Manchester United Transfer Targets
Tuesday 6 June 13:24 Tweet
Manchester United failed to impress in the Premier League, but two trophies in Jose Mourinho's first season in charge of the club has helped steer them back in to the Champions League. We take a look at the transfers Man Utd need to make this summer if they are to challenge for the Premier League title.
This position could be crucial this summer if rumours are true that David de Gea is set to leave Manchester United for La Liga and Champions League winners Real Madrid. This move has been touted for the past three summers but according to reports, Florentino Perez finally wants to sign de Gea for Real Madrid - with a reported £70m fee being enough to sign the Spanish goalkeeper. Zinedine Zidane and Sergio Ramos both have a big influence regarding transfers, the pair currently feel that de Gea is not needed and Keylor Navas is doing a great job as Real Madrid's no.1.
Jose Mourinho has been happy enough with Sergio Romero but he's not on the same level as David de Gea, which means if de Gea leaves there could be a battle for the no.1 shirt at Old Trafford. Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak has been excellent since replacing Thibaut Courtois in 2014. To buy Oblak from Atletico Madrid could prove to be a difficult task with Atleti's transfer ban. Antoine Griezmann has pledged his allegiance to the club, but will Oblak be as loyal as his Atletico Madrid team-mate? It's reported that Oblak has a €100 million release clause, this could be a potential stumbling block for Man Utd, but if they receive £70m + for de Gea, they could tempt Atletico with a fee much lower than his release clause to see where Oblak's loyalties lie.
Jan Oblak will be worth whatever fee Man Utd stump up for the Slovenian goalkeeper, in 79 La Liga appearances for Atletico Madrid, he's kept 46 clean sheets; an outstanding record in a very solid Atletico defence. If David de Gea decided to join Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho will need to bring in another outstanding shot-stopper and Jan Oblak could be the man.
Probable Transfer Fee: £50-60M
Manchester United are reported to want to re-sign Michael Keane from Burnley, just two years after selling the centre-back to the Clarets for just £2m. A £25m fee is being bandied about if Man Utd are keen on signing the 24-year-old, due to a clause that entitles Man Utd to 25% of any selling-on fee. Michael Keane was a massive factor in Burnley staying up last season, not many gave Sean Dyche's side a chance of staying up but their defensive displays - of which they kept 10 clean sheets - was crucial and Keane was the key component in Burnley's defence along with Tom Heaton in goal.
What could play in to Man Utd's hands is the fact that Keane has just one year remaining on his contract. Burnley may be pressured into trying to offload him this summer at a discounted fee if Man United decide to wait a season and attempt to sign the 24-year-old on a free contract. As stated above, Jose Mourinho has only been able to rely on Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly in central defence last season, it would be a successful summer for the Red Devils if they are able to sign Lindelof and Keane this summer.
Probable Transfer Fee: £20-25M
Jose Mourinho is targeting a reunion with Willian this summer at Manchester United after the Brazilian winger's frustrating season for Chelsea. According to reports, Willian would ideally like to stay in London as he loves Chelsea but he's been frustrated by the lack of game-time under Antonio Conte. Willian was a key member of the first XI in previous seasons for Chelsea, but he started just 21 games in all comps for the Blues in 2016/17, netting an impressive 12 goals.
Mourinho is keen to exploit Willian's lack of first-team action, Man Utd have struggled with out-and-out wingers and Willian would bring in a different dimension to Man Utd's attack. Mourinho likes his forward players to work hard out of possession, something he's lamented Martial and Mkhitaryan, that certainly won't be the case with Willian. Willian was excellent throughout Mourinho's reign in charge of Chelsea, for his output but more importantly for his ability to work hard for Mourinho. The 28-year-old may cost a few bob, despite his lack of first-team action. Antonio Conte has stated he will need a bigger squad for next season as they fight on four fronts, Willian signing a four-year deal worth £110k per-week in 2016, Man Utd will have to stump up big money if they are to prise the Brazilian away from west London.
Probable Transfer Fee: £40-50M
Now that the Antoine Griezmann deal seems to be off, this could potentially be the most important deal Manchester United can make if Jose Mourinho and Ed Woodward are interested; they need to sign AS Monaco's Fabinho. Manchester United look a better side when they play three in midfield, especially with Michael Carrick, Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera. However, Carrick is nearing the end of his career and at the age of 36, he cannot be relied upon week-in, week-out for Man Utd.
Fabinho was excellent for Monaco throughout their Ligue 1 winning campaign and in their Champions League games, particularly in the knockout stage wins against Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund. Fabinho's performance against Man City in the last 16 showed what he is capable of, an all-action midfielder who netted a pivotal goal in the second leg against City while remaining defensively sound when Pep Guardiola's men counter attacked.
Fabinho's positional flexibility will make Manchester United be keen on tying up a deal for the Monaco player, with the 23-year-old able to play as right-back or in central-midfield. Mourinho wants to give Paul Pogba a creative role rather than pin him down in central midfield, Ander Herrera has a lot of defensive responsibility but he could use more help in midfield, if Mourinho wants to free up Pogba and give Herrera more attacking responsibility - signing Fabinho to play alongside Pogba and Herrera is an absolute must.
Jose Mourinho knows Fabinho from his days at Real Madrid, while the pair both have Jorge Mendes as their agent which could smooth negotiations if a fee is accepted by Monaco. Man Utd needed more goals from midfield this season, Fabinho is a man who has stepped up, netting 10 goals for Monaco and is their main penalty taker. If Mourinho and Mendes can sign Fabinho, they'll be title contenders.
Probable Transfer Fee: £35-40M
It's been a week of confusion for Manchester United. They were keen on signing Antoine Griezmann up until Atletico Madrid's transfer ban this summer, in turn they decided to leak information to journalists stating they were cooling their interest in Griezmann and instead turning their interests to signing an out-and-out striker, a number 9.
The Telegraph report Alvaro Morata has emerged as Manchester United's top transfer target as they look to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic as their main man up top. The Real Madrid striker is seen as a more viabale option by Man Utd, they were keen on Andrea Belotti and Romelu Lukaku but Belotti has an £87m release clause while Romelu Lukaku seems to be on the verge of returning to Chelsea.
The 24-year-old is valued around £50 million, Man Utd's interest in Morata is separate from any negotiations with Real Madrid for David de Gea but reports suggest £22m + Morata for David de Gea is a fee that Manchester United would accept. Morata has had limited game-time for Real Madrid, he's found it tough to get ahead of Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo since returning to the Santiago Bernabeu but he's still had a decent goalscoring season, netting 15 goals in 26 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.
If given game-time under Mourinho, Morata could partner Marcus Rashford up front in the long-term. Mourinho complained about United's wastefulness in front of goal throughout their 2016/17 campaign, if they sign Morata, it's another huge step towards contending for the Premier League title.
Probable Transfer Fee: £45-50M
Note: Odds are subject to change