Manchester United believe their top transfer targets are still attainable in the summer transfer market and will press ahead with their plans regardless of the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic.
As one of the largest clubs in world football, United are in an enviable position and their financial power means they can still be active in the upcoming window.
And according to Manchester Evening News, United are still preparing to sign players from the shortlist that they initially had drawn up in January.
It is claimed that teenage Birmingham starlet Jude Bellingham remains high on the list of priorities and is seen by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as part of the future in his long-term rebuild. The 16-year-old has already visited United’s Carrington training complex with his parents.
Bellingham, who has started 25 Championship games this term, cannot sign a professional contract until he turns 17 on June 29. Therefore, United could sign the youngster for just a compensation fee if he does not pen a deal with Birmingham.
Solskjaer’s leading midfield target Jack Grealish is also said to be keen on a switch to Old Trafford the summer and is set to leave his boyhood club Aston Villa regardless of whether he can help keep them up if the Premier League season reaches its natural conclusion.
Grealish is a versatile player which makes him an exciting option for the Norwegian who could play him as a specialist midfielder on in the inside left position that he is familiar with at Villa Park.
The 24-year-old is hoping to break into Gareth Southgate’s England squad ahead of next summer’s delayed European Championships and United could offer him the ideal platform to impress.
Meanwhile, United’s strong and long-term interest in Jadon Sancho has been widely-reported.
The MEN report that United still harbour hope of signing the Borussia Dortmund starlet this summer, despite claims that the Bundesliga side are confident of keeping hold of him for at least one more year.
Sancho offers the perfect solution to United’s void on the right-wing and could complete one of the most dangerous front threes in European football alongside Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
It’s encouraging to hear United are still going ahead with their transfer plans; this summer could represent a great opportunity to use their spending power and close the gap on rivals Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.