After his performances over the last two seasons for Lille, Danish Defender Simon Kjaer will be in big demand this summer. Clubs from the Premier League and Serie A are said to lead the charge, but despite his family all supporting Liverpool, it is a move to Manchester United that would make the most sense for the former AS Roma and Wolfsburg defender.
Kjaer has spoken of his interest in English football in the past, and he told Goal.com that a move to Anfield would please his family, but has also said in the past, quoted by the Daily Mail, that he would have no hesitation in moving to United if it was the right change for his career.
Despite the fact that Louis van Gaal’s side sit third in the table and have conceded fewer goals than Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, it is expected that the Dutch coach will look to strengthen his back line this summer.
Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund is likely to be the man on top of the transfer list, but Kjaer shouldn’t be far behind, and would represent a much cheaper alternative.
After joining Lille for only €2 million, the 25-year-old Dane has helped Les Dogues create one of the best defences in Europe. They recorded 21 clean sheets last season as Lille finished third and despite their problems in front of goal, they have only let in 27 goals this campaign.
Kjaer has been at the heart of Lille’s excellent defence. According to Squawka, his performances have seen him win 78 out of 127 headed duels and 36 out of 60 tackles. He is also amongst the top 10 in France at clearances, according to WhoScored.
What Kjaer would also bring is an excellent passing ability; he is very adept at bringing the ball out from the back, picking out short or long passes and starting counter-attacks. He is fast enough, and impressive positionally that he could play in either a back four or back three, very rarely is he caught in-behind.
Manchester United’s style of play would suit Kjaer, and there is little doubt he would be a fantastic signing for van Gaal’s team this summer.