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Man United transfer targets revealed :

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The 2019/20 transfer window is now open and so does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s chance to rebuild this Man United team. We expect a lot of activity at the Old Trafford as a lot of players are set to depart the club and with departures there will be new signing to replace them. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stated in his press conference that he wants players who’ll be here for a lot of years and those who have the potential to develop. Here, we have accumulated a list of the top transfer targets for Man United and discussed the possibility of them making a switch to Old Trafford. So, let’s get started.

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Market Value : €50m
Potential cost : €60m
Likelihood : 5/10

Being compared to Juventus and Italy legend Gianluigi Buffon at only 18-years old is not something everyone can achieve. Gianluigi Donnarumma is already a regular starter for AC Milan and has a better season statistically with 11 clean sheets in 34 appearances as compared to David de Gea who has 7 clean sheets in 38 appearances.
Man United’s first-choice goalkeeper David de Gea has reportedly turned down a contract extension from the Red Devils and is expected to depart the club as early as the summer transfer window. A number of goalkeepers have been linked with the Red Devils including the likes of Jan Oblak, Jasper Cillesson, Gianluigi Donnarumma and André Onana. So, what makes Donnarumma the favorite ahead of the others? Two words, Mino Raiola. Yes, you heard it right, super agent Mino Raiola, who is the agent of a number of present and ex-united players could be the game changer in this story.
Gianluigi Donnarumma has strong reflexes and is similar to David de Gea in terms of making saves. However, Donnarumma is weak at catching high balls and rather prefers to punch the ball. One big disadvantage of Donnarumma is that he cannot play out from the back, which is a setback. As you can see, the goalkeepers of top teams like Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea all have ball playing goalkeepers who can build the play from the back, and that is what makes them different from others. Obviously, Donnarumma is young and has a lot of space for improvement and by playing under Ole and Mike Phelan he could become a ball playing GK in the near future.
First of all, would Gianluigi Donnarumma prefer a move to Man United? Why not. The AC Milan goalkeeper turned down a contract offer at the Rossoneri in 2017 but soon after signed a new four-year deal keeping him at the club till 2021. AC Milan now, are not the top dogs in Italy, as they once used to be with the Rossoneri last qualifying for the Champions League in 2013/14, so it won’t come as a surprise to see Donnarumma moving to Man United this summer.
Now, let’s get back to Mino Raiola. As we all know, Mino Raiola has a good connection with Manchester United as a lot of his clients have put on the red jersey including Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Sergio Romero. It’s no surprise that Raiola could be looking to do business with United again for another big fat commission. It would be interesting to see how the deal goes through considering the fact that Mino Raiola has been banned recently by the Italian FA which was later extended worldwide by the FIFA disciplinary committee.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Market Value : €25m
Potential cost : €50m
Likelihood : 6/10

Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been one of the best emerging young talents this season. Aaron Wan-Bissaka made 129 tackles (3rd best in the league) and 84 interceptions (2nd best in the league) which is remarkable for a 21-year old playing his first full season in the Premier League. The England U-21 International has attracted interest from Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka two weeks ago that he would remain a Crystal Palace player next season and since then, the links have silenced but that doesn’t stop us from speculating right. If Man United are to sign Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace then they would have to overpay in order to land the defender. But do Man United really need Aaron Wan-Bissaka when they have Diogo Dalot? Nope.
Man United have a great prospect in their hands in the form of 19-year old Diogo Dalot who has the right mentality, the hunger and the potential to reach the top. However, if United bring in Wan-Bissaka that’ll no doubt bring competition to Dalot which is a good thing, but realistically both of them cannot play all of the games for United and too much rotation will result in both of the players not being able to develop properly. Overall, I don’t see this deal happening and neither should it happen.

Thomas Meunier
Market Value : €35m
Potential cost : €40m
Likelihood : 5/10

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s project maybe consist of player who’ll stay for the long-term and those who have potential to develop but Man United need to sign Thomas Meunier to make sure the rebuild is balanced.
Thomas Meunier just won his second French title with Paris Saint-Germain Germain after he signed for the French giants back in 2016. Meunier is a modern day right-back who can defend, play quick passes and also good at crossing (this might please Man Utd fans after watching Ashley Young every week starting at RB). The best of Meunier is yet to come as the 27-year old is entering his peak stage. To be honest, Man United can instantly become a better team by upgrading their right-back position and playing a natural defender instead of a 33-year old winger who is brought in to fill at RB.
This signing makes sense for both Man United and Thomas Meunier. Meunier might be looking for a new challenge after winning in France and would love the physicality of the Premier League. For Man United, the departure of Antonio Valencia marks the need of an established right-back and signing someone like Meunier can set the tone for the young Diogo Dalot, who’ll have to compete with him for a place in the starting XI. Finally, Thomas Meunier is not a world class player but surely makes Man United title contenders for the Europa League next season.

