Splash the cash or grab a bargain? Will Manchester United do the latter with these three?
The transfer window is mostly renowned for the extravagant deals done by the big European clubs. These clubs tend to focus on the hottest prospects in the transfer market and snap them up for record deals.
The best example could be of Manchester City, a club which has spent more than 300 million pounds over the past 3-4 seasons to bring in world class talents to the Eastlands.
However, at times, managers and clubs might not need to spend even a single pound in order to capture players with humongous potential.
This is when, the clubs acquire the best possible free agents available in the transfer window, something Manchester United should think of doing this summertime.
With the club’s financial status feeble and most of the transfer target enormously overpriced, here are three players in the European Bosman list who could come in handy for Alex Ferguson.
Nathaniel Clyne will undoubtedly leave Crystal Palace in the summer. The 21-year-old, who has become a mainstay in the club’s defence over the past three seasons, has intended his desire to play in the Premier League and has already refused contract negotiations with the Eagles.
Even though the latter are entitled to a compensation fee of reportedly in the region of two million pounds, it shouldn’t be much of a problem for the Red Devils.
Clyne is a versatile defender capable of playing both as a centre back and as a right back and could be a great fit at Old Trafford. United manager Alex Ferguson was interested in signing the youngster in the winter transfer window but Clyne reportedly rebuked the offer.
Then after two months, rumours again surfaced of a possible transfer with this time reports stating of a three million pounds deal being agreed between the two clubs. Yet, nothing official was announced and consequently, the Red Devils faithful never saw Clyne plying trades at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, Manchester United won’t get a better time to snap the England U-21 international than this summer. He’s a proven talent, attainable and most importantly, the Red Devils long-term interest will serve them well for securing his signature despite Newcastle's reported interest.
Like Clyne, attacking midfielder Mateo Kovacic too was a January window transfer target for Manchester United.
The ‘next Luka Modric’ was reportedly destined to wear the Red Devils shirt only for the club bosses to refuse to grant the 10 million pounds Fergie wanted to sign the Dinamo Zagreb youngster.
However, this summer, Kovacic would be on the Bosman list and Fergie could do worse than renewing his interest in him.
Although his form might have dropped a little lately over the past few months, the 18-year-old Croat still has all the attributes to become a world-class midfield maestro in the future.
One drawback of the signing could be, however, Kovacic’s inexperience and young age that could prevent him from making any immediate impact at Old Trafford.
Alan Dzagoev is a special mention on the list as the 21-year-old would be on the Bosman list in December 2012, not July 2012, since the Russian league runs on a different schedule to the majority of Europe.
However, as the 21-year-old has entered the last six months of his contract, clubs are permitted to enter talks with Dzagoev.
The Russian international has been excellent for his club, CSKA Moscow, over the past three years and scored twice for his national team in their opening game of Euro 2012.
His passing, vision, entertaining dribbling and pace would make him an ideal and a great signing for the Red Devils even if he won’t be available for the first half of the season.
Furthermore, unlike Kovacic, Dzagoev has the potential and experience to make an immediate impact at the Theatre of Dreams, and has even scored there against United in the Champions League three seasons back.
However, Manchester United could face stiff competition for his signature as many other European clubs like Liverpool and Real Madrid, too, are monitoring the youngster’s situation at CSKA and the Euros will only increase the lad’s popularity, and CSKA will attempt to extend his contract to stop him leaving for nothing, but it could be too late if the player decides his future lies elsewhere.
Which free agents do you think United should sign? Will these three be good additions?
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