Manchester United have reportedly been keeping an eye on FC Porto winger Yacine Brahimi with a view to a possible summer switch.
According to Joe Bernstein of MailOnline, Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho wants to add a “world-class left-winger” to his squad. Brahimi is said to have been considered as an option, although it’s noted the Algeria international has a whopping £51 million buyout clause in his contract.
“If United are to pursue their interest further, there would be question marks over the future of Anthony Martial, who has impressed in patches this season without winning the full trust of Mourinho,” Bernstein said.
It’s stated Porto included a buyout clause in the winger’s contract after interest from Arsenal and Liverpool last summer. Here’s what he can bring to a team:
Brahimi could excite the Old Trafford crowd. During his time at Porto, he’s thrilled on the left flank, using his turn of speed and close control to leave many a defender in a mess.
As noted by WhoScored.com, when he gets the ball into his feet, Brahimi is a difficult opponent to shut down:
Yacine Brahimi: Has completed more dribbles (74) than any other player in Liga NOS this season pic.twitter.com/4JB7zIPaqw
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 16, 2017
Despite his natural talent, Brahimi has found it difficult to secure regular football this season, starting just 14 Primeira Liga games. With that in mind he may fancy a move in the summer.
Mourinho does need to add more options to his squad in the final third, and another player who can provide a thrust from wide positions would make United a much more fearsome proposition. As Bernstein reported, Martial has failed to fully convince the Portuguese coach.
Brahimi may not be the answer, though, as there are times when his work rate is minimal and his final pass wasteful. If United want a world-class option to fill a berth on the left flank, they need to aim a little higher.