Jose Mourinho in the past months has been trying to find the right lineup for Manchester United and the job is almost done with only the left back position being in doubt as Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind don’t convince Jose, while Luke Shaw hasn’t played since the end of November and there are doubts surrounding his future at the club. This has made Jose Mourinho to look for options in the transfer market and his sights are on Danny Rose, the Tottenham left back who signed a new deal last year. However, it’s not just him as Mourinho wants Kyle Walker as well but faces a tough battle to sign the England Internationals as Guardiola’s Manchester City is willing to sign them as well.
As The Sun reports, Guardiola has Danny Rose his number one target as he plans to build a strong City side, starting from the defence and considering how well Rose has done in the past two years, he seems to be the chosen one. Mourinho won’t let things go easily, though, as the Portuguese manager wants to find a player that constantly plays well, and it’s the Spurs left back who accomplishes all his requirements. Despite Antonio Valencia’s impressive season, looks like Jose is looking for other options and Kyle Walker, 26, might be signed in January as well.
According to the same paper, the fee for both players is thought to be around £60 million, £30 million per player, as there are no release clauses in the contracts they signed recently. Past history shows that it won’t be easy to satisfy Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as Manchester United tried to sign Gareth Bale and Luka Modric a few years ago, requiring crazy fees for both players making him a person that is hard to do business with. It has to be noted that Tottenham may not be willing to sell two of their of best players to their opponents, considering that they’re going for the title this season, showing their strength after defeating Chelsea.
This being said, a deal is unlikely to happen but in case that things change, let’s see where would they fit in the team, how are they doing compared to the United players in the same positions and if they are likely to succeed. The only real player that Kyle Walker would have a battle for the Starting XI is Antonio Valencia. According to Squawka’s comparison matrix for Premier League 2016/2017 season only, based on the following stats: defensive score, interceptions, blocks, defensive errors, clearances, key passes, the Manchester United midfielder transformed into fullback is better on defensive score, interceptions and is yet to make a defensive error, having played 17 games, so 1,501 minutes. On the other side, the Tottenham fullback is better on the clearances, having played in 19 games, with 1634 minutes in his feet, the players are level on blocks. Kyle Walker has a 7.43 rating on WhoScored‘s statistics on the Premier League.
On the other side based on the same statistics it’s Daley Blind who has done better than Danny Rose in defence score, blocks, defensive errors, and clearances, while Matteo Darmian is better than anyone in interceptions. The comparison clearly shows that even with fewer minutes in his feet, Daley Blind has overall been a better performer than the player Manchester United are looking forward to bring in Old Trafford. Danny Rose has two goals and two assists in his account in this season in the Premier League while Daley has two assists and one goal. It’s indeed true that both players have been outstanding for Spurs, winning a place in the national, but what remains an issue for both of them is discipline. This can bring a lot of disagreement among football fans, but Daley Blind is hugely underrated and has been criticized a lot lately for being a liability but his hard work in the wings has helped United a lot.
In case that Manchester United and Jose aren’t satisfied, it’s better to look somewhere else for options, rather than trying to sign Rose and Walker. In the upcoming games, it’s better to give Blind a chance to show himself, he needs time because the change of positions has made him clueless about his role at the club, but he wants to make things right at the club. Splashing the money for those two won’t help the case. They may be Premier League proven players, a huge bonus for them and they have built their personality in a team like Spurs, but spending this big at the moment wouldn’t be right. Jose has made it clear that he likes the team he has and it’s obvious that he wants to make his players perform. Let’s leave it all to the club and the media of course. It will be a Manchester Derby in here as well and another round of Mourinho vs Guardiola, interesting to see who wins it, if Jose actually wants to sign them. What Jose wants, he simply gets it after all.