Betfair have swooped in the summer transfer window, signing Dimitar Berbatov as Ambassador for the upcoming football season. And we start his column with a look at who United and Spurs should sign...
"He has the ability of passing like a midfielder and stays calm under pressure." - Dimitar Berbatov on Harry Maguire
United need defensive reinforcement
Manchester United need to sign a defender - probably Harry Maguire from Leicester - he had a great World Cup, simply because of the way he controlled the ball and the vision he has on the pitch. He has the ability of passing like a midfielder and stays calm under pressure. He would be a great addition to the squad.
Anthony Martial needs to stay at Old Trafford, we used to play at Monaco together so I know how he plays. The board and the coach need to get together; he's not even close to reaching his full potential and United is the best for him. He needs to be patient, wait for his chance to play because he's an unbelievable footballer. I hope Jose Mourinho gives him more playing time because he's one of the best young players in Europe.
Spurs need to stick together
In Tottenham's case it's not who they're signing it's who they need to hold on to. For me they obviously need to keep Harry Kane, Alli and Christian Eriksen; they are the triangle of players that cause the most danger and trouble for opposing teams. Overall Spurs are strong in every position, but to make it work they also need to keep Mousa Dembele as he is the link between defence and attack.
I don't see Kane leaving for Real Madrid, not now. The club will have a new stadium soon which shows their ambition and the squad is built on top of a solid foundation. He'll stay and fight for silverware for now, but further in the future, I cannot be sure.
Hazard is the way
Chelsea's case is similar to Spurs. It will be a huge blow if Eden Hazard leaves for Real Madrid , I personally don't believe that is going to happen but The Blues need to make sure he'll stay. The same goes for Thibault Courtois, he's an integral part of their plans. I like him a lot, he's what you want in a goalkeeper and covers the whole goal.
N'Golo Kante is another that Chelsea need to keep. He's the spine of the team, he controls the pitch and fights for everything. It will help with the new manager, Maurizio Sarri, as it will drive competition for places and the squad will want to show how good they are.
Defending champions have another playmaker
Manchester City have incredible depth and talent in all positions. Pep Guardiola has shown that he knows how to coach his squad, they won the league breaking the 100-point mark, but now comes the difficult part, defending your title. Everyone will be gunning for it and that's why they've decided to sign Riyad Mahrez. He is a typical Guardiola signing, he reads the game well and is going to be an asset to an already great team.
For the squad both Manchester teams have, the atmosphere in the next derby between City and United will be unrivalled; every time they meet it will be a great experience.