Despite seeing his side record a Community Shield triumph and a devastating Premier League opening day victory over Swansea City, new Manchester United manager David Moyes needs to secure a first marquee signing in order to comfortably settle into life in the Old Trafford dugout.
Even though the 50-year-old Scot has made commendable efforts to land a succession of high-profile signings this summer, so far only young Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela has joined the ranks during the current transfer window.
After seeing sustained interest in the likes of Spanish duo Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara eventually come to nothing, most recently, Moyes has seemingly focused his attention on a double swoop for Leighton Banes and Marouane Fellaini from former employers Everton. This week, United made a joint bid of £28 million for the two players, which was swiftly rejected by Everton who angrily dismissed the offer as 'derisory' and 'insulting'.
Despite the obvious merits of these two particular deals, it is my opinion that, that with United evidently lacking somewhat in creativity in the middle of the pitch, Moyes should be most concerned with ensuring he lands another one of his reported targets - Real Madrid's Croatian playmaker Luka Modric.
Since the retirement of Paul Scholes, the Red Devils have been devoid of a midfielder who is capable of truly unlocking opposition defences. While England international Michael Carrick is a talented passer whose ball retention is a critical element of the club's success, he lacks the sort of effective penetration that Modric can bring.
Fellani would undoubtedly have an impact at Old Trafford, but I am not convinced he is quite the midfielder Moyes requires. Although certainly capable with the ball at this feet, the Belgian is not so renowned for his intricate passing ability but more for his effective strength and brute force.
And while Baines, who is arguably the top-flight's finest left-back, would certainly be an impressive capture, Frenchman Patrice Evra is still extremely capable of fulfilling that role to an adequate standard for at least another season.
Moyes' continued interest in both Baines and Fellani is entirely understandable and I have no doubt whatsoever that both would enhance the playing squad at United. But if he truly wants to impress fans, stamp his authority as manager and fill a notable void in an otherwise talented squad, then Modric should be his number one priority.
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