Cape Town - Manchester United remain in the hunt to sign West Ham
midfielder Declan Rice and Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The Reds drafted in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James and
Harry Maguire during the summer, but that is nowhere near enough as they have
got off to a disappointing start to the season.
Pundits and former players have suggested several transfer
windows will be needed to get the United squad where it needs to be, and
upwards of £700 million will need to be spent on it.
United’s recruitment has been criticised recently although
the addition of Rice and Koulibaly would be seen as good business if they can
be snapped up.
That will be easier said than done, but reports suggest both
players are high on the club’s wanted list and attempts will be made to get
them on board at the end of the campaign.
Rice has sprung to prominence over the last 12 months
following some fine performances for the Hammers, which have led to him being
called up into Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
The player has insisted he is happy at West Ham and is not
pushing for a move, but his head would no doubt be turned if United made a firm
The same could be said of Koulibaly, the powerhouse central
defender, who would be the perfect partner for Maguire.
Napoli are also ambitious and have so far managed to keep
hold, but they could be open to a sale if things do not go according to plan
United would need to break the bank to get both and that is
exactly what is required if they are to challenge for top honours once again.
After the international break, United welcome foes and
current Premier League log leaders Liverpool to Old Trafford for a must-win
Kick-off will be at 17:30 on Sunday, October 20.
- TeamTalk Media