Every day a different player is seemingly linked with Manchester United, with some of these names perhaps unknown among the club’s vast and loyal fanbase. Considering the talent that is within La Liga, Man United have naturally been looking towards Spain, with big names such as Gareth Bale consistently linked with Od Trafford.
However the likelihood of the Red Devils getting such a superstar in the near future is low, so instead they may have to look beyond the ‘well known stars’ and at the non-household names.
The last La Liga player United signed was Spaniard Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao, and although he hasn’t always been a starter, when he plays he has the sot of passion and technical quality that all fans like to see.
With the costs of players rising, maybe it is the right time to look at La Liga, and here are FIVE ‘lesser known’ potential targets…
The first player I have picked is Barcelona’s Marc Bartra – a young, promising Spanish centre back. At Barca, he struggles for playing time, finding himself way down the pecking order behind the likes of Javier Mascherano, Thomas Vermaelen, Gerard Pique and Jeremy Mathieu.
Even though he has only played 11 games this season, he has scored one and assisted another, showing his talent. At the age of 25, he needs regular football, and Man United could provide that.
Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez has found himself linked heavily with Manchester United this season, but the majority of fans are unsure of just who this Spanish talent is. But, at the age of 21, he is already showing great potential, with four goals and one assist in 24 games.
As a midfielder, he can play centrally or in a defensive capacity, and given the potential sale of a few stars at Man United, fresh talent may be needed. It seemingly looks like Michael Carrick will be allowed to leave for free – which is an insult for one of the club’s most consistent players – and Saul could fill the gap.
One player that has been linked with a move to the Theatre of Dreams is Valencia’s Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes. At the age of 22, he is already maturing quickly as a player, and was part of the Benfica side that won the domestic treble in the 2013/14 season. Another central midfielder, he could replace ageing names, and if he signs fans would be hoping he has the same impact as his fellow countryman did (and no, I don’t mean Luis Nani!).
With defensive problems highlighted this season, Athletic Bilbao’s Oscar de Marcos could be the man to chase. At the age of 26, he is about to hit his peak, and can play at either left back or right back, or even in midfield. With one goal and three assists in 28 games, he has proven that he can provide that bit extra, and would be great at United.
If it is experience the team want, then Sevilla’s Ever Banega could be the answer. The Argentine has been part of the Sevilla side that has been successful in the Europa League for a few years, and at the age of 27 is hitting his peak. With five goals and two assists in 20 games, he is the nearer to being the finished product than any of the other players on this list, and would provide much needed experience in the Man United midfield.