Arsenal and Lokomotiv Moscow are reportedly battling for the exact type of player Manchester United are thought to be after.
Tiote fits the bill in terms of what Arsene Wenger will be looking for in terms of an experienced Premier League holding midfielder player, which creates the question of why don’t Manchester United appear to be interested?
One of the areas of the United side that manager Louis van Gaal is reportedly looking to address before the start of the season is the position in front of his back four where the team badly misses Michael Carrick.
Tiote could be a good option because he has that Premier League experience and would more than likely jump at a move to a club like Manchester United but there are a couple of reasons as to why LvG may not be copying Arsenal and battling against Lokomotiv.
Firstly, van Gaal doesn’t seem like the sort of manage who will panic buy in any situation.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville commented earlier this week that he feels LvG won’t make signings for the sake of it just to give himself different options.
United fans would argue that going after a player like Tiote can be considered a step down from players such as Kevin Strootman or William Carvalho.
Secondly, there have been reports that United are negotiating with Ajax for Daley Blind.
The £15 million rated player is someone that van Gaal used extensively during the World Cup in Brazil and a player who offers that role in front of a back four.
He’s also versatile enough to provide cover to Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo out on the left hand side, which is important considering the current injury to the England international.
United have several irons in the fire when it comes to transfers and with all of them it seems that van Gaal would rather work with what he has rather than going all out to sign the wrong type of player for his philosophy.