The post-mortem of Manchester United’s season is well underway following the disappointment of Saturday’s defeat in the FA Cup final.
While our neighbours across town have been playing arguably the best football the Premier League has ever seen, United continue to frustrate and un-inspire the Old Trafford faithful. It is clear that improvements are needed to topple our bitter rivals; in a number of areas on the pitch. There is sure to be a number of incomings and outgoings this summer as Mourinho attempts to close the gap moving into next season. With that in mind, here are my top three transfer targets for the summer.
1. Alex Sandro: Sandro continues to be linked on a daily basis with Manchester United. The figure suggested seems to be in the region of £50 million which to me, is good value in the current market. Ashley Young has done a fine job this season but long-term, investment is required in this area of the pitch; especially as there are persisting doubts over the future of Luke Shaw. There is much emphasis on the full-backs to get forward and aid the attack in the modern game and there are few better than Alex Sandro at the minute. Sandro has had a fine season in Serie A, contributing 4 goals and 4 assists in 38 starts for Juventus. Further, he is a strong crosser of the ball and great in the air. What is not to like?
2. Toby Alderweireld: There are persisting reports which claim Spurs may be tempted to cash in as both parties cannot agree on a new deal. I think in order to be successful, Jose needs to have a consistent pairing in the middle of our back four. When you consider the best United teams, there was always a consistent pairing at the heart of the defence: Ferdinand/Vidic, Stam/Johnsen, I could go on. It is imperative that we find a partner for Eric Bailly next season, and Alderweireld is my choice. Although limited to just 22 starts this season due to injury, he would represent good value due to the contract stand off between both parties. Alderweireld would give a sense of calm and assurance to United’s defending and to those around him.
3. Sergej Milinković-Savić: Savic has caught the eye of all the big teams in Europe after his impressive season in Serie A. With 14 goals and 9 assists for Lazio, it is not a surprise really is it? With the departure of Michael Carrick, and the possible departure of Marouane Fellaini, United need to strengthen in the middle of the park. Savic has become one of the most complete midfield players in Italy and I feel his addition would ease some of the pressure felt by Pogba who has struggled for consistency this season. Noted for his strength in the air and ability to drive the team forward; Savic would give United some bite in midfield. Get it done Jose!
The transfer window is now officially over and all hoping that Manchester United can get their business done quickly in a World Cup summer.
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