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Man Utd Eyeing £60m Double Swoop from Tottenham
Manchester United are plotting a £60 million double swoop for Tottenham Hotspur duo Kyle Walker and Danny Rose but face stiff competition from rivals Manchester City, according to the Express.
Walker and Rose have been in excellent form for both club and country since the start of last season, having established themselves in Mauricio Pochettino’s starting lineup.
The duo used to play as traditional full-backs but in recent weeks have moved into wingback roles following the manager’s change to a 3-4-3 formation.
With their continued good form the Express are citing a report from the Sun that claims Manchester United are looking to make a £60 million bid for the pair.
José Mourinho is believed to be keen to strengthen his defence and is urging the United board to open their chequebook to tempt Spurs into accepting an offer for both Walker and Rose.
Antonio Valencia has been excellent for United at right-back under Mourinho but the Ecuadorian turns 32 this year so Walker would be seen as his long-term replacement should the Red Devils lure him to Old Trafford.
The left-back role has become something of a problem area for United this season. Luke Shaw is struggling to establish himself under the Portuguese manager due to problems with his fitness and form, so Rose could certainly be seen as an improvement on Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian – all whom have played this position this season.
However, should United make their bid for the Spurs pair, they will face stiff competition as the Express claim that Manchester City are also keen to go head-to-head over their signatures.
Pep Guardiola is in desperate need of two new full-backs as Pablo Zabaleta, Bacary Sagna, Gaël Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov are all the wrong side of 30 and none have been reliable during the first half of the 2016-17 season.
Kyle Walker and Danny Rose would be the ideal signings for City as their versatility will appeal to Guardiola’s tactics – who regularly switches between various formations with full-backs playing a key role.
One issue for both Manchester clubs is that the pair only signed new long-term contracts with Tottenham last summer and we’re sure the North Londoners will be keen to keep hold of them as Pochettino looks to build a title-winning side.
Chairman Daniel Levy is a tough negotiator so even if the club did decide to sell we think they’d demand more than £30 million each for Walker and Rose, whom are both only 26 – heading into the peak of their careers.