Easy is a relative term when it comes to attributing transfer deals. Most clubs face a hard time getting their targets in an increasingly competitive market while some powerhouses still manage to hit above their weight and bring in world-class talent by virtue of both fame and financial backing.
In view of this, it isn’t a surprise to see the wide range of names that Manchester United have been linked with in the past weeks, and in some cases, months.
But what is yet to happen is a solid confirmation to this speculation in the form of signings. But that could change in the coming days.
The reports from various sources seem adamant that Manchester United will have two signings officially in place next week.
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On one hand, The Sun reports that the much-awaited signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk will occur within the next seven days in what will be a £52 million move plus add-ons.
The Brazilian is touted to be Michael Carrick’s replacement, and his antics at just 25 years of age make it seem likely that he will be a much-needed addition to the club’s midfield.
Secondly, the recently risen saga of Diogo Dalot could also culminate in the next few days, with the Daily Mail asserting that the Portuguese youngster will undergo his medical shortly.
At 19 years of age, the right-back from Porto is expected to slowly succeed Antonio Valencia in the crucial position. His expected transfer fee of £17.4 million, by virtue of his release clause, appears to be a sound investment based on his potential.
Further, with Matteo Darmian expected to switch to Juventus for £11.5 million in the coming hours as well, a regular spot is likely to open up for Dalot.
Jose Mourinho is expected to travel to Russia shortly, so that the gaffer can function as a pundit for the World Cup, and as of such, it is easy to see why early business is paramount.