It is no secret that Jose Mourinho is keen on stamping his authority on the Manchester United team even further. After having failed to achieve much success in the current campaign, the club are set for a revamp in the summer. Mourinho has targeted three names (The Sun) from Monaco as players who can make United title challengers once again. While midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has been a long-standing transfer target for the club, Benjamin Mendy and Djibril Sidibe have also joined the list.
Signing three players at once will be comparatively easy for United, as they have a great working relationship with Monaco. Radamel Falcao is one of the last high-profile players to make the switch from Monaco to Manchester United. Compared to the South American star who was signed as a marquee player, Bakayoko, Sidibe, and Mendy are young stars capable of delivering the goods for more than a decade, if groomed in the right direction.
Sidibe is a full back who is seen as an ideal replacement for Antonio Valencia. The 24-year-old joined Monaco only in the summer. He was transferred from Lille for around £12.75 million. After a spectacular campaign in which he has helped Monaco move on the verge of a French league title, he is valued in excess of £17 million. The right back has scored two goals and created four assists in 25 league appearances. He would be a perfect replacement for Valencia with all his attacking skills.
Bakayoko is undoubtedly the most expensive of the three. United will also have to face competition from several clubs across Europe in order to secure his signature. Tottenham, Barcelona, and Chelsea are some of the different outfits linked with the player, who will cost in the region of £34 million.
Even though Luke Shaw appears to be winning favour once again, the club are keen on bringing a new left back with Mendy emerging as a great option. The 22-year-old was also signed only in the summer, and he cost £11 million from Marseille. Once again, the French outfit will not be ready to discuss terms below £21 million.
At a combined cost of more than £72 million, they will be expensive acquisitions. In the past, United have made such bulk deals with the most prominent being the transfer of Nani and Anderson.