Manchester United Transfer News: Maxime Gonlalons Won't Fix Red Devils

Tristan Barclay@@tjbbarclayContributor IApril 10, 2014

LYON, FRANCE - JULY 24:  Maxime Gonalons of Olympique Lyonnais in action during the Pre Season match between Olympique Lyonnais and Real Madrid at Gerland Stadium on July 24, 2013 in Lyon, France.  (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)
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Manchester United are set to hijack Arsenal's interest in Lyon star Maxime Gonalons in a signing that would do little to mask the problems in David Moyes' squad.

The Gunners and Napoli are both understood to be tracking the midfielder's progress and now United want to get in on the act, per Talksport. The Red Devils' playing staff are in desperate need of an overhaul after what has been a disappointing season so far.

Moyes' men are languishing in seventh place in the Premier League and look set to miss out on Champions League football next year, per BBC Sport. Apart from one bright point in Wayne Rooney, United have looked chronically short of power this term and need reinforcements this summer.

However, Gonalons should not be top of Moyes' shopping list. It would be true to say he needs a long-term replacement for the ageing Michael Carrick, but there are other options to be explored.

First should be Roma's Kevin Strootman. True, the midfielder is out with a long-term injury, but that could play into Moyes' hands by reducing his price tag. As Ben Jefferson of the Express notes:

Strootman is known as 'the Dutch Roy Keane' for his tough tackling and simple passing and was thought to be the perfect complement to United's more attacking midfield players.

However, David Moyes may well have to turn his attention to other targets following Strootman's poor fortune.

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 09:  Kevin Strootman of AS Roma in action during the Serie A match between SS Lazio and AS Roma at Stadio Olimpico on February 9, 2014 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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If Moyes decides Strootman's injury is too much of a risk, then Juventus' Arturo Vidal is also an option. The Chilean has been heavily linked with United this season, with Stuart Mathieson of the Manchester Evening News citing Vidal as the ideal man to fill the great Roy Keane's boots. As far back as January Mathieson wrote:

Juventus' Vidal is the perfect fit for United's needs in midfield now.

The 26-year-old Chilean fits into the age bracket United have been lacking. Veterans and young potential fills United's squad but it is those on the verge of the prime years that are required to fill a gap.

Gonalons does not do enough to warrant inclusion in a United side. He has scored just once for Lyons and provided two assists this season, per In Darren Fletcher, David Moyes has a man who can sit in front of the back four to shield them from attack. What he needs is someone who can distribute the ball to United's forwards.

Next season, Moyes should build a side that unleashes Rooney, Juan Mata, Robin van Persie and Adnan Januzaj. A man who can play the ball forward to them is what he desperately needs.


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