By Mark Weasley
Manchester United have made early inroads into the summer transfer market by announcing the signings of Diogo Dalot and Fred.
Dalot, who is 19 is expected to offer competition to Antonio Valencia at rightback while Fred will slot into the midfield alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic. After a disappointing end to last season, Jose Mourinho knows that this coming season will be pivotal for his future at Old Trafford, and has reportedly told the board to spend big in a bid to match Manchester City and wrest the title from them.
A number of marquee names have been mentioned as potential arrivals at The Theatre of Dreams. However, these 3 are signings that would help galvanize United to another level domestically as well as make an impact on the Champions League.
The flying Welshman is not a stranger to the Premier League having played for Tottenham prior to his move to Real Madrid. The future of the left-footed player was under scrutiny last month after he came out with a come-and-get-me plea after his Champions League heroics in Kiev. United need that one player that can hold his own any day anytime, of which Bale will be an excellent addition.
He is fast, direct, can score, can create, is a threat from setpieces and has an eye for the spectacular. He won’t come cheap and the fact that incoming boss, Julen Lopetegui is a big fan of Isco means that chances may still be limited at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Manchester United, despite boasting one of the best defences last term need a seasoned campaigner that has seen it all. Step forward, German defender, Jerome Boateng. The Bayern Munich centreback is no longer indispensable at Bayern having suffered a series of injuries last term. The Bavarians have Niklas Sule, who looks like a ready-made replacement for the 29-year-old.
Talksport claim that clubs have been quoted £50m should they decide to make a move for the player. With the pair of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof, Boateng could be the man to breathe new life to the United backline.
Chelsea winger, Willian is almost certain to leave the club this summer as Jose Mourinho eyes a reunion with the curly-haired Brazilian. With the managerial situation at Stamford Bridge unclear, coupled with the fact that Willian has fallen out with his manager, Antonio Conte, Chelsea could be open to the possibility of doing business.
It is believed that the FA Cup champions will demand around £60m for his services. He will add speed, trickery and goals to the right side of attacking midfield.