Manchester United and Chelsea are set to lock horn again but this time in an off-field battle that will see the club via for the signature of Everton’s right full back Seamus Coleman.
Coleman has been impressive for Everton in recent season winning the Everton player of the year and players’ player of the while also been named in the PFA team of the year last season.
His impressive form has seen him draw interest from top English clubs and their could be an off-field battle for the Irish man by two of England’s power house. Jose Mourinho has been reported to have interest in the 26-year-old who is seen as the best right back in the English Premier League at the moment.
But Manchester United are set to rival Chelsea in acquiring the player’s signature. Manager Louis Van Gaal is set to make the player his number transfer target this January in a bid to strengthen a weakened Manchester United backline.
The manager has tried to implement his preferred three man defence in a 3-5-2 formation but the defenders at Old Trafford has found it increasingly difficult adapting to the new system which has seen the team concede cheap goals in early part of the season.
Louis Van Gaal also seem to have concerns over the defensive abilities of the right back Rafael Da Silva and with injuries to Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans Rafael looks to be the only recognised right full back at United- a problem Van Gaal will want to address with the dutch man set for a £20m offer for Coleman come January.
Chelsea on the other hand want to add the 26-year-old to a team that is already stalked with two of the best right backs in the premier league.
Chelsea already have two of the best right full backs in the Epl in Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta though the latter has played majority of the campaign at left back. The sudden interest in Coleman could mean Mourinho wants to push Ivanovic back to central defence- his natural position and sees the attacking-minded Everton man as the ideal player to help push the attack from right back.
Coleman has represented Everton five time this season before sustaining a head injury in the game against Wolfsburg early September though he is expected to return to action for the club after the international break.
It is yet to be seen if Everton will be willing to sell their best player last season especially now that the team seems to be struggling. The player also still has a long contract with Everton after signing a new five and half year deal earlier in June.
But with Everton’s poor form, the player could be willing to move to bigger clubs if the offer comes. The opportunity to play in the champions league could also be huge attraction for the player.
£20m is big enough offer to tempt Everton to part with one of their best player but it will depend on the manager who is able to convince the player to determine which of the two top English club he will be signing for. Expect a fierce fight between this two heavy weights as they battle it out for Coleman’s signature.