Manchester United manager David Moyes will spend much of this summer, if not down the job centre, attempting to secure several high-quality additions in order to make his beleaguered team competitive again in time for the start of next season.
Top of his list will be a world-class central midfielder. The likes of Arturo Vidal, Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gundogan have all been linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks, and either one of them would be a stunning coup if Moyes and Ed Woodward can strike a deal with their respective clubs and agents.
It could prove easier said than done, however, if Manchester United are not playing Champions League football next season.
In an ideal world, Moyes will sign one of the aforementioned trio - or a player of similar calibre - along with another midfielder, perhaps from the next rung down.
Last month the Scot was reportedly keen on signing Atletico Madrid’s Koke, who isn’t of world-class quality but certainly would have been a useful addition to the squad at Old Trafford.
However, his £50m release clause understandably deterred the Red Devils from attempting to sign the 22-year-old, who remains an important player at the Vicente Calderon.
But if the United scouts have been running the rule over Atleti over the last few weeks, they may have caught a glimpse of another tenacious midfielder who, although not of the very highest class, could certainly do a decent job in the Premier League.
Mario Suarez has just returned from a knee injury but, because of the faith Atleti boss Diego Simeone has in him, has walked straight back into a title-challenging team.
Strong in the tackle, good in the air and intelligent, the 27-year-old is a quality player who could star in a new-look Manchester United midfield - and what separates Suarez from most of the other foreign players on Moyes’ radar is that he speaks fantastic English.
Capped twice by Spain last year, Suarez still has an outside chance of being called up for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Although the name ‘Suarez’ is hardly the most popular at Old Trafford, Moyes could do a hell of a lot worse than signing Atletico Madrid’s underrated midfielder - for a relatively cheap price - this summer.
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