While we are waiting for the new season to get closer, the transfer window is getting more and more interesting. Some reports from Italy suggest Inter could be open to offering Man United a deal of Ivan Perisic plus cash for Romelu Lukaku in order to lure the Devils’ into finding an agreement. But today we are going to talk about some other important topics.
Man United Make Fernandes Offer
Manchester United have finally made an official offer for Bruno Fernandes. According to media in Portugal, the Devils have made a €55m offer to Sporting Lisbon. They also report that the Sporting president will demand €70m for the dynamic midfielder, but that he would also be ready to ‘give in’ a little bit and lower the asking price if United improve their initial bid.
So, now it all looks like Man United will be finding a deal with Sporting. The initial bid will most probably be improved and the Portuguese club will probably between €60m and €65m for the player, at least if we analyse the information we have now.
With Bruno Fernandes and potentially Paul Pogba in that midfield, United could get much more dynamic and much more interesting, as they would have two roaming midfielders perfect for a 4-3-3 formation. Now it just remains for us to see when will that deal be struck, as all sides currently want that move to happen.
What To Do If Maguire Arrives?
Here is an interesting question. If Manchester United sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City, how will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set up the back four? Should Maguire and Victor Lindelöf play then as centre-back pairing? On the paper, the duo would be the two of the best centre-backs in this squad, but both of them are ball-playing defenders who are slow off the ball and with Man United expected to play in a more modern, hectic tempo with high pressing, that could be a problem.
However, against weaker sides, this should not be a huge worry. Yes, both full-backs would be expected to get themselves high up the pitch and potentially leave the defence fragile to counter-attacks, but it would also depend on how offensive Aaron Wan-Bissaka would actually be and how would the midfield shape up in front of that centre-back pairing?
Who Should Be The Captain?
Manchester United are set to get a new captain for this season and two names stand out at this point in time – David De Gea and Paul Pogba. The Frenchman was stripped off captaincy from Jose Mourinho last season, whilst there are reports suggesting De Gea would be made Man United captain if he signs the long-waited contract extension.
What would be the best for this team? De Gea seems as more of a silent leader, who never speaks much, but does great things on the pitch. Pogba, on the other hand, is far more vocal and more of an extrovert and that is definitely something that could be useful. However, maybe the best combination would be to have several strong-willed characters in the dressing room, like in the old Fergie days. Then the captaincy would not be all that important.