Intro: Manchester United Transfer Window
The summer transfer window is officially open. While the usual buzz surrounds large clubs like Manchester United, this year feels different. At the end of April, due to the tremendous push back from fans around the globe, Joel Glazer issued his “apology”. The letter to United faithful urged us to have faith in the direction of the club. The goals that have been set while fervently apologizing for the disgraceful, yet brief, rise of the Super League concept.
While promises of stadium upgrades and general repair have already begun to take shape, it’s time for the Glazer family to finally put their money where their mouths are and pay up. Despite the recent and extensively abysmal track record the Glazers have managing the finances and integrity of Manchester United, I think we may see some big moves materialize this summer because of the extra pressure put on them from the fans. They have little choice, in my opinion, to do anything other than back some of the big-ticket signings that Ole is wanting.
Players Likely to Leave
A second-place finish and a loss in the Europa Final, with the Champions League on the horizon again, means we will have a demanding schedule next season. Fattening up the first team with some heavy hitters, while ensuring the depth exists to get us through hectic times will be paramount.
I think the following players are on their way out the door:
Jesse Lingard – After so long, Jesse finally had his moment to retake the spotlight. Unfortunately, it wasn’t under the floodlights of Old Trafford. It seems unrealistic for us not to try and make a permanent team with West Ham when Lingard performed so well for them, ultimately scoring nine goals during the loan duration.
David De Gea – The man I certainly can’t say enough good things about, will likely leave United with the taste of loss in his mouth. With the rise of Dean Henderson, it seems unrealistic for two top-notch keepers to be willing to split time, and quite frankly, it isn’t fair to either of them. With the future clearly in the hands of Henderson, this seems like a logical move during this transfer window. The issue, as we all know, is the atrocious wages. There are only a few clubs who could afford this move. Juve, Bayern, or PSG, who are the least likely picking up Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Diogo Dalot – This is the transfer that I feel the least likely of all on this list to happen. Purely because we need the depth that Dalot can bring our squad while challenging on a few fronts. Dalot, who notoriously has had some injury issues, has done pretty well staying healthy during his time in Italy. Hopefully, if we do keep him, this continues. I could also see us trying to unload Dalot to generate funds to bolster the acquisitions we are looking at.
All in all, this transfer window is massively important for Manchester United. Striking quickly with the right financial plan will be the key to United making the moves that we need to.