Three players Manchester United can target instead of Philippe Coutinho
Fox Sports has reported that Manchester United are set to make a move for FC Barcelona superstar Philippe Coutinho with an offer of around £178 million. However, that deal is never going to happen, given the fact that Barcelona chased Liverpool for six months before the Reds finally gave in.
Considering their links to multiple other stars from around the world, Manchester United should just make a move for someone else. That said, here are three players the Red Devils can target instead of Coutinho.
#3 Isco Alarcon
Isco might be struggling and unhappy but he is still a world-class attacking midfielder for both Real Madrid and Spain. Now with the transfer window open, Isco has two choices – either move on or fight for a place at the Santiago Bernabeu. Things could get complicated since the likes of Arsenal (h/t The Mirror), Manchester United (h/t Daily Express), Juventus (h/t Calciomercato) and even PSG (h/t Marca) after him.
The question, however, is despite all of Isco’s talent, can and will the 26-year-old flourish in a physically tougher Premier League? It takes no prisoners and as Mesut Ozil, Angel Di Maria and many others have realized, it’s a tough place to play in.
But then again, the Spaniard is a game-changing star to have, with the ability to influence and change the course of a game single-handedly.
#2 Nabil Fekir
He finished last season with 21 goals and a further 7 assists and yet Liverpool hesitated to make a £53million move (via the Telegraph) for Nabil Fekir. This season, despite being dropped for 7 games, Fekir has still contributed to 11 goals in 17 appearances which include five in the Champions League.
His abilities on the ball and eye for goal is incredible but it’s his injury issues that may stop any suitors in the near future. But if Fekir manages to stay fit and keeps doing what he does best, it’s only time before he makes a big money move elsewhere with Lyon struggling to keep their best stars.
With that in mind, why shouldn’t Manchester United jump in the race for the Frenchman? After all, he would be much cheaper than Coutinho.
#1 Paulo Dybala
There won’t be anyone else topping this list as long as Paulo Dybala is still at Juventus proving himself. While he has struggled this season in the Serie A, Dybala’s performances in the Champions League has shown that he’s second to only a few players in the world. Even more so after he showcased what he could do the last term, finishing the season with 26 goals and 7 assists in all competitions.
Now with Barcelona (h/t Calciomercato) re-igniting their interest in the 25-year-old and Manchester City (h/t Sky Sports) also interested in Paulo Dybala’s signature, things could get interesting. However, if Manchester United want a world-class attacking midfielder/second striker, there are few players better than Paulo Dybala.
Everton would strike gold by beating Man United to sign this talented 26-goal La Liga hitman – Here is why
Everton Opinion: Why Wissam Ben Yedder will be a good fit for the Toffees?
According to a report from Football Espana, Manchester United are keeping tabs on Sevilla star Wissam Ben Yedder ahead of a summer swoop.
Ben Yedder, 28, has been in smashing form for Sevilla this season, banging 26 goals across all competitions including five in his last three appearances, with a hat-trick against Real Sociedad last week.
The forward’s prolific form in front of goal has attracted Manchester United, who have been a transformed side since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s appointment last December. Despite having an array of attacking talent in the squad, the Red Devils appear to be interested in Ben Yedder.
But Everton should also start keeping tabs on the French striker and beat United to his signature in the summer.
Everton have struggled royally to score goals this season, with the likes of Cenk Tosun and Dominic Calvert-Lewin failing to deliver the goods consistently. With the strikers failing to find the net on a regular basis, Marco Silva has used summer signing Richarlison up top.
Richarlison has scored 11 Premier League goals for the Toffees since his summer arrival from Watford but he looks more suited to a role on the left than through the middle. With the move of using Richarlison up top failing to pay off of late, Silva should start planning on bringing in a new centre-forward in the summer.
And going for the diminutive Ben Yedder, who has netted 26 goals in all competitions till date this season, could turn out to be a good move for Everton.
Ben Yedder is a fast, agile, intelligent and technical-gifted striker who can rip apart defences with his movement and guile. He works read hard off the ball and loves to drop deep in midfield to bring the other forwards in the game. The Frenchman has dazzling feet and technique which he uses to combine play and score goals.
The 28-year-old is a deadly finisher inside the box, known for his predatory instincts and ability to pick out the right positions in the final third. Apart from his clinical nature in front of goal, Ben Yedder’s decision-making and awareness in the attacking third is also of the highest quality. He is someone who can create opportunities as well as finish off chances with ease.
The former Toulouse man also possesses a lot of flair and that combined with his work rate and agility makes him the perfect man for Everton.
