It was not just the top end of the Premier League table which was involved in final day of the season drama. Bournemouth and Watford both suffered relegation, to join Norwich City in dropping down to the Championship.
For Manchester United this meant reported top transfer target Jack Grealish becomes more difficult and expensive to sign with Aston Villa stay up. The Times reports the player fears he will be priced out of a move.
On the other hand however, there are players at the three relegated sides who it may be possible to strike bargain deals for.
Leicester snapped up Harry Maguire in this same way from Hull City, while Liverpool did the same successfully with Andrew Robertson.
So here is a look at five quality relegated players who Manchester United could look at making moves for this summer…
Gary Neville tipped Idrissa Sarr as a potential alternative to Jadon Sancho earlier this month, The Mail reported.
Sarr, 22, is a talented yet inconsistent player, who showed his potential with two goals and an assist against Liverpool to defeat them back in February.
He also won a penalty and scored in Watford’s win over United, and provided an assist against Arsenal on the final day as the Hornets were relegated.
Sarr’s pace and movement causes problems for opponents, and while we are still confident the club will sign Sancho, the Senegal international becomes an interesting additional option now Watford are relegated.
Ake would add balance to United’s defence as a left-footed centre-back and he is unlikely to play Championship football next season.
He is durable like Maguire in that he rarely misses a game, and The Times report Ake is on United’s shortlist.
The Guardian report Manchester City are also keen on Ake, so United may have to move fast.
He has Premier League experience and may be available for around £30 million, less than half the price Bournemouth wanted for him last summer.
If United want a budget creative option to back up Bruno Fernandes, then Emiliano Buendia might be a shrewd addition.
Playing for a struggling Norwich side, Buendia stood out with a record among the best in the Premier League.
He created an average of 2.3 chances per game, the fourth best in the top flight among players who featured in 10 games or more.
This led to seven assists, and mixed in with United’s superior attackers, 23-year-old Buendia could become a force to be reckoned with.
Young star David Brooks missed most of Bournemouth’s campaign with injury.
A goal late in the season against City was a brief flash of his potential. at just 23, Brooks has a lot to give, and could become a useful option on United’s right side.
In the past he has been valued by Bournemouth at £50 million, and this is an opportunity for United to buy him on the cheap.
In 2018/19 Brooks managed to score seven goals and provide five assists. He may be worth taking a punt on.
If United want a versatile midfielder capable of everything, then Abdoulaye Doucoure could be the man.
The Frenchman has been one of Watford’s most consistent performers for three seasons now and at 27, is very capable of playing a useful role for United.
He scored four goals and provided two assists this past campaign, and needs a move to give his career a boost.
As a back-up, Doucoure can be a solid option at Old Trafford, as he is able to play both an attacking role deputising for Fernandes, or as a defensive midfielder filling in for Nemanja Matic.
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