The Manchester United fans in the Transfer Tavern are desperately hoping that Jose Mourinho will make a handful of quality signings this summer to boost his side’s hopes of mounting a title bid next season.
United are in desperate need of new players if they wish to catch Manchester City next season, and recent reports from the Sun suggest they have identified a truly exceptional target to improve their quality in wide positions. According to the report, Jose Mourinho is hoping to sign Dougal Costa this summer if Juventus decide against signing him on a permanent deal from Bayern Munich.
Costa (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt) is one of the most devastating wide players on the continent. With blistering pace, dazzling dribbling and a decisive end product to bring to the table, United would be welcoming a player who possesses the ability to revolutionise their attack and provide Mourinho with an answer to their right-wing conundrum.
The 27-year-old wide player managed to score 4 goals and provide 14 assists from 31 Serie A appearances last season, which is a very promising return considering only 18 of those appearances were made from the outset. However, with no recognised right-winger on United’s ranks, Costa would have no problem cementing his place in Mourinho’s starting eleven if he eventually arrived at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Man City are hoping to sign Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City this summer and the Foxes have set their price at £75 million for the Algerian ace, according to reports from The Guardian. Although Mahrez would be a fantastic signing for the Citizens, United would certainly be the happier of the two clubs if they eventually managed to lure Costa to the club, as the Brazil international is the better all-round player of the two.
If United want to usurp their local-rivals on the pitch next season, they will need to lay the foundations for a successful title bid in the transfer market, and landing a player of Costa’s calibre represents the perfect place to start.
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