The Manchester United fans here in the Transfer Tavern are not surprised to be linked again with Gareth Bale this summer window. Indeed, the Real Madrid man has certainly impressed during his time in La Liga with Los Blancos.
Clearly, United are keen to bring another winger into the team, although it looks as if Anthony Martial may be the one to be moved out to make the cash available. Still, Bale may be a talented option but Mourinho would be silly not to look elsewhere for a cheaper, more long-term addition to the squad.
Many of our punters believe that the Welshman would be a great signing for United and not flop like so many have done in the past. The move may be long overdue in his career for him and the Red Devils already have a plethora of talent on the left-hand side, which our regulars feel could cause a congestion for places.
Indeed, Mourinho and the Old Trafford faithful would love the thought of taking one of former Premier League’s prized possessions from under their rivals noses to better their own squad. However, our landlord takes a look at two other cheaper options United should be looking at…
OUR VERDICT – Thomas Lemar & Malcom
Lemar brings the versatility that Mourinho wants at United. Lemar can play on both flanks as well as up front, and the attack-minded Monaco player could be a crowd favourite with his dribbling ability.
Arsenal had a last-ditch attempt to sign the player rebuffed last summer, though interest surely remains from all over the Premier League in the Frenchman. Although Lemar comes with a hefty price tag, it will certainly be cheaper than bringing Bale out from the Bernabeu.
The Brazilian wonder-kid, Malcom, is in a similar mould to Lemar, he can play out on the wing and across the front line when needed. With both plying their current trade in the French League, a move to the Premier League shouldn’t be daunting for the 20-year-old.
Bordeaux may be reluctant to sell the Brazilian with him recently extending his contract. Although the big teams around Europe are starting to sniff around, this may be a good a time as any to cash in on the youngster.
Furthermore, everyone knows Mourinho’s love for Brazilians in his teams.
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