A report in the Independent states Manchester United are pushing hard to try and sign Tottenham Hotspur and England left back Danny Rose.
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Rose, 27, has four years left on his current contract at Spurs and reports have since suggested that Tottenham have no intention of selling their first-choice left back, especially after selling Kyle Walker to Manchester City for $70 million earlier this summer.
The report states that United have turned their attention to Rose with deals for Ivan Perisic and even Gareth Bale (something Jose Mourinho has been talking about at length ahead of the UEFA Super Cup against Real Madrid) seeming increasingly unlikely.
Mourinho is said to want another wide player after adding Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku for a combined total of almost $200 million this summer.
Although Rose is a left back by trade he operates just as effectively as a wing-back and Mourinho has played with a three-man defense for most of preseason as he plans to role out the new formation in 2017-18.
United’s current left back options are Luke Shaw, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind. The latter two aren’t best suited to being wing backs and Shaw is still recovering from a foot injury he suffered at the end of last season and Mourinho’s issues with the England international have been well documented.
It’s tough to see Spurs selling Rose for anything less than the $70 million fee they received for Walker. And in truth it’s a very similar situation to the Walker deal as Kieran Trippier was lined up to replace him and Ben Davies performed very well in Rose’s absence in the second half of last season.
With Spurs’ rigid wage structure not budging under chairman Daniel Levy ahead of the move to the new stadium at White Hart Lane for the 2018-19 campaign, if Rose wants to double his wages like Walker has then you can see why the Yorkshire lad would be tempted to move back north.
Mauricio Pochettino had to cope without Rose from January onwards last season but he will be hoping Spurs’ dynamic, powerful full back will be in his team for many years to come.