Man Utd tipped to partner Fernandes up with Prem’s answer to Coutinho

Date published: Tuesday 11th February 2020 9:58

Manchester United have been backed to complete the signing this summer of a man one pundit feels is the modern-day equivalent to former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Having agreed a blockbusting deal for Bruno Fernandes in the closing days of the transfer window, United are already on the lookout for further reinforcements this summer after Ed Woodward admitted the club are “not where they want to be”.

“The signing of Bruno Fernandes and return of key players from injury will be a boost to Ole and the squad as we head into the second half of the season.

“We remain in contention in the Europa League and the FA Cup, as well as for Champions League qualification, so there is still lots to play for.

“However, as a club and a board, we do recognise that we are not yet where we want to be.

“It is the overwhelming priority of everyone at the club to get us back to regularly challenging for Premier League and Champions League titles.

“Although progress may not always be smooth, everyone across the club is focused and committed on playing their part in helping achieve those aims.”

Fernandes eventually secured a £68million move to Manchester United after agreeing a five-and-a-half year deal last month, but not after months of speculation.

And one man who appears to have moved to the top of their summer wish-list is Aston Villa’s talismanic captain Jack Grealish after they seemingly cooled their interest in James Maddison.

Grealish has been Aston Villa’s stand out player this season and the club face a battle to keep hold of the 24-year-old in the summer, regardless of whether they avoid an immediate return to the Championship or not.

 

And while the midfielder has also been linked with moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid, pundit Tony Cascarino believes he’s destined to move to Old Trafford and has claimed he can do for United what Coutinho did for Liverpool.

“I think he has got that Philippe Coutinho-type of performance,” he told talkSPORT. “I think there are a number of clubs that could take Jack.

“I think Manchester United is where he will go because I think they will be the guys that will go the hardest for him.

“United now are going to go with a sledgehammer with certain transfers they want to get over the line, and Jack, I think, is going to be one of them.”

On the Red Devils’ transfer plans, United chief Woodward added: “As part of the rebuild we see this coming summer as an important opportunity.

“There has been no shortage of investment in players over the past few years, with over £200 million spent since Ole became manager.

“Our aim is to ensure that we continue to achieve consistency in quality of recruitment. The recruitment department is working to a clear plan and philosophy, along with Ole and his coaching staff.

“Our focus is on bringing in a combination of experience and the best young players with potential to develop further, fusing graduates from our academy with high-quality acquisitions.”

 

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