Triple swoop for £87 million would be unbelievable value for Manchester United
Manchester United’s transfer business appears to be taking shape, with three moves on the horizon.
Deal one: Manchester United’s move for Frenkie de Jong is close, with The Times reporting an initial payment of £56 million could rise to £73 million with add-ons.
Deal two: Christian Eriksen is weighing up a move to Manchester United on a free transfer. The Athletic report he has has been offered a contract.
Deal three: Manchester United are set to sign Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord after a £15 million move was agreed, The Times reports.
Triple swoop for £87 million
While the Frenkie de Jong move is an expensive one, the comparatively cheap nature of the second two deals offsets the big spend on the Dutchman.
The three deals combined average out at £29 million per player, which is not bad at all for three first team players in this market.
And if you discount add-ons, and take the up front De Jong deal of £56 million, then we are looking at £20 million per player.
This value is somewhat dependent on Christian Eriksen choosing to accept United’s offer. The Dane’s free transfer would balance out Manchester United’s big spend on De Jong.
Earlier in the summer The Times reported United would have a summer budget of £120 million to strengthen the squad, pre-player sales. Of which there have so far been none.
If three deals can be done for £87 million, or discounting add-ons to be paid at a future date, £71 million.
This would be a prudent way for United to start the summer, leaving £40-50 million available plus player sales.
It has been a frustrating wait to see United get their house in order, but it seems to be coming together, providing these three deals can all get over the line.