Sadio Mané: he has been linked to Manchester United a number of times in this window already, the main reason for which was his absence from the team against Norwich, down to him being late for a team meeting. This may show that he is not 100% committed to Southampton and so this for me is the most realistic of the next 4 transfers. Mané would bring pace, power and goals to the right wing, something we have been missing, especially since Mata has been farmed onto the right wing when he should be using his qualities in the middle as a number 10. Mané can find a pass and has a brilliant cross, everyone knows about his goal exploits last and this season. He would represent decent value at around £30 million which could tempt Southampton to sell, especially if he wanted to leave and at 23 years old he still his best years in front of him.
Zlatan Ibrahimović: personally my dream would be for Zlatan to don the colours of Manchester United. He would bring a swagger back to the team, a real target man who knows how to score. Yes, he is 34 but he is like a fine wine, gets better with age, pretty much guaranteed 20+ goals a season down to his incredible finishing. I think that he would be gettable. The French Ligue 1 is no challenge, PSG have pretty much won the league for god’s sake! He would be extremely cheap thanks to his age, but he’d bring maybe 2 seasons where he can help the team “Zlatan style”.
Aymeric Laporte: A French centre back plying his trade with Bilbao in Spain. He is extremely good on the ball, is very strong and good in the air and is just 21 years of age. He would cost around £30-35 million, I reckon that would be decent value especially as John Stones would now cost about £50 million and Laporte is arguably the more refined player. Yes he would have to adapt to the premier league but when, or in this case if he did, him, Shaw, Smalling and Darmian could become as solid a back 4 as the premier league has witnessed for years.
Yoshinori Muto: The relatively unheard of Japanese front man would cost around £15 million, with his age and ability he could be an absolute bargain. He’s 23 years old and plays for Mainz in the Bundesliga. In 16 appearances for Mainz he has scored 7 goals and has registered 2 assists, he is pacey, prolific and would be a very good striker to partner martial or to come off the bench as an impact player and at £15 million he would be worth taking the risk.
Erik Durm: Is a 23-year-old German left back who plays for Dortmund. Durm can play on either flank, is good with either foot and is very good in defence or attack. This season he suffered an injury to his knee, which has kept him out for 6 weeks but earlier in the season he registered 4 assists and 1 goal, which for a left back in several appearances isn’t the worst stats you’ve ever heard. I think he’d be a perfect back up to Darmian or Shaw and at around £10-15 million he’d would be very good value.