Top Five: Manchester United midfield targets instead of Thiago Alcantara
Presumed long time Manchester United central midfield transfer target Thiago Alcantara has agreed to join Bayern Munich. Moreover, of this list of five central midfield targets that I identified last month, only Fellaini is still an achievable option.
It’s clear that United need to add a player who can pass the ball but also has the ability to provide attacking threat and some pace based on their interest in Thiago Alcantara. Tom Cleverley and Anderson are good players but aren’t going to win the club the Champions League.
United need quality in central midfield, and whether it be for a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 system they need to upgrade. So, now that they have missed out on Thiago Alcantara and others, here are five more options. David Moyes has said the club have money to buy a player of serious quality so I’m only looking at the very best options.
I’ll make this clear before you read on. I’m not putting Fabregas on the list this time even despite the offer. With Barcelona having sold Thiago Alcantara there is no reason for them to want to sell. Remember, Xavi is 33 so it’s not long until Fabregas steps in to his shoes, which is what he was purchased in 2011 to ultimately do.
Only Victor Valdes started more games for Barcelona in the league last season so he’s not the bench warmer he is for some reason perceived to be. We’ll assume he stays there.
Arturo Vidal – Juventus
Scout Report Vidal is the one of the most complete midfielders in the world and perhaps the very best box to box type player. He is one of the fittest players in the world and has an almost perfect skill set for what United need, whether beside Michael Carrick or as part of a three. Vidal is nearly 6 foot tall, strong, quick and relentless. There is more than a little Roy Keane to him. He runs non stop and this means that he is an active presence defensively in terms of pressing and tackling but is also a serious goalscoring threat. Last season he scored 15 goals in all competitions and is an increasingly confident finisher. At 26, he is in his prime and could yet reach even greater levels.
How much? It’s going to be very expensive trying to buy from Juventus. Something like £35m or even £40m could be necessary. However, they would be signing one of the most dynamic players in the world who look ideally suited to thrive in the Premier League. United can afford to make a big impact signing and Vidal would take that midfield to another level.