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Lenglet signing should prompt Man United into bringing Pique back to Old Trafford

Lenglet signing should prompt Man United into bringing Pique back to Old Trafford

FC Barcelona have confirmed their signing of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla having met his buy out clause.

The deal, worth over £30 million, sees the 23-year-old centre-back join the Spanish champions ahead of the new La Liga season.

The Blaugrana are now well stocked with centre-backs, counting Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Yerry Mina, Marlon, Thomas Vermaelen, and now Lenglet, amongst their ranks.

An exit from this department is certainly likely in light of this purchase, which could encourage Manchester United to make a shock push for Pique.

The Breakdown

Jose Mourinho is known to be on the lookout for a centre-back this summer, with United having been linked with some big defensive names already. None as big as Pique though, who is widely regarded amongst the very finest centre-backs in world football.

With Pique now 31, Barca may feel the time has finally come for them to experience life without their defensive rock and instead embrace the new Umtiti/Lenglet era.

Regardless of his age, Pique remains exactly the kind of player the Red Devils need. If there is any chance the Spanish giants are open to a sale then United should go all in to get their man.

Pique’s experience and on the ball quality would transform the defence at Old Trafford. Compared with the likes of Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones, Pique is simply on another level. His quality and leadership could even help get the best out of the aforementioned teammates playing alongside him.

Pique himself may be open to a return to Old Trafford, where he has unfinished business. The English club sold him to Barcelona back in 2008 without him ever really having had much of a chance in their first team.

Transfermarkt value the World Cup winner at £45 million, and even at his age, that would be a price worth paying for the quality and class he’d bring.

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