Manchester United could reportedly lodge a £50m to pursue the services of England international Danny Rose in the January transfer window. The 27-year-old is currently in the ranks of Tottenham Hotspur where he has established himself as one of the country’s leading full-backs.
According to The Sun, Jose Mourinho is still on the search for a top-class defender who can provide a solution in the left-back role. The gaffer has rotated between the likes of Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Ashley Young in the early part of the campaign while Luke Shaw has made a cameo appearance off the substitutes’ bench.
Young, 32, has acted as the makeshift left-back in the Premier League of late, but there is still the need for a new recruit, who could cement his spot for the long-term. As per The Sun, United are plotting a £50m winter swoop for Rose, although the deal could be dependent on Spurs missing out on the Champions League group stage.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are presently tied on six points with Real Madrid in their Champions League group, and they appear in pole position to qualify for the round of 16 with Borussia Dortmund still to open their points tally.
Should this not be the case, United are likely to wait until the summer to negotiate a suitable agreement, although Spurs chairman Daniel Levy could play hardball over the transfer valuation of the full-back. The Spur chief is still said to be disappointed by Dimitar Berbatov’s switch to Old Trafford back in 2008, and he apparently wowed to not sell a player against the club’s will.
Manchester United were keen on recruiting Eric Dier from the north London outfit in the summer, but Spurs’ reluctance to sell turned their attention to Nemanja Matic, who have proved a brilliant buy from Mourinho’s ex-club Chelsea.