Owen Hargreaves has urged Manchester United to sign Leeds United winger Raphinha in the summer when discussing transfer targets.
The former Red Devil believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to solve a long-standing problem in that position, and suggested the Brazilian.
Hargreaves did insist that you don’t have to spend £100million on every single player, suggesting that Raphinha would be a cheap option.
Speaking during live coverage of the Europa League clash between our rivals and Granada last night, the former England international made the interesting claim.
“They have to find a way to bridge that gap,” he said. “You bridge that gap by getting another centre-back, getting a central midfielder, and getting a right-winger.
“A lot of people have played out on that right-hand side and haven’t really found it.
“You think about Raphinha at Leeds and what he could do in this United team – there’s obviously levels, and you can’t always spend £100 million on a player.”
He may not be worth up to £100million, but it would surely take something near that for the Whites to even be slightly tempted of selling Raphinha.
That is before even mentioning the fact that there is zero chance of Manchester United poaching one of our best players, no matter what happens.
Alan Smith’s career went downhill after he made the switch to Old Trafford all those years ago, but that was due to relegation and financial troubles at Elland Road.
Fast forward to the present day, the Whites are cruising and there is a real goal of bringing European football back to West Yorkshire in the next couple of seasons.
Raphinha will be at the heart of that, so Hargreaves and Manchester United can look elsewhere, this one isn’t happening.
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