Although the money-men behind the scenes at Old Trafford have clearly tried to spend their way out of trouble in recent transfer windows, Manchester United have failed to meet the lofty expectations bestowed upon them, with the historic English club seemingly set on replacing Louis van Gaal come the culmination of the campaign.
Man United will certainly be on the lookout for a range of high profile talent once again this summer, however, but as Valencia’s Sofiane Feghouli looks increasingly likely to find himself out of contract at the end of the 2015/16 season, the 26-year-old Algerian international possibly represents one player who wouldn’t set the Red Devils back yet another small fortune, but could help them to improve on the pitch.
So then, in light of what has already taken place down at Old Trafford for LVG and the Red Devils’ following – is this potential free transfer really worth the gamble for the once dominant Premier League club, or should Man United ultimately look for a better deal elsewhere this summer?
Well, although the former African Player of the Year nominee will likely command a fair amount in wages and performance-related pay, the chances of Van Gaal’s side sourcing a ‘better deal’ than this particular offering remain very small indeed…
Feghouli has routinely been singled out for his performances among the Spanish La Liga, as well as on the international scene with his native Algeria. If the Red Devils could capture the 26-year-old on a surprise free transfer this summer, then such a switch would arguably represent the best transfer deal Man United have completed in a long, long time.
The Old Trafford faithful have hardly become accustomed to witnessing their side landing genuine value for money in the summer transfer market, but, as Feghouli will surely move for free, that is exactly what awaits Man United if they can eventually see this one over the line.
Via his quick-feet in tight situations, growing sense of confidence in and around the final third, as well as a promising eye for goal just outside the opposition’s penalty box, Feghouli must certainly go down as a player that few Premier League clubs wouldn’t love to call their own next season.
The current Algeria international – who incidentally shone for his nation at the 2014 World Cup two summers ago – can also be effective when it comes to providing assists for his team-mates in dangerous positions due to his impressive creatively in key areas of the pitch.
Put in no uncertain terms whatsoever, Man United have simply proven a complete disappointment from a goal-scoring point of view this season. Aside from the recent exploits of a certain Marcus Rashford up-top, Van Gaal has failed to get the best out of his attacking players, regardless of who is ultimately to blame for the distinct lack of progress at Old Trafford.
Yet with someone of Feghouli’s undoubted quality working his magic inside the final third next season, the Old Trafford faithful could possibly witness a substantial turnaround in fortunes sooner rather than later. Alongside the often subtly impressive Anthony Martial for the Red Devils, Man United would easily represent a far more creative and entertaining unit with someone like Feghouli.
At the end of the day, this is one player Van Gaal’s side must really consider bringing on board. The determined Algerian talent would certainly serve to improve the current Red Devils ranks ahead of the 2016/17 campaign, and seemingly wouldn’t even place much of a financial burden on the club despite his obvious value in the modern era.
The potential signing of Sofiane Feghouli therefore represents clear a no-brainer for Manchester United in the cold light of day!