Among Manchester United’s needs for the upcoming transfer window, defensive midfielder ranks highly.
It’s always good to see United linked with a new name, as opposed to potentially overpaying for Declan Rice.
Spanish newspaper AS put forward a fresh option, Getafe midfielder Mauro Arambarri.
The report claims representatives from United have contacted Arambarri’s entourage to express interest.
So what can we tell you about Arambarri and how much would he cost?
1) Arambarri, 25, signed for Getafe in 2017 from Uruguayan side Boston River, following a stint in France with Bordeaux.
2) He won his first international cap for Uruguay last September, featuring in World Cup qualifying. He has four caps in total.
3) Arambarri’s contract at Getafe expires in 2023. AS report he has a release clause fo 25 million Euros (£21.5m).
4) Arambarri has 11 bookings this season. This is the second highest of all midfielders in La Liga.
5) This season Arambarri has scored three goals from midfield for Getafe. One of these came against United’s Europa League final opponents Villarreal.
What the numbers say…
This season Arambarri has won 57 tackles. This is the third highest of all players in La Liga.
FBRef.com report Arambarri has made 699 ‘pressures’ when out of possession. This is the second highest in La Liga.
Arambarri’s 52 interceptions put him sixth in La Liga, narrowly behind Real Madrid’s Casemiro (56).
FBRef’s scouting report puts him in the top five per cent of midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues for both pressures and interceptions.
This season Arambarri has won 74 free-kicks. That is the sixth highest in La Liga.
In a tough campaign for 16th place Getafe, Arambarri is ranked by WhoScored.com as the team’s top performing player.
Would this be a good deal?
Arambarri has the tools to become a good defensive midfielder for Manchester United, but there are no guarantees.
It certainly seems smarter to take a low cost gamble of Arambarri for £21.5 million than pay four times the amount for Declan Rice.
There is some advantage however, in signing a player proven for the Premier League.
Arambarri has picked up 11 bookings in La Liga, which is typically slower than in England, and so it is unknown how he may adapt to the Premier League.
Of course, if it was all about Premier League experience, then United would have signed James Maddison instead of Bruno Fernandes.
The question is whether there is a middle ground between Arambarri and Rice, and how much money ends up being available to spend on a Nemanja Matic replacement once other deals are done.
At the price he is available for, Arambarri seems like a low risk gamble, but there is an opportunity cost of missing out on possibly better players, if his move turns out not to be a success.
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