So, there we have it. What seems like a briefing from a club member of significance, with several newspapers running the same lines in their reports last night.
They both claim that Manchester United will spend big this summer, a squad overhaul even, but the latter is a stronger report and it outlines that the Reds are not searching for a new goalkeeper, despite talks with David de Gea and his representatives dragging on.
It is believed that De Gea’s camp wants more money than what’s being offered when United are already prepared to make him the world’s highest-paid keeper. The Spaniard’s stance is strengthened by the fact his contract expires next year, but he hasn’t been anywhere near his best this season.
Anyone that watches United regularly will tell you they need to sign a world-class centre-back in the summer. Or that they should have done so a year ago!
Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane or Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly would be ideal.
James Ducker of The Telegraph also states that United are considering a move for Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka. He could be joined at the club this summer by fellow England starlet Jadon Sancho, who is attracting significant interest from Old Trafford.
But can United expect to sign their main targets if they don’t secure a Champions League spot? Sancho, as an example, may not want to play Europa League next season after just launching himself on the biggest stage.
The plan for the summer, as outlined in our preferred piece of the two, Ducker claims United will operate on “the loose basis of three signings and three departures” during the upcoming window. More arrivals expected only if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can trim the squad further, with 8 potential exits on the cards.