Forest's £42m Gibbs-White move provides two lessons for Manchester United

Premier League new boys Nottingham Forest continued their prolific transfer window yesterday with a £42 million move for Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White.

The deal is broken down as £25 million up front plus £17 million in add-ons, BBC Sport report.

This big expenditure can provide two lessons for Manchester United, now heading into the final fortnight of the transfer window.

United must value James Garner accordingly

Gibbs-White is an England under-21 international who was playing in the Championship last season on loan with Sheffield United.

James Garner is also an England under-21 international who spent last season on loan in the Championship, with Forest.

Garner was reportedly put up for sale by United this week, The Athletic reported, claiming he could be sold for just £14 million. The MEN has claimed the midfielder is valued by United between £15-20 million.

Neither of these speculative figures are anywhere near the total £42 million Wolves hope to receive for Gibbs-White.

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Garner is under a contract to 2024 at United with an option for an extra year, and so the club are not under pressure to sell at a low price.

United selling Garner is a contentious issue, and the least the club can do is push for a hefty price, which could include some add-ons too.

The Athletic reported Forest are interested along with Tottenham, Everton and Southampton. With several clubs keen, there is no excuse for selling low. Forest’s move for Gibbs-White shows they have funds to pay big, if United push them – like clubs do when it is the other way around.

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Casemiro move put in context

Manchester United are plotting a move for Casemiro, with The Telegraph reporting it will cost £60 million to land him.

This is a big fee, especially for a 30-year-old, but it’s also one Manchester United should be comfortable paying.

Including the add-ons, Morgan Gibbs-White will cost £42 million, more than two-thirds the proposed Casemiro fee.

For £60 million, Manchester United are getting a five-time Champions League winner, three-time La Liga winner, and Brazil international mainstay.

The deal actually looks good value, at a time when players with little top level experience are being bought for high fees, United would be signing a proven commodity at market value.

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