Sky Sports reporter James Cooper has provided Manchester United supporters with an interesting transfer update ahead of an important window for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ideally, United will sign three or four players this summer as they look to bridge the gap on bitter rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
But due to the financial uncertainty of the transfer market amid the coronavirus pandemic, we are unsure how much money will be spent in what is an unprecedented period.
There are signs for optimism under Solskjaer at United after an impressive eleven game unbeaten run that has included victories against City and Chelsea.
The Norwegian will understand the importance of accelerating his rebuild this summer however, and right-wing, midfield and striker are all positions that should be prioritised to add balance and depth to the squad.
Cooper believes United will get some business done this summer, regardless of the inevitable impact COVID-19 will have on the market. He has suggested the addition of teenage starlet Jude Bellingham will not alter any of Solskjaer’s transfer plans.
“I’d certainly expect more than one new face to come through the doors at Old Trafford, though, of course, in a sense Bruno Fernandes was a summer signing brought forward to January and what an impact he’s made,” the reliable Cooper told Sky Sports in an in-depth Transfer Centre Q and A session.
“Manchester United are vying to bring in 16-year-old Bellingham from Birmingham City but although he’d be part of the first-team squad if he joined, I get the sense that his capture would be something of a bonus and wouldn’t affect other targets.
As I’ve already said, I think the centre-back position is one that will need strengthening along with the right-wing spot and any further arrivals will depend on the future of Paul Pogba who would need to be replaced if he were to leave Manchester United.”
It is widely known that United are very keen on bringing in highly-rated Bellingham this summer. As noted by the Telegraph, the club have already been on the charm offensive by having Sir Alex Ferguson accompany him and his family around the Carrington training facility.
Bellingham has burst onto the scene brilliantly this term with 25 appearances for Birmingham in the challenging Championship division. He can operate in a number of positions across the midfield and has shown maturity beyond his years for the Blues.
It’s encouraging that a player of Bellingham’s quality, who is perhaps not quite ready for the first-team, will not affect other business.
As reported by the Evening Standard, United are also focusing their attention on the likes of Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish who would be part of Solskjaer’s preferred starting XI as soon as they arrive.