liverpool paying 75 million for Van Dijk won’t have helped the situation either so if United want Alderweireld they’ll be lucky to get any change out of 80 million. And here’s the killer. Alderweireld is 29 next month. As good as he is, is he really worth 80 million at 29? And if United wait 18 months to get him for 25 million he’ll be 30.
It’s an interesting one and I certainly wouldn’t rule out Toby Alderweireld signing for Manchester United. But when all the above is taken in to account it may not be the best deal for United right now.
Manchester United are monitoring the situation of Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic as manager Jose Mourinho ponders a move for the American in the summer, according to a report on the Daily Mail.
Pulisic has made a name for himself in the German Bundesliga by putting in some phenomenal performances which have seen his value increase drastically.
United are willing to challenge fellow Premier League club Liverpool for the youngster as well as Bayern Munich, who are also interested in securing his services.
If United are to submit an offer, it is likely to be in the region of £40m but Dortmund are keen to keep hold of the 19-year-old.
However, with the signing of Alexis Sanchez, United have incredible depth in attack so it may be difficult to fit Pulisic into the team. Pulisic currently has a contract with Dortmund until 2020 and the German club are eager to get him to extend his deal.
Pulisic has played 81 times for the German club and has managed to find the back of the net 11 times. He is well-known for his ball control and dribbling, as well as his lightning pace on the counter-attack.
Should United submit a bid for him?
Would you like to see him at United?
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Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign Justin Kluivert from Ajax in a 10 million pound deal according to reports.
Kluivert, who only turns 19 in May, was part of the Ajax squad that faced Manchester United in the Europa League final last year, and is a player Jose Mourinho is long said to have admired. Playing off his favoured left side, Kluivert is considered one of the best up and coming talents in European football and with his contract up next year Manchester United could be well placed to pick up a bargain. Especially when Manchester United’s favourite agent Mino Raiola is also Kluivert’s agent.
So how would Kluivert fit in at Manchester United? At just under five foot eight Kluivert isn’t the biggest, but he has blistering pace and loves to dribble. In Premier League terms his style isn’t dissimilar to an Eden Hazard when he’s in full flow, but to suggest he’s on that level yet would be jumping the gun. Caution should always be taken when hyping up young players from any league and Manchester United will know only too well that a superstar in the making from the Dutch league isn’t a guaranteed ticket to success in the Premier League. Memphis Depay anyone?
Whether United truly are in for Kluivert remains to be seen. But with his contract up in just over a year, Mourinho an admirer, and Mino Raiola his agent, there’s already a number of positives in Manchester United’s favour.
Jose Mourinho has indicated he will sign two midfielders this summer, as he looks to strengthen an area that currently looks bereft of ideas and cohesion.
With Michael Carrick retiring Mourinho already knew he’d need to bring in at least one midfield replacement this summer. However, with Marouane Fellaini yet to sign a new contract and free to leave in the summer that would force Mourinho in to making two midfielder signings.
With Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay Mourinho’s only midfield options if Carrick and Fellaini leave, it’s not hard to see why United will need strengthen. Even with Fellaini and Carrick Manchester United currently look decidedly lightweight in the midfield, and many United fans feel that Mourinho should already have been prioritising the midfield area regardless of departures.
With the January transfer window shut Mourinho will have to wait until the summer to remedy the issue and that at least gives him a few months to assess his options and scout the possibilities.
So who might be on Mourinho’s scouting list? Milinković-Savić of Lazio, Jorginho of Napoli, Seri of Nice, and Fabinho of Monaco are four names that instantly spring to mind and with the current state of Manchester United’s midfield any two from that four would certainly improve Mourinho’s options. Although it shouldn’t be forgotten that Mourinho likes players who are established in the premier league and there are some suggestions that he’ll go back for Eric Dier from Tottenham if as many expect, Tottenham fail to qualify for the Champions League and a mass exodus ensues.
Jose Mourinho will allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave Manchester United if reports are true that the Swedish striker wants to leave the club. Widespread reports have stated MLS club LA Galaxy are in pole position to sign the 36 year old and a deal could be completed shortly.
Mourinho was asked about Ibrahimovic ahead of United’s important Premier League game against Tottenham on Wednesday.
“Zlatan is in the last year of his contract. If that is true and Zlatan wants a future in another club in another country, we are here to help and to create conditions for that to happen, not to make his life difficult.”
“But Zlatan told me he wants to recover and feel ready to help the team.”
“He’s working hard to be fit. I wouldn’t say he’s injured.
“He is in a moment of trying to feel really ready for demands of Premier League football.”
Any deal between United and LA Galaxy could take place before the end of the January transfer window. Ibrahimovic has only scored 1 goal this season in a total of 7 appearances. The striker has been plagued by injuries in his time at Old Trafford, and has not played for United since aggravating his knee ligament injury on Boxing Day in United’s 2-2 home draw with Burnley. The injury was first sustained against Andrelecht last season and he has not quite recovered since.
Zlatan was United’s star man last season leading them to Europa League and League Cup glory, scoring 28 goals in the process. However, the fan favourite’s United career could be coming to the end. The Swede has not been able to justify the huge wages he earns in the one year contract extension signed at the end of last season due to not staying fit. There is a feeling amongst United fans that is now time for Zlatan to move on. We are now looking to the future with the Lukaku United’s number 9.
The Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United deal faces more delays as Man Utd fans reach the end of their patience on the announcement.
All week Manchester United fans have been frantically refreshing their social media accounts awaiting the announcement of Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United, and with Alexis Sanchez having his medical this Sunday afternoon many fans feel an official announcement from the club is just hours away. However, it’s today been reported that the Alexis Sanchez deal could still be another 48 hours away….Whether this is more smoke and mirrors from the press who’ve been saying Sanchez would sign for United in the next 48 hours since 1986 remains to be seen. But how much more can Manchester United fans take?
