Manchester United have had a hectic year and appear to have finally come through it in a good place.
This month United are being linked with potential summer moves for a host of players, Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish and Jude Bellingham to name three [The Sun].
One year ago United were being linked with big money deals too.
The Mirror claimed back in March 2020 that United were plotting a £250 million splurge on three players.
Here is a look at who they were and where they are now…
This time last year Joao Felix was enjoying a breakout season for Benfica.
He scored 20 goals in his opening season or their first team and began attracting rapid attention across Europe.
United were predictably linked, as seems to be the case with any emerging Benfica player, along with Manchester City.
In the end it was Atletico Madrid who paid Felix’s 120 million Euros release clause.
So far the move has not been an instant hit, Felix has scored only six goals, half the number Mason Greenwood has for United this season.
It’s early days and Felix has plenty of time to come good, but so far United were right not to commit such a substantial sum.
Benfica defender Ruben Dias was one of the stars of Portugal’s UEFA Nations League win last summer.
He looks to be a complete defender and his reported £59 million release clause last summer looked to be good value.
There was a good case to pay this rather than £80 million for Harry Maguire, before United paid up for the Leicester City centre-back.
Maguire has proved United right while Dias has stayed at Benfica. Last December they gave him a new contract with a staggering £84 million release clause.
The sole Sporting star amid this trio, United were tipped to pay Bruno Fernandes’ release clause, which The Mirror claimed was £95 million.
United certainly made a saving. This past January we finally signed him for £47 million, rising to a potential £67.7 million with add-ons.
It’s a real bargain as Fernandes has looked like a £95 million player since joining the club.
You have to wonder though, what the real cost is of not having signed Fernandes on July 1 last summer.
If we had signed him earlier, we would be a in a far better position than we are now. He has been sensational since he joined and there is so much more to come.
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