Loan enquiries for Manchester United youngsters are already ramping up.
But very few swift decisions are expected due to the European Championships and Copa America which mean first team players will return late.
Les Parry, academy performance manager, told the club website: “In the case of one player, 20-odd clubs are interested in him.”
He added: “We have players, for instance, that the manager has not yet made a decision on whether they can go out or not. They will go on the pre-season and we’ve got five or six [like that].
“It is a really busy time and we’ve got about 60 clubs at the moment who have contacted us about various players, probably more than that actually, and that’s the task we’ve got between now and the end of July.”
Last season United used the loan market effectively with various degrees of success.
Who is the player in demand?
There is a very strong chance the player concerned is James Garner, who impressed on loan at Nottingham Forest in the second half of the 2020/21 season.
Garner’s agent told Stretty News in April that Rangers, Brighton and Norwich had all expressed interest in the midfielder.
The England youth international has the ability to play at Premier League level, and United just have to decide whether that will be at Old Trafford or elsewhere. He will get a chance to impress in pre-season first, and the decision could depend on various transfer ins and outs.
Other candidates for the high interest include Anthony Elanga, who is a goalscorer who could make a big impact out on loan.
Hannibal has also seen his stock rise after he represented Tunisia at international level. Clubs around Europe are likely to be taking a look.
Teden Mengi, Ethan Laird and Ethan Galbraith are all also candidates to go out on loan, even if they might not quite have the same levels of interest at this early stage.
Both Brandon Williams and Axel Tuanzebe could also have high levels of interest. The latter could be allowed to go out on loan if United sign a new centre-back.
Facundo Pellistri could have some enquiries too, while there may be some clubs chancing their luck and trying for Amad.
While it can be good to let the players join up with their new clubs in pre-season to get a head start, United will put their interests first, and that means making the right decisions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
Most of the players would surely welcome the chance to show Solskjaer what they are capable of in pre-season, before rushing into a decision for next season too.
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