Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United was the kind of seismic deal which would always have repercussions.
At United in just over 24 hours, there have been two moves already impacted by Ronaldo’s transfer. And there could be more before Tuesday night’s deadline.
Amad set to be loaned out
Amad’s future has gone back and forth all summer long. His understandable decision to go to the Olympics set him back as it meant he missed all pre-season.
Upon his return there was speculation about a loan, via the The MEN, before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s press conference a week ago.
Solskjaer said Amad had impressed in training, commenting: “He’s looking really good. I wouldn’t be surprised if he stays.”
Ronaldo’s move to United changes the dynamic. Suddenly the forward positions look even more daunting for a young talent to break into.
Amad needs game time and Ronaldo’s arrival has made up United’s mind.
Solskjaer told the club website on Saturday: “Yes I do [expect him to go out on loan]. It’s not 100 per cent signed but we’ve agreed.
“I don’t have to say which team it is yet, but we’ve found a place that Amad feels excited about and we feel excited about.”
This is the right decision. While Amad can benefit from learning under Ronaldo, he will get his chance at a later date. The priority right now has to be playing competitive football regularly. Fabrizio Romano reports Feyenoord are the latest club expressing interest.
Hours before United’s Ronaldo move kicked into gear, The Athletic reported United had reignited interest in Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.
This came amid loan interest from Borussia Dortmund in right-back Diogo Dalot, reported by Sky Sports.
Now it seems United have abandoned this plan. Fabrizio Romano reports United will keep Dalot, and will not make a late move for Trippier.
This decision is set to save United approximately £20-25 million on a fee for Trippier, a little bit of of which may have been clawed back via a loan fee for Dalot.
Ronaldo’s transfer fee is costing an initial £12.8 million plus bonuses, and there are high wages to pay too.
United have to say no somewhere, and it appears Trippier will miss out as a result.
This could mean United are saving the last bit of money available for a midfielder instead. Perhaps that is simply wishful thinking.
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