New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will look to rebuild United’s depleted squad this summer and a major priority for him will be the midfield. An ageing duo of Carrick and Schweinsteiger won’t be able to keep up with the pace of League as much and Schneiderlin has not hit the heights which were required from him. Although Carrick has just signed a new one-year deal with United it is more to be a senior leader in the dressing room. We take a look at three midfielders United should seriously look at this summer.
1 – N’Golo Kante
New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has joined the race to sign Leicester City star N’Golo Kante as he looks to bolster his midfield options.
Fresh Football recently reported that the Red Devils intend to activate Kante’s £22 million release clause this summer. Kante has had an astonishing first season in the Premier league and was at the heart of Leicester City’s miracle title campaign.
Leicester signed Kante for a bargain price of £5.6 million from Caen last summer after another good coup found by Leicester’s scouts. Worryingly for the Foxes Kante has a €25m exit clause in his contract which can be triggered by any interested clubs.
Kante would be a sublime signing for Manchester United because he would bring the much-needed engine to their midfield. His relentless running and tireless performances have been key for Leicester City. His desire and never give up attitude in midfield has caught the eye of many teams around Europe and most recently Jose Mourinho.
Kante who has been likened to Claude Makelele had an unforgeable season with Leicester City, his presence in midfield was too much for the opposition to cope with and his non-stop energy and running often helped Leicester defensively. Kante was certainly Leicester City’s unsung hero this season, his main attributes this season were his energy in midfield and also his interceptions. Kante managed 4.64 interceptions per 90 minutes which is astonishing and this really helped his team in tight games in midfield. Another reason he was arguably the best midfielder in the league last season is the amount of tackles he won, winning 3.72 per 90 minutes which is near perfect for any midfielder in such a hard league. His athleticism allowed him to be everywhere on the pitch which helped Leicester win the ball back so efficiently. Kante was named in the 2016 PFA team of the year which was certainly deserved and also made his France debut after a sublime season.
Mourinho will certainly be keen to add Kante to his wishlist this season but will face stiff competition from PSG, Chelsea and Arsenal.