The Daily Star reports that Manchester United are mulling over signing Everton defender Seamus Coleman, whose transfer value is put at £25million according to the same paper.
Coleman is one of the most gifted defenders in the EPL, and signing him would represent a huge statement of intent by Van Gaal. He is a player who would easily slot in to the current United defence, and bring a lot of stability, which seems to be lacking in the backline at the moment.
Though Antonio Valencia seems to have made the right back his own at moment, a player like Coleman would bring competition and make the backline more formidable. It would also give the team the much needed depth, which is lacking at the moment especially with injuries to some key players.
£25 million is a huge amount of money, but British players are known to attract high transfer value and Coleman is not one player that would command anything less considering the club involved. Everton are known to play hardball when it comes to transfers and Manchester United should be prepared to meet the club’s valuation or be prepared for an extended negotiation or forget signing the player. A recent example of how tough Everton can be was the case of Fellaini, whose negotiation dragged on before a deal was eventually agreed. The player was said to have put in a transfer request before he was allowed to move to Old Trafford two seasons ago.
Last Thursday during his presser, Van Gaal had tried to play down his club’s need to sign any player this window; but it remains to be seen how he plans to secure top four with injuries plaguing some of his defenders.
“I don’t think that we shall be very active as not many players of a certain level are available.
“When we buy a player he has to be better than the players that are playing now and that is a difficult job.”