Manchester United have long been linked with a move for David Brooks. But it seems that ship has sailed.
After all, despite United’s failure to sign an experienced right winger this summer, the Bournemouth man’s name had been conspicuous by its absence until a late rally.
United may have signed two future stars in the form of Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellestri. But many fans still crave a ready-made right-sided star.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Brooks was an option if United failed to sign Jadon Sancho.
We all know how that turned out. And yet, with the EFL transfer window open until Friday evening, it seems United are happy with their lot.
Brooks would cost considerably less than Sancho. The Sun claimed his price tag is £40million.
Yet United look to have ended their summer strengthening a few days earlier than is strictly necessary.
In another world, both Brooks and his Bournemouth teammate Josh King could be at United now.
Instead, United fans will be hoping Pellestri can hit the ground running before Diallo fulfils his potential from January 2021.
A worthy alternative
Brooks is not the generational talent Sancho is tipped to become. But he would still offer United plenty.
The Welshman missed the majority of last season due to injury. However, in his previous campaign he scored seven goals and provided five assists in the top flight.
It was an early marker for a player tipped to have a very bright future in the game. but United do not appear to be interested anymore.
Perhaps they never were. Perhaps Brooks’ name was only used in a bid to get Sancho on the relative cheap. Whatever the case, it seems that ship has sailed for good.
If United did want Brooks, now would be the ideal time. Once the EFL window slams shut, the rumours could be over once and for all.