Manchester United’s midfield of Scott McTominay and Fred has been stretched over the past few weeks.
Nemanja Matic at 32 is looking past it. United need fresher options. Paul Pogba’s future is uncertain, and he has been preferred in a more forward role of late.
It is essential that United add new faces this summer in the position. It is very likely James Garner is promoted after his successful loan spell.
Garner alone won’t be enough though, and United need a proven midfielder who is capable of reducing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reliance on Fred.
Wilfred Ndidi and Declan Rice are two ideal options, but both will probably cost too much after strong seasons for Leicester and West Ham. In Rice’s case, he could cost £60m plus, even with a Jesse Lingard discount.
With other areas of the squad requiring investment, from the wing, to striker, to centre-back, United can only assign a certain amount of funds to the midfield.
Here is a look at three credible options for United’s midfield this summer who would make an instant impression, and could each cost less than £50 million…
United will get a close up look at Bissouma at Old Trafford in the next Premier League game in a fortnight.
The midfield ace is enjoying a really strong season for Brighton and was linked over the weekend with both Leicester and Arsenal [The Express].
Bissouma averages 2.7 tackles per game, higher than any Manchester United midfielder.
The 24-year-old would take no time getting to grips with the Premier League.
In Brighton’s win over Newcastle at the weekend he touched the ball 101 times and completed 93 per cent of his passes. That was a coolness United’s midfield lacked against Leicester.
AC Milan star Franck Kessie showed his quality against Manchester United over two legs in the recent Europa League tie.
The Ivorian is an all action midfielder who has a contract at Milan which expires in 2022, like Paul Pogba’s, putting him within reach for an affordable fee.
Like Bissouma, Kessie is 24, with his best years ahead of him. He has an all round quality to his game and averages a 88.5 per cent pass completion rate this season for Milan.
He provided an assist in Milan’s 3-2 win over Fiorentina at the weekend, while also winning a team high four tackles.
Ruben Neves previously looked like an unattainable player for interested clubs but Wolves’ decision to sell Diogo Jota to Liverpool last year shows they will cash in on their assets at the right price.
Wolves have had a poor season and won’t qualify for European football.
This should tempt Neves, and his agent Jorge Mendes, to seek a move.
Neves would be a top quality addition to United’s midfield. He also is 24, and has 101 Premier League appearances under his belt.
The time has come for him to step up and take on a new challenge and United can provide it.
Neves has five goals this season from midfield for Wolves, and leads all of their midfielders in tackles per game (2.3).