A report in The Times has provided an update on Manchester United’s short-term and long-term transfer plans.
Bruno Fernandes remains a target and importantly he wants to get the move done. But he is getting frustrated.
“Fernandes is understood to be annoyed with the conduct of both clubs during negotiations and wants to seal his transfer to United as soon as possible,” The Times report, amid claims the Red Devils are refusing to meet Sporting’s asking price which is now £68 million.
Analysis: United just simply have to bite the bullet here and pay up. Even if he is overpriced by their valuation.
Fernandes is so much better than the players United currently have available in his position. He has 15 goals from midfield this season. Juan Mata, Andreas Pereira and Jesse Lingard have three combined.
And his desire to move to Manchester United makes this deal so much easier to achieve. But the way the wind is blowing at the moment, it feels like the club could end up missing out.
United overpaid for Harry Maguire in the summer. The £80 million fee for him was far more offensive than £68 million than Fernandes, who United are desperate for.
Of course United have to make a stand at some stage with regard to asking prices. This is not the moment to do it.
Solskjaer is said to acknowledge the serious lack of depth in the Manchester United squad.
The Times report: “Solskjaer feels that six more signings are required — a full back, two central midfielders, a No 10, a striker and a winger — and United have promised the Norwegian that funds are available.”
Analysis: This was obvious from last summer. It feels like United are only just waking up.
Solskjaer should have been pushing for these signings prior to the transfer window opening.
It appears most of these signings will be made in the summer, but really, we just can’t see United adding six players in one window.
The club have signed three in the last three windows including this one so far.
The rebuild is far too slow. Solskjaer may be lucky to even make it to the next transfer window.
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