Kalidou Koulibaly
Market Value : €70m
Potential cost : €90m
Likelihood : 4/10

Whenever there are talks about Man United looking for a new centre-back, there’ll always be one ‘Kalidou Koulibaly’ in the conversation. The Red Devils have been long-term admirers of the Senegalese International and are expected to be in the market for him once again.
Kalidou Koulibaly is a beast in defence, very physical, a team player and a real leader. Koulibaly was part of the Napoli squad who scored 91 points in 2017/18 season, almost beating Juventus to win the Serie A. Koulibaly is a typical modern day defender who can defend and pass out from the back. As Man United lack leadership in the team, Koulibaly could be the one they’re missing. Eventually Koulibaly could turn out to be Man United’s version of Virgil Van Dijk or even better.
Koulibaly, who is turning 28 this summer, is entering his peak and has obviously attracted interest from Europe’s elite clubs. So whichever clubs he signs for, they’re in for a treat. The chances of Man United signing Koulibaly would have been pretty nice if they had qualified for Champions League but as they’re in the Europa League, they’ll have to offer something that other clubs can’t. Man United were targeting Koulibaly ever since Jose Mourinho was the manager of the Red Devils but after Mourinho got sacked, Ed Woodward continued talks with Napoli and so United might have a slight advantage. Also, United would need to offer Koulibaly more than what other clubs are offering.
Overall, this move looks like a downgrade for Koulibaly unless he wants a huge pay day which United can offer or if the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Mike Phelan can convince him that their project is worth it. Also to note that Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis is a tough person to deal with and he ain’t allowing Koulibaly to leave on the cheap.

Matthijs de Ligt
Market Value : €70m
Potential cost : €80m
Likelihood : 3/10

What’s interesting in Man United’s transfer targets this term is they have been linked with a lot of youngsters which is a good thing for the club and fans. Gone are those days when United signed Galacticos, only for them to flop. This doesn’t mean they won’t sign any world-class players, the Red Devils might sign a Koulibaly or Dybala but the transfer plans under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking positive, and so does the links to 19-year old dutch wonderkid Matthijs de Ligt.
Matthijs de Ligt is already a top defender with word-class potential. His leadership qualities are what Man United are lacking the most. De Ligt’s passing is one of his strengths, he can play out from the back which is one of the most essential needs in modern football. With Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo remaining injury prone and Phil Jones and Chris Smalling not consistent enough, de Ligt could well be the first choice centre-back playing alongside Victor Lindelof.
Literally, every top club in Europe wants Matthijs de Ligt but how much of a chance do Man United have? A good chance. You might call me delusional for saying that because why would Matthijs de Ligt, a Champions League semi-finalist who has interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich want to go to Man United to play thursday night football. Well let me tell you, Matthijs de Ligt is another Mino Raiola client. Having second thoughts now?
Currently Barcelona lead the race for the Ajax wonderkid and the player is also keen on the move, also re-uniting with former teammate Frenkie de Jong. However, Mino Raiola’s demands are proving to be an obstacle for the Blaugrana but Man United could easily pay that sum to Raiola. Also, Man United could offer more than what Barcelona are offering to de Ligt to bring him to Old Trafford. Finally, it comes down to the player whether he would choose personal desires or money.

Declan Rice
Market Value : €35m
Potential cost : €50m
Likelihood : 4/10

While Man United are looking for an N’golo Kante kind of player, Declan Rice could be the one to set Pogba free. A player who walked his way up from the youth ranks to making the starting XI every week, Declan Rice deserves all the hype he’s getting. Rice was part of the famous Chelsea academy, he joined the Blues back in 2006 but was released in 2014 and then joined West Ham United to continue his development.
Declan Rice is a defensive minded player who can play both as a centre-back as well as a central defensive midfielder. Rice like to tackle and is also quick at passing which is a direct upgrade to Nemanja Matic who takes a lot of time to pass the ball. Rice also suits the type of player Ole is looking for their summer rebuild plus he is homegrown which is a bonus. A move to Man United would be a step forward for Declan Rice as he would get his first taste of European football. However, Rice signed a new 5-year deal with West Ham back in December 2018 which will skyrocket his value and West Ham wouldn’t let him leave on the cheap. As usual, Man United would have to overpay to secure the services of the English International.

