Welcome to June. This is the month Manchester United’s transfer business usually kicks off.
Last summer a pursuit of Aaron Wan-Bissaka dominated our agenda. It was painful, but we got there in the end. A year earlier United moved more swiftly to sign Diogo Dalot.
Under normal circumstances, United’s transfer operations would have been in full swing in June 2020.
There would have been a concerted effort to try and get deals tied up before the Euro 2020 tournament, with the risk of targets seeing their prices becoming vastly inflated. Instead the climate has changed. The world has changed.
The health crisis has changed everything, including the postponement of the Euros until 2021.
This upcoming June we would not expect any deals to be done.United’s focus will be on the resumption of the Premier League and FA Cup, and trying to achieve our objectives in the pitch.
Opportunities may present themselves from clubs whose seasons are already finished, in France and Holland, but otherwise it would be a surprise if clubs choose to agree to sell right now, while like United, they are focusing on restarting and completing the season.
So it will require patience on the part of supporters, amid ongoing transfer speculation, likely to continue over the next two months.
It could be August before we see deals get done, and hopefully it will be worth the wait.
United’s business over the past 12 months has been enough to earn our ‘benefit of the doubt’ to wait and see before criticising this summer.
The big problem has been the length of time taken to get deals done. But top targets Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire were signed eventually, and United even made good on a failure to sign Bruno Fernandes, by belatedly signing him in January.
This should prompt United to be more pro-active this summer. We know who our top targets should be by now, with Jadon Sancho at the top of the list.
Normally, United would be pushing ahead and trying to get this deal done this month.
The delayed season means it won’t happen in June, so we have to stay patient.
But let’s be confident it will get done eventually, later in the summer.
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