As someone whose job consists of covering every bit of Manchester United news that makes the internet, every day I stumble across several players who are linked with a move to Old Trafford.
You realise some of these links are bullsh*t and you try to reach out to connected people to add some clarity to what fans are being fed.
Trust me, it’s not easy in this age of social media. Any Twitter user can dress up their account to come across as an established journalist – but dig deep enough and you’ll quickly see if they are worth their salt.
I’m not claiming to have any insider knowledge writing this piece, but I wanted to send Callum an article to help with the launch of his exclusive show with Willie Morgan.
I think this ties in nicely as we approach the transfer window in such uncertain times.
United would be doing well to sign three players this summer and I’m trying to be realistic. We need goals but even if we secure deals for the three players listed below, I don’t think the Reds are ready to challenge for the title yet – but we should run close.
Prior to the pandemic, I was optimistic about United landing Sancho. Hopefully they’ve done enough work and the player is eager to join. If he kicks up a fuss or Dortmund lower their demands, the England international would give United a much needed spark from the right flank. Sancho will bring goals which make him a worthwhile investment at £80–100m.
United need a defensive midfielder and from what I’ve seen of Florentino, who is nicknamed ‘The Octopus’, he‘s full of energy. We have to be realistic and reports suggest the Portugal U-21 international could leave AC Milan for £20m – £100m less than his buyout clause (contract runs until 2024). He’s not as good as Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Party but he’s young, has lots it potential and Sancho is bound to take up a large chunk of the transfer kitty.
If Aston Villa go down and Grealish is available at a massively reduced price to what we was reported earlier this year (£80m), it would be a shame to miss out. He’s quality and would help fill United’s attack with creativity.
I’ve had to leave out of a centre-back but my reasoning is United have improved defensively this season, and I’m hoping Axel Tuanzebe can steer clear of injuries next season. He has been so unlucky and it’s frustrating to think he’d make a better partner for Harry Maguire than Víctor Lindelof.
Dale O’Donnell, Editor In Chief Stretty News and Strettycast host
Finalist for Best Club Content Creator @ The Football Blogging Awards 2019