Manchester United and their dire need for defenders plays lead in this morning’s transfer medley, with Liverpool’s continued search for a Luis Suarez-standard goal-getter providing the rhythm section.
The Red Devils’ desperation for defensive acquisitions was made abundantly clear in their 2-1 opening day reverse at home to Swansea, which resulted in their title-winning price drift to 7/1.
As a result, they’ve ramped up interest in Roma’s Moroccan stopper Benatia, readying a £24m bid that will enable them to beat Chelsea to his signature, or so say the Sunday Express.
He was present for 18 of the Giallorossi’s 20 clean sheets last term and looks an essential investment given the scarcity of options available in this department.
Sporting Lisbon have apparently softened their initial stance regarding the sale of the Argentine.
The Sunday Times reports that Louis van Gaal has been told to include Nani in the deal if they wish to land the versatile defenceman, who would provide central and left-sided options in the Dutchman’s five-man backline.
Speculation surrounding the future of the potential makeweight is several years old and, in order to populate their defensive ranks, sanctioning Nani’s return to the Portuguese capital is a matter that surely won’t require too much pondering.
Liverpool – 11/1 shots to win the title this term – are still interested in the Colombian marksman according to a Mail on Sunday penman, but the player would rather a Real Madrid move. Wouldn’t we all, Radamel?
A first-rate goal-getter is Brendan Rodgers’ final requirement from the Reds’ recruitment team and remains as ambitious as ever when drawing up his shortlist, scribbling the name of Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani underneath that of the Monaco man.