Sir Alex Ferguson was always conservative when it came to spending in the transfer market. While this may have meant that Manchester United missed out on the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva down the line, it never hurt their prospects in the long term.
Ever since the gaffer retired, however, there has been a marked change in the club’s transfer policy.
The club transfer record has been broken repeatedly on the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Angel Di Maria, and Paul Pogba and to mixed results.
Going into the upcoming transfer window Ed Woodward is expected to be more wary of spending big, perhaps learning from the expensive error that was made during the Alexis Sanchez saga. In that regard, the news coming from a promising pursuit of theirs will be far from favorable.
As per the Evening Standard, Manchester United have been informed that Joao Felix won’t come for cheap. The 19-year-old forward, slated to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo, will cost as high as £150 million with Benfica not wishing to let him depart easily.
The Portuguese star has been one of the most promising youngsters in Europe and Benfica expect United to start negotiating at £100 million in the minimum, a fee that the Red Devils aren’t too eager to rise to.
This could potentially be a fatal dead end to another saga that the Mancunian outfit prioritized ahead of the summer. While someone like Daniel James is still a player that the club is actively pursuing, it is evident that world-class youngsters like Sancho and Felix are United’s first choice targets.
Will the club take the risk and spend this big an amount on a budding talent? It remains to be seen as Solskjaer could also pick academy graduates and potentially garner as good a result in the long term.