Manchester United ‘lead the race’ for Danny Rose – reports

Manchester United have already been linked with one Tottenham Hotspur player this season in Eric Dier, now the club has been linked to Danny Rose, Spurs’ left-back – a position Jose Mourinho needs to strengthen this summer. Luke Shaw could even be a makeweight in any prospective deal, but it would seem that, if the reports are correct, Rose may want to leave this Spurs side who have challenged for the Premier League title this season, and fallen short, which could see other players leave the club looking for new challenges. During the last season, Rose made 21 appearances for Spurs, scoring twice throughout the season. The lack of appearances during the past season were down to injury with Rose suffering two injuries during the season, missing seven matches with one and 21 matches with another, ending the season on the sidelines. In the Premier League last season, Rose made 18 appearances, scoring twice. He averaged a 76% pass accuracy, 26 chances created for his teammates and averaged five defensive actions per match. He did make one defensive error.

What is being reported and by who?

The Mirror have reported that Tottenham Hotspur are ‘bracing themselves’ to lose Rose this summer with Manchester United the likely destination for the player. The report also states that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing a potential replacement for Doncaster-born Rose, who seems keen to move from the capital back up north. This seems to have alerted Jose Mourinho who is keen on strengthening the left-back position at the Old Trafford club after Luke Shaw, who could be a target for Pochettino, suffered from poor form and injuries throughout the season and Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind and even Ashley Young played in the position. Manchester City were once keen on Rose, but AS Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy seems to be his flavour of the month right now, a player United have some interest in also. The Manchester Evening News have also reported the claims made by the Mirror, as have The Sun, The Telegraph and The Metro.

What type of player is Danny Rose?

Danny Rose is a left-back for Tottenham Hotspur and England. He was a product of the Leeds United Academy but never played for the club’s first team. He signed for Spurs in 2007 and was loaned to Watford, Peterborough United, Bristol City, and Sunderland before making it in the Spurs first team. Rose has established himself with Spurs and England in the left-back role, getting forward to assist his teammates in an attacking situation, which is what United and Mourinho would want from a player in this position. Rose is similar to Shaw in his gameplay, doing the same sort of thing, but could be the answer, should Mourinho and United be interested in him and a deal is done with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, which will be a tough deal. Rose has been good at times but missed the final four months of the season through injury, which is similar to Shaw who has been in and out of the team this season. Rose has become one of the Premier League’s best left-backs over the last few seasons, which will be one of the reasons why Mourinho and United have been linked to the player. The wage structure at Spurs could be one of the many things that assist United in any bid to lure the player away from North London, that with the fact United won two major trophies last season, which was considered a failure by many. Spurs won nothing.

Likelihood of the transfer?

I am always suspicious of transfer rumours, especially ones like this one. You have multiple sources reporting the claims of one newspaper, which suggests to me that there is no information out there, or the original source, John Cross of The Mirror has been passed on information by a source with other newspapers reporting his claims from Monday. There could be something in this. Jose Mourinho does need to solve the problem of the left-back position. It is clear that Luke Shaw may not be the man for the role, despite suggestions earlier in the season that he will be given a chance. The injuries and lack of form this season have been worrying, especially as the player is young, it just does not look all that good for him right now. I could be wrong though. Mourinho could be looking for another left-back in order to have a rotation option, which would be a good plan considering the return to the UEFA Champions League, plus the Premier League, EFL Cup and the Emirates FA Cup, which could put United into another 60+ match season. I doubt Shaw would want to be a backup option and neither would Rose.

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