A team player through and through, Ben Yedder, however, could struggled with the pace and intensity of the Premier League. But with time and patience, he could turn out to be a smart investment for Everton.
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Hence, Ben Yedder is certainly one player Everton should go all out this summer to solve their goal-scoring woes.
Arsenal should go all out in their pursuit of this tricky Argentine left-back to shore up defensive options in the summer
Why Arsenal should sign Nicolas Tagliafico in the summer
According to a report in ESPN, Arsenal are one of the top clubs who are interested in signing Ajax’s Argentine left-back Nicolas Tagliafico. Spanish duo of Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are the others keeping close tabs on the player.
Back in November 2018, the Gunners were taking a close look at the 26-year-old, hence, they have been interested in him for some time. (h/t Sky Sports) With Barcelona interested in Nacho Monreal, and the north Londoners do not have much confidence in Sead Kolasinac in a back four, it makes sense that they keep track of Tagliafico. (h/t Mirror)
Here are the other reasons why Unai Emery and his men should do everything to sign the Argentina international:
Tagliafico could solve their left-back issues once and for all
Nacho Monreal was a great servant for Arsenal at left-back, but at the age of 33, he is not the one who can be relied upon to make runs up and down the pitch on a weekly basis. Kolasinac is great going forward but vulnerable when asked to defend, especially in a back four. Hence, the Gunners must help Emery in signing a new left-back in the summer.
That being said, Nicolas Tagliafico would be an ideal addition to this team. The Argentine is one of the emerging left-backs who has gone from strength to strength in the last 18 months, earning rave reviews in Europe. At the age of 26, he is at his peak in footballing terms and the next five years could see him performing at the highest level.
Attribute-wise, he has most things in his locker. The Ajax man can make runs towards the opposition half but has the pace to recover those runs and defend well in one-on-one situations in wide areas. With key pass and crossing rate of 1.6 and 1.4 per game respectively, the Argentine epitomises a perfect modern-day left-back, who delivers sumptuous balls in the box for the strikers to attack.
Furthermore, the tackle and interception rate of 2.2 per game each shows he is not shoddy when it comes putting a foot in and reading the attacking patterns of the opposition. (Whoscored.com, in the league this season)
All that being said, Arsenal must make sure Tagliafico spends his peak footballing years plying his trade for them at left-back. They must act quickly once the transfer window opens because there are other potential suitors waiting to make the swoop.
Chelsea need not worry about Hazard’s departure if they sign this La Liga magician as a replacement in the summer
Why Chelsea should sign Isco to replace Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard’s move to Real Madrid looks imminent now as the Belgian has been quoted saying he has made a decision about his future. An offer of £300,000-a-week from Chelsea has been rejected by the Belgian. As such, he has been given assurances by Real Madrid that a bid would be made for him in the summer.
According to reports, Chelsea will demand a fee upwards of £100million to let their star man leave and on-loan midfielder Matteo Kovacic could be involved in the deal. Chelsea should anyway pass on the latter at the end of the season and look for somebody better. The Blues should focus on bringing Isco at Stamford Bridge.
The Spaniard has had a tough season so far with just five starts in the league. He has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu and failed to get the game time that he would’ve wanted. According to a report from Italy, Juventus are interested in the player and will look to reunite him with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Isco would be a very good player under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea. The 26-year-old is one of the best creative players in the world and could fit either on the wing or in front of the likes of N’Golo Kante and Jorginho. His quick feet, ability to dribble past opponents and vision to pick out a teammate with a pass is incredible.
Under Zinedine Zidane last season, Isco started 21 games for Real and scored seven times in the league and also picked up seven assists in the process. He also started in the Champions League final against Liverpool, which Madrid won.
The other option Chelsea could have is Marco Asensio. The youngster had a breakthrough season for Real Madrid last year. The 23-year-old scored six goals and provided six assists in 19 starts for the club.
He has featured on both wings for the team but has been extremely effective on the left-hand side. Asensio possesses great pace, awareness, and understanding of attacking transitions. He often involves his teammates to create chances in and around the box with his smart lay-offs around the box.
But the main issue with the 23-year-old is his finishing. The Spaniard has averaged just 1.5 shots per goal this season and has found the net just once in 17 appearances.
Isco will come in with more experience at the top-level and is currently a better all-around player than his Real Madrid and Spain teammate. He has played over 300 games over the last decade and has everything it takes to be a massive success in the Premier League.
Hence, Chelsea should push hard for Isco to be included in the Eden Hazard deal instead of Marco Asensio.
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