Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly told chief executive Ed Woodward that he wants competition for current regular right-back Antonio Valencia, and has identified who he wants to sign in January.
Feyenoord defender Rick Karsdorp caught the eye of the Portuguese in the Dutch team’s Europa League ties with the Red Devils in the group stage earlier this season and has become Mourinho’s number one target when next month’s window re-opens.
Karsdorp is ten years the junior of Valencia, who has been one of the most consistent performers in United’s eleven this season and has undoubtedly been one of Europe’s best.
However, there is a significantly weak back-up for Valencia should the Ecuadorian become injured or suspended, then Mourinho’s options are looking severely limited.
Thusly, if the acquisition of Karsdorp become viable, United should move quickly for the Dutchman.
Karsdorp is valued at approximately £15 million, and the Mirror have claimed that United will test Feyenoord with a bid to that value in January.
There have also been reports linking Arsenal and Bayern Munich with Karsdorp, with his departure within the next six months looking imminent.
Feyenoord, therefore, may want to inflate his market value, but it looks like the Red Devils could have a very talented player on their hands.
Callum Connolly, Pundit Arena.