Manchester United's unwanted players hold the key to the transfer window: The Treble column
The Treble column: June 29
Manchester United’s unwanted players hold the key to the transfer window
Manchester United’s early moves are finally materialising, with Tyrell Malacia and Frenkie de Jong set to sign, possibly joined by Christian Eriksen.
But it’s crucial to note that Manchester United have not sold a single player yet. This is where the budget really could be opened up.
It could see the remaining budget increase from £40 million to £80 million, if United can get the sales right, and this will open the door to more incomings.
There are players at United who need to be moved on; Eric Bailly, Axel Tuanzebe and Alex Telles are prime candidates, and more are likely to emerge as the summer goes on.
Erik ten Hag is giving the players a chance for now, where he can see who should be part of his squad for next season, and who should not.
It is going to be these crucial decisions which will in turn shape the rest of United’s transfer window, how many players can be brought in, and for how much.
Scott McTominay must earn right to stay regarded as important
A report from The Times claimed Newcastle United and another unnamed Premier League club had enquired about Scott McTominay.
Manchester United have rejected the advances, with the report stating McTominay is viewed as ‘pivotal’ to the club’s plans.
Well, let’s hold fire a moment there. McTominay has to prove himself to new manager Erik ten Hag, and there will be increased competition, not least from returning loanees James Garner and Donny van de Beek.
The main reason McTominay is described as pivotal is due to the number of midfield players United have already lost.
It wouldn’t make sense to let McTominay go in addition to Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic.
Manchester United are evolving, and by 2023 there is a chance McTominay won’t be regarded in the same way, and with clubs testing the waters now, don’t be surprised if he is sold next summer.
Malacia move should set tone for United to take chance on a striker
Manchester United’s move for Tyrell Malacia is just what the club needed, proof the scouting department and transfer negotiating team can get deals done for bargain prices.
United don’t sign players for as little as £15 million very often. Sometimes they choose not to, they negotiate poorly, and at other times, clubs just add an extra £10 million simply because it’s United.
Well, this shows it can be done, and United should adopt this same approach when it comes to signing a striker this summer.
The club don’t have to rush and overpay for a player who isn’t perfect; instead look at a striker who Erik ten Hag believes he can develop into a regular goalscorer.
Cristiano Ronaldo needs support in attack, he can’t play twice a week every week, and United could save themselves a headache with the addition of a young, hungry striker.