Manchester United has been the world’s most valuable association football club for two years in a row and it has a chance to stay in the top for a third. This, of course, if it manages to maintain its prestige and its players’ performance. One of the ways to do so is to constantly look for talented players to add to its roster. This is why the team paid out the world record-breaking transfer fee for Pogba in 2016, whose return to the field is definitely not one of the stunning comeback stories in football history – and this is why the team is looking to sign more talented players as we speak. There are currently two players who are rumoured to be in talks of coming to Old Trafford soon: Croatian forward Mario Mandžukić and French winger Ousmane Dembélé.
A prolific goalscorer and a valuable defender, Mandžukić went pro at Marsonia, a third-division club in his native Slavonski Brod in 2004. He moved to Zagreb to another third-division team from where he went on to Dinamo Zagreb, the most successful Croatian team in the Hrvatski Prva Liga, the top-tier football league in the country. He stayed there for two years, moving on to the Bundesliga, spending two seasons with VfL Wolfsburg, then he “promoted” to Bayern Munich for two more years. He then continued with a season at Atlético Madrid before joining Serie A champions Juventus in 2015. While no longer in his prime, Mandžukić seems to be a welcome addition to United’s roster. The club was rumoured to have tried to sign him last summer. This year, the rumour mill says that Juve is ready to let him go and that United is ready to sign him.
Another international rumoured to be in the visor of the Old Trafford team is Frenchman Ousmane Dembélé. The player made his professional debut with Rennes’ second team in 2014, promoting to the first team one year later. After just one more season, he was signed by Borussia Dortmund where he has proven his worth, making it to the Bundesliga Team of the Season and winning the Rookie of the Season. Although he initially signed for five years, he left Dortmund after just one season, joining Barcelona in a transfer worth €105 million (plus €40 million in addons). Dembélé was capped 21 times for the French National Team – he was part of the squad that won the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Will he join Manchester United next year? Well, the rumour mill seems to think so.