Manchester United have just made Malacia move look even better, as big signings await
Manchester United are doing business the cost-effective way this summer so far, and it’s smart, because big signings await.
The club’s first deal is a sensibly priced move for left-back Tyrell Malacia, announced by the club this week.
The Guardian report United will pay just £13 million plus £2 million in add-ons. This is an excellent fee for a Netherlands international, who could star at this year’s World Cup.
United may have already recovered this fee thanks to a reported agreement with Fulham to sell Andreas Pereira.
United have just made Malacia move look even better
Fulham will pay £10 million up front and £3 million in add-ons. This almost recovers the fee spent on Malacia.
It is excellent business from a Manchester United perspective, although it’s a double edged sword.
Pre add-ons, United’s net spend is just £3 million, and just £2 million if all add-ons are paid.
A move for Christian Eriksen is also reportedly agreed, claim The Athletic. This is a free transfer, and so as things stand, United are set to buy two players for a net spend of just £2-3 million.
There’s nothing wrong with being smart in the market – but the state Manchester United are in, the club require a lot more than this.
Big signings await
Cost-effective moves for Malacia and Eriksen are hopefully simply setting the table for bigger moves to come. Not every signing can cost £40 million, and nor should they.
This is the fee The Mirror report Manchester United have bid to sign Lisandro Martinez. This deal might even be done before the club’s pre-season tour.
A move for Frenkie de Jong, if it goes ahead, would set United back a lot. The Guardian report this fee could cost £56 million up front, rising to £73 million in add-ons.
If these deals go through, there will be no questioning the club’s investment. United will be paying more than £100 million for two players, De Jong and Martinez.
That’s why Pereira off-setting the Malacia cost is so important. It creates more room for the bigger deals to happen.
And there are quite clearly going to need to be additions in attack too, with Cristiano Ronaldo seeking an exit from Old Trafford. He will need to be replaced, and this won’t be cheap.
United arguably still needed another striker beforehand, and/or a right-winger, so there could be two attacking signings the club need to buy.
At the moment United’s summer business is slowly looking encouraging. But there is a lot of work to do. Selling players is key, and the Pereira move is unexpectedly more than United probably anticipated getting for him.