Paul Pogba might have just handed Manchester United a massive opportunity.
Selling Pogba is the right decision, providing United can replace him effectively.
Here is one way United could spend the fee and significantly upgrade.
Thomas Partey: £43.5 million
Partey’s release clause makes this a relatively straightforward deal to conclude.
The Atletico Madrid midfielder is according to his agent, “Like Pogba, he’s a box to box player, but he is better than the Frenchman.” [source: FcInterNews]
Partey, 25, could even be a long term replacement for Nemanja Matic.
Bruno Fernandes – £50m
With Partey making United more defensively solid, Fernandes could get the goals Pogba provides.
The Mail report United are clear frontrunners in the race for Fernandes, with Sporting now willing to accept £50 million as rivals drop out of the race to sign him.
Fernandes netted 28 goals last season for Sporting and provided 15 assists.
Tanguy Ndombele – £63m
Lyon are willing to take £63 million for Ndombele, report SkySports, amid interest from Tottenham.
United have to make a move at that price, especially with Pogba needing to be replaced.
A midfield trio of Partey, Fernandes and Ndombele would massively improve United.
Add in Fred, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic and Andreas Pereira and midfield would go from being one of United’s weaknesses, into a strength.
The club could even take a flyer on Adrien Rabiot on a free transfer too. All of this would come in at a net spend of just £6.5 million.
The problem with all of this, is it just sounds so easy, and with Ed Woodward at the helm, it’s anything but.