Manchester United are preparing a bid to shock the footballing world, as former Chelsea bad-boy Gokhan Tore has emerged as a new transfer target.
According to the Daily Express, who play heavily on recent speculation from Turkey, the winger is being lined up as one of Louis van Gaal’s January buys with the Dutchman looks to add depth to his squad. It’s said that the 22-year-old is to be the subject of a £6 million bid from Old Trafford, as he’s greatly impressed since departing Stamford Bridge in 2011.
Currently a Besiktas player Tore has also spent time with both Hamburg and Rubin Kazan, though it’s in Turkey that he’s made a name for himself as a dangerous wide-man. Van Gaal is thought to be ready to capture the former Chelsea starlet, who failed to make an appearance for the senior team, with a view to adapting him into a defensive wing-back, as the Red Devils have succumbed to injuries on both flanks.
The likes of Luke Shaw, Antonio Valencia, Rafael da Silva and Ashley Young have all either proved susceptible to knocks or inconsistent form in recent times, and Van Gaal’s preferred played style leaves little room for such weak chinks in his side’s armour.
The pitfalls of such a system when the team isn’t at full strength has been made clear through United’s poor defensive structure, resulting in the side looking precarious when on the back foot.
Van Gaal intentions
Yet some will question Van Gaal’s plan to recruit Tore all the same, with the ex-Blues man having garnered quite the reputation for controversy after an incident with his national team in 2013.
As a result of supposedly breaking into the hotel room of two teammates and delivering a threat his international career stalled, though he’s since returned to the fold virtue of his progression on the club front.
Having already confirmed the signing of Victor Valdes, United appear to be very much on the front foot when it comes to winter transfer window recruitments. A number of targets have been mooted, including the likes of Mats Hummels and La Liga star Aymeric Laporte, but Tore could be significantly easier to acquire.