Marcos Llorente became the latest player linked with signing for Manchester United this week.

The MEN claim United are considering a loan move for the Atletico Madrid midfielder.

Llorente signed for Atletico Madrid just last summer but has failed to establish himself as a first team regular.

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United are light in midfield due to injuries to Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay.

A loan move is not ideal, but Llorente could be a useful stop gap to help the team out.

The reports prompted a split reaction from supporters. Llorente is a talented player, and if he arrives in addition to rumoured target Bruno Fernandes it could be good business.

Could do better

Marcos Llorente may be a good option but United should really be looking at a permanent deal for a midfielder.

Atletico have superior midfield options we should be looking at, including Thomas Partey and Saul Niguez. Should United just pay a bit extra for one of them?

 

There is also the option of paying up to sign Lille’s Boubakary Soumare too, with Sky Sports reporting interest.

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So is a move for Llorente pragmatic, or simply a cost-cutting measure? There is an element of truth to both viewpoints.

The prospect of signing the Spaniard was not welcomed by everybody. These supporters expressed some concern…

Atletico’s stance towards a loan move is uncertain. AS.com note that Diego Simeone would be reluctant to lose a squad player at a key time of the season.

The same outlet noted on December 18 that Simeone still regarded Llorente as an important player in his plans.

United need to explore other options. The Fernandes deal has to be a priority.

After that, an additional move for a midfielder, loan or otherwise, would be a bonus.

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