Big transfer moves in Spain and Italy leave impact for Manchester United, including Vlahovic's £62.4m Juventus switch
Manchester United’s actions in the transfer window seem to be restricted to simply reducing the size of the squad.
Even if just temporary loan moves, United are trimming and it does not seem there will be players coming in during this transfer window.
In a way, this was inevitable, with Ralf Rangnick in interim charge. United don’t want to invest in a signing who the next permanent manager does not want. There are enough out of favour players on the books already.
It’s all very well to sit back and wait for the summer, but not every club is doing so. Several are making moves and there were a couple of big deals advanced on Thursday which have knock-on impact for the Red Devils.
Vlahovic to Juventus
Juventus have agreed a deal to sign Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, report Sky Sport Italia. The move will cost 75m Euros in total (£62.4m) and Romano reports the forward is set to undergo a medical.
United sent scouts to watch Vlahovic in December, The Mail reported. He was a top alternative to Erling Haaland, a prolific young forward with a strong all-round game, and his former sporting director even claimed he was better than the Norwegian.
Impact for United: This summer United will need a striker to replace Edinson Cavani, when his contract expires. It is also probable Anthony Martial will leave permanently.
Haaland is probably an unlikely option at this point. There will be questions over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future if United fail to reach the top four too. In any case, United need a younger option.
Vlahovic would have fitted the bill, instead United now need to get a bit more creative and look elsewhere.
Adama Traore to Barcelona
This would have been good news for United as Spurs wanted him for the right wing-back role, and it would have taken them out of the running for Brighton’s Tariq Lamptey, with The MEN reporting the North London side are keen on the youngster.
Now it appears Traore is set for a surprise loan move to his former club Barcelona, with Sky Sports reporting talks are advanced between the clubs.
Impact for United: This just keeps everything on ice. Instead of having a free run at Lamptey, United may have to battle against Tottenham after all.
United are still likely to be favourites from a financial perspective, however, any transfer chase will be influenced by who finishes in the top four. So this is all to play for.
Traore’s loan deal only includes an option to buy, which Barcelona may not be able to afford in the summer, or want to. There is a chance then, that he returns to Tottenham’s radar in the summer.
Lamptey is not for sale now, so Tottenham look set to miss out on a right wing-back altogether after missing out on Traore, and that could be good news for United in the short-term as the two teams compete for a Champions League spot.
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