Reports this week claim that Manchester United would need to spent a mind-boggling £140m to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club in January or next summer. Although the Portuguese ace is undoubtedly one of the best players to have ever played the game and boasts a scoring record that defies the laws of logic, it’s hard not to be of the opinion that such money could be better spent elsewhere at old Trafford.
The fee for Ronaldo would equate to upwards of £60m with wages of £400,000-per-week coming in at around £80m for a lengthy contract. Madness. We here at FFC towers have put our thinking caps on and found four players the club could move for roughly the same cash outlay.
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Undoubtedly the main area in which United must improve is at the back. The Red Devils have assembled one of the most top-heavy XIs in recent memory, with the likes of Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria having swelled their attacking options. With five goals conceded at Leicester there’s clearly room for improvement in the goals against column, and Hummels is one of the best options out there.
Dortmund are reluctant to sell their hero, but a big offer in January could be enough to tempt the Germans and the player himself.
Although Daley Blind has impressed since his move to United in a sitting midfield role, the converted left-back is not really the best long-term option at the base of Louis van Gaal’s engine room. Strootman has been dubbed as LVG’s man of choice following his impressive displays for the Dutch national side over the course of the past few years, and if he comes back well from his injury woes a January offer is on the cards.
Reports over the course of the past few weeks have suggested that all is not well with Reus at Dortmund. The German’s release clause of below £20m is expected to kick in at the end of the season if he continues to dodge negotiations with BVB, so a January sale for around £25m has been mooted. Even with United’s wealth of attacking options, the flying forward could be a wise addition.
A defensive leader is what seems to be missing at United, and Miranda could well provide the influence lacking. The Brazilian starred for Atletico Madrid as they ran to the La Liga title and Champions League final last term, and has been a vital part of the Rojiblancos’ set-up for some time.
A fee of around £25m could be on the cards, although rumours have suggested that Juan Mata could be used as a makeweight to drive the fee down.