Jadon Sancho continues to be linked with a big money move to Manchester United (The Sun). It could cost United a club record fee, which means there is likely to be a need to spend prudently elsewhere.
There are always bargain to be had, and Odion Ighalo’s instant loan success has shown a need to be open minded.
Here is a look at five talented players who could bolster United’s squad and would each cost less than £30 million.
This young Spaniard has recently broken into Atletico Madrid’s first team and is being tipped as their next big star.
His former coach has likened him to both Antoine Griezmann and Juninho Pernambucano [Goal], praising his power and change of pace.
The 20-year-old can play both behind the striker and on the wing and would add to United’s options.
Marca report he has a £26 million release clause in his contract, which gives clubs a chance to prise him away from Atletico.
Red Bull Salzburg’s Zambian striker Patson Daka has stepped up as Erling Haaland’s replacement.
This season he has scored 20 goals in 34 games, with 17 coming in 21 league appearances.
At just 21, Daka is a player with high potential who could compliment United’s current strikers. Similar to Marcus Rashford, he is adaptable and can play out wide, and could be a useful back up for the England international.
He would be a cheaper alternative to paying big for Lyon’s Moussa Dembele or Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria is one of the most talented defensive midfielders in Europe.
He averages 3.3 tackles per game in Ligue 1, the sixth highest in France. He covered more ground than any player in the division this past season and has been compared to Ngolo Kante. [GFFN]
Santamaria could be an ideal stop gap for United to ease pressure on Nemanja Matic, while allowing James Garner, Dylan Levitt, or even potential signing Jude Bellingham, to develop.
Queens Park Rangers midfielder Eberechi Eze has enjoyed an impressive individual season, scoring 12 goals and providing eight assists.
The 21-year-old is rated by WhoScored.com as the best player outside England’s top flight based on performances this past season.
The attacking midfielder would be an alternative to Jack Grealish, for a quarter of the price.
The Mail has reported QPR are likely going to have to cash in on Eze, who was valued at £20 million before the financial crisis.
If United want strength in depth behind Jadon Sancho, a bargain move for Dutch winger Gyrano Kerk could be a shrewd move.
The 24-year-old has had an impressive season, scoring 10 goals and providing 11 assists from FC Utrecht’s ring wing.
This is his best Eredivisie campaign to date and he is attracting interest from clubs, quoted by The Sun saying he hopes to make the move to English football.
Averaging three successful dribbles per game, Kerk would add more speed and trickery to United’s right side, an area where options are thin.
Transfermarkt have him valued at just £3.6 million, a small fee which would make him worth a gamble.
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