With Jose Mourinho still on the look-out for an established centre-half before the summer transfer window slams shut, Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi remains available and should the Portuguese make a move for the German International he could yet become be the final piece in the Portuguese’s jigsaw.
Mustafi has been long linked with a move away from the Mestalla with a host of clubs around Europe said to be interested in taking the defender on board, including most notably Arsenal who have reportedly already had several bids turned down for the player.
Whilst Valencia do not want to sell Mustafi they are said to be willing to listening for offers for the player should a club meet their £40.
Having established himself at Valencia as one of the world’s finest centre half’s it is time for the German to move on to bigger and better things. At just 24 years of age, Mustafi has his best footballing years ahead of him and what better stage to reach your full potential at than Old Trafford.
United may be strong in numbers at the back, but in what they have in numbers they lack in quality. Adding Mustafi to the ranks would almost certainly improve the current United back four and put the club in good stead for the remainder of the season.
Since the days of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, United have failed to buy or bring through a true world class centre-half. That type of centre back who you can rely to do the business no matter how big the occasion is and in Shkodran Mustafi he could be the answer.
Should the German move to Old Trafford it would bring to an end Mourinho’s search for a World Class established centre-half. Having joined the club, Mourinho stated that he needed four key signings in specific key areas and has thus far delivered in every promise. However there is one key area remaining where the Portuguese has yet to add that needed quality and that area is the central defence.
For united or any side for that matter, having an true established world class centre-half in your side leading from the back is essential if you are to be successful. For Mourinho to enable Manchester United to go on and win trophies this season he needs to bring in just that and if Mustafi is wearing the colours of Manchester United by September it could prove the difference between winning the Premier League Title and not.