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Is Gonzalo Higuain On Mourinho’s Radar?

Reports surfaced today that Jose Mourinho is keen to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Napoli this summer if he is to take over the reigns at Old Trafford. With Chelsea and Arsenal, amongst others, apparently waiting in the wings, Mourinho is reportedly willing to part with up to £74 million of United’s cash to land the Argentine superstar.

Higuain was part of the Mourinho’s La Liga winning Real Madrid side in 2012 and finished the season with 22 goals, the second highest for the club that season behind only Cristiano Ronaldo (who, granted, did score an incredible 46 league goals that season).

Deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu at the end of the 2012/13 season, the 28-year-old moved to Napoli where he has thrived in Serie A. Having hit an incredible 29 goals in 30 appearances to date this season, Higuain sits top of the goalscorers list by an incredible 15 goals, with Carlos Bacca of Milan and Paulo Dybala of Juventus tied in second place with 14 goals.

The Argentine international is widely regarded as a world-class striker, something that United have been lacking this season and Mourinho has made that position his top priority this summer. Signing a player such as Higuain would show a huge signal of intent as United look to catapult themselves back to the summit of English football.

United have reportedly long been admirers of the striker but, with a host of clubs looking to secure his signature this summer, it could force the clubs hand.

Guardiola Joins City – What Next For United?

So Manchester City have finally confirmed the world’s worst kept secret and announced that outgoing Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola will take over the reigns at The Ethiad from next season. The question is, with Manchester City now going for broke, how can Manchester United counteract what could effectively prove to be checkmate?

My initial reaction to the news that Guardiola had made Manchester City his next venture was one of anger. As I let it sink it, it was still anger. How could Manchester United, the biggest club in the world lose out on the most sought-after coach in world football? Worse still, how could they lose out to the ‘noisy neighbours’? Whichever way one looks at it, this could prove to be the biggest and most fatal error made by Ed Woodward. Manchester City have everything in place to dominate European football for years to come whilst Woodward’s blind faith in Louis Van Gaal could leave United playing catch up.

Manchester City have been ruthless. Nobody agreed with the sacking of Mark Hughes and the treatment of Pelligrini has echoes of that that Sparky endured at the beginning of their takeover. However, what City have recognised is that the capture of Guardiola is a significant one. Pellegrini has, without doubt, been a success at City and could still end this season with four trophies. It would seem, at first glance certainly, that outing the Chilean is incredibly harsh and winning at least one of those trophies would back that fact up. However, Guardiola is worth taking that risk. United, and Woodward in particular, have once again failed by failing to act quickly.

Pellegrini has won two trophies in two seasons at City, whilst over at Old Trafford Louis Van Gaal can’t get a win over Bournemouth. The truth of the matter is that, with Louis Van Gaal in charge, United cannot expect to get anywhere near a Manchester City side with Guardiola at the helm. In truth, with Van Gaal in charge, United can’t get anywhere near a Leicester side with Claudio Ranieri in charge.

The way I see it is that United are now left with no choice. United now need to follow their neighbours lead and chase the next best thing…Jose Mourinho. I get the reasons not to appoint him, I really do. His lack of use of youth players is a real worry, and the one reason I would have picked Guardiola over him. The other reason, the one many United fans have voiced concern over, is one that I cannot get my head around. Negative football. Ok, yes, Mourinho plays a brand of football that is not particularly pleasing on the eye. However, is it any worse than what we are witnessing right now? The answer is of course no. The difference is that it is effective. LVG currently plays negative football, we all know that by now, but the end result is not one that Mourinho will achieve.

And then there is the one big fact, the one that cannot be ignored under any circumstance. Who is the only manager to stop Pep Guardiola winning a league title? You guessed it…Jose Mourinho.

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