Manchester United’s transfer record-shattering pursuit of Paul Pogba isn’t the only midfield iron the Red Devils have in the fire, or so says manager Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese has contingencies in place in case Man Utd prove unable to land the feted Frenchman, though he dropped no hints as to who plans B and C involve targeting.
Recent goings on at Barcelona may shed some light in the matter.
Los Blaugrana have this week bought Valencia’s European Championship-winning schemer Andre Gomes for £41.5m, suggesting the end is nigh for underperforming conjurer Arda Turan.
The Turkish international arrived at the Camp Nou for £24m a year ago, but struggled in his first season, sparking speculation that he would be sold.
Gomes’ acquisition only heightens the probability the former Atletico Madrid ace will be sold and Old Trafford represents a viable destination.
Augmenting attacking threat from midfield is an obvious priority of Mourinho’s. Pogba’s addition guarantees both goals and assists, hence the world record sum he’d command. Turan wouldn’t be as prolific in either field, but he’d prove a decent alternative.
In nine La Liga starts for Barcelona last term he bagged two and set up three, while he registered or provided a combined 31 in four league seasons at Atletico Madrid.
Pogba either scored or assisted 20 last term alone, leaving little room for a debate on who is better, but if the Juventus superstar decides he doesn’t fancy a Champions League-less season in Manchester, Turan wouldn’t be a bad stopgap.
Mourinho has turned to Barcelona rejects to solve some of the goalscoring quandaries he was posed when in charge at Chelsea for the second time, paying big bucks to land Cesc Fabregas and Pedro Rodriguez in the consecutive summer transfer windows.
A third Catalonian recruit might be necessary if United are to land odds of 9/2 about winning the Premier League title.