With a “world class” midfield behemoth, the Red Devils could be able to land their very own Declan Rice.
Given their shaky Premier League season, Manchester United might make another move late in the market.
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It has not exactly been the most encouraging start to this season after they barely defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers in their opening-day match and suffered a disheartening loss most recently to Tottenham Hotspur.
Erik ten Hag and the Red Devils management may take action in response to this underperformance, making a costly move in an effort to potentially silence the noisy detractors.
However, it will need to be a significant acquisition to really address their pressing problems; one name in particular can fit the bill and may become available soon.
Since Real Madrid is expected to demand an eye-popping amount to allow Aurelien Tchouameni to leave, they have indicated interest in him this transfer window. According to Football Transfers, the Frenchman is only worth €51.5m (£44m).
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They would probably have to spend far more than that sum; the price might even approach what Arsenal spent for Declan Rice.
The Gunners beat out competition from Manchester City to persuade the former West Ham United captain to lead their revolution in what ended up being a protracted saga.
A mouthwatering £105 million was paid because Mikel Arteta was still enraged that the England international was essential to any future success they would experience.
The 24-year-old’s excellent 88% pass accuracy, six goal contributions, 2.1 tackles, and one critical pass per game during the previous season, according to Sofascore, demonstrated his all-around abilities from the middle of the field.
Upon the deal’s confirmation, his new Spanish manager immediately praised him, saying of him: “He is a player of immense potential, who has been producing at a high level in the Premier League and for England for a number of seasons now. Declan is undoubtedly providing quality to the team, and as an excellent player, he has a lot of potential for success.
His resemblance to Tchouameni provides for an enticing prospect for Ten Hag because these players made a significant impressions for a team that fought relegation for the majority of their tenure.
Rice is even highlighted by FBref in his list of “similar players,” which also compares him to other midfielders in Europe. The Frenchman ranks in the top 2% for interceptions per 90 and the top 1% for passes completed per 90.
Although his playing time was relatively limited in his first season in Madrid, he nevertheless excelled as a defensive midfielder.