Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has suggested that Manchester United should swoop for French defender Aymeric Laporte in the summer transfer window.
Talking to Sky Sports, the former Arsenal player admitted that Dutchman Daley Blind has 'done well' at centre-back this season but claims that Laporte would be a signing of 'significance'
Laporte, who hasn't featured for Spanish outfit Athletic since March after sustaining an injury, is recognised as one of the most exciting young defenders in Europe.
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It's far from certain as to whether United will invest in their defence in the summer, however, but Laporte would certainly prove a fine coup for the club in the pursuit of long-term success. One thing is for sure, Nicholas believes Laporte would be the ideal signing for the club.
He stated: "Daley Blind has done well but he's not a centre-back and I think they need to sign somebody of significance, perhaps Aymeric Laporte."
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Nicholas has also suggested that United could do with adding a striker to their ranks, claiming that they can't yet rely on the duo of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to lead their attack.
He continued: "There's absolutely no doubt that they need another forward as well. I'm not convinced by Anthony Martial as a striker, Wayne Rooney looks as if he's being moulded into a midfielder and I'm not sure you can rely on Marcus Rashford, yet."
There's every chance, then, that the United hierarchy will add one or two top names to the ranks before the start of the 2016/17 campaign, but the club could also sell a number of high-profile players.
And Nicholas has admitted that he wouldn't be surprised if the club opted to offload Spaniard Juan Mata, while he has also insisted that replacing Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho in the Old Trafford dugout may not be the best decision.
"I could see Juan Mata being sold as I'm not sure he fits their system and Jesse Lingard has proved good enough to take on the mantle.
"First and foremost, they need to sort out what is happening with Louis van Gaal. I think he only stays if they make the top four. Everybody else seems to think it's a done deal with Jose Mourinho but I'm not convinced or even sure if he's ideal for the job.
"They've got some smashing young players and you'd like to see them get more chances, which I'm not sure would be the case under Mourinho."
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