Manchester United have this week been linked with a move for Valencia star Uros Racic.
So who is Racic and what could he bring to this Manchester United side? Here is a look at five facts about the potential addition…
1) Uros Racic, 22, is a midfielder who like Nemanja Matic, was born in Serbia. He has been a regular for his country’s under-21 team, and could now get a senior call now the United man has retired from international football.
2) Racic signed for Valencia from Red Star Belgrade for just £2 million in 2018.
3) Racic has only two first team appearances for Valencia so far. He has spent the past 18 months loaned out at Portuguese top flight side FC Famalicao.
4) There is a release clause in Racic’s contract worth £92 million. The Sun however link United with a move worth £28 million, £64 million less. He is under contract until 2022.
5) He plays with a more advanced style than Matic, scoring three goals this past season in Portugal, and averaged one key pass per game.
Is he really ready?
Valencia have been struggling financially and have had to cash in on key players this summer. This would probably make them likely to accept a bid of around £28 million.
It is departures in Valencia’s midfield which have opened up a place for Racic at the Mestalla this season.
Racic featured as a substitute Valencia’s first game of the season at the weekend.
One of the big problems is that Racic lacks top level experience. He may not be ready for United.
Even his manager Javi Gracia has worries about putting too much pressure on him.
Gracia was quoted by Deporte Valenciano: “There is Racic, Esquerdo, Kova, guys with great potential, but it would be better for their future if they had an experienced player at their side to assume the role of responsibility.”
Last season Racic was only on loan at a mid-tier Portuguese side last season. It is hard to assume he would suddenly be ready for a switch to the Premier League.
While we want to see new signings, we also want to see new signings who will succeed, and not get swallowed up by the size of United and the challenge ahead.
Racic is a player worth monitoring this coming season at Valencia, his first full season in La Liga, to see how he fares.
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