Jose Mourinho’s summer of spending isn’t finished yet, folks. The Portuguese manager will not stop writing those cheques until he has assembled a squad exactly how he wants it.
He will demand power, prestige and pace, along with a topping of top class quality to address the glaring weaknesses in the Manchester United squad.
Arrivals of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly saw the Red Devils make a blistering start to the transfer window. The Manchester arms race has kicked off in dramatic fashion. There is no hiding of the fact that United are desperate to avoid being eclipsed by Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this summer and the summer spending is destined to continue, as a result.
Paris Saint Germain, who Manchester United recently nabbed Ibrahimovic from, are a club with immense talent throughout their squad. The quality they have far exceeds that of Manchester United right now.
However, could United be about to steal another THREE of their stars?
Whatever your opinions on Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly, it is largely accepted that Manchester United need another centre-back this summer. With Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo unlikely to make the grade at Old Trafford, additions are a must in that position.
Marquinhos, who is yet to break the Thiago Silva and David Luiz centre-back monopoly at PSG, is equally adept at covering in the right-back position, too. A good reader of the game and possessing great pace, Marquinhos would be a near-ideal acquisition for Manchester United and should be a player they could build their defence around, long-term.
If the Paul Pogba saga continues to rumble on without conclusion, it might be time for United to consider some other, cheaper targets for that midfield berth.
Matuidi, Pogba’s France team-mate, is a markedly different player to Pogba, but could equally fill a box-to-box role for Manchester United. A great tackler and surging runner from deep Matuidi can sit towards a number six role if required and would, unquestionably, be a sensational signing for Mourinho.
Lucas Moura has come of age over the past 12 months in a PSG shirt. The Brazilian struggled to make an impact when he initially moved to Europe from Brazil, but his electric pace and dangerous dribbling have seen him become a sensational threat down the right-wing for PSG.
Although Mkhitaryan will likely fill that berth for United, Lucas’ arrival would give Mourinho options. Jesse Lingard is unlikely to remain part of the first team plans for too long and Lucas would be a significant upgrade on the United academy graduate.
Mkhitaryan is arguably best when playing at 10 and Lucas’ signing would allow that to happen without weakening the right-wing slot so substantially.