Manchester United’s transfer pursuits have always had the look of a busy bumblebee, even if nothing is actually occurring in the background.
The speculations from all over and the sheer enormity of the club’s ambition and the size of their transfer war-chest all aid them this sort of publicity.
While the transfers of Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka so far have immensely impressed supporters so far given their electric displays while on pre-season tour, most Red Devils are still eager for the next batch of arrivals at the outfit.
With the Premier League slated to commence on August 8, the British transfer window will also be on its final leg, with multiple clubs eager to close down deals.
The Daily Mail believes that United are on a similar path and cites that Ed Woodward has skipped the club’s pre-season tour for the first time in six years since taking over the reins at Old Trafford. His intent is simple – to lock down deals.
Specifically, Woodward is believed to be hard at work at securing the signatures of Harry Maguire and Sean Longstaff. Both sagas have identical tales with United not willing to meet the intended valuation of the parent clubs.
In Maguire’s case, Leicester are still adamant on their £80 million pricetag for the English centre-back. While United immensely admire the player, the report adds that they could seek to sign Kalidou Koulibaly instead if the reported price isn’t lowered in time.
As for Sean Longstaff, Newcastle United are really stretching their hopes for the youngster as they wish at-least £50 million for him, akin to the amount that was paid for Aaron Wan-Bissaka by the Red Devils earlier.
Woodward is believed to value the player at around the £20 million mark and the two clubs could negotiate from there.
In terms of departure, Romelu Lukaku is still slated for an exit, despite Inter Milan failing to meet United’s requirement while the Pogba situation still remains hazy.