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Manchester United Interested In This Bundesliga Defensive Ace: Ideal Man For Mourinho?

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

There were many reasons for being optimistic following last season as Manchester United supporters would be hoping for an excellent transfer window. The arrival of Victor Lindelof did show the light but after that, United’s inability to lure a top player to the Old Trafford has frustrated the supporters alongside Jose Mourinho who hasn’t been able to hide his anxiety.

The transfer window has officially opened and the impatience has already started to flow. United CEO Ed Woodward who is in the charge of the transfer dealings has been at the centre of criticism as clubs like Huddersfield Town and Everton are almost done with their transfers.

United have been linked with a number of players and if reports are to be believed, Marc Bartra has emerged as the new target for Jose Mourinho. The Spanish international is plying his trade with Borussia Dortmund but Mourinho thinks that he would be able to lure the player.

Having failed to entice Michael Keane who has preferred to join Everton, Mourinho wants to add more firepower to the backline. The Red Devils brought Victor Lindelof from Benfica recently and are looking for an ideal partner for him.

Bartra joined the German side from Barcelona only last season so it is going to be very tough for him to engineer a move. In the recent past, United have sealed some big money move for defenders. Dortmund are likely to command a huge fee and United would be very keen to prise away the player.

Bartra was the victim of a bomb explosion and had to undergo a surgery. But now he is prepared for life on the pitch and he could be heading to the UK. The Spanish international was an influential part of Thomas Tuchel’s plans and made 31 appearances in all competitions for Die Borussen.

United were defensively very solid last season but Mourinho had to deal with a very injury-ravaged campaign. Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Marcos Rojo all had their fair share of injuries as Mourinho had to tweak his defensive setup a number of times.

United are a strong contender of the Premier League next season so the Portuguese manager doesn’t want any hiccups in the midst of the season. Eric Bailly is touted to be the next big thing at the Old Trafford but with United competing on four fronts next season, Mourinho would need adequate reinforcements to fulfil his requirements.

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