After spending £89m on Paul Pogba, Manchester United are looking to re-sign another of their former youth player, Danny Drinkwater. The 26 year old Leicester City midfielder left Manchester United in 2012, after seeing his chances of playing first team football for the English giants grew dim.
At the King Power Stadium, he has grown into one of the best midfielders in the country, and was instrumental as The Foxes gazumped their way to the Premier League title last term under the guidance of Claudio ‘The Tinkerman’ Ranieri. The Sun reports that Jose Mourinho has identified the England international as the perfect long-term replacement for Michael Carrick and is ready to pay £30m for his signature.
World record signing, Paul Pogba is slowly getting into his stride and has shown marked improvements after initially struggling to adapt to life as the world’s most expensive people. Michael Carrick is the perfect partner for the 23 year old Frenchman, but at 35, he isn’t the youngest and Drinkwater is the perfect fit. He is a defensive midfielder cum central midfielder who is capable of orchestrating play from deep in midfield. He is a very good passer of the ball and is rarely out-muscled on the ball, similar attributes to Carrick.
He never made an appearance for The Red Devils and may be willing to move back as he might feel he has unfinished business. Drinkwater, this season though, like most of his Leicester teammates, has struggled to replicate the form of last season as they are struggling to combine playing Premier League football with Champions League commitments.
N’Golo Kante left Leicester this season to join a bigger club in Chelsea and has been instrumental in the Blues’ ascent to the summit of the Premier League. Drinkwater, at 26, is still yet to hit the peak of his career and will offer a lot of balance to Mourinho’s midfield, and will also fulfill the homegrown quota for the club.
A £30m deal for the 3-time England international is favourable for all the parties involved and will be a very good signing for Mourinho, as he looks to turn around the fortunes of the club.