It could be a busy summer at Old Trafford with Louis van Gaal expected to make further changes to his squad as he gears up for a return to Champions League football (providing all goes to plan that is). With new arrivals as well as departures likely to be in the offing, it could be another exciting transfer window for Manchester United and their fans. And one player who may well pulling on the red jersey come August is Seamus Coleman.
Heavily linked with a move away from his current club Everton, it seems just a matter of when, not if he will leave Goodison Park in pursuit of Champions League football. Chelsea and Bayern Munich have both been rumoured to be interested in the Irish defender, yet United remain favourites to land the right back in a deal that could well be worth at least £20m. Regardless of the transfer however, if the club can agree a deal with Everton it would certainly be money well spent.
Coleman has established himself as arguably the best right back in the Premier League with his all-round game ensuring he is one of the first names on Roberto Martinez’s team sheet.
Not just a solid defender, it’s his attacking capabilities that have helped to draw the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs and it’s no wonder why. Plenty of pace, full of energy and comfortable on the ball, Coleman’s ability to get up and down the right wing make him a substantial threat to any opposing team, highlighted by his crossing capability and his composure in front of goal.
Having scored an impressive seven goals last season, Coleman has continued this form throughout this campaign netting another five goals. His latest opened the scoring in their 2-1 victory over QPR this weekend, and will surely be a contender for goal of the month as he found the top corner with a powerful yet well placed strike from what a difficult angle.
Having underperformed in the league this season and the realisation that there won’t be any European football at Goodison Park next season, it’s difficult to see them holding onto one of their key players if their valuation is met. And a player of his quality looks to be exactly what Manchester United require.
With their only recognised right-back Rafael suffering from injury problems for the past few months, Antonio Valencia has filled the position, something he has often done in his time at Old Trafford. Despite doing a more than satisfactory job whenever asked to, it’s still a position that leaves a question mark over; a possible weakness for opponents to exploit. Even when Rafael is back in the side, he can still prove somewhat of a liability at times.
On the face of it Coleman would offer a marked improvement for both his attacking and defending prowess, and would slot right in to the style and system that Van Gaal likes to employ. He would no doubt rack up plenty of assists with deliveries from wide areas, and his ability to pop up with a goal would be welcomed given the lack of them currently provided by their full-backs.
The 26-year-old has proven he has what it takes to compete at the highest level week in week out, and it could be time for him to move on in order to reach his full potential. While Everton would demand a substantial fee for his signature, and rightly so, United should be willing to pay whatever it takes to secure a deal this summer for a player that would significantly improve their squad. And you can be sure if they don’t someone else will.