It’s pretty common knowledge that Manchester United’s 2018 summer transfer window was one to forget; largely due to the failure to acquire a new centre-back.
In the end, the lack of clean sheets became problematic and it cost Jose Mourinho his job. The results have been far more positive under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although this team is still leaking goals aplenty.
With that in mind, I’d like to think that Edward Woodward is doing his utmost behind the scenes to work on giving whoever the manager is next season a shiny new defensive toy.
There are some world-class players who could potentially be available in that area of the field, so we’ve picked out three realistic players that the club should go all-out for over the summer.
Toby Alderweireld – Tottenham Hotspur
The Belgium international has been playing Premier League football for a few years now, and he’s proven time and time again that he’s good enough to play week-in-week-out football.
Like everyone on this list, the 29-year-old would immediately become the best centre-back at the club. His leadership qualities, aerial ability and toughness would be a vital asset. From day one, he’d single-handedly improve United’s overall defensive outlook.
Price: £25million due to a release clause that was activated when Spurs triggered a one-year contract extension.
Kostas Manolas – AS Roma
The Greek international is new on the Red Devils’ radar, and it all comes down to his low release clause (£32m). This is a player who has massively impressed for AS Roma, although there is somewhat of a risk factor due to him having never played in England before.
Would he be an upgrade? Yes. Is it a gamble? Yes. It’d likely take him some time to adapt to the Premier League which would be a minor concern, but in the end, I think he has enough quality to come good.
Price: £32million due to a release clause in his contract.
Kalidou Koulibaly – Napoli
Talk about saving the best till last. This lad is oozes class and he’s definitely in the conversation when discussing the best centre-halves in the world. At 27, he’s right in his peak and right now he’s performing at his highest level.
He’s quick, strong, a field general, great in both penalty boxes and positionally brilliant. That comes at a price, though, and he wouldn’t come cheap. If I got the choice, I’d go for this lad every single time.
Price: It’s tough to say, but I’d be surprised to see him leave Napoli for anything less than £75million.