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5 Surprise Midfield Signings for Manchester United

5 Surprise Midfield Signings for Manchester United

It is imperative that Manchester United have to invest in the midfield in order to challenge for a title next season. Amid links to midfielders such as Toni Kroos, Sergej Milinkovic Savic, and Fred, what are some of the other options Manchester United have? Here’s five midfielders that would surprise Manchester United fans, but aid us in our title quest next season.

5. Julian Draxler

 

Age 24
Club PSG
Contract Ends 2021
Height 6’ 2”

 

 

 

Draxler has featured in an ultimately disappointing PSG side this season, playing alongside the likes of Verratti, Mbappe and Neymar, yet failing to win the big prizes the club set out to win. With Neymar and possibly Verratti likely to force a move, Draxler may also be looking to find a way out of the French club this season. Capable of playing on the wing or in midfield, Draxler would be perfect for Manchester United. He’s a top class player who can score, create and add flair to our attack. Draxler will also be 25 in September, the perfect age for our squad. In addition, PSG will have to pay 180 million euros to AS Monaco in order to keep Kylian Mbappe, and they will certainly look to get any money they can to avoid breaking FFP rules. If Manchester United act fast enough, they could sign him for a reasonable price. While we have been tentatively linked to him in the past, this is a player Manchester United could very well sign this season

4. Lucas Torreira

 

Age 22
Club Sampdoria
Contract Ends 2022
Height 5’ 6”

This young Uruguayan midfielder has done exceptionally well for Sampdoria in Serie A this season. A center-defensive midfielder who is similar to Michael Carrick, Torreira excels at transitioning the ball quickly from back to front, using his incredible passing range and astute reading of the game to transition the ball into the final third. Torreira would be an ideal addition to our midfield, as he could rotate with Matic or play in a midfield three with Pogba, giving him license to go forward while also contributing offensively with playmaking from deep. However, he is only 22, and with Mourinho growing impatient with the likes of Rashford and Martial, there is no evidence he will sign such a young player. He’s also contracted until 2022, which would make him fairly expensive for such a young player. But Torreira will almost certainly be snapped up by a bigger club this season, and there is no reason Manchester United shouldn’t be at the front of that cue.

3.Adrien Rabiot

Age 23
Club PSG
Contract Ends 2019
Height 6’ 3”



A talented but somewhat inconsistent midfielder, Frenchman Adrien Rabiot has had a mixed season for PSG. Standing at 6 foot 3, his physicality combined with his technical ability make him a uniquely talented player. His passing, creativity and physicality are all things that Manchester United could benefit from if he were to sign. His contract is up in a years time, so he could be signed for a cheap price in Manchester United act fast enough. As previously mentioned, PSG will be looking to offload players to balance their massive spending of the last few season. While he has struggled for consistency and would be a risk, Rabiot is a player who under the right guidance, could be a great signing for the Red Devils.

 

2.Max Meyer

Age 22
Club FC Schalke 04
Contract Ends 2018
Height 5’ 8”

FC Schalke have had a terrific season in the Bundesliga, finishing second to Bayern Munich and ahead of Borussia Dortmund. At the heart of this campaign has been Max Meyer. He’s creative, skillful and above all, has played for a team that plays similar to Manchester United in some aspects. Schalke defend deep and do not rely on pressing, and try to counter attack often. With a similar defending style at United, Meyer could quite easily adapt to Mourinho’s system and help the team become better on the break. His contract ends this summer, meaning any club could sign him for free. He has been heavily linked to Liverpool, but Manchester United should not sleep on this hot German prospect. 

1.James Rodriguez

 

Age 26
Club FC Bayern Munich (Loan from Real Madrid)
Contract Ends 2019 (Loan)
Height 5’ 11”

James Rodriguez would be an unbelievable midfield signing for various reasons. He’s a huge brand worldwide, and would be the perfect player to acquire the number 10 shirt. He’s also a player who doesn’t need much development, and could come straight into the team and make an impact. He’s a leader, not the same kind of leader as Roy Keane, but someone who has passion and leads by example. But above all that, his attributes as a player make him one of the best midfielders in the world. He can play in a midfield two, a midfield three or as an attacking midfielder. His passing range, decision making, vision, skill and crossing make him one of the most complete midfielders in Europe. Additionally, Rodriguez’s dead-ball delivery is exceptional, and with the amount of height we have in our team, he could unlock a whole new dimension to Manchester United’s attack. While he is still on loan at Bayern, the club are still unsure whether to keep him or not. And if Manchester United act quickly, we could have a player that could have a tremendous impact on our title challenge next season.

