Manchester United have a long time to try and get deals done with this extended transfer window open all the way until October 5.
This means transfer speculation will be a big part of our lives for the next two months, whether you enjoy it or not.
However United also have to be somewhat practical, and need to impose a stricter transfer deadline.
The start of the season is currently scheduled for September 12, although as the Telegraph report, Europa League involvement could push this back a week or two for United.
Whatever is imposed, United need to look at September 12 as the real deadline, as most teams around Europe will be back up and running by then.
Easier to do deals
It is far easier to do deals now, than when teams are back together and playing league matches again. This is why the January transfer window is notoriously tricky.
Clubs will be more willing to sanction departures now, than a week into the Premier League season.
Look at Jack Grealish’s situation for instance. This may take a little time for his price to drop and United to negotiate a fair deal, but if left until October 5, a move may be off the table completely.
Working under the assumption September 12 the deadline is for the best for all parties, including the players themselves.
Benefits for Solskjaer
It is obviously better for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get his players in as quickly as possible.
Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes have been exceptional in their ability to go straight into the team with just one or two days training after their transfers were concluded. It would not be safe to assume every player can do so.
Solskjaer can benefit from getting his targets through the door early, to help them settle off the pitch and on it.
It can help United’s current players too, tactically and from a team chemistry perspective, to have as much time as possible to work with the new additions before matches kick off.
While we doubt whether United can stick to this, and there may be unique opportunities which arise between September 12 and October 5, it is important to get new faces in through the door before the new campaign kicks off.
This can give supporters and the team a vital lift heading into a campaign where hopes are high. Leaving it late only puts us under more pressure.
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