Transfer Roundup: Man Utd hunt Defenders, Chelsea hunt Strikers and Tottenham?

Manchester United Hunt Defenders

Let’s drop some names. Toby Alderweireld, Kostas Manolas, Éder Militão. They all have one thing in common: they are wanted by Manchester United…

The links to one of Tottenham’s many Belgians, Tobias Alderweireld may have cooled down a little since December, but there is no doubt that there is still interest there. Alderweireld is in the prime of his career (29) and would steady United’s rocky defence, who kept their first clean sheet against Newcastle last Wednesday since November. Is he the best they can get? We take a look…

Kostas Manolas

It has just been revealed that the imperious Greek international’s release clause doesn’t activate until the summer, but that will most likely not put financial giants United, who would most likely only have to pay £10m more than the original £30m release clause.

Manolas has played 29 games in all competitions this season, averaging 1.7 interceptions and 4 clearances per game in Serie A. As an added dimension, the former-Olympiacos man has a pass completion of 89%, impressive considering he attempts to switch the play an average of 3 times per game.

A lot of impressive stats for the six-foot two centre back. This would be a very safe transfer for Manchester United, only costing a maximum of £40m for a Champions League-proven defender.

Éder Militão

Covered in more depth here, the Brazilian versatile defender would be more of a risky option should Ole Gunnar Solsjkær decide to purchase the 20-year-old Porto youngster.

Although we recommend our other article, here are a few stats on the relatively unknown central-defender come right back (stats are average per game):

Appearances – 35

Tackles – 2.3

Interceptions – 2.1

Clearances – 4.2

For the rumoured fee of £42.5m, Militão certainly presents a risk, but considering the potential he has, it may just be worth it.

Chelsea Hunt Strikers

It feels like deja-vu if you’re a Chelsea supporter. The club is just that one lethal striker away from challenging for prestige honours. First on the list, is Edinson Cavani, who’s potential move to SW6 is covered in more detail here. He would offer a unique skillset; but the usual problems we associate with him are evident.

Alternatives range from Gonzalo Higuaín and Karim Benzema, but both coming towards the end of their careers, the transfer fees they warrant simply may not be worth it. To add to that, we have seen strikers from continental Europe find it hard to adapt to the pace of the Premier League – Exhibit A: Alvaro Morata.

Misery: 34 shots, 5 goals (Premier League)

A more sure-fire option could be Callum Wilson. The signing won’t provide as much of a marketing boost as Pulisic’s move to Chelsea will, but Wilson is proven in the Premier League, and with his style of play, he could fit seamlessly into Sarri-ball. Even though The Mirror reported Eddie Howe wasn’t willing to sell the English international, we all know money speaks, and with the funds likely being received from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Chelsea may be able to lure Wilson to Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham?

Another dull transfer window if you’re a Spurs fan. Seems you’d get more blood from a stone than money from Daniel Levy. They may be sat third, well and truly in the title race, but with Manchester City and Liverpool looking to improve as well as Chelsea and Arsenal possibly spending big, everyone knows that to keep up the pace, you need additions.

Tottenham are going to be without Son Heung-Min for the foreseeable future due to the incredibly pointless Asia Cup. That means they are missing out on their most influential player (8 goals, 5 assists in 11 Premier League games). Not adding to this already thin Tottenham squad is going hurt them, especially with the multitude of domestic and continental competitions they are still competing in. Harry Winks may be a decent player and win the fans hearts, but he isn’t going to win you a Premier League, never mind a Champions League.

From my view, it looks like Daniel Levy is limiting Tottenham’s success with his lack of spending. A very dangerous game if you are to stay near the top.

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