Perhaps the biggest problem area for Manchester United recently has been an alarming lack of production from midfield.
Jose Mourinho struggled with that, and although it has improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there is no real depth in the area; summed it by the performance of Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Fred in the FA Cup against Reading.
They say that three days ago, the Red Devils made a one-time £30million offer to Cagliari in an attempt to prise away 21-year-old midfielder Nicolo Barella away from the Serie A.
Apparently, a United ‘collaborator’ made the offer, but Cagliari deemed it not enough and they understandably turned down the offer – as they’ve always taken the stance that it’d take €40-50m (£35-45m) to tempt the club into letting the Italian go.
I’m always unsure when I see United linked with players from other leagues – particularly when they’re so young. You just never know how said player is going to adapt to life in the Premier League, and although the Red Devils do need help, I’d much prefer to see them spend a little more and recruit from England.