Manchester United rarely make loan signings but, when they do, they usually come off.
Until this season, Carlos Tevez and Henrik Larsson were United’s most successful loanees. But, prior to football’s postponement, Odion Ighalo was doing everything in his power to join that list.
He still might, but United are also looking ahead to next season. If Ighalo is still at Old Trafford in 2021, it will surely be on a permanent deal. That is not to say Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t have another loanee in his ranks by then.
According to the Express, United are trying to secure the signing of Corentin Tolisso this summer, after failing with a loan bid in January. The French international is allegedly tired of life at Bayern Munich and fancies a shot at the Premier League.
It is claimed that Tolisso needs to prove his fitness to United after ankle surgery. A temporary spell at Old Trafford would allow him to do just that. And it would surely be a win-win for all concerned.
United may consider a permanent move, but a temporary switch – with the option to buy – makes a lot more sense. It is also claimed that Bayern are now willing to move him on.
United should arguably make more use of the loan market, given their success when they do. Tolisso would be a quality reinforcement who will be desperate to make up for lost time.
His previous experience in Germany and with Lyon stand him in good stead. This is not a player who has 228 career appearances to date and knows where the goal is.
Tolisso’s record from midfield is impressive, with 43 goals and 29 assists to date. Although Bruno Fernandes now runs the show in United’s engine room, the Frenchman could excel alongside him. He could also offer considerable strength off the bench.
United may be one of the few clubs with considerable money to spend this summer. Yet they don’t need to spend it. A loan for Tolisso makes sense for all. If he excels, a long-term contract could be presented. And if he falls short, which is unlikely, the outlay is relatively minimal.
Here’s hoping Ed Woodward gets this one over the line.