If you have taken a look at the twittersphere over the last month or so, you will see that there is a growing frustration with fans over the distinct lack of activity in the transfer market from Manchester United. We’ll take a look at whether the red devils are on the right track, or should they be doing more to make further marquee signings?
There may well still be several weeks left of the transfer window and so far United have been linked with Sancho, Bale and a plethora of other players, but so far the only signing that they have managed to get over the line is Van Der Beek for £40 million. Given that united probably need 3 more players to even make the top 4, on the surface this does look worrying.
The Sancho transfer has dragged on all summer and will likely run for a few weeks yet. Man Utd have history in doing this in recent times however. If we look at the signings of Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes, both were left until the final days of the window to be completed at near to the requested asking price. Gone are the days of getting business done early and it may make some sense. After all by completing the deal close to deadline day, United save over a month’s player salary, which could be upwards of £1.2 million.
More worryingly are the latest revelations that Tottenham look set to beat United to the signing of left back Reguilon from Real Madrid for around £32 million. That said, it seems that Real Madrid are keen on a buy back clause in his contract, meaning the Spanish giants could simply repurchase him at any time, should they want their young star back. United are unlikely to agree to such a move, given their stature as a club.
With United priced at 16-1 to win the Premier League this year, it seems that a lot more needs to be done in the transfer market, if they are to have long lasting success. Of course if there is a flurry of activity towards the end of the window, then we could see these odds drop, albeit not that dramatically.