Its common knowledge that Manchester United certainly need to invest – and particularly in the defensive third of the pitch. With the transfer window now open, and Louis van Gaal not keen to talk about this subject with the media, we’ve compiled a list of five potential centre-backs Manchester United could look at:
- Mats Hummels
The Borussia Dortmund captain is reportedly growing increasingly frustrated with life at his current club, and who can blame him when they sit second bottom of the Bundesliga table at present.
At 26, he has experience way beyond his years, including a World Cup winners medal, two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final appearance. The German international has been the mainstay at the heart of the Dortmund side for the last few years, but injuries have blighted his season.
- Aymeric Laporte
Laporte currently plies his trade in the LIGA BBVA for Athletic Bilbao. At just twenty years of age, he still has an awful lot of developing to do despite already being regarded as one of the hottest young prospects in world football.
The Frenchman has caps at every youth level for his country, and has been impressing many of the worlds finest football clubs.
Cost: £21.5million [buyout clause]
- Fabian Schar
Schar is perhaps the least well-known player on this list. The 23-year old currently plays for the Swiss Champions Basel, and has done for the past few seasons. I’m surprised he hasn’t made the move away from his Native Switzerland already due to impressive performances domestically and in Europe.
The best thing about Schar is that his contract runs out in the summer, so United could either take the gamble and wait for his contract to expire, or offer Basel a few million to part with him now.
He has 9 caps for his country, scoring four goals in that time.
- Raphael Varane
Varane is reportedly growing increasingly frustrated in the Spanish capital due to a lack of playing time. The 21-year old is regarded as the best young centre-half in the game at the moment, and is currently considering leaving the Bernabeu in favour of more regular playing time.
If United were to move for Varane, there’d certainly be other suitors fighting for his signature so it wouldn’t be a cheap signing. The potential he has is certainly worth that gamble, and he’d be my #1 choice if he were available.
Cost: Upwards of £20million.
- Diego Godin
The most experienced man on this list in terms of age. Godin is 28 and currently playing his football for Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side. He is flourishing under the Argentinian’s management, and over the past couple of seasons has developed into one of the most underrated footballers out there.
Godin is also a goal threat going forward, and he’ll chip in with at least 5-10 goals every season if the delivery is correct. Reports suggest he’d be open to a move to United, but this one is probably more likely to be a summer transfer.
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