Despite being just six points off those at the summit of the table, some of Manchester United’s performances so far this term have been a cause for concern, with big name signings such as Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic not having quite the desired effect.
While United have always had the financial clout to spend big, since the departure of Alex Ferguson in particular spending at the north west club has seemingly reached new heights. The world record fee paid for Pogba is testament to this.
However, as the likes of Leicester City and Borussia Dortmund would attest to, throwing money at the problem doesn’t always bring about the desired results.
So far Pogba has been maligned in many quarters for some less than satisfactory performances whilst Ibrahimovic has failed to light up English football in the way he would have anticipated and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is yet to show his true promise.
Despite Pogba and Mkhitaryan’s substantial fees though, it appears Jose Mourinho and the Manchester United board will be happy to once again let the purse strings loose come next summer’s transfer window.
According to reports in Don Balon (via the Daily Express), United, as well as Manchester City, are interested in bringing former Liverpool player Luis Suarez back to the Premier League, with United thought to be willing to spend a world record £135 million to entice him to the north of England once again.
Suarez has yet to agree a new deal at Barca and this is likely the reason he has been touted as a potential world record signing for the Old Trafford club.
His 59 goals in 53 games last term and ten goals in 13 games in all competitions this season illustrate just why such a high figure is being bandied about at present for the Uruguayan, who would undoubtedly add a great deal of prowess up front for Mourinho’s men, were he to swap Spain for England.
At the moment, however, a deal seems a long way off.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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