Three defenders Man Utd could sign in the January transfer window
Iqbal Johal take a look at three defender Manchester United could sign in the forthcoming January transfer window
The Borussia Dortmund captain has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League with Liverpool favourites, but United too want the centre-half. The 26-year-old has been highly sought-after after helping his country win the 2014 World Cup and would certainly be a great addition to a defence short of options. Although United have the best defensive record in the League – they only conceded 10 – with Marcos Rojo joining Luke Shaw on the sidelines, reinforcements are needed. Louis van Gaal said at Friday’s news conference, that he will be “looking” at players in January and Hummels should be one of those. A defender who was instrumental in Dortmund title successes in 2011 and 2012, he has been regarded as one of the top centre-halves in Europe since. A born leader, winner, and the type of ball-playing defender United need, Hummels is a must-buy in January.
The 21-year-old has been heavily linked with United in the past, with reports in October suggesting the France Under-21 star will be available for £35m. The Athletic Bilbao centre-half is highly rated across Europe, with Barcelona also chasing his signature and at just 21, he is a player for both the present and the long-term future. Since making his debut at 18, Laporte has played well over 100 times for Bilbao, and already has the experience needed to succeed at a higher level. Strong in the air and a mature leader who is an excellent reader of the game – as well as being a quality footballer – Laporte has all the attributes to be a truly great centre-half. United will face competition for the starlet but he will be essential in getting them getting back amongst Europe’s elite.
Another 21-year-old centre-half who is highly sought-after is England international John Stones. The Everton stalwart was heavily linked to Chelsea and United in the summer, with Everton reportedly unwilling to accept anything under £40m. Similarly to Laporte, Stones would be a player for the present and the future. Despite the high asking price, the England star would be value for money, due to the fact he could play in the heart of the United defence for the next decade or so. Since signing for Everton from Barnsley in 2013, Stones has gone on to be a regular for the Toffees, making over 50 league appearances. A versatile defender who can play in the centre or on the right, Stones is another player who is mature beyond his years who could add more security to United’s back-line. A defender with great speed and discipline, who too is a fine footballer, whether in January or next summer, he must be strongly considered by Van Gaal.