The January transfer window has only just closed, but rumors are already cropping up about potential moves this summer.
Manchester United — who earlier this week confirmed that want to sign a new midfielder — is in the gossip columns once again and according to the Daily Mail they are eyeing up a $30 million deal to bring Kyle Walker to Old Trafford from Tottenham Hotspur.
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Walker, 24, has returned to Spurs’ starting lineup in recent weeks after nine months on the sidelines after a pelvic injury. The Sheffield United academy product had been battling Glen Johnson for England’s starting right back spot over the past few years but since injury struck he seems to have fallen behind the likes of Calum Chambers, John Stones and Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne in the pecking order.
Clyne, 23, has also been a target for United but Southampton are in talks with the Londoner to extend his stay at St Mary’s as his current deal runs out in the summer of 2016, while United have also been linked with Everton’s Seamus Coleman and Dani Alves as Barcelona’s Brazilian right back will be out of contract this summer.
What options does Louis van Gaal currently have at right back? Not many.
Rafael has failed to impress the Dutch boss and has fallen behind 19-year-old academy product Paddy McNair who is usually a center back but has been shunted out to the right back or right wing-back slot which Antonio Valencia has also occupied.
United need a natural right back and Walker would fit the bill, however he has four-years left on his current deal at Spurs and he will not come cheap. Van Gaal has a three-year deal to be the boss at Old Trafford and who knows if he will extend that. Bearing that in mind, wouldn’t a move for Alves, 31, be a much cheaper option and add experience and quality to the backline for the next two to three season’s? Sure Alves’ wages may be high but Walker would also demand a vast increase on his salary at Spurs and he’d cost $30 million.
We now know United want a midfielder and it looks like they are eyeing up the right back and center back positions as the monumental rebuild continues under LVG’s guidance. Walker, Clyne, Coleman or Alves… who would you make a move for?