Manchester United Plot £200m Spending Spree: Top Targets AnalysedPublished May 24, 2016
It’s hardly the best kept secret but as we are all very aware, Jose Mourinho is set to take over in charge at Old Trafford following the long overdue sacking of Louis van Gaal as Manchester United boss yesterday.
John Stones (Everton) £45m
There is no doubting Stones is a quality defender with a bright future but the price-tag placed on the Toffees star seems steep to say the least. Chelsea came close to landing the Goodison Park man last summer and may well try again this time around and this could well cause a bidding war that could make the asking price all the more problematic.
The 21-year-old hasn’t enjoyed a great season and as such the valuation of the England man shouldn’t have increased though this appears to be the case. A central defensive partnership of Chris Smalling and John Stones has the potential to prove a big hit but Manchester United would do well to haggle for a good price.
Andre Gomes (Valencia) £40m
The 22-year-old Portuguese international has matured over the past year and the midfielder has real potential but again the asking price, said to be in the region of £40m, seems something of a risk.
Manchester United have had something of a hit and miss success rate when it comes to Portuguese talent, the spectrum going from Cristiano Ronaldo all the way down to Bebe.
Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon) £27m
This Sporting Lisbon man has really come to the fore this season and would offer Mourinho something fresh in the Manchester United engine room.
Mario has plenty of running in him but is also adept and pushing the play forward, the Portuguese international’s value could soar if he performs well at the Euro 2016 finals and as such the Premier League side would do well to make their interest known as soon as possible.
Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) £40m
The Spanish international has proven a real success during his spell at Juventus though is still by no means a regular at the Turin based side. The 23-year-0ld started just 11 Serie A fixtures in 2015/16 but the lethal finisher did still rack up eight goals. One potential obstacle to any deal comes in the form of Real Madrid’s buy-back clause.
The La Liga side are expected to take up an option to re-sign Morata for a fee of around £20m before then looking to make double that sum from an immediate summer sale.
Morata has the physical presence to make a real impact in the Premier League and could be a very smart purchase though one wonders if the forward would be keen to work under Jose Mourinho given he rarely got a look-in during their shared time together at the Bernabeu.
Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan) £32m
Jose Mourinho is also linked with moves to raid another of his former clubs, this time in Inter Milan, and this raid is in the form of Argentine striker Icardi.
Icardi bagged 22 Serie A goals in 2014/15 and 16 this term and the 23-year-old also finished the 2015/16 campaign as the leading assist-maker in Roberto Mancini’s squad, indicating just how versatile the cultured forward can be.
Ezequiel Garay (Zenit St Petersburg) £20m
The Argentine has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, dating back to apparent interest from Sir Alex Ferguson when Garay was still at Benfica, though one wonders if Man United are in need of a massive defensive shake-up given that the back-line was relatively effective under Louis van Gaal.