Everton curb Seamus Coleman rumours, but will Manchester United bid?

Seamus Coleman for Republic of Ireland

Everton have sought to play down reports linking Manchester United with Seamus Coleman, but stats show he would be a useful addition at Old Trafford.

Reports emerged on Monday suggesting that Manchester United are readying a £25 million bid for Everton full-back Seamus Coleman.

It is easy to see why the Red Devils are being linked with the Republic of Ireland international.

Louis van Gaal has made a number of tactical tweaks at Old Trafford, with a 3-5-2 formation now his favoured approach.

That system requires players who are capable of getting up and down to operate on the flanks, with Antonio Valencia a useful option on the right.

Coleman is, however, among the best in the business when it comes to affecting proceedings at opposite ends of the field and would appear to be a perfect fit for United.

  TeamGoal AssistAccurate CrossTotal TackleTotal ClearanceInterceptionAppearancesMins Played
Seamus Coleman Everton 2 6 27 42 18 16 1,355
Antonio Valencia Man Utd 1 4 48 19 25 15 1,111
Rafael Man Utd 1 5 19 29 20 8 572

Everton, though, have attempted to curb the exit rumours, with Roberto Martinez reluctant to be drawn into a potentially disruptive transfer debate.

He said: "For me it's nothing to comment, I haven't seen that and I've got no recollection of that.

"As you can imagine what we want at the football club is to build something that will make us stronger and the last thing we want is to lose important players."

Everton snapped up Coleman for just £60,000 in 2009.

Were they to move him in on, they would make a substantial profit and generate funds which could be pumped back into the squad during the January window.

The 26-year-old is, however, an important figure for the Toffees and they are understandably reluctant to see his talents head for the exits and benefit a Premier League rival.

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