The avalanche of speculation that has been so unashamedly dumped on the world’s gossip columns has given perusers a decent idea of whom new Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho intends to sign, sell and keep this summer, but here’s news.bwin’s take on the matter.
A price of 4/1 says the Red Devils win a first Premier League title in four seasons under the twice-sacked Chelsea boss, who is expected to have a good, old meddle with his squad ahead of the campaign’s kick off.
Sign – Mario Gotze
As Mourinho prepares to give the order for Juan Mata to clear his locker, a new number ten will be needed.
After enduring a season on the fringes in Bavaria, the future of Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze has been extensively documented. Able to play in just about any attacking position, the German can score and create, as three goals and four assists in 11 Bundesliga starts last season will attest.
Most importantly, he’s one of a few proven world-class talents who appear willing to sacrifice a season in the Champions League in favour of a starring role elsewhere, making him an attainable target.
Sell – James Wilson
Billed as the brightest prospect to emerge from United’s academy in a long time, Wilson’s status as top boy wonder was revoked following Marcus Rashford’s bursting onto the scene.
A loan spell in the Championship at Brighton failed to yield a regular starting place and brought a meagre five goals.
Clearly, a return is not going to oust Rashford from the first team picture in a hurry, but as a young Englishman schooled by an elite outfit, he’ll sell for a good price and the Red Devils should exploit that while they can.
Keep – Daley Blind
Outed as one of the heads that Mourinho has earmarked to roll, the Dutch dogsbody is far too valuable a squad player to discard over a minor matter like physicality, which is the reported reason driving his exit.
Able to provide cover at centre-back, left-back and in midfield, Blind was one of United’s most consistent performers under Louis van Gaal. Such versatility is rare and he compliments it with a competence in several areas of the game.
His pass completion rate from the previous campaign stands at 83.7%, while he averaged 2.3 interceptions and 2.4 tackles per league game.
Not short of ability and able to provide back up for several players, sacrificing the former Ajax ace would be foolish in the extreme.