 

By: Vishnu Anandraj

 

Rodriguez house hunting in Manchester

UPDATE 24/06/2016 21:52 – Manchester United have been given the green light to sign £50m rated James Rodriguez after the unsettled Colombian failed to cement a spot in the starting eleven last season. Rodriguez wants regular first team football and he is more likely to get that at United. It is also understood that he had put his house in Spain up for sale. Read more here.

[Original article below]

James Rodriguez has fuelled speculation of a move to Manchester United after reports have revealed he is house hunting in Manchester.

The Columbian is currently out of favour at Real Madrid under manager Zinedine Zidane and may well look for a move away from Madrid this summer. Spanish newspaper Don Balon are reporting a move to United could be on the cards.

Rodriguez signed for Madrid for £60million from Monaco two years ago after lighting up the World Cup in Brazil. Mourinho may well look to splash some of his £200million transfer war chest on the 24-year-old.

Rodriguez burst onto the scene while playing for Columbia at the 2014 World Cup (Picture: standard.co.uk)
Rodriguez burst onto the scene while playing for Columbia at the 2014 World Cup (Picture: standard.co.uk)

Rodriguez also shares the same agent as Jose Mourinho, Jorge Mendes, who would help facilitate the move to Old Trafford.

Reports suggest that Rodriguez is already house hunting in Manchester and will put his home in Madrid up for rent. With Colombia being knocked out of the Copa America any potential deal can now begin to take place.

Let us know what you think! Would you want Mourinho to sign Rodriguez this summer?

5 Things to know about James Rodriguez

  1. He won the Golden Boot at the 2014 World Cup scoring 6 goals and becoming the first Colombian to do so.
  2. He won the 2012 Portuguese Golden Ball, the award for the best player in the Primeira Liga.
  3. His wife Daniela Ospina is the Sister of Arsenal Goalkeeper David Ospina.
  4. He was named after James Bond even although his name is pronounced “Ha-mez”
  5. He was spotted at just 11 years old before being signed up by Envigado FC.

GUEST BLOG: Mourinho and Rodriguez the right options for United

Some very interesting news about Jose Mourinho has recently broken out. Mourinho has told Real Madrid he is not interested in returning to the club, opening the door for him to take over at Manchester United, according to Spanish newspaper Diario Sportclaim.

In my opinion, Mourinho was the right option for united because he has the ability to get results and also gets the big name players into the club. However I feel Mourinho will obviously be tempted to take over at Real Madrid, despite the coming reports, as Madrid really have a well built squad.

As of now, three players have been spotted by manchester united: Goncalo Guedes, Felipe Anderson and James Rodriguez; James Rodriguez being our main target. I don’t think Madrid will let James go so easily as they are in a vulnerable position now and don’t look strong enough to win La Liga. However we do have a good chance of signing him if we use money and Ed Woodward, as usual, has a trick up his sleeve.

Goncalo Guedes in action for Benfica (Picture: foxsports.com)
Goncalo Guedes in action for Benfica (Picture: foxsports.com)

Reports are also coming in that Madrid are going to swoop in for David de Gea which makes it yet another summer transfer saga repeat. Felipe Anderson is gifted and has great technical ability and will be a great addition to our squad. Goncalo Guedes, dubbed ‘the new Ronaldo’, is also a talented young teen; on the contrary he is inconsistent.

This January transfer window is going to be very interesting and vital. Louis van Gaal will be desperate to keep the fans content and strengthen his squad with some talented players. Hoping for the best. As of now James Rodriguez would be a dream transfer and we should get a good left back.

By Anmol Suratkal

Rodriguez and Donnarumma on United radar

UPDATE:It has been reported in the Telegraph that the deal is getting closer with United apparently holding talks with the Columbian. Read more here.

According to the The Telegraph, United are ready to swoop for Real Madrid wantaway James Rodriguez.

The £59m rated, Columbian midfielder has failed to impress at the Bernabeu since his arrival after impressing in last years World Cup.

Manchester United are said to be in talks with the player to try and persuade him to join the red devils.

In other news, United are also interested in signing AC Milan’s 16 year old keeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma.

The young goalkeeper made his first team debut at the end of October and has since kept three clean-sheets.

Manchester City are also interested in Donnarumma but it’s thought that United would be favourites for his signature.

United currently have arguably the best goal keeper in the world in David de Gea, but recent reports suggest that he could be on his way to Real Madrid in the summer.

If you would like to read the full article on The Telegraph website, please click here.

See both Rodriguez and Donnarumma in action by clicking their names or watching below.