Manchester United have needed to identify and secure a long-term replacement for Michael Carrick for several seasons, yet the 35-year-old remains the club’s natural deep-lying midfielder and has just penned a one-year contract extension.

Julian Weigl has been mentioned as a potential candidate but the Borussia Dortmund star is surely committed to the German club for now, so perhaps Badelj would be a decent alternative. The Croatia international reads the game well and is an accurate passer of the ball, he could be available for cheap as his contract at the Stadio Artemio Franchi is set to expire next summer.