Since Jose Mourinho’s ascension at Manchester United, the Red Devils certainly haven’t been shy in the transfer window.
Not only did this summer see them secure Zlatan Ibrahimovic and spend £30 million on a young defender, but they even shattered the transfer world record for Paul Pogba. It’s fair to say it was a busy and expensive summer at Old Trafford.
However, the spending doesn’t appear to end there. In fact, United are poised to spill further currency in the winter transfer window and they have a particular Premier League defender in mind.
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That’s right, Seamus Coleman is the man in question. The Everton star has plied his trade on Merseyside for seven years now and is widely regarded as one of the league’s finest full-backs.
The 27-year-old has rich Premier League experience and has racked up a staggering 224 appearances in an Everton jersey. Moreover, 21 goals is a smart return for a defender and the Irishman certainly has the occasional stunner in his locker.
Furthermore, only this weekend Coleman was the difference for the Republic of Ireland in their latest World Cup qualifier. His first, albeit scrappy, goal for his country fended off Georgia in a cantankerous 1-0 win.
Therefore, there’s plenty of reasons to justify United’s interest and they certainly need a new right-back.
Considering Antonio Valencia has played out most of his career as a winger, the Ecuadorian isn’t the long-term solution Mourinho is looking for. As for Matteo Darmian, the fact he’s made just one appearance this season says it all.
So, according to the Mirror, Coleman is the man and United will make their move in the winter. It’s believed the bid will be in the region of £16 million and if such a fee proves successful, it will be a very shrewd purchase.
After all, the Red Devils have a history when it comes to bidding for Coleman. During David Moyes’ brief term in charge of the 20-time league champions, the Irish full-back was on the club’s transfer radar.
Nevertheless, a deal never materialised and it appears that Coleman has had to wait another three years for a big club to come calling.
This time though, the transfer would be at the request of Mourinho who is believed to have asked Ed Woodward about the deal personally. While nothing is confirmed yet, if United do follow through and bid in January, it will likely prove a deal the 27-year-old can't refuse.
After all, having starred in the Irish Premiership just eight years ago, the chance to play under Mourinho and alongside Ibrahimovic and Pogba is some proposition. Besides, given United’s full-back issues, they’ll likely be tripping over themselves for the Irishman’s services.
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