Why Manchester United Are Unlikely to Make Any More Signings Before Transfer Window Closes (Opinion)
Manchester United are unlikely to make any more signings before the transfer window shuts in less than two weeks time.
Since the club signed Top targets Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, they have explored the possibility of signing a new right back to provide competition for England International Aaron Wan-Bissaka and a new Defensive Midfielder. Having been linked to Eduardo Camavinga of Rennes, Declan Rice of West Ham, Saul Niguez of Atletico Madrid and Kieran Trippier of Atletico Madrid to fill these roles, it looks increasingly unlikely that any of these players will be signed by the club- at least not this summer. This is due to the fact that despite spending just over 100 million pounds in the transfer window the club has been unable to generate any income from player sales this summer.
Manchester United suffered a loss of around 150 million pounds due to the Covid-19 pandemic and were mindful of not breaching their budget to complete deals for Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane which cost a combined 115 million british pounds. Tom Heaton arrived on a free transfer.It is believed that the financial impact of the pandemic makes another incoming unlikely unless money is generated through sales of fringe players.
Players linked with potential exits from the club who could generate funds to pursue other transfer targets are Jesse Lingard, Phil Jones, Andreas Pereira, Diogo Dalot, Eric Bailly, Paul Pogba, David De Gea and Anthony Martial. Of the players linked with potential exits, only Brazil International Andreas Pereira looks set to exit the club after an agreement with Brazilian club Flamengo was reached although it is only on a loan deal with the transfer to be finalised next summer. West Ham United still want to sign United forward Jesse Lingard following his successful loan spell in the second half of last season but the 28-year-old is valued 25 million pounds which they are not ready to meet yet. Phil Jones has next to no value having not played professional football for over year. The futures of the other players are still uncertain at the moment. The club have stated that for any further transfer deals to be completed, there must first be outgoings.