Tanguy Ndombele
Market Value : €50m
Potential cost : €70m
Likelihood : 2/10

Referred to as the next N’golo Kante, Tanguy Ndombele is one of the most wanted young players in the world. With Ander Herrera set to depart and the future’s of Fred, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira uncertain, Tanguy Ndombele could be the right player for Man United as the Frenchman can play as a central defensive midfielder, central midfielder and also as a box-to-box midfielder.
Tanguy Ndombele is a very versatile midfielder with strong dribbling skills and quick passing which suits the style of modern day football. The Frenchman is wanted by Man City, PSG, Juventus and Spurs and all of them can offer Champions League football. Missing out on Champions League football has come back to haunt Man United and also it keeps them at the back of the line as other clubs can offer something that Man United can’t. Man United can offer more money than other clubs but that strategy doesn’t work anymore as we say Man United suffer with world class players in the last six years. Overall, if Man United can pull off this deal it could be a great addition for Ole’s rebuild but lack of Champions League football is going to hurt Man United’s transfer plans throughout the transfer window.

Adrien Rabiot
Market Value : €35m
Potential cost : €0
Likelihood : 3/10

Would you take a 24-year old versatile midfielder for free? Who would not. Adrien Rabiot is set to be a free agent this summer with the French International refusing to sign a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain. Rabiot has been linked with almost every top club in Europe including the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Chelsea, Tottenham.
With Ander Herrera set to leave Man United and join PSG, United could pounce in for Rabiot and fill the void left by Ander Herrera. Adrien Rabiot offers versatility in the midfield  as he can play as a defensive midfielder, box-to-box and maybe an attacking midfielder. Rabiot also fits the qualification for height as Man United seem to like tall midfielders.
But the question here is, will Rabiot want to move to a club with Europa League football and will Man United be able to fulfill his wage demands?
Let’s be honest here, Rabiot has been playing in the Champions League every year ever since he joined PSG and he wouldn’t want to take a step down and play for Man United in the Europa League unless he’s a Red Devils fan by heart or United pay him unreal wages of course, which is the answer for the second question. Adrien Rabiot’s agent is his mother and his mother will likely be considering the best offer that arrives. If Man United are to sign Rabiot, they would have to pay him around 300k-a-week, which the Red Devils can afford due to no transfer fees included, but would Man United want another Alexis Sanchez-esuqe player in their club? Absolutely not.
Overall, Adrien Rabiot can be an essential squad player for any top club as his versatility can be useful for any team playing almost 50-60 games a season. However, every medicine has some side effects. Rabiot has a big ego and his attitude problems caused a fallout with both his club and manager. With Man United already having a somewhat ‘toxic’ dressing room, Rabiot could add more negativity to the team which is the last thing Man United would want.

Bruno Fernandes
Market Value : €35m
Potential cost : €60m
Likelihood : 6/10

The player who is making the most headlines this transfer window is not someone a Kalidou Koulibaly or Eden Hazard or Philippe Coutinho, it’s Sporting CP’s Bruno Fernandes, who has scored insane stats this season. Bruno has scored 28 goals and 14 assists in all competitions. These are incredible stats for a 24-year old no matter how you look at it. With goals comes interest from top clubs and Man United having been scouting Bruno Fernandes throughout the season, but unfortunately they’re not the only ones and then comes Manchester City who are ahead of Man United in the queue for the Portuguese midfielder. According to reports, Man United are prepared to offer around €60m for the Portuguese playmaker while Man City are also expected to offer the same price plus allowing a couple of their fringe players to join Sporting CP on loan.
Bruno Fernandes is a typical Frank Lampard type of midfielder who has good dribbling skills and doesn’t even need an N’golo Kante to free him (sorry Paul). With Bruno being linked to a number of clubs, Man United have to make a move quickly if they are to sign him because the Man United of now cannot compete with the likes of Man City, Liverpool and others, so you have to make your move when your rivals’ guard is down.

Jadon Sancho
Market Value : €80m
Potential cost :€100m
Likelihood : 2/10

The only player in the world who’s famous for running away from England. Jokes aside, Jadon Sancho has enjoyed quite the journey in Germany after running down his contract at Manchester City and joining Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund. Two years later, Sancho is one of the best young players in football and is being linked with Europe’s elites. Manchester United looking to sign Sancho doesn’t come as a surprise as he’s the ideal signing for their rebuild.
Jadon Sancho has scored 12 goals and 17 assists in the Bundesliga this season, due to which he was called up by Gareth Southgate to play for England senior team. While Sancho is playing week and week out, having Champions League football and developing very steadily would he be crazy enough to join Manchester United who are struggling to make top 4 in the Premier League? I don’t think so. To lure Sancho from Dortmund would cost Man United a lot of money and that will impact the budget planned to improve other positions. Also, Borussia Dortmund will not let Sancho leave this season, clearly not after they sold Christian Pulisic to Chelsea. Despite the imminent arrival of Thorgan Hazard to Dortmund, they’ll maintain their stance of keeping Jadon Sancho.
Overall, if this move happens it will take a lot out of Man United’s summer budget and also Man United can wait another couple of years before they are back to competing for the league title again and maybe they could lure Sancho to the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ then.

