Three reasons United should consider move for Lucas Ocampos
Thomas Lemar was last week connected with a move to Manchester United by ESPN. His poor form over the past two seasons would make him a risky buy.
If there is an attacking player who United should target in La Liga then it is Sevilla star Lucas Ocampos.
Here is a look at three reasons why Ocampos would be a good fit for United…
Ocampos plays in a position where United lack options, the right wing.
He would provide a goalscoring threat from the position which United have frequently lacked in recent seasons.
This year he has scored 10 goals in 22 starts for Sevilla and signed off before the break with five goals in his last eight.
His goals have also come in big matches, against Atletico Madrid and Sevilla’s rivals Real Betis.
This is the best scoring season of Ocampos’ career, already topping the nine he netted for Marseille in 2016/17.
Whoscored.com note he is the seventh most efficient dribbler in La Liga this season, with Lionel Messi topping the rankings.
He’s proven himself
Ocampos is only 25, we say ‘only’ because he has been a player to watch for quite a while.
Dating back to 2012 as a teenager he was touted as a star of the future and he has gone on to now become a regular for Argentina at international level.
He spent most of his career in France with Monaco and Marseille and has 225 club appearances to his name so far.
Short uneventful stints in Italy with Milan and Genoa should mean little, given Bruno Fernandes’ brief dalliance in Sampdoria and his success since.
Ocampos moved to Sevilla last summer and it has been a successful move. He has proven his quality and may be ready for an even bigger challenge.
Cheaper alternative to Sancho
Jadon Sancho is United’s first choice, The Telegraph report. But he would cost a club record fee and in the current climate that may no longer be possible.
Ocampos cost Sevilla just 15 million Euros last summer and while Sevilla could expect to double or even treble this now, he would still be significantly cheaper than Sancho.
Signing Ocampos would mean United’s summer transfer budget can be spread more evenly, with a defensive midfielder and a striker also required, plus another creative midfielder if Paul Pogba is sold.
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