Jose Mourinho will inevitably be under pressure to spend during the summer transfer window, such is the demands placed on top flight managers these days – every group of fans want an expensive, exotic signing that, correctly or not, act as as a symbol of ambition and progress.
Yet, finding an improved role for a player already on the books can prove an incredibly shrewd move and save the club a small fortune in the transfer market. Just consider how Antonio Conte has reinvented Victor Moses at Chelsea this season, issuing him 28 Premier League starts at wing-back after spending the last three seasons out on loan.
In terms of loan players on the Old Trafford books, Andreas Pereira particularly stands out. The young Brazilian has been highly-rated for some time and has already made 13 appearances for United at first team level, netting once in the process.
The attacking midfielder has spent the season at Granada – now famed for Tony Adams’ training ground dance routine – and despite them finishing rock bottom of La Liga, he’s impressed – finishing up as the club’s joint-top scorer and top creator in the league with five strikes and three setups respectively.
That includes a goal against Espanyol on Friday night in another fine display from the South American. He peppered Diego Lopez’s goal with six efforts, four of which were on target and one of which found the net, and was a real nuisance when on the ball, completing four dribbles, winning two free kicks and laying on one chance for a team-mate.
Of course, that may pale in comparison to what we’ve seen in the past from potential target James Rodriguez, who has reportedly already been offered to United in a £50million transfer deal. But if Mourinho wants a No.10 at his disposal next season, why spend big on a high-profile name who has essentially failed at the Bernabeu when he could give a chance to an exiting young player who has already spent six years at the club?