United to make a move for Gerard Pique.
Manchester United are lining up a January move for the club’s former central defender Gerard Pique, report the Daily Star, with the Red Devils ready to pay £20 million to Barcelona to bring the Spanish international back to Old Trafford.
Pique began his career in the youth system at Barcelona but was lured to United in 2004 – but the Spaniard made just 12 league appearances for the club under Sir Alex Ferguson, either side of a season long loan spell back in La Liga with Real Zaragoza, before Barcelona came in to bring the player back to the Nou Camp.
Since then he has become a crucial part of the club’s golden era, particularly under Pep Guardiola, with his ability on the ball coupled with his defensive positioning and reading of the game making him the ideal central defender for the Barcelona system.
Despite being part of the defence, playing in the centre alongside new boy Jeremy Mathieu, that is yet to concede a goal in La Liga under Luis Enrique this season, however, United seem to think that Barcelona may be willing to let him return to the Premier League.
This could depend on the outcome of the Catalan side’s appeal against their transfer ban, however, with Enrique unlikely to sanction the sale of a key player unless they can bring in a replacement.