Daniel James
Market Value : €3m
Potential cost : £15m
Likelihood : 8/10

The story broke out last week when Sky Sports reported that Man United are close to signing Swansea City winger Daniel James for a reported fee of £15m. This story has received a lot of mixed reactions from fans, some are excited to see the Welshman play in Old Trafford while others are furious about United signing a Championship player instead of a big name. Most importantly the signing of Daniel James indicates that Man United have given up on the race for Jadon Sancho, which is kinda expected because Sancho wouldn’t want to leave Borussia Dortmund where he’s playing regularly and also Champions League football.
Daniel James is basically a winger who prefers to play on the left side but can play as a right winger too. Man United have their left wing covered as they have Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez and even Marcus Rashford can play on the left but there is no competition for the right wing position. Juan Mata plays in that position for United but he is not a natural winger so he struggles to make things happen, some goes for Rashford and Martial, they just do the role of fillers.
When asked about transfers, Ole stated that he wants players who’ll be there for the long-term and who are not the finished product. Ole gave the examples of Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo when they were at Man United. Daniel James is a typical Ole signing and has the potential to be like his Welsh teammates Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Overall, this moves makes sense for Man United’s rebuild but James has to make sure he’s prepared for the big move and not to end up as another Wilfried Zaha.

Gareth Bale
Market Value : €70m
Potential cost : €70m
Likelihood : 4/10

Would you take a footballer whose nickname is ‘The Golfer’ in your team just because he was the best player in the Premier League once and scored goals for 30-35 yards out? Man United fans over the world have not taken these links well as Gareth Bale is linked to Man United in what could be a very complex deal.
Paul Pogba, who has been linked with Real Madrid ever since the return of Zinedine Zidane has hinted that he could be interested in signing for the Los Blancos. It is being reported that Man United could ask as much as £150 million for the French world cup winner and while Real Madrid would struggle to pay that fee, the possibility of a swap deal is being discussed with Gareth Bale being one of the likely candidates moving to the Old Trafford. However, this move benefits only Real Madrid and not the Red Devils who might end up with another case of Alexis Sanchez in their team.
Gareth Bale has spent the last two seasons mostly in the sidelines and while he’s struggled to adapt to the life of Madrid, he would be keen to move back to England. Nicknamed ‘The Golfer’ by his teammates, Bale doesn’t quite get along with his teammates due to the language barrier and hasn’t learnt Spanish yet despite staying in the spanish capital for about six years.
Gareth Bale, who is turning 30 this summer is the exact opposite signing of what Man United want for their rebuild. It’s like he’s following the footsteps of Alexis Sanchez in grabbing a huge pay day to just sit on the bench for most of the time. However, if Man United want to get back to being the top dog in England, this is one signing they have to avoid, even if they get him for free.

Paulo Dybala
Market Value : €100m
Potential cost : €120m
Likelihood : 5/10

Reports have surfaced that Paulo Dybala and a number of Juventus players are unhappy at the club. Paulo’s case is different from the others. It has been speculated that Dybala is unhappy being under Cristiano’s shadows as the Argentine forward has seen his playing time decrease after the signing of Ronaldo. Off the field, they’re pretty good mates but on the field is what is being the difference. You can’t blame the manager for not selecting Ronaldo ahead of Dybala. Paulo Dybala’s brother has confirmed reports that his brother is unhappy at Turin and could move out this summer. And how can you not be linked with Manchester United when you’re looking for a way out. 
Paulo Dybala’s agents and Manchester United have met a few times in recent days as they’re discovering the possibility of the Argentinian moving to Old Trafford. The 25-year old would cost a fortune for the Red Devils but that is not the main problem. Of course, the absence of Champions League could be an obstacle but there is more to it.
Paulo Dybala is mostly known to play as a centre-forward or as a second striker and Man United don’t play any of those positions in their formations, so Dybala most likely will be used as a right-winger which is the Juan Mata situation all over again. Dybala playing as a centre-forward has scored 45 goals and 24 assists in 115 appearances and while playing as a second striker Dybala scored 42 goals and 21 assists in 91 appearances. If you compare these stats with his stats as a right winger, where he scored only 5 goals and 3 assists in just 18 appearances, you can figure out his impact while playing central vs him playing wide. Obviously Dybala is young and still has world-class potential but is Man United the right move for him? I don’t think so. 

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