Alexis Sanchez is the club’s most significant signing in years, literally stealing Arsenal’s best player from under the noses of Manchester City is the sort of signing dreams are made of and the desire to see Sanchez holding up a United shirt is one fans have been waiting for all week.
Let’s hope the reports are wrong and we’ll all be sitting down for Sunday Night LIVE on The United Stand at 8pm with Alexis Sanchez officially a Manchester United player.
Alexis Sanchez will join Manchester United in a straight swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
There had been talk earlier in the week that Manchester United would pay up to 25 million pounds plus Mkhitaryan to take Sanchez away from Arsenal but it appears Ed Woodward has played hardball with Arsenal and pulled off a deal that places even more scrutiny on Manchester City’s withdrawal over money concerns. It appears more and more likely that Alexis Sanchez simply chose the bigger club in Manchester United.
But whilst Manchester City can turn their open chequebook towards another big signing, the cold hard reality for Arsenal is they were never in a position of strength with Sanchez being out of contract in May and Manchester United clearly used this to their advantage in the negotiations. With both players expected to complete medicals tomorrow and be publicly unveiled by their new clubs, Arsenal fans will no doubt try and see the positive in the recruitment of Mkhitaryan. However, the harsh truth is, like with Robin Van Persie, United are stealing Arsenal’s most precious asset for next to nothing and in return are providing them with a player they no longer want.
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Alexis Sanchez’s impending transfer to Manchester United has edged closer after a breakthrough in negotiations late last night. The Chilean forward is now free to have his medical in Manchester after days of talks between United and Arsenal, involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent Mino Raiola. A deal has finally been struck with a swap deal involving Mkhitaryan suiting both parties.
United had missed the 12pm deadline on Friday for Sanchez to be available for their trip to Burnley today and some feared Sanchez could be seen in an Arsenal shirt again after manager Arsene Wenger said he would be selected for their home game against Crystal Palace if a deal was not finalised. However, developments in the move have meant Sanchez is likely to be confirmed as an official United player this weekend. It is a deal that has been dragged out after it was revealed United were in pole position to sign the 29 year old forward early this week, jumping ahead of Manchester City in the race to sign the forward. Many United fans have grown frustrated that it has not yet been confirmed. Complications in the swap with Mkhitaryan going the other way seemed to delay the transfer but it seems likely that the deal is now imminent
It is still unclear whether United will hand Alexis the famous number 7 shirt, which has not been worn since United sold Memphis Depay to Lyon last year. Sanchez has all the attributes needed to take the responsibility of the shirt which United have yet to find a suitable replacement for since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club. He is a world class player, bringing flair and confidence to Old Trafford and is incredibly hard working which both United fans and manager Jose Mourinho will appreciate. Sanchez is expected to make his debut next Friday in United’s FA Cup tie away to Yeovil.
Mino Raiola, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent, is now reportedly the biggest factor in the Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United deal. So who is Mino Raiola and how has he become more powerful than Manchester United in this deal?
Alex Ferguson was never a fan of super agent Mino Raiola and blamed him for the loss of Paul Pogba to Juventus, but in recent years Manchester United have been more than happy to feed Raiola’s ego in return for the likes of Pogba, Zlatan, Mkhitaryan and Lukaku.
In the case of Mkhitaryan, it now looks like Raiola could be come the obstacle Sir Alex always said he was….
Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United is a deal that’s been limping on all week and the latest suggestion is that Mino Raiola is the man holding it up. Sanchez and United agreed their part of the deal last weekend, with full details of his wage and signing on fee leaked on Wednesday. However, a deal cannot be achieved until Manchester United and Arsenal agree on the fee, and with Arsenal wanting a player, Mkhitaryan, instead of cash, this is where Raiola comes in and wields his power.
So much power that it’s now being suggested by those close to the deal that it’s up to Raiola if Mkhitaryan goes to Arsenal or not. If Raiola decides it’s good for his client, it will happen. If he doesn’t like the deal it won’t. What that means for Sanchez and United remains to be seen. But it’s another example of the power agents now hold in football and it doesn’t take much guesswork to predict that the biggest factor in whether this deal will go ahead or not will be money.
With Mkhitaryan and Raiola guaranteed to make more money from this deal than they would if he stayed at United on his current contract, or returned to Dortmund who don’t have the financial pull of Arsenal, it’s pretty certain Mkhitaryan will move to Arsenal. But not until Raiola is happy that the slice of the pie he and his client get are to his liking and size.
The Chilean winger, Alexis Sanchez, will now have to wait until next Friday to make his debut for Manchester United as his deal continues to be stalled.
The deal has failed to be completed in time to meet the Premier League’s registration deadline if they were wanting him to make his first appearance in what is rumoured to be the number seven jersey in the famous united colours. As well as Sanchez, Henrikh Mkhitaryan will too be unavailable for Arsenal’s 3pm kick-off against Crystal Palace even if the announcement were to come later this day due to the cut off time of midday earlier today.
United fans especially will see this as a massive blow as they were wanting to see their new man make his debut against a tough opposition in Burnley, in a game that he would have made an immediate impact and improved the squad a great deal. Burnley, despite not winning a game in their last seven fixtures are still sitting seventh and pose a real threat against the United defence.
As both showed up for training for their current respective sides this morning, there is a feeling that the spark of this transfer is beginning to dwindle with many fans losing patience and excitement about the announcement. Manchester United fans will be hopeful that their club can announce this deal quickly and in an impressive fashion such as Pogba and Ibrahimović deals alike.