Manchester United 2017/18: How Jose Mourinho's side could look after £267m investment in four world-class talents
Manchester United are in the middle of a terrific run of form across all competitions and their is heightened speculation that Jose Mourinho will be handed a massive transfer war-chest next summer and we have put together a potential XI for 2017/18 that will strike fear into the Premier League.
Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – £110m
Real Madrid have had to do without the Welsh international since November and they have fared okay and this may well make them more susceptible to big bids, but only if Zinedine Zidane feels he that the former Tottenham man is not part of his long-term plans.
Bale has proven a big success since moving from north London to the Spanish capital, scoring 65 goals in 139 appearances, helping the club to two Champions League successes.
A move to Manchester United may appeal to Bale, not least as he’d be following in the footsteps of his boyhood idol Ryan Giggs.
Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – £85m
The French international looks set to leave the Vicente Calderon and the player’s release clause is very much within reach and the additional motivation of playing alongside his good friend Paul Pogba at Old Trafford.
Griezmann may feel he has achieved as much as he can at Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone’s side currently sit down in fourth in the La Liga table, and he could initially fill a role behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Mourinho’s starting eleven and perhaps in the long-term could be considered an able replacement for the veteran goal-machine.
Benjamin Mendy (AS Monaco) – £32m
With Luke Shaw pretty much being overlooked by Jose Mourinho there is every chance that the Man United boss will look to bring in a proper replacement for the England man and many sources have speculated
The 22-year-old has been in amazing form at AS Monaco this season and would surely jump at the chance of a move to the Premier League side.
Victor Lindelof (Benfica) – £40m
The Swedish international has been close to joining Man United for a few weeks now and it appears that a deal is now more likely in the summer.
The powerful battler could offer Mourinho a far more dependable option alongside Eric Bailly than the likes of Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling, he won’t come cheap though.
Quality over Quantity
Jose Mourinho could look to fund moves for this quartet by offloading a few more of his under-performing talents, having already bagged £49m from the sales of Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay, Mourinho could look to make more from the departures of Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian.