Manchester United are weighing up a move for Everton full back Seamus Coleman.
United were supposedly keen on landing Coleman during the summer and tried to do a swap deal involving former star Marouane Fellaini but that failed to materialise. Fellaini, in any case, has rejuvenated and is doing well this season. Reports from Daily Star now claim that van Gaal hasn’t given up on the player and is ready to make a move for him in the summer. United are currently playing Antonio Valencia as right wing back as Rafael has been in and out of the squad with injury. The Red Devils have plenty of options on the left side of the defence with the likes of Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind (who can also play in the position) and Ashley Young, who has been used as a left wingback on numerous occasions. But van Gaal is not similarly spoilt for choice on the right side of the park and the Dutch coach wants to ensure he is not short on personnel for the remaining season as his side looks to make their way back to the top 4, and could even go on to make a title challenge like Liverpool last season.
26 year old Coleman signed for Everton back in 2009 for a meagre sum of £60,000. Since then, the full-back has developed into one of the finest in the league, and had an absolutely sensational last season (2013-14). The player was hugely involved in Everton’s successful top 4 push that almost saw them keeping Arsenal out of it. This season, their has been a dip in form, but it has also been due to injury as well as the sub-par performance of the entire team. Despite that, the player would be a great one to have for any top side. Everton are apparently keen on bringing Adnan Januzaj to Goodison on loan until the end of the season as they’ve been well short on creativity and attacking prowess and since the Belgian starlet is anyway not too involved in the first team this season, he could do well with a spell to another Premier League team, where he could experience from regular game time. This would also give van Gaal some advantage in getting Coleman to Old Trafford.
Chelsea have also expressed an interest in Coleman despite having Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta, so the two Premier League giants will have to fight it out for the Irish full-back.
The Irishman is rated at £25m and while that is definitely an inflated valuation, Chelsea and United are both well equipped to pay the sum. If the two seriously engage in a battle for the star, his price could easily rise up to more, but since Chelsea already have Ivanovic and Azpilicueta, they might not be too keen to shelve this kind of money in winter.