Three midfielders Man United could sign in the January transfer window
Iqbal Johal takes a look at three possible signings for Manchester United in the forthcoming January transfer window
The Kenyan international certainly fits the bill in terms of what Manchester United are missing and need in January. After joining from Celtic in 2013 for £12.5m, the 24-year-old was outstanding last season and was key in Southampton finishing seventh. He offered excellent protection just in front of the back four to help the Saints boast the second-best defensive record in the league last season. At only 24, he has already amassed over 200 appearances during his career and has the experience to boost United’s midfield, which is a fragile one. The Kenyan won 78 tackles in the Premier League during Southampton’s highest finish for 25 years, which was the fifth-highest in the top flight. His partnership with Morgan Schneiderlin was outstanding last season – and it could be rekindled if Wanyama joins the Frenchman at Old Trafford.
Despite approaching his 32nd birthday, Robben could be the answer to United’s lack of width this season which has led to a lack of goals. The former Chelsea man has been heavily linked with United in the past, but reports suggesting the Dutch star is rated at £49.7m in his advancing years, would be the only drawback. Over the years, Robben has proven his credentials with his ability to use his extreme pace and skill to beat defenders with ease. His goal-scoring pedigree is also outstanding for a wide-man, netting over 200 times throughout his glittering career. Robben has flourished at Bayern since moving in 2009. Along with winning four league titles and a Champions League with the German giants, he has managed 113 goals from 208 appearances to establish himself as a true world-class performer. While his age might be an issue, he is still one of the top wingers in the world and the chance to link up again with Louis van Gaal would make this a match made in heaven.
The highly-rated Everton star has been in outstanding form this season and is being heavily targeted by England’s premier clubs. The 22-year-old has scored six times, also chipping in with five assists as he looks extremely dangerous in his natural number 10 role. With 19 England caps to his name, Barkley is now starting to fulfil his potential and Van Gaal would be silly to ignore his talent. Along with his pace and power, he has excellent technique and an eye for the odd spectacular strike. It is no secret that United have been lacking in creativity and quality up front, and Barkley could be the answer to those problems. At 22, the England international has a long way to go, as it is really only this season that he has performed to expectations. But with the future in mind, Barkley is only going to progress at lightning speed if signed up to one of the world’s best clubs.