According to widespread reports, Ryan Shawcross is the latest centre-back to blip on the Manchester United radar.
The Stoke skipper was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford in 2007 when he joined the Potters, but after seeing him grow into one of the Premier League’s most reliable defenders, Louis van Gaal is investigating the possibility of re-signing the 27-year-old.
Man Utd have been linked with any number of rearguard marshals in recent months as they look to solidify a defence that’s kept just two clean sheets all season, a third of which they’re rated at 31/20 to pick up at West Brom next.
Of the myriad stoppers being mentioned in conjunction with a Man Utd switch, Shawcross arguably makes the most sense, or so the success these individuals have had since being re-signed by a former club suggests.
Everton whisked the man they deemed of insufficient standard to represent their academy team from Sheffield United following the latter’s 2006/07 relegation from the Premier League for just £4m.
Since then ‘Jags’ has become a staple in the Toffees backline, making over 30 league appearances in all but two of his full seasons on Merseyside so far, in addition to accumulating 32 England caps.
After tossing the totemic Serb into the bargain bin where Benfica picked up him for just £3m, Chelsea shamelessly shelled out £21m to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
From reject to regent, Matic is now considered pivotal to the Blues success, although it would’ve been so different were they not stinking rich.
He averages 3.1 tackles per outing in the Premier League, where he upholds an 87.9 pass completion rate.
Shakira’s lesser half attempted to grab a slice of the same success pie Cesc Fabregas gorged on at Arsenal by leaving the Barcelona youth ranks for the Premier League.
Man Utd were the benefactors of his desertion, but after making just 23 appearances for the Red Devils, he was sold back to Catalunyans for £5m.
Back at his boyhood club he’s won just about everything there is to win in the game, including multiple Champions League and European Championships, as well as a World Cup.