Manchester United are expecting a big name or two to arrive at Old Trafford before the start of the 2021-22 Premier League season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to be handed a transfer kitty of more than £100 million following our runners-up finish in the Premier League and Europa League campaign last season.
The Norwegian manager has won the trust of the board with two top three finishes during his first two full seasons in charge, as well as reaching the latter stages of the Europa League and two FA Cup semi-finals.
Silverware will be the expectation in 2012-22. Whether it’s the Premier League or FA Cup, Ole needs to get his hands on a major trophy. Our odds are currently back at 9/1 fourth favourites to win our first league title since 2013, whilst we’re priced at 7/1 to win the FA Cup.
One way to go about that will be a couple of new additions to the squad. And it appears we’re closing in on the first major signing of the summer as we wait on Jadon Sancho to pass a medical and sign a contract after Euro 2020. The deal is expected to go through for £83 million. The Coral betting app on mobile will shift the odds on a successful season for the Reds once the Sancho deal has been confirmed, as well as another new face or two.
In what will be one of the most expensive signings of the summer in world football, Jadon Sancho will boost the attack with his quality. The 21-year-old has been involved in an incredible 78 goal involvements in 92 Bundesliga appearances over the past three years, playing down the wings.
Provided all goes through as expected, Solskjaer would have an immense amount of attacking talent to work with.
Then it’s about fixing what’s behind them.
Jack Grealish’s name has been thrown around for the past two summers but it appears Aston Villa aren’t going to accept a reasonable fee for the England international. We’re unlikely to match the West Midlands club’s unrealistic asking price, which has been rumoured to be as high as £100 million.
In a boost from owners last month, Joel Glazer claims to have no problems spending big money again this summer though. But even still, I wouldn’t expect to see us paying such a price for an Aston Villa player.
Instead, 18-year-old sensation Eduardo Camavinga could be a cheaper alternative. But we face a lot of competition for his signature. The Rennes holding midfielder could help protect our back four, whilst he has excellent passing ability too.
Didier Deschamps even called him up to France’s Euro 2020 squad this summer, such is his ability. What’s more, his contract expires next summer, meaning he could agree a pre-contract agreement as early as January 2022.
That could result in the Ligue 1 side accepting bids for him this summer, somewhere in the region of £25-30 million potentially. With Real Madrid and Barcelona suffering financially, it would be a sensible move for Manchester United to make a move before the start of the new season.
Whether we would go on to make other high profile transfers this summer remains to be seen. Raphael Varane continues to be linked but following the departure of Sergio Ramos, it seems incredibly unlikely that Real Madrid would accept a bid.
A new centre-back needs to be a priority this summer too. And Sevilla’s Jules Kounde is a more realistic option for us. The 22-year-old is coming off an excellent season with Sevilla in Spain where his side conceded less than a goal per game on average. We would be expected to pay anywhere between £50-70 million for his services.