Why Manchester United fans should be wary about new signing

first_img Joao Mario (Sporting Lisbon to Inter Milan) – HIT – Signed for £38.4m last summer, the Portugal international has, generally speaking had a good debut campaign for the Nerazzurri. If he can continue his progression under new boss Luciano Spalletti, he could lead the club towards a title challenge. Goncalo Guedes (Benfica to Paris Saint-Germain) – Jury is out – Only signed in January, it would be unfair to cast an opinion on the forward, who has only made one Ligue 1 start, and just played just 140 minutes in the competition overall. Enzo Perez (Benfica to Valencia) – HIT – Argentine star Perez is set to leave Los Che this summer, but it’s not because he’s been a huge flop. A €25m signing in 2015, the 31-year-old is needed off the wage bill as Valencia cut costs. Last season, Perez was strong presence in midfield and will be missed when he moves on, with Real Betis linked with his signature. Giannelli Imbula (Porto to Stoke) – MISS – There were high hopes for the Frenchman when he swapped Porto for the Potteries but, after one and a half seasons, Imbula has managed just 28 appearances and is out of favour. Not quite worth the £18.3m spent on him, and it’s unlikely Stoke will get most of that back if they do choose to move him on. 12 12 12 Danilo (Porto to Real Madrid) – MISS – Brought in by Los Blancos for €31.5m to usurp Daniel Carvajal as their first-choice right-back in 2015. But, after some dodgy performances, Danilo has proved to be nothing more than a decent backup to Carvajal, who has improved with the competition. Manchester United have completed their first major signing of the summer with Victor Lindelof arriving at Old Trafford.Swedish central defender Lindelof joins from Benfica in a deal which will initially cost the Red Devils £30million, and could reach £40million.This makes him another expensive import from Portugal and, perhaps worryingly for Jose Mourinho, not many of these players have been a success.And after Manchester City and AC Milan both broke the bank to land Portuguese based Ederson and Andre Silva, respectively, they might also be concerned by the plight of big money signings from Liga NOS in recent years.So who are the big money hits and misses from Portugal since 2014? Click the right arrow above to find out… 12 12 Renato Sanches (Benfica to Bayern Munich) – MISS – After a stunning breakthrough campaign in 2015/16, Sanches was one of the hottest properties in world football with most major sides interested in procuring the player. In the end, he swapped Benfica for Munich but under Carlo Ancelotti his time on the pitch has been limited to just 618 minutes of Bundesliga action. Several nervy and faltering displays didn’t help his cause and the Bavarian giants may be about to cut their losses on the player. Nicolas Gaitan (Benfica to Atletico Madrid) – MISS – Linked, almost constantly, with Manchester United for long periods of his time in Portugal, Gaitan made the switch to Spain last summer for £19.7m. In the end, though, the Argentine struggled to establish himself under Diego Simeone and could be on the way again this summer. Eliaquim Mangala (Porto to Manchester City) – MISS – Having excelled in Portuguese football across two season, French centre-back Mangala had looked a smart addition for the Blues. His £42m fee was on the large side but the powerful defender had plenty of potential. An impressive debut against Chelsea had seemed to prove the Premier League side right for shelling out so much cash, but a week later he scored an own goal and conceded a penalty against Hull City, and he was then sent off against Southampton as he put in a string of below-par performances, where he lacked confidence and looked clumsy. Mangala spent last season on loan at Valencia and is likely to be moved on again this summer, either temporarily or permanently. 12 12 12 12 Alex Sandro (Porto to Juventus) – HIT – Brazil start Sandro has become one of the best left-backs in Europe following his €26m move to Turin in 2015. Several other major European sides want to land the player, and if Juve did find themselves in a position to sell, they would be able to double their money, and some. 12 Lazar Markovic (Benfica to Liverpool) – MISS – After promising displays for the Portuguese club, both domestically and in the Europa League, the Reds splashed out £20m on the Serbian flyer. He wasn’t very successful, though, making just 11 Premier League starts in his first campaign. Failed loan spells at Fenerbahce and Sporting Lisbon followed, but he did appear to perk up during a spell with Hull City. Markovic is expected to move on this summer with Watford a mooted destination. Jackson Martinez (Porto to Atletico Madrid) – MISS – In Portugal, Colombian striker Martinez had a truly exceptional goal record. Across all competitions, he hit 94 goals in 143 games, but with Atletico – after a €35m transfer – he managed just two LaLiga goals in 15 appearances before he was shipped on to Guangzhou Evergrande €42m. Islam Slimani (Sporting Lisbon to Leicester City) – Jury is still out – Algerian striker Slimani was signed for a hefty £28m and managed seven Premier League goals in 23 games, which isn’t the worst haul ever. Still he hasn’t impressed everyone and will need to offer a little more for the Foxes next season – if he isn’t sold on in the summer. 12 12last_img

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