Five holding midfielders Manchester United should consider after Raphael Varane transfer – Manchester Evening News

As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to embark on a quest to win trophies next season, the Manchester United boss has looked to significantly bolster his squad.

United have already fixed key weak spots in the team by bringing in Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane. However, there remains a void in holding midfield.

United’s lack of a protective shield at the heart of midfield was often exposed last season. Especially, in the absence of Harry Maguire at the back.

In order to deploy a more attacking midfield formation, acquiring a holding midfielder could be the final piece in the puzzle.

MEN have picked out five players the club should consider in the current window.

Ruben Neves

Wolves are said to be willing to listen to offers for the Portuguese international, who could command a fee of around £35m. He is highly regarded and a seasoned Premier League player, meaning he could transition to life at Old Trafford with relative ease. His form last season dropped off, but that should not be a concern considering the entire Wolverhampton team performed miserably in comparison to the high expectations they have set themselves over the previous two campaigns.

Neves is still just 24-years-old. He has plenty of years left at the top of the game and his ability to dictate play from midfield makes him a good option for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Franck Kessie

The AC Milan midfielder is said to be stalling on a new contract offer which has alerted clubs around Europe to enquire about his services.

United should consider the Ivorian international. Kessie was linked with a move to Old Trafford prior to his transfer to AC Milan and he caught the eye in the Europa League against Solskjaer’s side last season.

While Kessie does not have Premier League experience, he has the physique to succeed in the hustle and bustle nature of the division.

For the right price, the 24-year-old could do a job for Solskjaer.

Eduardo Camavinga

United are monitoring the teenager this summer, and Rennes are open to allowing the 18-year-old to depart.

Camavinga has just one year left on his current contract with the French outfit which means United could land him for a reduced price. Camavinga is already a fully-fledged French international and would come with Champions League experience.

His high ceiling means United could secure the holding midfield position at the club for the next decade if they land him this summer.

Yves Bissouma

The Brighton midfielder was one of the biggest revelations in the Premier League last season. Bissouma excelled under Graham Potter and caught the eye with his ability to dictate the Seagulls’ midfield.

The Malian international reads the game well. He is astute at breaking-up play, but his distribution is also excellent and Bissouma’s technical ability on the ball is eye-catching, to say the least.

At 24-years-old he is at a prime age and certainly ready for the next step. Playing with players of higher quality could take Bissouma to another level too.

Brighton are likely set to demand a hefty fee for Bissouma’s services so that could be a potential stumbling block if United decided to pursue him.

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Andre-Frank Zambo-Anguissa

Conversely to Bissouma, Anguissa would be available for the right price considering Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League and the Cameroon international could be an affordable yet astute transfer.

Anguissa caught the eye in a languid Fulham side who struggled throughout the season. The Cameroonian international stood out for his ability to read the game, his defensive qualities, and his outstanding vision.

Anguissa’s creative flair was exemplified by a looping pass he threaded through United’s defence at Craven Cottage in January of last season.

With Premier League pedigree, Anguissa could be a smart buy from the club and with the likes of Rashford, Greenwood and Sancho running in behind defences, he could thrive at Old Trafford.

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