Spanish powerhouse Barcelona are looking to bag Brazilian winger Willian from Chelsea and Manchester United will have to turn their direction elsewhere in finding a replacement if they are to fail at their attempt to land the Brazilian from Stamford Bridge.
After two failed attempts at convincing Chelsea to part company with Willian, Barcelona have made a third approach said to be in the region of £55million, according to The Mirror. Chelsea will do well to hold onto their top performer and would demand much more out of Barca’s pockets if the winger himself decides that he has had his fair share in a blue shirt and would like to take up the challenges that await him in Spain.
It’s no secret that Jose is fond of Willian as a player and as a professional and would try his best to convince the United board to splash big money for the Chelsea man. Willian has speed in his ranks and is willing to track back when not on the ball, characteristics which Jose demands from his players at all costs. If they fail at their pursuit of Willian, United can turn their attention to different players. Here are 3 options Jose can look at in such an instance.
The Croatian left winger is versatile in nature and has a rocket of a left foot. He is quick on the ball and fearless in his approach, making him a tough opposition to contain on the field of play. He had a strong performance with Croatia in the World Cup as he led the team to the finals, only falling at the final hurdle to France. He can be physical and tough to displace off the ball when it is at his feet. He is versatile as he can fill in on the right wing and act as an attacking midfielder if Jose deems necessary.
Having worked under Mourinho at Real Madrid, the Napoli man will integrate himself seamlessly into the United setup. Extremely fast with the ability to deliver perfect crosses, United will have a direct threat at goal with him on their team. He is someone who puts the team’s need ahead of his and can also take up the role of a centre-forward. Squad depth will play a massive role during the long and gruelling season and Jose will be more than pleased to have a versatile player in his ranks.
Having already played for the United badge in 2013, Zaha failed to live up to the hype that was placed on his shoulders by the United fans. He crumbled under the pressure of expectations and was only successful at making 2 league appearances. Zaha is a changed man now and the pressures that come along with representing the United badge will not affect him. Under the guidance of Jose, Zaha will have a more fruitful second spell at Old Trafford. He is versatile in nature and can play either as a winger or a centre-forward.