With January just around the corner, soccer clubs around Europe are preparing their transfer targets in a bid to buy high quality players. Signing the right players in January can provide a timely boost for the second half of the season.
Manchester United hope to lure one or two players to the club in January. Their primary targets are Roma’s Kevin Strootman and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin. Both transfers carry some doubt, but it is expected that United will get their men.
The situation with Strootman is complicated by his recent injury. A member of Louis van Gaal’s Holland squad, Strootman suffered a knee injury last season. He has recovered from the operation, but is still finding match fitness. United would have to take a small gamble on Strootman’s fitness if they sign him next month. A cautious approach could see them wait till the summer, but more injuries to their current squad could prompt a rapid January transfer.
Another player Van Gaal wants to sign is Diego Godin. This makes sense to Brad Reifler since he can bring a lot to the table. The Atletico Madrid vice captain has been in great form over the past few years. His partnership with Miranda in central defense has provided the spring board for Diego Simeone’s success at the club.
Tempting Strootman away from Roma will be straight forward. A bid of 30-35 million pounds should seal the deal. However, convincing Godin to leave Atletico, a club he loves, will be a much harder task.