West Ham must make ambitious Ander Herrera move if Man United sign Thiago

According to reports in The Independent, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, rated at £54m by Transfermarkt, this summer, and their Premier League rivals West Ham United must be watching developments closely.

What’s the word, then?

Thiago Alcantara in action against Morocco

Well, The Independent report that the Red Devils are targeting the Spaniard, and his club teammate Robert Lewandowski, with Bayern open to selling the duo.

The Independent report that United came close to signing the 27-year-old before he joined the Bundesliga giants in 2013, although he is said to be waiting to see whether former club Barcelona want him before committing his future elsewhere.

Should he arrive at Old Trafford, he would be competing with the likes of Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Fred, Marouane Fellaini, Scott McTominay and Ander Herrera for a spot in the middle of the park as things stand right now.

Why should West Ham be monitoring the situation?

Well, while the east London club have heavily strengthend between the sticks, in defence and in attack, they perhaps need another new body in midfield despite the arrival of Jack Wilshere on a free earlier this month.

Cheikhou Kouyate and Mark Noble didn’t enjoy their best seasons last term, and a player that can make a big impact defensively would be the icing on the cake for Irons boss Manuel Pellegrini, who could also bet set to swoop for a Uruguay World Cup star, in what has been an outstanding summer transfer window for them.

Herrera may well be the odd one out at Old Trafford should Thiago sign, and while he is good in possession and has the ability to find those killer passes going forward, his defensive contribution is one of his main strengths – he won 69 tackles and made 46 interceptions in 32 appearances in the Premier League and Champions League for United in 2017/18, as per Transfermarkt, to suggest he would be a huge upgrade on Noble.

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